No matter how dark your night, no matter how black your time, the morning cannot be restrained.
The thickest shadow or blackest cloud cannot withhold the dawn.
Though deepest darkness surrounds you, though loss and sorrow beat you down, hold on, sunrise is coming.
After night the Son shines clearer still, and hope is never lost.
Don't turn back, believe, keep going, you're holding on to something.
A higher hope, a greater dream; for life will be renewed.
IT IS WELL WITH MY SOUL by ANTHEM LIGHTS |
Nothing like a good ol' hymn to put our spirits back in Christ-centered restful hope. This classic hymn reminds us when things are going well, God is good. But when things are not going too good, God is still good. No matter how and where life takes us, that never changes. Let us confirm this truth and pray through the words as we are in our own fields of problems, distress, worries or sapping joy. Have a blessed week, everyone.
"When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,
When sorrows like sea billows roll;
Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
It is well with my soul,
It is well, it is well with my soul.
Though Satan should buffet, though trials should come,
Let this blest assurance control,
That Christ hath regarded my helpless estate,
And hath shed His own blood for my soul.
My sin—oh, the bliss of this glorious thought!—
My sin, not in part but the whole,
Is nailed to the cross, and I bear it no more,
Praise the Lord, praise the Lord, O my soul!
For me, be it Christ, be it Christ hence to live:
If Jordan above me shall roll,
No pang shall be mine, for in death as in life
Thou wilt whisper Thy peace to my soul.
But, Lord, ’tis for Thee, for Thy coming we wait,
The sky, not the grave, is our goal;
Oh, trump of the angel! Oh, voice of the Lord!
Blessed hope, blessed rest of my soul!
And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,
The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;
The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,
Even so, it is well with my soul."
I’m afraid history will show President Trump’s capitulation to Erdogan in Syria to be one of his worst foreign policy decisions. President Trump is letting one of the worst dictators in the world expand their influence in the Middle East, and in the process, also completely selling out our Kurdish allies.
As I’ve pondered this over the last few weeks I’ve wondered why the President is doing it. After all, I don’t believe he is stupid, and I don’t believe he believes Erdogan is an angel. Nor do I believe Trump actually believes that the cost to stay in Syria in terms of American blood and treasure was too great...bc almost no Americans were dying there. That was all just the rhetoric used to sell it to the American people. I suspected that there was some financial upside that Trump saw by moving closer to Erdogan...because as they say, “follow the money...”
Then sure enough, as I listened to the press conference today, there it was. The President believes that by cozying up to Erdogan he can open up more markets for US goods in Turkey and thereby strengthen the US economy, jobs, etc. So he agreed to abandon the Kurds and let Erdogan have his way in Syria...
I do support the President, and will vote for him again. A few weeks ago I went to a Trump rally in Dallas and I might even go again if he comes back. But selling out an ally in the Middle East (the Kurds) and refusing to take a harder line with Erdogan, a dictator who jails and tortures journalists, dissidents, etc. is not a good look for America. A little more trade revenue is not worth it. We reap what we sow in life and in foreign policy, and this will not have a good outcome for anyone...
Teaching yoga reminds me every day, that until there is self-awareness, there cannot be freedom from pain and hurt, nor from the injustices of the world. ⭐️
The horrors and sadness in this world loom large as we wonder when things will ever change - the government, the economy, climate change, the Amazon, our relationships, the list goes on. The truth is that every single one of us is responsible for everything that happens within and around us.
Until we take responsibility for our self-awareness and the regulation of our thoughts, emotions, and actions, we will continue to live in an imaginary world that prevents us from having the impact that we, as individuals, are single-handedly capable of having. It’s much easier to make the right decisions and actions when you know what the right choices are. If not, our problems and that of the world merely remain dinner table conversation. 🌟🌟
Taking the time each day to regulate your mind and take responsibility for your emotions, no matter what, are simple steps that begin the journey to self-awareness.
Every negative action can have an opposite and greater positive action.
Don’t let them dull your fire.
Don’t let that situation stop your development.
Your keeping on keeps us keeping on.
You cannot possibly fathom just how great of an example you will be to others in the years to come. So stay true. Be kind. Do good work. Believe.
In your strength we find hope. In our shared hopes we find greater collective purpose and strength. And so it goes. Feel me?
Inviting you to spread lots of love...by Sunday ♥️ I’m putting together as many gifts as I can to give to a local organization that supports and brings hope to single moms in Kansas City. They have a celebration early December that gives kiddos a chance to choose a special gift for their mom 🎁 My heart skipped a beat when I heard about it last month. Being a mom has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done, and along with so so many joys has also been some of the lowest times I’ve ever had. The thought of doing this parent thing alone is mind boggling to me. So I’ll be packaging lots of lip scrubs/body butters/hand creams to bless these mamas (& kiddos!) this season and want to invite you to do the same! It’s $17 per gift, tax/ship are covered, and I’ll be getting them ordered by Sunday 💕 Leave a comment or your fav emoji (🤪-this is my mom emoji) and I’ll connect with more details.
#beablessing *no commissions will be made, it is all at my cost ☺️
“Thy will be done”. Over and over these words run through my head. I like to be in control. I’m always the leader in group projects, I take the lead when plans are being made, and I’m most often considered the mom among my friends. I’m not good with not knowing what is happening, especially when it comes to things I really care about. For example, my future. Ever since I was in middle school I’ve gone from plan to plan about different things I would do with my future. First a marine biologist, then a photographer, and now a theologian. My plans have constantly changed and shifted as I’ve discerned what God wants for my future but one thing has always stayed constant, I’ve always had a plan. I’ve begun to learn that always having a plan isn’t the way to live life. Yes, it’s good to have goals and ambition to complete them. But, we don’t have complete control over our future and it’s detrimental for us to understand that. When the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to tell her she would conceive a child Mary questioned how this could happen. But she listened and had one simple answer “fiat” or “thy will be done”. Everyday we are called to explore our fiat- what God is calling us to say yes to. Never be afraid to answer Gods call and He will take you on the greatest adventure of your life!