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#EthanStrong

My friend’s sister became a new mom just a few days after Christmas.  She delivered a baby boy four months premature, while visiting in-laws out of state. Her and her husband are still with the husband’s family as of today.

There has been an outpouring of support for them by friends and family. I’ve been reading updates from the father on a private Facebook page created to share info about the little guy. The local news where they live even caught on to the story. See the clip here. (You may have to endure an advert at the beginning).

The parents have gotten a lot of bad news this week and are having to make some difficult decisions about wee Ethan. Please pray for a miracle. Please pray for strength and wisdom for the parents.

Their ordeal has caused me to think about the complexity of life, the preciousness of life. Their trial reminds me of a short video about supporting life–no matter how small–no matter the location–no matter the circumstances. Please watch 180movie.com and comment below after viewing it. ****WARNING: the subject matter of the film touches on disturbing events such as the holocaust and may not be suitable for the little ones***

#EthanStrong

Thank you,

patricia grace

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2015 in Life, Prayer Request, Trials

 

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Asking, Seeking, Knocking

Technology can be wonderful. Besides daily use of internet connectivity, one of the specific services I use several times a day is Google search. Searching for a new recipe? A Google search will quickly return tons of useful recipe links. Can’t remember the definition of “facetious”? Or the spelling of it? A Google search not only returns a definition, but the algorithms involved will probably figure out what you want even if your spelling is off.

I am thankful to God for technology.

I use Google search for more philosophical questions, too. For instance, today, I’ve been feeling hesitant about asking for help. My mom has been a great help to me, but she doesn’t live nearby. I’ve come to look to my church family for some help and advice, but I am still a little reluctant to plainly and clearly ask for help. And, when I do ask, I don’t always come right out and say what it is that I’m needing. It’s embarrassing and I tend to assume that people are wondering if I really need the help. [Wow, two sins in one–both my pride and not believing the best about my Christian brothers and sisters!! Lord, please forgive me].

So, today, unsure of the next step to take, I performed a search using the words “asking for help christian”.  I entered the words exactly that way. I add the word “christian” because as one who confesses Christ,  I am not interested in worldly ideas any longer. I want specifically Biblical help. My search returned the following article which I found to be a blessing. Hope it blesses you too.

Helping Others By Asking for Help – Nehemiah Notes

After reading the article, I started to think about how I could help someone right now, even with all of my own needs piling up and threatening to bury me. I almost immediately thought of a couple I know at church that are going through hard times.

Someone gave me a restaurant gift card recently that this couple might like. This small gift isn’t going to solve their problems, but I can most certainly part with this gift card and pass it along to them, hoping it might bring a little encouragement their way. I almost sent them a message on Facebook to ask if they would like it, but thought better of that. I’m just going to put it in the mail to them, not giving them the chance to refuse it. They can use it, sell it, give it away, or do whatever they like with it.

My heart feels a little lighter already.

Thank You, Lord. Thank You for the blessing of being able to give. Thank You for the one who thought to give me that gift in the first place. Forgive my complaining and self-pity.

How can you be a help to someone today? Ask the Lord to show you if you’re not sure. And, if you KNOW someone needs help, just give them help if you’re able–don’t even ask–just do it!

Blessings to you,

patricia grace

 
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Posted by on February 2, 2015 in Blessings, Wisdom