Posted by: Diana Leagh Matthews | April 23, 2012

A Song For All Ages

One of the first songs we learn to sing as children is “Jesus Loves Me.”

When I go into the nursing homes and daycares to perform, for music therapy or a music session I always end with Jesus Loves Me.

I’ve discovered several things:

1. Everyone knows this song
2. The song seems to resonate and touch a chord with each person
3. Even the youngest of children know this song or quickly learn to sing it
4. I’m engraining an important truth with children that will be with them the rest of their lives
5. Unresponsive patients {in the nursing home} often begin to sing this song with me
6. I often take senior adults back to happy memories of childhood through the use of this song
7. I’m reminding these adults that they are not alone, they are loved and there is hope
8. Without fail I see faces light up
9. My best friend reminded me I never know the chord I might be touching with them
10. In some small ways I’m reminding both young and young at heart of this eternal promise

The first verse we learn as children is John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

We are reminded throughout the Bible of God’s love for us. The New Testament is a continuous reminder of Jesus love for us. Do you think he’d have sacrificed himself on the cross if he didn’t love you? “As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love.If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.” {John 15:9}

Jesus Loves You

So regardless of your age, or that of the children or senior adults in your life, remember this is one truth that is unfailing. Who are you sharing God’s love with? How are you responding to Jesus sacrifice?

For more on the song Jesus Loves Me

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Posted by: Diana Leagh Matthews | April 18, 2012

“Lovest Thou Me?”

Have you ever denied Christ?

Peter denied Jesus three times the night Christ was arrested. Afterwards the disciple was horrified to realize he’d done the very thing Jesus foretold.

Earlier that evening while the disciple were partaking of {what we now call} the Last Supper, Jesus began to prepare the men for what was to come.

“Then Jesus told them, “This very night you will all fall away on account of me, for it is written:
“‘I will strike the shepherd, and the sheep of the flock will be scattered.’ But after I have risen, I will go ahead of you into Galilee.”
Peter replied, “Even if all fall away on account of you, I never will.”
“Truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “this very night, before the rooster crows, you will disown me three times.”
But Peter declared, “Even if I have to die with you, I will never disown you.” And all the other disciples said the same. {Matthew 26:31-35}

How many times do we want to be a Peter? We promise God that we will never forsake Him or turn from Him?

In our humanity we fail over and over again. I know I do. Thankfully, Jesus meant it when He said “I will never disown you.” If we love Him and accept Him into our hearts, He will not disown us.

After Jesus died and was raised from the grave, He gave Peter another chance.

Peter and several of the other disciples were out fishing when Jesus appeared to them. John 21:7 says “As soon as Simon Peter heard him say, “It is the Lord,” he wrapped his outer garment around him (for he had taken it off) and jumped into the water.”

That verse made me wonder about Peter’s actions. Was he in a hurry to get to Christ? Did he remember denying Christ and was trying to hide from embarrassment?

Later after they finished their meal, Jesus gave Peter another chance to prove his loyalty.

When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, “Simon son of John, do you love me more than these?”
“Yes, Lord,” he said, “you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Feed my lambs.”
{John 21:15}
Jesus asks the first time and tells Peter to feed His lambs. He is using the image of a shepherd caring for and herding his lambs.
In the next verse, Jesus asks Peter a second time if he loves Him.
Again Jesus said, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
He answered, “Yes, Lord, you know that I love you.”
Jesus said, “Take care of my sheep.”

Peter not only agrees, but tells Jesus that He knows that he {Peter} loves him. This time Jesus tells him to care for His {Jesus} sheep. Jesus is using the imagery of a shepherd caring for his flock.

In verse 17, Jesus ask Peter the question a third and final time.
The third time he said to him, “Simon son of John, do you love me?”
Peter was hurt because Jesus asked him the third time, “Do you love me?” He said, “Lord, you know all things; you know that I love you.”

