Why?

21 07 2012

We watch the bloody bodies coming out of the Aurora theater and ask why. Why did this happen? Why did one man commit such evil against innocent people? Teens, parents, children simply watching a movie.

Rational minds can’t make sense of such an irrational act. Yet we struggle to comprehend it.

Our hearts ache for those who have lost loved ones. For those whose lives will be forever changed. How can this be prevented from ever happening again?

The Colorado massacre brings everything into perspective for those of us who live with physical pain. Our pain can’t come close to the loss of a loved one. There is pain and then there is pain. When no amount of tears seem to comfort. When time doesn’t seem to heal the hurt.

Finally, we ask the question that offers hope. Who can help?

When things seem horribly out of control, there is One who is in control. Our heavenly Father knows what it’s like for a Son to die. He gave His only Son for us. So that we could one day live with Him in heaven. A place without such carnage as we see on the news. A place where God will wipe away every tear. A place where there will be no more pain.

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.” (Revelation 21:4).

I’m comforted by that hope. That eases my pain and gives me peace.

You might say, “That’s easy for you to say. You don’t know what it’s like to face an insane man threatening your life.”

My answer: Actually, I do know what it’s like…years ago my son was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder. For two months during a psychotic episode, he threatened my life. Out of touch with reality, with an empty darkness in his eyes. During those days, God provided peace. Peace that can’t be comprehended. How could I have such peace in the face of death? Because of Him.

Dear heavenly Father, You are able to comfort those who are in pain. Please bring comfort and peace to those who face physical or emotional pain. To those who struggle with fear and uncertainty. We pray for protection for the police officers who walk into danger on our behalf. In Jesus’ name, Amen

How are you praying for the people in Aurora, Colorado?

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Preventing School Boredom

14 07 2012

                     

Many parents take advantage of summer months to help students maintain skills taught during the school year and to prepare for the next academic year.

If you dread the upcoming year because your child hates social studies or history, here are a few suggestions to increase motivation. Things you can do at home either during the school year or during the summer months.

Attached is a document I created that includes ideas based on brain research. Activities which wouldn’t seem like typical school lessons. For fun summer boredom prevention.

Use the list as your guide to think of ones that would match your style, your child’s preferences, and upcoming history units.

Note: The brain based recommendations pertain to any subject area.

Motivating Bored students





What’s on your to-do list?

12 07 2012

If I didn’t write myself a to-do list, I’m not sure I’d accomplish anything. Without a plan, it’s possible I’d spend hours doing nothing constructive. Absolutely nothing useful. My activity wouldn’t translate into productivity.

Special education teachers have a phrase for doing things other than what should be done: avoidance behaviors. Doing anything to keep from doing something unpleasant or at least something less fun.

Reading a cookbook instead of doing laundry. Organizing photos into a memory book instead of filing important papers. Calling a friend instead of cleaning out the refrigerator. Watching a TV show instead of studying.

My engaging in avoidance behaviors usually leads to procrastinator guilt.

I recently wrote a devotional about a heavenly to-do list.

You can find that devotional on Rest Ministries website. It’s entitled “When You Have a Chronic Illness, List . . .Your Accomplishments?”  ” and was posted July 12th.

Visit Chronic Illness Pain Daily Devotionals (Rest Ministries) to read that devotional (and find more devotionals written by other people with chronic pain or illness).





Doing Your Best

11 07 2012

Writing is my passion. It’s also a ministry. That’s why I write devotionals for Rest Ministries.

I started a memoire for mothers who have children with special needs. With a desire to come alongside those traveling a similar journey. To share mutual hurts, challenges, and joys. And celebrate the constant care we receive from our loving Father.

Lately I’ve been going through a period of discouragement.

Spending more time in prayer seeking direction, rather than writing.

Soon I’ll be attending a local writers’ conference. With the Greater Philadelphia Writers Conference quickly approaching, I started working on a one-page proposal for my memoire.

Shaky confidence prevented me from giving it my all.

My husband did his best to encourage me. Hugging me he said, “Don’t leave anything on the field.”

Loving advice given by a former football coach.

Except, I’m not a former football player. So I asked, “What does that mean?”

“Do your best.”

Then he added, “You do your best. Then this weekend I’ll take you out so we can celebrate your best. The results are in God’s hands.”

He was keeping up the family tradition. Celebrate the effort of doing our best before the Lord. The results are up to Him.

Our motto: “Do your best and trust God for the rest.”

Isn’t it nice to know God doesn’t expect us to do the impossible? That’s up to Him.

A little pep talk works wonders. I’m back to writing. With renewed determination to do my best.

How do you encourage your children when they’re discouraged?





Fighting a Battle

3 07 2012

Do you feel like you’re in the midst of a war? Between loved ones. Within your own body. At work.

I recently wrote a devotional about the secret to winning the war.

You can find that devotional on Rest Ministries website. It’s entitled  “Accepting Help to ‘Raise Your Arms’ When Weak From Illness” and was posted July 3rd.

Visit Chronic Illness Pain Daily Devotionals (Rest Ministries) to read that devotional (and find more devotionals written by other people with chronic pain or illness).