#386: Memorial Day

Happy Memorial Day! There are a lot of things I could say about this holiday, like it’s nice to have a day off from work, etc. which are all true, but that’s not what this holiday is all about. It’s about remembering the men and women who died defending our country so we could remain free. They paid the ultimate price and we should never forget them or take our freedom for granted. We would not be here today if it weren’t for their sacrifice and it’s wonderful to have a day to remember it every year, so we cannot forget it.

#386: Thank you Lord for Memorial Day so we as Americans can remember the men and women who gave their lives for our country so we can be free. May we never forget it or take it for granted.

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#385: Amy Purdy

I’ve enjoyed watching Dancing with the Stars SO much this season. I’m actually kind of sad tonight is the finale, I want it to keep going! The level of dancing has been so amazing and once we reached the top 6 I thought “Any one of them could win it!”

From the beginning of the season there’ve been several stars I’ve been rooting for, but as it went on one has emerged as my favorite: Amy Purdy. It is amazing to me what she is able to do having two prosthetic legs! Each week I’ve been excited to see what she and Derek are going to do. She is such an inspiration to me, especially being a dancer with a disability I can relate to her story and the struggles she’s faced.

While I’ve enjoyed every single one of her routines, below are the videos of my three favorite routines Amy and Derek have done this season.

Comtemporary: (This is the dance where she really became my favorite)

Jive: (When I saw this one I thought “That would’ve been amazing if she had two regular legs!”)

Freestyle: (From last night, this was so amazing!!)

#385: Thank you Lord for Amy Purdy and the inspiration she’s been to me and so many others on Dancing with the Stars this season.

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#384: Kathleen Nielson

This weekend I attended an amazing women’s conference on the Psalms with speaker Kathleen Nielson. Kathleen is an amazing speaker who showed us to see the Psalms as poetry, as well as prayer and praise, and how to read and study them as such. I learned so much and I know I will never read the Psalms the same way again. She has taught college English classes, and as someone with an Associate’s Degree in English Writing, I really appreciated her insights from that perspective. Some of the principles she taught us can be used in other books of the Bible and I’m excited to use them in my quiet times. I bought one of her books on studying the Bible and I’m looking forward to reading it and learning even more from her!

#384: Thank you Lord for Kathleen Nielson and all she taught us at the conference this weekend! Bless her and her ministry. Help me to remember what I learned and apply it to my own study of the Bible.

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#383: God in Times of Suffering

The sermon at my church this morning was on loving others who are experiencing long-term suffering. It was very powerful, especially because it included testimonies from people in the congregation who are experiencing suffering who gave us tips on how to interact with them in regards to their suffering. I was in tears by the end of the service, because I could relate both to their situations and in how I interact with people who are suffering.

The more I thought about it, I realized how appropriate it was that I should hear this sermon on the first anniversary of Mr Tom’s death. That day and the week that followed was one of the hardest times of my life, but God was there helping me. When I experience suffering it can be easy to forget that God is there with me in the situation and he has a purpose behind it. But he is there, helping me and I don’t know what I would do or where I would be without him.

A few years ago I was in a show about Joseph from the Bible with Mr Tom, and I’d like to close with one of his lines from that show: “Joseph had grown wise in all the various situations that God’s plan had taken him through. And he realized that not one thing had ever happened outside of God’s sovereign hand. In your own situations, good or bad, they’re all part of the Master’s plan.”

#383: Thank you Lord that you’re always with us when we experience suffering and that you have a plan and a reason for it.

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