Monday, March 2, 2015

One Thousand Gifts (continued)

"'But I will restore you to health and heal your wounds', declares the LORD, 'because you are called an outcast, Zion for whom no one cares.'" (Jeremiah 30:17)
Suffering in Silence

For those who mourn the loss of a loved one, even years later 
For those who sit by themselves every evening
For those who seem to be doing well, but daily struggle with cravings and addictions
For those who sit looking at the same picture all morning without realizing it because their memory has failed them
For those who struggle with broken relationships
For those who struggle with hidden sin, guilt, or shame
For those who are living their dream, but still feel so unhappy
For those who have don't dare complain about things for fear of being judged

For those who suffer in silence, there is Someone who hears.  There is Someone who knows. 

Our pastor preached about the woman who suffered from bleeding and from being an outcast from society.  He reminded all of us who suffer from a bleeding heart, or a bleeding soul, that we need not suffer anymore, because Jesus bled for us when He was nailed on the cross and took our sin, and our pain.  He gives us spiritual healing. We just need to go to Him, as the woman in Mark 5 did, because Jesus came to heal the world and He is the King who has healing hands.  Thank-you, Jesus!!

Continuing to give thanks...

-healing and comfort that comes from the Great Physician
-that he bled for us and heals our bleeding souls
-when the dark cloud is lifted
-a nice visit with a new friend, fellow adoptive Mom and sharing our stories/passion about adoption
-a loving, and patient husband-my friend, my teammate

-how she continues to be so strong, after 10 years

-embracing the cold winter

-enjoying the outdoors
-fun with friends
and siblings

-how they have had lots of fun with our ice hill

-how he was reading to hit the slopes (the stairs from our deck)!

-how he is so willing to babysit his little sister on Saturdays (to get out of working at the greenhouse!!)

-my beautiful bouquet of flowers

-my big helper with my 14week challenge of cleaning/organizing my home
-my sister who's willing to do the challenge with me
-an attempt to distract me from the agonizing wait to meet our son

-the nice feeling of completed projects

-enjoying a jog in the minus 20 degrees weather!

-how he gives me his heart and how he has stolen mine!
-his creative card with a beating heart

-his spelling gifts and talents

-enjoying different activities at school (making crepes during French class)

-how she LOVES school and enjoys all the fun activities such as baking and dressing up as a community helper

-the laughter and fun we had seeing this Christian comedian http://www.lelandklassen.com/Leland_Klassen/Home.html
-how she loves to "help" at the greenhouse
-how she loves to play with her favourite toys, Woody and Jessie

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