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Day 8 Find a Reason to Celebrate

Day 8 – When Happy Hearts Hurt, FIND a Reason to Celebrate!

Day 8 Find a Reason to Celebrate

 

“Hey, Shauna! Did you remember that the Queen of Games is leading a game tonight at our year-end celebration? Are you ready?”

I cringed. That’s the last thing I wanted to do. There are sometimes in life when, despite my best intentions, those old familiar feelings of sadness and depression sneak up and bite me in the butt.

This week has been one of those times. Some of our closest friends moved back to their home nation of Sri Lanka, and our hearts are sore. Don’t get me wrong. We are honestly and legitimately thrilled for them! They are ready and capable, and it’s THEIR time to fly.

But my heart is struggling to get on board. The Rajapakses have become our ‘adopted family’ over the last decade, and we’ve lived life together—babies, birthdays, and teenagers… Christmas parties, curry nights, and worship times together… ten years of laughter, tears, and countless pots of coffee.

How can one person be so torn in their emotions?

Am I losing my mind? Happy one minute, sad the next.

But isn’t that just the irony of loving people? Just like the emotional rollercoaster that mothers and fathers experience when they see their children blossom into adulthood and move away from home. Happy because they are becoming who God has made them to be, and sad because they are no longer running around our house.

My happy heart hurts.   

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A Message to Creatives

// The week has been unusually hot and sweltering. Water shortages and high humidity are making February unbearable.

Seriously… will the sweating ever end?

As such, Creative Collective was a welcome distraction from the heat. A hundred and thirty artists gathered together in the place of community and intimacy with the Father and each other.

Singers, musicians, writers, painters, dancers, photographers. You name it; we were together.

Worship was sweet. No need for air-con. There’s something so refreshing about people of-like-mind being in one place, with one purpose, one mind, and worshipping God together.

Last night was “Erwin night.” Funny, timely, significant. It was our chance to catch the heart of the leader and the dream for this unique community:    Read more

10 Scriptures to Comfort Your Grieving Heart

10 Scriptures to Comfort your Grieving Heart

Yesterday, we lost a dear friend. A sister, co-worker, beautician, friend, wife, and a soon-to-be mommy. She was a beautiful soul, and our community has been rocked with shock and grief.

Natalie…

I’m sure when Martin kissed her goodbye yesterday morning, he didn’t expect it to be forever. I’m sure when the obstetrician saw her the day before that, he would’ve never dreamed it would be the last ultrasound. Twenty-five weeks along and their baby girl was thriving and growing. All was well.  Read more