Can you imagine how hurt Peter must have been to be asked this question again? By all accounts Peter was an impulsive man. Why was Jesus asking him this again? He’d already answered the Lord twice. Notice Peter’s answer, “Lord, you know all things.” What a wonderful reminder that the Lord knows all, even when we don’t. Jesus knew Peter loved Him, but he wanted Peter to admit that fact.

Once again Jesus told him “Feed my sheep.” Now the Lord knew that Peter was ready to go out and spread the gospel. With those words Jesus proved what He said earlier in the upper room, “I will never forsake or leave you.”

No matter what we’re facing or struggling with, we’re not alone. The Lord is with us and no matter the road ahead He’ll walk that road ahead and with us.

The commentaries I read say that Peter put on his outer garment to go to Jesus. Yes, he was embarrassed and probably wanted to hide, but he met Jesus face to face. I wonder if he fell to his knees upon reaching the Lord? Jesus wants us to run to Him the way Peter did when we fall.

There are times when life is difficult and we don’t want to minister to his flock. Still, that’s exactly what He wants us to do. Through the adversity we learn the lessons to minister to others in that same situation. There are times we need to be ministered to and other times we need to allow God to use us to minister to others.

Are you feeding His sheep? If Jesus returned today, what would your answer be to His question, “Lovest Thou Me?”

Posted by: Diana Leagh Matthews | April 15, 2012

Remembering Those that Perished At Sea

These were people living out their everyday life. In third class, most of the passengers were emigrants headed to the New World in hopes of a better life. In second class, we had what today would be considered the average, middle class person. First class was filled with the opulence of grandeur. The most elite and richest people were on this ship, such as John Jacob Astor and Isidor Strauss {founder of Macy’s}.

RMS Titanic

The Titanic was deemed “unsinkable.” After all it was the ship of dreams and no cost had been spared. She was larger and could go faster than any other ship in the world. {She was 1,004 tons larger than her sister ship, Olympic}. Life on the ship was unlike anything most of the passengers had ever seen before. They were living it up and relishing this once in a lifetime experience. White Star line chairman was heard to brag that the ship would arrive in New York ahead of schedule and they were going “full knots ahead.”

That Sunday they held services in the First and Second Class Lounges. That evening they held a hymn sing. One of the hymns they sung was “For Those That Perish At the Sea.”

Captain Edward J. Smith

A few short hours later the ship hit an iceberg and as we know, history was made. The ship did not have enough life boats, and Captain Smith and his crew had to make a decision who would be saved. From all accounts given, the men acted as gentlemen, assisting the women while realizing they were sealing their fate.

The loss of life is what makes this story so absolutely gut wrenching and connects with so many. This tragedy is a reminder that you never know when your time may come. We all know that one day we will face death, but expect it to be in old age. Tragedies occur that suddenly and immediately change the course of our lives and our destinies. If you approached the passengers at 11:30pm {10 minutes before the ship hit an iceberg} told the 1,517 people that lost their lives that night that they would not live to see morning they would not have believed you.

This tragedy is a reminder of how fragile life is. We never know when our name might be called, but we must be ready. Are you ready? 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11 “For God has not destined us for wrath, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us so that whether we are awake or asleep we might live with him. Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”

There were eight priest on board the Titanic {all Second Class Passengers} for her maiden voyage. Reports of at least three of these men {and probably all eight of them} tell of the way they assisted passengers, refused a place in the lifeboat, heard confessions and said prayers until the bitter end. Rev. John Harper {also a Second Class Passenger} is reported to go around to passengers first on the ship and later in the water {until the moment of his own death} begging and pleading with them to accept Christ into their hearts as he shared the gospel.

Matthew 25:13 tells us to “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.” While Jesus was speaking of the second coming, the same is true for how fragile this life can be.
There are a multitude of stories about the sacrifices made on the Titanic. Ida Strauss decided to stay with her husband and Edith Evans gave up her place in a lifeboat to another woman that had children. These are just two of many, but they made life altering decisions when they were in the moment. The musicians stayed on the ship, playing their instruments to keep the crowds calm. As the Titanic sank that night, one of the last songs they played was “Nearer My God To Thee.” In the last moments of their lives, as the ship was tilting and the realization that the end was near they turned to God.

