Jesus Understands Sorrow

Sorrow is a word we do not hear used much. It runs much deeper than simply feeling sad. Sorrow is defined as- “a feeling of deep distress caused by loss, disappointment, or other misfortune suffered by oneself or other” -online dictionary.

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During this time of global pandemic, there is a lot of sorrow being experienced. There has been loss of life, loss of jobs, disappointments such as canceled graduation ceremonies, weddings, and much misfortune.

Jesus understands sorrow. He experienced it the night before he was crucified. He knew what was about to happen, so he went to pray. In Matthew 26 we read:

“Then he said to them, “My soul is overwhelmed with sorrow to the point of death. Stay here and keep watch with me.”

Jesus felt great sorrow. His agony and distress was so much that he sweat drops of blood. But he endured it because of his love for us.

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Jesus also defeated death through his resurrection. He understands our sorrows and struggles. Because of that, he is our sympathetic High Priest as Hebrews 4 says:

“For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet he did not sin. Let us then approach God’s throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.”

Dear reader, we can come to Jesus in prayer and give him our sorrow knowing he understands. We can come to him just the way we are and be honest with our thoughts and feelings. We can find grace to help us.

That is so comforting to me during this time of global pandemic.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Others Watch How We Handle Hardship

A conversation last night reminded me of something that has been a theme in my life. Since I devoted my life to Jesus in July 1989, it has not been an easy road. There have been difficult times, chronic illnesses diagnosed, times of financial hardship and more.

2 Corinthians chapter 1 has been a theme for my life- Blessed be the God of comfort who comforts us……. so that we in turn my comfort others.

The verse in the image relates to Paul’s suffering and how it blesses others.

Last night I had a Zoom chat with a friend in Brazil. I shared with my friend about what happened in March when I lost three weeks of income because of the shutdown but also how God helped me. I also shared with my friend about my autoimmune flare this week. My friend’s reaction was, “You have all of that happening and you still teach us the bible on Sunday morning. You are a model for me for following Jesus.”

I was not expecting that comment at all. All I could say was thank you. No one had ever said that to me at least in person or video chat.

Other people watch how we handle hardship. They watch how we treat other people. They watch what we do.

This is something I wish more Christians would stop and take in at this time. Our focus should be on showing the love of Jesus at this time, trusting him in this crisis, and helping others not feeding into conspiracy theories or arguments.

Let’s be the church and show the love of Jesus.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Music Mondays- Not Even Now by Alisa Turner

Though sometimes the future seems uncertain
Though sometimes we’re faced with the unknown
Nothing’s gonna strip You of Your power
Nothing’s gonna shake You from Your throne

We are all faced with the unknown at this time. Truth is that we always are, but it is so much more a reality at this time.

I love the lyrics to Alisa Turner’s song Not Even Now. Jesus has all power. Nothing is going to strip him of his power and no one can shake him from his throne.

When the world seems to have gotten crazy around us, Jesus is still on his throne in heaven. He is still in control. Focusing on Jesus and not our circumstances can help us not give in to despair.

It is also important to remember the reason Jesus gave for us to come to him after he proclaimed all power has been given to him In Matthew 11 we read:

“for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

It’s A Wrap,…. For Now

My morning Family Literacy Class that moved to online classes to finish the school year wrapped up Thursday. We used Zoom for our online classes. I am so proud of the moms who joined me for online class. It was something so new for them and they did well.

The picture is actually from April last year in my classroom. When we were in the classroom, the moms would make a new calendar each month. There were many things we missed about not being in the classroom, but we had some magical moments online.

Each morning at the end, I showed them the video from our Children’s Zoo in my city. The Zoo is closed for now, but is posting a new video of a Zoo Keeper talking about a different animal each day. The first day I showed the video, a pre-school daughter joined her mom to watch and her mom explained it to their in their language.

Thursday I told the moms how proud I am of them. I wish we could have our usual end of year celebration, but it is not possible.

So I have 2 weeks to sleep in and then the adventure continues with online summer school for the moms for one month. I am SO THANKFUL that God has blessed me with being able to teach online.

So it is a wrap for now, but the adventure will continue.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

A Morning with Worship Songs

Spending the morning listening to worship music is totally making my day 🙂

Worship music lifts my spirits so much. My morning class finished yesterday and I have a 2 week break from it. During the next 2 weeks, my desire is to stay connected first of all with Jesus and also with others.

Lauren Daigle shared a Social Distancing Version of her song Still Rolling Stones. I am listening to it on repeat right now to celebrate the fact that no matter what happens around us, Jesus has defeated death and is our eternal hope.

Story Time- Snail Croissants?

In June 2004, I had the privilege of teaching in a conversational English language camp in Lyon France. I loved my time there and enjoyed some wonderful food.

Each morning I would leave the home where I was staying before the retired couple would wake up. They would leave a box of pastries on the table for me to have one for breakfast.

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One morning I looked at the box of croissants and saw the word- Escargot. The croissants had pieces of what I thought were snails, escargot in French, because the pieces were black. I did not want to eat snails for breakfast, I never actually want to eat them any time, so I drank some coffee and had some toast.

