Watching the news has always been a rather depressing way to spend time, in my opinion. I think we do need to be informed, and not completely naive about what is going on in the world around us. But to watch endless reports of the devastation in Texas, Montana, Oregon, California and now Irma bearing down on Florida is more than I can handle. Hearing the child abuse, animal abuse, and murders that are occurring relentlessly saddens me greatly. I feel as though I cannot do anything…other than pray. And we are told to pray without ceasing. So whenever those news reports enter my head, I do pray. I also pray that if there is another way for me to help, God will point me in that direction, and I will be willing to go without question.

So, today, as I was checking my Facebook, someone had posted a video of Tim Hawkins. For those of you that are not familiar with him, he is a comedian, that also writes songs, sings and plays the guitar…very well. He is also a Christian. I appreciate his comedy because it is clean, and not filled with the language and the inappropriate content that so much comedy is today. Something does not need to be filthy to be funny.

Our first introduction to Tim Hawkins was about ten years ago when our children were at Word of Life in Schroon Lake, New York. I believe our oldest three children were there for the summer program, and they met up with another family there with three children as well. Long story, short…our two oldest girls ended up marrying the two sons. How does this apply to Tim Hawkins you ask? David and Jonathan are a bit on the funny side as well. They did some wonderful parodies of Tim Hawkins’ songs…and we spent a couple hours laughing until our sides hurt.

Times are difficult, and they will be. God has given us a heads-up in the Bible. But we are also told to have hope as Believers, and to focus on the good in every situation. So, here’s a bit of comic relief. I do not own the rights to this, and I’m sharing from YouTube. My goal is to laugh with you, in appreciate of what Tim Hawkins does. After all, laughter is the best medicine! Enjoy, and have a great Wednesday!





Bad Things

None of us are without pain or regrets. This life really hurts at times. After a couple weeks of reading some pretty heavy stories about child abuse, this is very fresh in my mind.

When I was first married, I attended SUNY Cobleskill, taking some classes in Early Childhood. I had always loved babysitting as a teenager, and I knew I wanted to be a mother as quickly as I could. (As it turned out, I found out I was pregnant with our first child just a few weeks after starting those classes. This was after a couple of years with infertility and dealing with all those issues. So my college career was cut short after that semester.) Another reason I took those classes was to work for Headstart. I did some volunteer time there, and what an eye opener that was! This is not to say that it was a bad program, only that I observed different parenting than what I had seen before, and it wasn’t always good. I am sure any school teacher could say the same.

I want to use the words, fascinate or intrigue here, but maybe shock would fit better. I am, and will continually be shocked, fascinated, intrigued, and even physically nauseous at what a person may go through in their life.

And still grow up to be a person that is whole.

God has given our bodies and our minds, our souls an incredible ability to heal. And that’s what fascinates and intrigues me. That’s what I write about. Just as a tiny tree may be walked on, the leaves torn off, and the weather tortuous to it…only to stand tall once again…so we are as people.

I personally will never understand the awful things God allows in our lives, and especially the life of a child. They arrive in this world a tiny bundle of expectation and potential, only needing protection, love and training. And to some, this is not important, and not taken seriously. Some abuse this privilege of a child…horribly. But I do know that God does not observe this lightly.

Luke 17:2 King James Version (KJV)

It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones.

No, I do not understand, and someday I will ask God “Why?” But I do know that these terrible, tough times build character, and make a person stronger. I’ve lived it in my own life.

It is very difficult to be thankful in the midst of adversity. It is sometimes more than we can stand to stay in a situation when we want to run. But just as the picture above says, the bad things can, and do put us on the path to the best things in our lives. The key is faith. Faith won’t take away the problem, and it won’t make it better. But it does keep you looking ahead, and striving for more. It gives you hope.

Hope In Something More

Are you having a rough day? Maybe a few days? What about days stacked upon one another, tumbling into weeks and months?

Life on this earth can be like that at times, whether it’s one day, or even a couple years. And we’ve all heard it before, usually when life really stinks for awhile. Standing beside a loved one’s hospital bed, or during a funeral service for a person dear to us. “This is only for a season, this too shall pass. Life will get better.”

And it will.

This post is more for those Believers out there. Of course I wish that all would read it, all are most welcome to read it. But if you are not saved, you are without hope in your future, and I cannot even imagine what that would feel like. I accepted Christ as my Savior when I was nine years old, and I’ve always had the assurance that no matter how rotten this life becomes, my hope is in heaven. And that’s huge for me! I pray and wish that for all. Without that, this life is a dead end, a road traveling to nowhere. The journey is difficult, bumpy and lousy at times, and without God, without the salvation Christ has provided, there is no hope.

My life has not been a walk in the park as a Believer, and God did not mean it to be. The things that we put time into and struggle with, we appreciate more at the conclusion. Just as we trim and prune our rose bushes and shrubs to guide them into something spectacular, God works on us in the same way. After our pruning, which really hurts at times, we are better on the inside.

Listen to the words of this song. We’ve all been there. Whatever our struggles are…physical, financial, emotional, and many times all at once until we feel as though we want to curl up and die. We are stronger than we think, the sun will rise in the morning and we can begin again…and again. Just keep taking one step, then another. Breathe deeply, and then once more. God is there, and He has a plan, and it’s for your good. Trust in that.