Titanic survivors in lifeboats awaiting rescue

Who would you turn to if you knew it was your last minutes? Would you share Christ with others in your last moments the way as these men of God made a decision to do? Take a moment of silence to remember those who perished on the Titanic. If Christ called you home {or returned} today would you be ready? {If not then please find a Bible believe church and speak with the pastor.}

For more on the songs, Nearer My God To Thee and “Autumn”

For more information, my blogs ALookThruTime and SingingtheSonginMyHeart are dedicated to the Titanic this month.

“Hearts That Survive” by Yvonne Lehman is one of the best fiction books I’ve read on the Titanic.

Posted by: Diana Leagh Matthews | April 12, 2012

The Thorn and The Rose

The other day while walking, I noticed a beautiful rose bush in full bloom. The beauty of the roses touched my heart, but I was also reminded that to enjoy such beauty, there were thorns along the stem to be dealt with. So much of life is the same way. To reach the beauty in our lives, we must overcome the thorns along the way.

Why are there thorns on a rose stem? After some research I discovered the thorns are used as a defense mechanism, to ward off predators and extend life. The thorns develop long before the bud begins to form and bloom.

In life we seem to have to climb up the trellis of thorns before we can reach the full bloom of life. Depending on the decisions we make the path can often be long and winding. I’ve made a lot of bad decisions in my life and have been pricked by the thorns I’ve encountered many times along the way.

As a youth I thought I knew best. My decisions led me on a path that was not led by God. If I’d sought God, my path would have been very different. Proverbs 22:5 says “Thorns and snares are in the way of the perverse: He that keepeth his soul shall be far from them.” (ASV)

When we allow ourselves to stay among the thorns, we are allowing ourselves to be strangled by them. So often we see or hear of people suffering from addiction and never able to overcome their battles. Regardless of our vices or decisions, once we become involved with the wrong people or crowd, these decisions will grow up around to devour us. Luke 8:7 says “And others fell amidst the thorns; and the thorns grew with it, and choked it.” (ASV)

Thankfully I do not have to bear the burdens of my decisions alone. There is hope! There is one who paid for these sins on the cross, but he didn’t stay dead. He rose again! The early Christians identified the petals on the rose as the five wounds of Christ. Once I re-surrendered my life to Christ, He began to pull me out of the tangles of thorns around me, and began to form the base of the stem as I began to bud. This is not a process that happens overnight. The changes come slowly and are not always easy. There are still battles to overcome, but by keeping my eyes on Christ I know that one day I will be a beautiful rose.

We won’t truly see our rose fully bloom until we step out of this life and into the glory of heaven. Only then will we understand the path our lives have taken and the people we’ve touched.

Is your life surrounded by thorns? Is Christ blooming in your life? What changes do you need to surrender to fully bloom?

Posted by: Diana Leagh Matthews | April 8, 2012

Let Us Rejoice….HE IS RISEN

Happy Easter! Easter is one of my favorite holidays. The day we remember that Jesus did not stay dead, but He Arose! 1 Corinthians 1:18 says, “For the word of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us who are saved it is the power of God.” The cross cleansed our sin, but the resurrection gives us a reason to celebrate.

Can you imagine being Mary Magdalene? She went to the tomb to tend to Jesus body, but when she arrived the stone had been rolled back. When she looked inside, Jesus was not there, He was risen! Jesus had tried to explain to His followers that He would not stay buried, but they did not comprehend what He was saying. I don’t think we would have either, if we were walking in their footsteps.
Matthew 28:2-6 describes the scene this way, “And behold, there was a great earthquake; for an angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled away the stone, and sat upon it. His appearance was as lightning, and his raiment white as snow: and for fear of him the watchers did quake, and became as dead men. And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye; for I know that ye seek Jesus, who hath been crucified. He is not here; for he is risen, even as he said. Come, see the place where the Lord lay.”

Can you imagine how radiant He must have looked? Mary Magdalene, Simon Peter and the other disciples did not recognize Him at first. Once they did recognize Him, they fell to His feet in worship and awe.

