“Christ is building His kingdom with earth’s broken things. Men want only the strong, the successful, the victorious, the unbroken, in building their kingdoms; but God is the God of the unsuccessful, of those who have failed. Heaven is filling with earth’s broken lives, and there is no bruised reed that Christ cannot take and restore to glorious blessedness and beauty. He can take the life crushed by pain or sorrow and make it into a harp whose music shall be all praise. He can lift earth’s saddest failure up to heaven’s glory.” ~ J. R. Miller
This is a powerful video of stories of broken lives crushed by pain and sorrow restored to blessedness and beauty through Christ Jesus. A hopeful and inspiring message and song.
“I have won and I have lost.
I got it right sometimes
but sometimes I did not.
Life’s been a journey.
I’ve seen joy, I’ve seen regret.
Oh and You have been
my God through all of it.”
“Through All Of It”
by Colton Dixon
“In Robert McGee’s best-selling book The Search for Significance, he helps readers realize the fact that they will never be content if they search for their significance in accomplishments or the opinions of others. Instead, God has given them significance and worth through the work of Christ on the cross. Because of McGee’s classic book, more than two million readers have learned what it means to be free to enjoy Christ’s love and forgiveness.
Now, McGee invites readers of his book to go on a 10-week journey of reflection, discovery, and ultimately victory as they learn how to implement, on a daily basis, the principles of The Search for Significance. Each page of this valuable companion to The Search for Significance includes:
- Thought-provoking questions
- Essential biblical truths
- Space for readers to reflect on how God is calling them to a deeper realization of his love for them.
- Daily Prayer”
✎ Mobility Matters: Stepping Out in Faith by Amy Bovaird
“Adventurous international teacher, Amy Bovaird, is diagnosed with Retinitis Pigmentosa, a hereditary eye disease that will blind her. In spite of that, she manages to continue teaching overseas. Then her father’s final illness brings her back home for good. There, friends and acquaintances begin to notice that she doesn’t always recognize them and sometimes stumbles…as if drunk! Insensitive students ridicule her in the classroom. Unwilling to accept that she is truly losing her eyesight, Amy resists when the Bureau of Blindness schedules a mobility specialist to begin training her to use a white cane. How can she, an independent world traveler, use something that screams ‘I am a blind person’? Will her faith prove strong enough to allow her to move forward and accept herself as she is?” (Amazon Review)
Last month I wrote a post about this book along with an interview of its author:
❀ Amy’s Adventures – Amy offers hope and encouragement to those with impaired vision or loss of sight
❀ Around the Fire: Hope for the Family – One of Crystal Creek’s Youth Ranch’s newsletters – several articles on HOPE – “Instead of using Band-Aids to COVER my pain—Jesus wanted to HEAL my pain. I suddenly realized that the shackles of my past didn’t hold me… I HELD THEM! I had a choice to make: My wounds or Jesus.”
❀ MI: MOM2MOM – Hope for moms raising children with mental illness
➺ The Cornell Lab of Ornithology – “The Cornell Lab of Ornithology is a world leader in the study, appreciation, and conservation of birds. Our hallmarks are scientific excellence and technological innovation to advance the understanding of nature and to engage people of all ages in learning about birds and protecting the planet.” (Cornell Lab’s description) I love their photo ID tool. You can upload a picture you took of a bird; click on the bird’s eye, beak, and tail; and they will identify the bird for you. I tried it and it really works! They have a phone app for this, too.
➺ Map of Life – A searchable map for species all over the world. They recently launched a mobile app where one can discover, identify, and record biodiversity worldwide.
➺ Explore.org – Oodles of live cams and snapshots of animals, primarily wildlife, along with a blog of the explore team’s travels
❤︎ “A mindset of gratitude lifts the veil of bitterness and allows you to see beauty and possibility.” ~ Steve Maraboli
❤︎ “Faith is the daring of the soul to go farther than it can see.” ~ William Newton Clarke
❤︎ “Where there is great love, there are always miracles.” ~ Willa Cather
❤︎ “What oxygen is to the lungs, hope is to our survival in this world.” ~ Dr. Billy Graham
❤︎ “Suffering can refine us rather than destroy us because God Himself walks with us in the fire.” ~ Timothy Keller
Linking up with:
Holley – Coffee For Your Heart
Jennifer – Tell His Story
Kelly – Cheerleaders of Faith
Bonnie – Faith Barista’s Beloved Brews