Do You Long for Peace?

“The mob rocked our friends’ cars. Kids were inside. They’ve threatened to target our kids on the school buses. Some women are taking their kids back to the states. I’m thinking of taking Kristin back.”

On April 14, 1986, America bombed Libya to retaliate for the country’s sponsorship of terrorism against Americans. We lived off base near Aviano Air Base in Italy, not far from terrorist headquarters.

Different threats today, but frightening circumstances bombard us.

What do you long for? Peace? Courage? Contentment? Boldness?

God is near. He protects, provides, and empowers.

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How Is the Pandemic Affecting Your Marriage?

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God’s gift of marriage takes us on adventures, mountaintops and valleys, successes and trials.

How are you and your spouse doing during this pandemic?

Six years into our marriage, Keith, our daughter of 18 months, and I moved to Clark Air Base in the Philippines. He was a JAG (lawyer) at the highest courts-martial rate installation in the world.

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Life with a Capital L … A review

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Matt Heard, senior pastor of Woodmen Valley Chapel in Colorado Springs, has given Christians a gift with a capital “G” in his book Life with a capital L.  A moment in the State Tretyakov Gallery in Moscow forever transformed him. Nikolai Yaroshenko’s painting There is Life Everywhere captured his attention and his mind.

Heard grapples with the statement of Jesus, “I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.” John 10:10

From C.S. Lewis to Jonny Lang, from Tolstoy to John Lennon, Heard goes deep into what this God-given life we have on earth could potentially become if we were to stop and recognize the fullness of humanity and eternity within us.

Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way,
though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, …

 

“Be still, and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:2, 10

What if in the busyness of life, we stopped to “be still and know” God? Really “know.” Life as a big “L” might spill from our hearts, flood our eyes with rich rainbows, pour unheard tones into our ears, and stream new depth of thought into our minds.

This book came to me as my Mama was walking to heaven. Her journey to heaven was longer and more agonizing than expected. Yet, in her journey, there were glimpses of eternity, reflections of her new home. On her journey, she was experiencing life with the capital “L,” and I was able to recognize that journey in a much richer depth than I think I would have if I had not been reading this book.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging for Books for an honest review.

My prayer

Father, thank You for Matt Heard and his insight into the depth of this precious gift You have given to Your people, this Life. Help us in our busyness of going through life to be still and know You, to recognize You as our Great God and Creator and You as our Father who cares about each of our tears and takes us by the hand and leads us. Thank You, Father. I love you.

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