Hope for a World Gone Mad

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Flower on the ridge.

The headlines are ominous:

  • Isis attacks French Church During Mass –Priest’s Throat Slit.
  • Terrorist Cell Plots Attack for Brazil Olympics.
  • Racial Tension in United States Hits Breaking Point

Where does it end? Should we stay home from church? the mall? the grocery store?

You would think that our world has gone completely mad.

I would never minimizing the pain of a hurting world and what’s going on now. But here’s the thing, if I were a hundred years old right now, this is just some of the things that I would have already seen.

1918-1919 Spanish Flu Epidemic killed around 50 million people.
1921 Drought destroyed crops in Soviety Union. Lenin doesn’t even admit that there’s a problem and sends no help.
1931 Massive flooding on Yellow and Yangtze rivers in China leads to drowning and subsequent diseases.
1947-1981 Cold War.
1912 Titanic sank, killing over 1500.
1914 World War I — Supposedly the “War to end all wars.” 9 million soldiers killed, millions more wounded.
1929 Stock Market crashes, initiating the Great Depression.
1933-1949 The Holocaust.
1940-1941 The Blitzkrieg.
1940-1945 World War II — 1939-1945.
1957-1958 Asian famine kills millions.
1961 Bay of Pigs disaster.
1972 Eleven Israeli coaches/athletes killed during Munich Olympics.
1979-1981 Iran hostage crisis holds the United States on edge. 52 diplomats and other Americans held for 444 days.
1986 Chernobyl disaster.
2010 Haiti earthquake. Over 230,000 killed.

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Where was God in all of this? He was right where He was supposed to be–on His throne, and saddened by all that He saw.

“The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. (Genesis 6:5*)”

However, the same God wants us to be encouraged.  In Philippians 4:8, the Bible says, “Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

Even if you are a non-Believer, I simply ask you to think of these things:

Somewhere, today…

…a beautiful and healthy baby was born.
…a child took his first step, with a proud family looking on with camera in hand.
…a toddler first glimpsed the vast ocean for the first time and felt the sand between her toes.
…a young woman procured the new job she was praying for.
…a father received a raise.
…a mom realized her new business venture was a hit.
…a loving married couple saw a positive on a pregnancy test after years of praying for a child.
…a flower bloomed.
…the sun came up.
…we all took a breath of oxygen.
…the world went on.

“Take heart, I have overcome the world.” (Words from Jesus Christ, John 16:33.)

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Note: All scripture was taken from http://www.biblegateway.com.this Morning some i

Live, Create, Southern??

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Well, Dear Readers,

For a few weeks I’ve been working to come up with the name of a new blog that is more indicative of what I blog about.

Boy, is it ever hard work–branding, that is.

This afternoon, I took pages of word ideas and plugged them into www.panabee.com. I need something that I can use as an email address, blog name, biz name, and on social media.

Now I need a focus group (of course, I must have a focus group!!) to help me out with a name.

If you’d like to volunteer, please send me a quick nod, and I’ll send you a list.

Thanks!

Hugs,

Stephanie

P.S.: So, okay, I’ll write my list down here:

This Southern Cottage (except, I don’t live in a cottage…it’s a ranch!)

This Southern Day

This Dusty Trail

Sweet Gum Road (because we have a yard full of Sweet Gum trees!)

Sweet Gum Cottage (see “cottage” note, above)

Live Create Home

The Spazzy Southerner

The Creaky Hinge

Dogwoods and Doorknobs

This Red Clay (because Alabama’s soil is mostly red clay.)

Live Create Southern Home (too long??)

Southern Misc. (ugh! boring!)

Live Create Southern

Summers on Grandma’s Farm

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A gray barn like Papa’s. I took this picture near Springfield, MO.

When I was a girl growing up in south Alabama, my parents would take my brother and I up to north Alabama to attend Maywood Christian Camp for a week, and then my dad’s parents would pick us up and take us to their farm for another week.

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My cabin at Maywood Christian Camp.

North Alabama is further from the Gulf of Mexico than my home town, thereby being a lot less humid, which was nice!

I’m sure the first day back from camp was spent resting up, we would attend church on Sunday, and then the rest of the week was full of wide-open possibilities!

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Farm equipment on my cousin’s farm. My cousin now owns my grandparents’ farm.

Grandma always took us into town, which is Russellville, Alabama, a much bigger town than what were used to.

She would buy us each a toy at TWL, and we would go to a big grocery store.

Since my parents owned a general store in Jachin, we weren’t used to going grocery shopping, which was great fun! We loved to help pick snacks and sugary cereals that we would consume during the week.

Then we would head back to our grandparents’ farm, and eventually end up playing in their great big gray barn, which was stocked with hay, spider webs, and so much dust.

Our parents would come and get us at the end of the week.  We were always so glad to see them and missed them so much!

We would go back home to our own piece of Alabama, which had an entirely different culture and it’s own rendition of an Alabama farm.

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Our south Alabama farm.

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God put a Rainbow in the Cloud

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See God’s rainbow to the far left of the Ark.

The rumble of thunder is low and benign. The winds have ceased their turmoil, and we got a smattering of rain from the storm that just blew over. It is comforting to be in our house during the tempest.

Thousands of years ago, a family waited out the biggest global natural disaster of all time.  They waited it out on a gargantuan floating vessel that we know as Noah’s Ark.

Our church family just completed the final session of our Vacation Bible School (VBS) last night. Our theme was Noah’s Ark, and some of the members constructed this big ark on the church building’s lawn.

Tuesday night, we got a little extra surprise when we came outside and saw a lovely rainbow in the pink luminescent sky.

The Bible says in Genesis 9:11-17 that rainbow is God’s covenant with the human race that He will never destroy the earth with such a flood again.

God’s promises make me smile. They give me peace and comfort that God will always take care of all of those who love Him.

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Selfie with Noah!

 

11  “I establish My covenant with you; and all flesh shall never again be cut off by the water of the flood, neither shall there again be a flood to destroy the earth.”

12  God said, “This is the sign of the covenant which I am making between Me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all successive generations;

13  I set My bow in the cloud, and it shall be for a sign of a covenant between Me and the earth.

14  “It shall come about, when I bring a cloud over the earth, that the bow will be seen in the cloud,

15  And I will remember My covenant, which is between Me and you and every living creature of all flesh; and never again shall the water become a flood to destroy all flesh.

16  “When the bow is in the cloud, then I will look upon it, to remember the everlasting covenant between God and every living creature of all flesh that is on the earth.”

17  And God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant which I have established between Me and all flesh that is on the earth.”

Genesis 9:11-17 (NIV)
http://Biblehub.com/nasb/Genesis/9.htm

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