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The husband came down that morning. He noticed the box of croissants was unopened. He asked me if I wanted one. I told him I didn’t want snails for breakfast. He smiled and said, “The spots are chocolate. The croissants are shaped like a snail.”

Learning that the black spots were chocolate, not snails, I eagerly ate two of them. I mean HELLO CHOCOLATE.

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Deciding things based on appearances or lack of information can lead to mistakes like my mistake with the croissants.

Fortunately God does not make decisions the way we do. When God looks at us, he does not decide based on outward appearance or current abilities. God bases his decisions on what he can do through us as he empowers us , guides us, and transforms our lives.

God can take someone who others overlook, dismiss, or look down on and transform that person into a whole new person he works through to do wonderful things.

I hope to be more like God and not look at outward appearances. But I still don’t want to eat snails.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Which Voice Will We Give Power To?

I saw a video on Youtube yesterday that caused me to think about voices that we pay attention to or give power over us.

There are many voices in our lives competing for our attention. It is as if we have a radio tuner and need to select which station or voice.

The voices we give power to are the ones that can rule our lives. But ate the voices ones that bring us down or ones that lift us up?

Jesus talked about his voice when he said in John 10:

“My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow my voice.”

What is his voice like? When Elijah was in need of God, God’s voice came in a gentle whisper. We read in 1 Kings 19:

“After the earthquake came a fire, but the Lord was not in the fire. And after the fire came a gentle whisper.”

God whispers to us. God’s voice is never condemning. We read in Romans 8:

“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus”

If a voice is condemning you, it is not from God. God is gentle with his children.

Mary Magdelene was distraught when she went to the empty tomb of Jesus. She had been through the emotional ringer of watching Jesus die on the cross. She was grieving. Her eyes were filled with tears, so she did not recognize Jesus until Jesus said her name. In John 20 we read:

Thinking he was the gardener, she said, “Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have put him, and I will get him.”

Jesus said to her, “Mary.”

She turned toward him and cried out in Aramaic, “Rabboni!” (which means “Teacher”).

Jesus did not condemn, ridicule, or shame Mary while she was distraught. He spoke her name.

So which voice will we listen to and give power to?

Thank you for reading. God Bless

Happy Mothers Day

It is Mothers Day here in the USA. I would like to wish a Happy Mothers Day to all of the moms who follow and read my blog.

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Many of the people I interact with a lot here in my blog are wonderful moms with great blogs to follow. I hope today is a special day for you even though the times are quite different.

I would like to thank the mom bloggers I interact with and follow for your posts that inspire me, give me smiles, and brighten my days.

This Mothers Day I would like to share a song with you. The song is from a genre I don’t usually listen to but the woman who wrote it and sang it did so inspired by her grandmother. The song is- God Made A Woman.

I will share the version from American Idol so you can see the back story and also the full song.

Happy Mothers Day. God Bless 🙂

Good Day That Included A Nap

Yesterday evening after my Life Group finished meeting on Zoom, I checked my blog for posts from bloggers I follow. My fellow Nebraskan and little sister Alicia of had a post that gave me a good laugh. It is a DYI post about how to make a sign for a garden. I won’t spoil it for you. The link is- Garden Sign DYI.

It is wonderful to part of a blogging community because your posts can make me laugh, encourage me in my faith, help me to see places from around the world, and keep life interesting.

Cynthia of shared about sleep and through comments we discovered that we both love naps. As she told me, it is a great perk for me that at this time of teaching from home, it is much easier for me to take naps. 🙂

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Speaking of naps, I took one yesterday. But fun stuff happened first.

Yesterday was a good day overall. It started with spending time with Jesus in prayer. I saw real people in real life not just online. I dropped off a donated laptop at El Centro de las Americas, the Hispanic Center here, for a woman who teaches GED classes for the Center. I had the chance to talk with the few people working there. I picked up aforementioned laptop in the morning at a friends house-socially distanced of course- but had a chance to talk for a bit.

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I had a tutoring session online with a fellow blogger and gave her homework, which I am sure she is thrilled to have 🙂

Then it happened.


Do you like naps?

Thank you for reading. God Bless.

Small Blessings Can Mean A lot

As a teacher and in ministry, one of my joys is when a student returns to say thank you and share with me about their success. I received a message yesterday from a former student who has graduated from college. She was in two of my English Second Language courses. I also met with her at my church to help her with college prep.

Her message was:

“I feel like the days I learned in your class were many many years ago. haha I was in a difficult time back then, but your class was always fun and you gave me a hope to keep learning. I’m really appreciate you. You are a wonderful teacher”

I received her message after I finished teaching online for the day and was beginning to get a headache- A Fibromyalgia headache- as in maybe a signal a flare up was coming. It was a blessing to receive her note.

The reason I am sharing it is because during this time of COVID-19 crisis, the little things like a message can mean so much. My hope is that my readers will see this post and decide to send a message, a note, or a card to someone to encourage them.

One of my favorite quotes is from Mother Teresa:

“Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.”

Let’s do small things with love.

Thank you for reading. God Bless.