Even today we need to fall to His feet as we worship Him. Jesus wants us to draw closer and closer to Him with each new day. The Easter story would not be complete without the Resurrection. Otherwise Jesus would just be another prophet. Because of the Resurrection we know He’s the Son of God.

Matthew 28:18-20 tells us “And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

Because He Lives” we know “His Kind of Love.

Do you know Jesus love? Do you fall in awe at His feet in worship? Does Easter bring you joy because there is eternal hope, or is it just another holiday?

Posted by: Diana Leagh Matthews | April 6, 2012

Jesus Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

Today is Good Friday, the day Christians remember the sacrifice Jesus made on the cross.

We often talk and sing about Jesus being on the cross, but there are times when the magnitude of His sacrifice does not seem to register. Passion Plays always bring me to tears, but they do not do justice to the depth of suffering Jesus went through.

Jesus did not want to go through this trial, but He knew it was the only way to save mankind from our sin. “And He went forward a little, and fell on His face, and prayed, saying, My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass away from me: nevertheless, not as I will, but as thou wilt.” Matthew 26:39. Without the shedding of His blood, we would never be worthy to spend eternity with Him.

God loved us so much that He sacrificed His own son on the cross. The pain was so great He had to turn His face away. Jesus could have stopped His pain at any time and the angels would have descended from Heaven, but He understood He had to make this sacrifice for the salvation of mankind.

Let us Survey the Wondrous Cross and take a look at the torment, humiliation and pain Jesus went through on His journey to the cross:

• Judas betrayed Him for 30 pieces silver {Matthew 26:14-25}
• The disciples fled {Matthew 26:47-56}
• Jesus was betrayed by a kiss {Mark 14:43-52}
• Sold Jesus Clothes {Matthew 26:65}
• Beat and blindfolded Him {Luke 22:63-64}
• Herod questioned and Chief Priests vehemently accused Him {Luke 23:1-12}
• Jesus is accused of blasphemy {Mark 14:64}
• Spit in His face {Matthew 26:67}
• Peter denied Him 3 times {Matthew 26:69-75; Mark 14:66-72}
• Bound, led away and delivered to Pilate {Matthew 27:1-3}
• Smoke {beat} with a reed {Mark 15:19}
• People called out to crucify Him over Barabbas {Matthew 27:11-25; John 19:1-18}
• Jesus is stripped Him of His clothes {Matthew 27:28, 31}
• Placed a of thorns on His Head {Matthew 27:29}
• The people Mocked Him {Matthew 27:29, 41}
• Jesus carried his own cross {John 19:17}
• The Soldiers gave Him a drink with Gall, but He would not drink {something bitter and probably poisonous} {Matthew 27:34: John 19:28-29}
• The guards cast lots for His garments {Matthew 27:35}
• A sign over Head “This is Jesus the King of the Jews” {Matthew 27:37}
• A thief hanging beside Him tells Jesus to save Himself {Luke 23:39-43}
• Gave Jesus vinegar to drink {Matthew 27:48}
• Spear pierced His side {John 19:34}

As Jesus gave up the spirit “Darkness filled the entire land until the ninth hours” {Mark 15:33} and “Veil of the temple tore and the earth did quake.” {Matthew 27:50}.

Thankfully He did not stay dead. To be continued Easter Sunday

Posted by: Diana Leagh Matthews | April 1, 2012

Spring Brings a Time of Renewel

Can you believe it’s April? I love springtime.

Spring is a time of renewal and rebirth. The weather is beautiful, the flowers are blooming and the temperature is just right. The downside to all this beauty is the pollen and effect it has on your allergies.

In the spring and fall I can’t use the excuse “It’s too hot” or “It’s too cold” to get outside and take a walk. After being cooped up all winter, this is the perfect time to get outside and enjoy life.
We all long for the springtime in our lives, when things are improving, there is growth and we are nearing that summertime.

