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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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Day 6 - What do you need?

Day 6 – What Do You Need? 13 Scriptures to Bring Comfort

Day 6 - What do you need?

 

//  What do you need today? What is your heart’s desire?

For some of us, the answer may be relatively simple… I need better results at school. I need a different job.

For others, the answer may be more difficult… I need more money. I need the pain in my body to stop. I need more time in the day.

And still, for others, the answer is entirely out of their control… I need a miracle. I need my spouse back.

This week, two of my precious friends lost their spouses, both after a devastating battle with cancer. Our hearts are broken for both of them and their families. Life is not fair.

“Father, if only we could turn back time. I want the impossible.”

And yet, in the middle of the heartache, do you know what I hear? Music. Songs from my youth. Melodies start, and lyrics follow, whisking me back to precious moments with God from yesteryear…

One thing is needful, oh my Father

One thing is needful, oh my God

That I sit at Your feet and pour out my love

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What to Do When Tragedy Strikes

What To Do When Tragedy Strikes

When Tragedy Strikes

 

//  Have you ever had one of those weeks… or months… or years… when you CAN’T handle one. more. thing on your plate?

“This is enough now. I need relief.”

“I can’t do it anymore. God, You need to help me now.”

“I’m finished.”

We’ve ALL felt those emotions at one time or another, haven’t we?

  • Perhaps, like some of my friends, it’s been a week with sick kids and little to no sleep.
  • Perhaps, like another friend, you’ve just received an astronomical repair bill that you have NO way of paying.
  • Or maybe there are relationship tensions that are filling your life with unimaginable stress.   Read more