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Encouragement For Dealing With Loneliness

“A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families, he leads out the prisoners with singing…” Psalm 68:5

Are you lonely? The pandemic has left many families lonely and heart broken either through enforced isolation or loss of loved ones. Whatever your situation may be, know that God is at work to make you a part of His family. Just ask Him, “Lord, I want to be part of a family.”

Please listen to the video and share it with your friends then drop me a line and let me know if you are dealing with loneliness and how you are coping with it.

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Rejoice In All Things

I apologize for being MIA for a while. If you are a regular reader to my blog, you may recall that in my last post I wrote about my husband falling in a parking lot and the kindness shown to us by strangers. My husband had hip surgery and is now recuperating at home. Which means I’m extremely busy. But I had to take a little time off to offer my condolences to the family and friends of George Floyd and especially to his little daughter, who, years from now, may not remember what her father looked like, but she will wonder why he was taken from her so soon.

The murder of George Floyd by police so jolted the nation and the world that for the first time in months we heard very little about COVID-19. It was as if it never existed, and we were only reminded of it when we saw people on TV wearing masks, or when we ourselves had to don ours. Our brain stores a lot of events, good as well as bad. They only resurface when another similar event occurs, but, I believe the murder of George Floyd by police, coming in the midst of a pandemic, will remain in the forefront of our minds for a long time to come.

So, why the header? What is there to rejoice about? Can Floyd’s family and friends rejoice? Can the families of those innocent black people who were killed by police in recent times rejoice every time the latest slaying rips the wounds of their own painful memories wide open? Yet, the Bible says we are to rejoice in all things. Here is how Paul puts it in Philippians 4: 4 -9: “Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”

We cannot rejoice when our hearts are bleeding, but we can rejoice in the Lord, knowing that He hears our prayers, sees our tears and will deal with our situation in His way and in His time. As Joseph said in Genesis 50: 20, “You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.” George Floyd’s death, sad and painful though it is, is not in vain. God will see us through this.

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Eyes Behind Your Head

Image by David Mark from Pixabay

Have you ever heard someone say, “I’ve got eyes behind my head?” If you are a mother, you’ve probably said it dozens of times when you caught your child doing something he or she should not be doing. If you are a teacher (as I have) you’ve probably had your back turned to your class, writing something on the board and said, “Johnny, get back in your seat.” Did you see him? No, it comes with intuition, or maybe just experience.

This morning my exercise class had already started when a young lady came in a few minutes late. She made a sign behind the instructor’s back to indicate she didn’t want the woman to notice her, but just then the instructor turned around. She was caught! I’m sure we’ve all been in a similar situation.

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What about animals? Do they have eyes behind their heads? A quick Google search revealed that only two animals can see completely behind their heads – the rabbit and the parrot. Their eyes are not behind their heads, they are on the side. but they can swivel 360 degrees so they can see their predators. Amazing, isn’t it?

I know Someone else who has eyes that allow Him to see not just 360 degrees, but everywhere, all the time. You guessed it. God! The Bible says, “For the eyes of the LORD range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him” 2 Chronicles 16: 9).  He sees us wherever we are. All the time. He sees our good deeds as well as our bad deeds. He sees our struggles and our cares. He knows when we are weary and when we are sad; when we are ready to throw in the towel and when we are ready to press on.

Will you trust Him with your burdens and your cares? Will you lay your plans, your goals at His feet and say, “Here, Lord, I cannot do this on my own. I’m turning it over to You. Please help me.” Try it and let me know what happens. And if you enjoy this blog post, please share it with a friend and sign up for my newsletter so you can receive more updates on how I can help you reach your health goals. God bless.