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 says “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; a time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.” (ASV)

Three years I left an abusive relationship, and was in a time of losing and hurting. For the last year I’ve been in a time of learning, building up and waiting. I often wonder what God’s purpose is, but He doesn’t tell me too much in advance. That’s probably wise, if I knew too much I might not want to journey down the path waiting for me.

I have little patience and it’s often hard for me to wait. I’m discovering that the longer I wait and the more I question Him, the closer I draw to my Lord. That’s what he wants for all of us. We find that in the seasons of adversity and waiting we are more likely to turn to Him then when everything is going good.

So what are some ways to draw closer to God:
1. Constant and consistent prayer
2. Talk to God like he’s a friend
3. Time in His Word
4. Read and Study books that will lift your soul
5. Read and Study books that will help you develop the skills you need to improve
6. Find a group of friends that love the Lord {Sunday School class, Training Union class, Support Group, etc}
7. Make a friend with someone that shares your faith and will be honest with you
8. Make God your best friend
9. Talk to Him about everything—even those things that seem mundane
10. Did I mention, Talk to God!!!

What season are you in? Are you drawing closer to Him?

Posted by: Diana Leagh Matthews | March 28, 2012

How Beautiful Heaven Will Be

I had the joy of listening to Rev. Don Piper speak on Sunday evening. He is the author of 90 Minutes in Heaven, where he shares his story of being hit by a semi-truck, died and went to heaven for 90 minutes, as a minister friend prayed over him, before being sent back to earth.

The Lord Will Be Our Light

His story was a reminder of how fragile life is. We never know when our mortal life can be instantly changed or lost. Listening to him describe the things he saw while in heaven, I realized my imagination cannot even envision all of the glories of heaven.

Jesus says in John 14:2-4 “In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. You know the way to the place where I am going.”

The beauty is more than we can ever imagine

I wondered what the Bible said about heaven. There are many stories of near death experiences, but surprisingly the Bible reveals very little about the afterlife. Most likely we could never comprehend all God has in store for us. God must have a reason for not telling us more, but once we get there we won’t want to leave. Heaven will be unlike anything we’ve ever experienced in this lifetime.

Let’s take a look at John’s description of the “New Jerusalem”. Revelations 21-22 tells us it will have:

1. No more sea
2. No tears, pain, sin, death or sorrow
3. The fountain of the water of life flowing freely, the river of life and the tree of life
4. Twelve gates with angels {3 to the east, 3 to the west, 3 to the south and 3 to the north}
5. The tribes of Israel written on the 12 gates
6. Twelve foundations with the twelve apostles in the wall of the city, the new city is a perfect cube
7. City of and Streets of pure gold, as transparent as glass
8. Building of the walls made of jasper
9. Foundations of the walls of the city garnered with precious stones
10. No temple, the Lord God and the Lamb {Jesus} are the temple
11. Twelve gates made of pearl
12. No sun, moon or night, because God will be the light

Can you imagine how grand it will be?

John 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” To get to Heaven, Jesus is the only way. If you don’t know Him, I encourage you to find a Bible believing Pastor to speak with.

What are you looking forward to when you get to Heaven?

How Beautiful Heaven Will Be

Posted by: Diana Leagh Matthews | March 22, 2012

Reconnecting with Old Friends

When I began researching my family history, I interviewed my grandparents in-depth to learn more about their life and experiences. My Papa told me about his years in the Army. There were many stories about one friend he had. With the invention of the internet I decided to search for this old military buddy. We called and after fifty years apart, the two old friends were able to talk once again. Recently my brother was asking about this old friend. I did a little research and discovered the man died shortly after that conversation with Papa.

Make the Call

It reminded me of how quickly time passes. We often mean to call a friend and reconnect but life gets in the way. It is so easy to put things off for another day, but eventually we’ve run out of time.

You can contact an old friend just to:
–say a quick hello

Maybe you have a friend from high school or college you’ve not seen in years or a neighbor that moved away or a co-worker that was promoted.

Some friends will be thrilled to hear from you and others might be surprised or distant. Only you can judge the reception and how to proceed.

