Unthinkably good things can happen when we believe! Even during the major floods of life, we can eventually find our way home to a safe place. Listen to these uplifting messages and find your way to the Ark...and let it carry you to higher, dryer ground!
Lessons from Football
games (and other fun stuff) with people you love creates happy pathways in your
brain. In this often sad-looking world, we really need all the JOY we can find.
God wants us to feel joyful!
as in football, you play hard and make some really GREAT plays! Let yourself
feel good about those!
--OK, so you
will make some mistakes; learn from those and then start playing again. If you get knocked down, get up again and keep on playing.
the ball…not away from it! Grab that ball and hang onto it.
having the ball means that some other people are going to chase you and try to
get it away from you; however, it’s well worth the struggle. : )
--Life is a
TEAM SPORT. See and value the good-heartedness in your teammates, in your family
members…and in yourself.
words of LIFE to yourself and to your team members. We are RESILIENT. We are STRONG and getting stronger. We are BETTER TOGETHER. THIS IS THE GOOD
--As Jimmy G
(San Francisco 49ers QB) tells his teammates: “Let disappointment fuel you.” Do your best. AND THEN, YOU WIN!
Unthinkably GOOD things can happen, even late in the game. So—keep looking
for that ball!
Recently I read the story in John 13 where Jesus showed love in action—by washing the disciples’ feet. He said (paraphrased): “I insist you love each other and show it by action.” These days foot-washing is not normal procedure when a friend comes to visit. However, there are many different and wonderful ways to express your genuine love for someone. Love-in-action could mean that I allow my loved ones freedom. I respect their choices without criticizing, when it’s not what I would do. When they don’t seem to need me as much as I need them, I try hard not to act hurt and angry. Instead, I try to understand what they are going through. I try to put myself in their place. Maybe there’s something I don’t know (and, there ALWAYS IS). I ask myself: "If I were that person, how would I possibly be feeling?" It’s like foot-washing. You may feel “one-down” and humbled when you care about someone and they don’t seem to return that same degree of love. The human reaction is to g
Joseph’s faith became a kind of Ark , a place of safety for his family, when a seven-year famine hit Egypt and the surrounding areas. Joseph’s faith in God never changed despite the many difficulties he went through, difficulties which might have caused a less courageous, less determined person to fall away from God. But Joseph’s firm faith paid off when God finally placed him in the high position of “prime minister” over Egypt . In this role, the faith-filled Joseph was able to ensure the survival of the Egyptian people and also preserve the lives of his own father and brothers and their families. I’ve learned many life-changing lessons from Joseph’s faith. FIRST : When God gives you a dream, hold onto it! D on’t let anyone talk you out of the blessings God has planned for you. Even if it takes a long time, know that God’s timing is perfect, and you will receive every good thing God promised you. Joseph was only 17 when his brothers sold him into slavery. He was carted off
When the rug flies out from under you, or some major change occurs in your life that you were not expecting and do not want, you feel shocked…sad…hurt. You are going along as usual, worrying about the usual annoyances, when suddenly EVERYTHING CHANGES. You receive news that your project or your contract is ending. Or, something else happens that is totally unexpected...and, it feels terrifying. Your first reaction is: NO! This is not happening. This cannot happen to me! I’m a good person. I’ve been kind to others. I’ve done my very best. How can this be? How could God let this happen? Change. Horrid change. Then the flood of feelings starts. Chaotic, mind-numbing worry thoughts wash over you. Desperate 3 a.m. fears. The feeling of drowning. Not wanting to get up in the morning. You feel like you’re dying. You want so much to stop the room from whirling around you. You try grabbing onto the first “prop” you can lay hands on. Anything to stop the pain and chaos. But it