Three Ways to Help When Disaster Strikes

Winner of book giveaway in post.

Leaves are just starting to yellow on the trees, early morning brings cooler temperatures in the low 60’s, rising to a pleasant 82f. A welcome relief from the summer heat reaching in the high 90’s f.

People don’t have to force themselves to be outdoors when the weather is beautiful. It calls our name; and we respond by leaving our air conditioned homes and stepping outside into the fresh air. Whether that means sitting on the patio, taking a walk, playing a round of golf, working in the garden or hiking up the nearest mountain. We enjoy the escape into nature and the escape from the concerns of the day. We disconnect if only for a moment and all is well with our little world.

But. All. Is. Not. Well.

Not well in the world around us. As we (me included in the royal we) bask in the beauty of early Fall. There are parts of this country (USA) going through fires and storms on a massive scale.

Even though we may watch the news or follow on social media for a few minutes here and there, it is easy for us to feel disconnected unless we have either been through something similar or have family and friends in the path of the fire or the storm.

Praying. Going. Giving.

I’m not suggesting that we stop everything and glue ourselves to the television or social media. What I am encouraging us to do is first of all pray to our Heavenly Father for protection and wisdom for those in the affected areas. The people who live in these areas and the volunteers who travel to help in the aftermath are still in need of prayer.

My second suggestion, find out how out how best we can help. For some that might mean joining a rescue or volunteer clean up team. Not all are able for one reason or another to go, so here is a third way to help. Collect items to send with the teams….but ONLY items that have been requested, usually it is toiletries, gift cards and water but check with the organization of your choice. Lastly give financially though reputable organizations and churches. It doesn’t have to be large amounts, every cent, every dollar counts. Use the resources we have to be a blessing to those in the disaster areas.

Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for human masters. Col 3:23

However we decide to help, whether by praying, going, giving or a combination of the three. Let us remember as we help those in need to do it all to bring honor and glory to the Lord. Not ourselves.

Texas, Florida and Northwest you have not been forgotten.

Two announcements

First: Priscilla Shirer’s book God Is Able was not claimed. We have a new winner congratulations to Joelda Hope of NM. Second: The winner of Micah Maddox book Anchored In is Danica Stirk of the UK.

Joelda and Danica I know the books will be source of encouragement to you.

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance.

 

 

 

 

 

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Rejoice: Delighting in the Lord/Plus a Book Giveaway

I asked my new to kindergarten grandson: “Why were you dancing in line?” (He had received a warning from his teacher).

His eyes grew big as he excitedly informed me: “Because I’m a happy kid!”

Google Dictionary definition of Re-joice: Feel or show great delight. Well, he was certainly expressing outwardly the inner delight he was feeling.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Philippians 4:4 NIV

Honestly, we don’t always feel like rejoicing; not even before the Lord. Some days (or weeks/months) we find ourselves trudging through life with just about enough energy to put one foot in front of the other. We don’t feel delighted, so we don’t show delight.

My old trusty Collins Concise Dictionary and Thesaurus describes delight as; take great pleasure and enjoy, feast on, glory in, indulge in, revel in and savor.

Isn’t that what Philippians 4:4 encourages us to do? Take great pleasure, enjoy, feast on, glory in, indulge in, revel in and savor the Lord? Rejoice/Delight…in Him.

Let me put it this way; we are not going to dance in line unless we are a happy kid on the inside. How do we expect to feel and show delight when we are disconnected from the source of our delight?

Tap Dancing on the Inside

King David’s life was not all sunshine and ice cream parties and neither is ours. Turmoil surrounded him even in his family. When he was fleeing from his son Absalom, David declared to the Lord in Psalm 3:3 “But you are a shield around me, O Lord; you bestow glory on me and lift up my head.”

We may come before the Lord with our heads hanging low, but as we spend time in His presence, feasting on His goodness our heads will be lifted. We will dance again because He is our delight. Okay, all the non dancers don’t freak out, you can do a little tap dance on the inside…no one will know your secret except you, the Lord and….. thousand upon thousands of angels.

 You did it: you changed wild lament into whirling dance; You ripped off my black mourning band and decked me with wildflowers. I’m about to burst with song; I can’t keep quiet about you. God, my God, I can’t thank you enough.     Psalm 30:11 Message

Whether we dance outwardly or inwardly is not the point. My point is; Jesus is our delight, not our circumstances.

“Jesus is our delight, not our circumstances.”

One way to express the delight we have in Him, is to write it down in a journal. One sentence or a full page, there are no rules, it is entirely up to you how much or little you write, or indeed how often you write. Whether you have a thousand journals…you know you need one more, or you are new to journaling I have just what you want.

I am giving away a beautiful journal with the words Rejoice in the Lord on the front cover and scripture on every other page. See photos.

When I saw the little bird on the front cover I wondered if I should signup for Twitter, so I can tweet about God’s love and grace. Do you use social media to brag on God?

How to enter: Simply leave a comment telling me what type of social media you use (please no links) to brag on God, OR a comment regarding journaling or about the Lord. Choose between the comment box on this site or gracelaceandpolkadots Facebook page. You can comment as much as you want, but only One comment per person will be entered into the drawing. Closes on Saturday August 19th at 10pm central time and winner will be announced Monday 21st in Grace Lace and Polkadots blog post.

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance

 

 

His Grip is Firm: Even When We Fall

My gloved hands and winter coat gave me protection from the cold morning air as I, along and several other teenage girls disembarked the bus. We talked as we walked to our place of work even though the sun was not quite up and we were not fully awake. As we walked down the hilly narrow street I was glad it hadn’t snowed, though I’m sure someone would have started a fun snowball fight.

Didn’t See it Coming

One minute I was on my feet, walking and talking the next moment my backside and the road were engaged in close fellowship as I had landed in a sitting position. As I tried to take in what had happen the girl in front half turned to look at me, as she did her feet went from under her and she landed facedown sprawled out on her belly.

Neither of us had noticed the patch of black ice, too busy talking I guess. The sight of me sitting in the middle of the street and my work colleague flat on her belly just tickled my sense of humor and I began to laugh. Her moisten eyes soon turned to eyes of laughter. Except for some sore places neither of us were badly hurt, we were more shocked that we had fallen. Thankfully the other girls helped us up and supported us while we regained our footing.

Round the Clock Support

One minute we are living life going about our usual routines then Wham! out of nowhere we are hit with something we didn’t see coming. It may knock us off our feet for awhile leaving us in stunned silence as we try to process the issue, or it may leave us crying face down.

Friends are needed in times when we have been knocked down, it’s good to have their support but their support can only go so far. They are not with us constantly but there is one who is and his name is Jesus, He has promised never to leave us, that means He is with us 24/7 holding and supporting us as we lean on Him day and night.

He stretches out His arms and with His hand He has a good grasp on us even during the times when we feel like we cannot hold on. He’s got you dear Sister-in-Christ and that’s a fact, you are His and He is not letting go. Let Him hold you, pick you up and steady you once again.

“Though he falls, he shall not be utterly cast down, for the Lord grasps his hand in support and upholds him.” Psalm 37:24 AMPC

Until next week

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance

Have you been held, supported and lifted up during a difficult period in your life? Would love to hear your story of God’s goodness. Share in the comment box and feel free to share this post with a friend, they too may need to know He’s got them.