How can you reconnect?
–Pick up the phone {I know it’s scary}
–Share what’s on your heart
–Make plans to meet for lunch
–Give your undivided attention
–Take it from there

A hug to erase the passage of time

Beware that not everyone will want to reconnect. There are also certain people in your life it might be best not to reconnect with. Only you can decide and I ask that you please use wise judgment. If a person was a trouble maker, abusive, made you uncomfortable or caused too much mischief, it’s best to let bygones be bygones. We all have some of those in our life.

We all need friends. Don’t forget your ultimate friend. The one that will love you regardless and stand by you no matter how difficult your situation. That friend is the one that died on the cross for you. Even while he walked on the earth, Jesus needed and was surrounded by friends. He had the 12 disciples, Mary Magdalene, Lazarus and his sisters, Mary and Martha as close friends just to name a few. Romans 12:10 tells us to “Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honor.”

Giving Papa the chance to talk with his old Army buddy one last time meant a lot to him. Now that he’s gone, I’m glad I was able to do something special for him and it also brought back a lot of memories I would have never heard otherwise.

Is there someone in your life you’d like to reconnect with? Who do you need to extend brotherly affection?

Old Friends Together Again

Posted by: Diana Leagh Matthews | March 19, 2012

This Too Will Pass

Two weeks ago I would have celebrated my anniversary. I wish I could tell you it was a good relationship, but from the beginning it was full of nothing but lies, manipulation and abuse. Unfortunately I refused to see or hear the warning signs, even when loved ones tried to help me.

This Too Shall Pass

It took me three years to gain the strength and courage to walk away. It wasn’t easy and went against everything I believed. After all, I was raised to believe that marriage is for life. I knew I was a mess and could not live that way. For a long time I wanted to do things my way and held on very tightly, trying everything to make the relationship work. The harder I tried the more miserable I became.

Things finally came to a head one day and I walked away from the relationship. It was the hardest thing I ever did, even though I knew it was the best thing for my own sanity. It took me two and a half years of counseling before I could begin to look to the future.

When we’re hurting it feels as if we can never be happy again or look to the next chapter to come. It’s so easy to wallow in pity and isolate ourselves from others. In time, it will come.

If you or someone you know is hurting, some of the things you can do:
1. Be patient—it takes time
2. Take baby steps—don’t try to do too much at once or you’ll be overwhelmed
3. Get involved with a support group {ex. Divorce Care– if it’s a divorce}
4. Find a good Christian counselor
5. Be cautious—you’re hurting and want to share it with everyone you know. Later on you may regret the things you told people, so just be cautious what you tell people. Find one or two select friends you know you can trust and that are a reliable confidant.
6. Talk about your feelings—it’s not healthy to keep it bottled up {just be cautious as I stated above}
7. Stay active—exercise does help you not only physically, but also your mind
8. Do something for others—volunteer or help others in need; even if it’s for a few hours each month the thing you’ll find is it will make you feel better to do for others
9. Study God’s word—you’ll be amazed the answers you find in there
10. Most importantly, don’t forget to talk to God—he wants to be your best friend, he’ll listen regardless of the hour, he’ll give you the best advice and he knows better than anyone the journey you’ve been on.

For Everything There Is A Season

God tells us that there is a time for everything. We don’t always understand why things happen to us, but God has a reason even when we don’t understand. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 {NIV} tells us: “There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance, a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away, a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak, a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.”

Abraham Lincoln said in a speech that an Eastern monarch came up with the well known phrase “And this, too shall pass away.” This phrase is well known and used today.

Looking back on my journey, I’m so thankful I left. I’ve seen ways God has provided, even when the situation seemed hopeless and I felt helpless. This year was a big mile stone for me. While I allowed myself to be reminded of the date, it was the first year I did not allow myself to dwell on it. I acknowledged it and then moved on to the next task at hand. It took me fifteen years after my first marriage ended to do this on the date of our anniversary.

So regardless of what you’re facing, it too will pass and there is hope. What are you facing right now?

Let Go For Something Better

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