New This Month: Links, Quotes, Books & More

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“King Of My Heart”
by Kutless


Thank You
to anyone and everyone who recommend
links, books, and quotes, etc.
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ABCs of Jesus’ Love

Visit this page anytime and let me know if you’d like to add to the words describing Jesus’ love along with a verse supporting it. Remember, there is also a print-out of the original list.

 This month I have added an “E” Word:

❤︎  Embracing Love ❤︎
“Faithful love and truth will join together;
righteousness and peace will embrace.

Psalm 85:10 HCSB
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Books

I am not always able to keep up with the abundance of books that promote hope, healing, and freedom, so I haven’t always read every one I post here and on the Books Page. Though many are on my long wish list. 🙂  Many will be from recommendations of online friends. If you ever know of a book that is not listed and that supports this website’s mission, please let me know. 🙂

Mosaic of Grace: God’s Beautiful Reshaping of Our Broken Lives by James Prescott

“In a world with brokenness, problems, and imperfections, how can we possibly talk about a God of love and grace? Many of us want to believe in grace, but the messy and often painful reality of our lives and the world we live in causes us to lose faith. Mosaic of Grace: God’s Beautiful Reshaping of Our Broken Lives helps us to truly know and understand this thing called grace. Confronting the truth of who we are (the good and the bad) and the truth of who God truly is, Mosaic of Grace helps us to understand God’s transforming ability to make beauty emerge from any past. Mosaic of Grace invites us to take an honest look at God’s divine grace so that our eyes can be opened to hope, transformation, and the ability of grace to put the hurting parts of our lives back together again.” (Amazon Review)

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Hope Harbor

💞  Links That Inspire Hope and Healing 💞

💞  The PTSD Ocean  by Emily Wagoner – “What I have suffered is unthinkable, and I am still living with those ramifications on a daily basis. I still get pulled out in a rip tide more often than I’d care to admit. And God has used and is using a myriad of miracles to rescue me every single time.

💞  31 Days of Kintsugi – Lesley posts 31 Days of hope-filled messages in a series looking at how God takes brokenness and transforms it into beauty.

💞  Emotional Health Series by Linda Stoll – “Let’s talk emotions –  where you’re at, what you’re struggling with, how you’ve been convicted, and what God has taught you along the way.” (Linda gives us a safe, nonjudgmental, nurturing place to voice and deal with our emotions. At the bottom of each post, click on the link to the next “Emotional Health” post.)

Nature Retreat

“The tree which moves some to tears of joy
is in the eyes of others only a green thing that stands in the way.
Some see nature all ridicule and deformity…
and some scarce see nature at all.
But to the eyes of the man of imagination,
nature is imagination itself.”

~ William Blake

I am fascinated with the unique designs, patterns, and history the Master Artist has given trees. Some may think it’s silly to take photos of dead trees, but several questions run through my mind, whether the trees are alive or dead: Isn’t it amazing that life can still grow on a dead tree? What was the world like when the seeds of these trees took root? How long have or did they live? What caused them to die? How many creatures found refuge within their branches or trunks? How many children climbed it? How many people and creatures rested underneath its shade? What stories would these trees tell if they could talk? 

I’ve been watching this stump for some years now. This past summer, when we got 5 inches of rain and the river flooded, its roots lost its hold and it moved several feet downstream. I wonder where it will be next summer. 🙂

🐾 Jim Gilbert Photography – Stunning wildlife photography of birds, bugs, mammals, reptiles, and more. You can either watch the slide show or check out the different portfolios.

🐾 Marie Read Wildlife Photography – Marie specializes in bird images and bird behavior, but there is a variety of photos of other wildlife and of nature here, too. All beautiful!

🐾 A Walk With Wildlife  Adele Brand has studied and photographed mammals in three different continents. She shares stunning photos of a variety of wildlife.

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Quotes

Faith is a new category I’m beginning on the Quotes’ page.

❤︎ Faith is taking the first step even when you can’t see the whole staircase.– Martin Luther King Jr.

❤︎ “It takes more faith to fall apart with Jesus than to stay strong enough to stop it from happening.” – Bonnie Gray

❤︎ “The situations that will stretch your faith most will be those times when life falls apart and God is nowhere to be found. This happened to Job.– Rick Warren

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Faith and Fear Can Co-Exist

“When I am afraid,
I will trust in You.”
Psalm 56:3 HCSB

Feeling crushed by enemies too hard for him, David asked God for His free, rich mercy only He can give.

This same David bravely conquered a lion and a bear and the giant Goliath in his youth. Yet now he admits how afraid he is. The enemies who seek to destroy him are relentless in pursuing him.

He didn’t deny the presence of fear in his heart, but he found courage in trusting God to do what could not be done by human power alone.

“He feared, but that fear
did not fill the whole area of his mind,
for he adds, ‘I will trust in Thee.’
It is possible, then, for fear and faith
to occupy the mind at the same moment.”
Charles Spurgeon

When painful memories get triggered, panic screams through my veins. I want to run and flee, but my feet feel stuck in quicksand that sucks me down and threatens to swallow me up. Fear fills the whole area of my mind, especially when it hits me without warning. It can be hard to think straight and to remember I can trust Jesus’ outstretched hand of rescue.

I have to talk myself through it. Where is this coming from? Why am I feeling this way? Am I in real danger here, or is it a hyper-sensitive reaction triggered from past painful experiences?

Traumatic events can embed themselves in our brains, and our bodies automatically react when these memories are triggered. We may feel helpless to control it, and it sometimes takes time to talk ourselves through what is real in the present moment. Even as we desperately cry out to Jesus, trusting and believing He is the only One who can and will rescue us, our bodies can be shaking with fear and anxiety. We may feel fear, but that does not mean we have no faith.

I have heard some Christians say fear and faith cannot co-exist, and I figured anyone knows better than I do. So I would beat myself up (and still do sometimes) – “If you can’t face this fear or get rid of fear entirely, you must not have faith.” But God is step by step teaching me that fear and faith can co-exist, and we don’t have to feel shame about the fear that still sometimes lingers on in our hearts and minds.

Jesus keeps loving us no matter what. It’s not about the measure of our love for Him. It’s about His perfect love for us! Even when our faith seems nonexistent or is dim. Even when the thunder of fear makes it hard to hear His voice. Even when we struggle with believing He is with us in the storm. We may waver, but His love never does. No matter where we are, He is whispering, “I’m here, Child. I understand your fears. I catch your tears. I will always love you.”

“Praise You In This Storm”
by Casting Crowns