Accomplishment

To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

~author unknown

I have been enjoying a short bit of respite this week from my usual chock full life. But I wanted to take a moment to share my accomplishments.

Last Friday I completed what has been the most challenging online college course to date. In 8 seemingly short weeks we plowed through a 760-page text on the interesting but complex subject of microbiology–you know, those little bugs that are everywhere. The course included the do it at home lab pack that required 4 cooked labs done in the luxury of my kitchen and grown in a homemade incubator. I know you are quite envious right about now thinking—wow, I wish I could have spent the last 2 months doing that!

In addition, to that course, I completed an online course in Faith Community Nursing. This has been a long held desire of mine and I felt that the time was now. The course culminated with a 2- day retreat by the water. My dream is to build an active health ministry in my local church.

It has been good to have some downtime this week. However, the break is nearly done now. Next week I start back, three courses this time. I really want to get this degree complete and move onto the next step on my God adventure. I hope that I can bring myself here to write once a week. It is nice to reflect back on my journey and share it with you.

Below are a couple of photo’s from the retreat and the pins I earned.

 

 

Faith Community Nurse Pins

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What is so “Good” about Friday?

 

the Cross

As I sat this morning in the quiet of the living room reading, meditating and reflecting on the season of Easter I had several thoughts come to mind.I read through the accounts of Good Friday in each of the Gospels. Each one offering slightly different details of the events of the fateful morning of Jesus’ crucifixion. What follows are my some of those thoughts.

First off, it was under the cover of darkness that Jesus was taken into custody. The dark is often a scary place to be. We can feel alone and afraid as we stumble along in the dark. Evil deeds are often committed in the dark of night. Darkness came first it was God who said, Let there be Light. For Christ’s followers the Joy comes in the morning, in this case Easter morning, when we celebrate the Resurrection.

The holy men of the time took Jesus to Pilate for trial and conviction. The charge, “he is stirring up the people with his teaching.” Luke 23:5. Really? The leaders of the time were so entrenched with their “traditions” they could not see or hear their God who was standing in the flesh speaking to them. I think that this happens to us today. We can become “stuck” unable to move into the new place or thing that we are being called into, unable to leave the safety of the comfortable nest that surrounds us, unable or willing to venture into a new place.

Jesus did not endure death on the Cross so that we could be comfortable. He died so that we may live. He came to seek and to save the lost. Luke 19:10 And when He died this responsibility was passed onto us. We have become his change agents.

I am afraid that in our efforts not to “offend” anyone we have become soft and have watered down our Gospel. We too often are afraid to step out and touch someone who desperately needs Jesus. How can this be if we are living in His Kingdom which is filled with light? Have we become lukewarm in our desire to share His love? God does not desire lukewarm followers,… So, because you are lukewarm—neither hot nor cold—I am about to spit you out of my mouth.Revelation 3:15-17

The religious men of Jesus’ time missed the boat. They were afraid of the change. They thought that their king would look different. So they killed him. The crowd chanted and raged, “Crucify him”, over and over until Pilate turned him over and released a known murderer.

They beat him bloody, dragged him, spit on him, tortured him, made him carry is own cross through the streets up the hill where he would have spikes(not nails) drove through his wrists and feet, hoisted up causing jolting of his body, and left to hang for all to see. Does this make you uncomfortable? Can you imagine the pain? Jesus endured the cross for us. So that our despicable sinful way could be made right and we could be reunited with God sharing in His glory forever in eternity. This my friends is the Good News. No watered down version here. No soft selling. No lukewarm temperature. This is truth. Whether you like it or not doesn’t change it.

I pray that if you know Jesus you will become on fire with His love. If you do not know Jesus I pray that you will come to know Him and share in His wonderful love. He died for you. Amen

Weekly Photo Challenge-Hope

This beautiful Guatemalan child has put her Hope in something greater. I have been thinking quite a bit lately about HOPE because of the work that I do as a cancer nurse. People need HOPE. Deferred hope makes the heart sick. We need to have HOPE is things unseen. Faith to believe in things eternal. We need to offer HOPE to others when their cry is heard. For me, My HOPE is in You Lord.

Guatemalan Child

 

Let the Little Children Come to Me…

Let the little children come to me...Mark 10:14

 As the world remembers and grieves the tragic events of a decade ago I wanted to compete with the images our brain absorbs. This Guatemalan child was not born in 2001. Her future holds promise and uncertainty in a country that struggles with drug traffic and poverty. Yet here she is on her knees before the Throne of the Almighty God, Creator of all, our Comforter and refuge.

This photo was snapped by a friend and full-time missionary in Guatemala, Dave Srgo, of G.O ministry. http://www.goministries.info

Thanks for reading.