Carl Sagan wrote: the absence of evidence is not the evidence of absence. Tough Minded Optimism
One death every three days
Over 50,000 police calls per year
This would be an epidemic if it were any other issue.
(Phoenix City Councilman Sal DiCiccio from District 6 News mailing)
In my Church I don’t hear the words mental illness, suicide, self harm, domestic violence, abuse and addictions mentioned very much. Yet these words are normal, everyday things to me. I can’t really explain about my day/year/life without using them. But I just don’t use them.
Here is my message today – No Christian is better than another. Perfect past or one that has been shredded to pieces, you belong just the same. Damaged people, let’s be honest about who we are and where we came from. We may feel damaged but truthfully in Jesus we are whole and valuable. Lets break the trend of hiding in Church and make it a more welcoming place to others whose lives are far from what they would choose them to be!
A fake Church is NOT a strong Church; by hiding we are doing no one any favours. Hope Blooms in Darkness
When Jesus had the choice between promoting faith and showing compassion He chose the latter. We might think that it would have been better to proclaim God’s goodness in this place, but Jesus didn’t; He showed God’s character by sharing in their pain. Hope Blooms in Darkness
“If the private chatter of our thoughts would not be safe for another person to hear, then we should not be listening.” Window of Wisdom
I’ve discovered how essential it is to keep things in perspective in order to maintain hope in the midst of a trial. The first and most important lesson I learned was focusing on what I have and not on what I’ve lost. Unshakable Hope
I still have a good life with more love and compassion than I ever thought possible. I intend to give it all away as fight to grab the goodness and joy that comes each day. Lori Lara
What I have learned from my walk with the King is that he does not dismiss or diminish suffering, even though the reasons for it are not offered. He will bring meaning out of it, if we trust Him, if we permit Him. He will use suffering to fashion something above human reason that is of immense value, something that has dignity, beauty, and honour. The Kingdom
The end of the storm is not when the noise stops; it’s when the mind stops.
Calmness and peace is not discovered in the absence of thunder, but in the cessation of self-defeating thought. Tough Minded Optimism
Are you going to lay down and surrender because nobody ever gave you a fair chance at winning or are you going to fight like hell for the life you deserve? Tough Minded Optimism
…..we’re closer to what’s in front of us than what’s behind. ”Jay” in movie “Chasing Mavericks”
“On the party barge of life, you are the beer bong.” (my fortune cookie message at Chino Latino Restaurant in Minneapolis) Yeah, really.
Blessings to you!