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Forgiveness

Did you hear about the endurance swimmer who swam 110 miles from Cuba to the Florida Keys?  Amazing, right? Even more amazing? She’s 64!

Diane Nyad, 64, and her support team. 53 hours in the water, 110 miles. Cuba to the Florida Keys. Photo credit: Andy Newman, Florida Keys news bureau, via Associated Press.

Diane Nyad, 64, flanked by her support team. 53 hours in the water, 110 miles. Cuba to the Florida Keys. Photo credit: Andy Newman, Florida Keys news bureau, via Associated Press.

After repeated attempts over the years, starting when she was 28, she made it through the glaring sun, jelly fish attacks, and shark threats.

Gives Dori the fish’s encouragement to “Keep swimming” new meaning. Keep swimming. Keep swimming….

I heard Ms. Nyad on the radio this morning saying that jelly fish were the major obstacle that held her back on earlier attempts. She had to learn how to endure their stings.

Been there done that. Doing that now, in fact.

I’ve got “jelly fish” in my life, too, people who seem real pleasant and nice, like pretty jellies, but stung me bad. I’m learning to make it through.

One of the ways Ms. Nyad adapted was covering herself with a protective suit.

What’s my protective covering? Jesus.

Chip Ingram said, when you are hurt, run to Jesus.

Ms. Nyad also covered herself with sting-stopping protective gel. What gel protects us from others venom? Forgiveness.

Romans 12 says to slather on copious amounts :

“Repay no one evil for evil…To the contrary, “if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.”  Romans 12:17, 20

Lyzette Alvarez wrote in the New York Times:

Ms. Nyad’s success was built on her failures After each attempt, she improvised, learning what to adjust, whom to consult and which new protective protocol to consider.

And she had to endure years of “grueling training”.

Same with us. Our Trainer puts us in deep water sometimes, messy situations, facing repeated challenges to forgive and go on, or quit and become bitter. And we can always learn from our failures “where to adjust, whom to consult and which new protective protocol to consider”.

Don’t quit. Like Ms. Nyad, keep on swimming. Keep on forgiving.

Chip Ingram says forgiveness = letting go, letting loose.

Let loose. Let God do the avenging.

Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, “Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.” Romans 12:19

And follow Ms. Nyad’s advice:

… we should never, ever give up.

But how?  By help from the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. To keep swimming ahead, we need to keep trusting them with our hurts and pains. Like Ms. Nyad learned and told reporters:

…it looks like a solitary sport, but it takes a team.

How ’bout you? Are you a lone swimmer? Click the pic below to learn how to get on God’s team.  He’ll keep you safe from the jellyfishes, so you can keep on swimming. =]

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Faith when your tires are flat…

my husband and son changing a flat on a windy day.

Why doesn’t life behave itself?!

I mean, getting a flat on a bike ride isn’t bad enough. Sometimes, like today, you have to get two!  That’s what happened to my poor little Lance-Armstrong-wanna-be husband this morning when he was out riding in the country, far, far from home.

And, sometimes — even worse –good people die horrible, agonizing deaths.

And, sometimes — whether we like it or not — and no matter HOW HARD we try, we have a bad hair day.  (Hey!  You have your tragedies, I have mine.  Don’t judge.)

That’s life.

Bummer.

BUT, like Chip Ingram ** (a pastor) reminded me on the radio yesterday, “Life is hard, but God is good.”

And, like the song says, “If you can’t trust His hand, trust His heart.”

God has a gooooooood heart:

God IS love, the Bible says. (1 John 4:8)

And who does he love?

people.

I don’t why, but He does!

He does!!

He does!!!!

Stop, Drop, and Pray!

Let’s pray:

Oh, Father, you so loved us that you gave your only Son so that whoever would dare to believe in Him would not perish, but have eternal life with you.  (John 3:16)

You comfort us when we’re down, and, not only are you compassionate toward us, but the Bible says you are “The Father of Compassion”.  ( 2 Corinthians 1:3)

You stoop down to make us great. (Psalm 18:35)

He strengthens the weak ( Ephesians 3:16) and You love children (Mark 19:14).

may we “have power… to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge-that we may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of [You].” (Ephesians 3:18-19)

You are able to do way Way WAY more than we anything we could imagine! (Ephesians 3:20)  In Jesus’ mighty, powerful, loving name, AMEN!”

“..to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” ~Ephesians 3:21

Do you know Jesus? Click on the pic below to be introduced…

HE LOVES YOU A CHOCO-LOT!

**(click on Chip Ingram’s  name above to hear what I was listening to.  See the audio list? Click the second one, June 10th, 2010)

Who’s Your Daddy?

In Israel, Chip Ingram (author/pastor), saw a little boy reaching up and tugging on his father’s leg and crying, “Abba!  Abba!”  His Abba, or daddy, as we’d say in America, reached down and scooped his son up into his lap….

It brought to life this verse:

“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship.  And by him we cry, “Abba,  Father.”  Romans 8:15

Imagine your Father in heaven, your dad, Abba, singing the song below to you.  It might seem silly to think of God singing a John Denver song, but the song is about love, parent to child, and He does so love us.  

For Baby

I’ll walk in the rain by your side,
I’ll cling to the warmth your hand.
I’ll do anything to keep you satisfied,
I’ll love you more than anybody can.

And the wind will whisper your name to me.
Little birds will sing along in time.
Leaves will bow down when you walk by,
And morning bells will chime.

I’ll be there when you’re feelin’ down,
To kiss away the tears if you cry
I’ll share with you all the happiness I’ve found;
A reflection of the love in your eyes.

And I’ll sing you the songs of the rainbow;
A whisper of the joy that is mine.
And leaves will bow down when you walk by,
And morning bells will chime.

I’ll walk in the rain by your side.
I’ll cling to the warmth your tiny hand.
I’ll do anything to help understand.
And I’ll love you more than anybody can.

And the wind will whisper your name to me.
Little birds will sing along in time.
Leaves will bow down when you walk by:
And morning bells will chime.  ~~ John Denver

Even Jesus called God his Abba.  Here he is in the garden about to be drug off by Roman guards.  He knew they were going to beat and torture him and hang him on the cross the next day.  In his distress, he cried out to his dad:

Abba,  Father,” he said, “everything is possible for you. Take this cup from me…”  Mark 14:36

And because he did go ahead and drink from that cup, we can call God, our daddy, too:

“Because you are sons, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, “Abba,  Father.” Galatians 4:6

The Abba Prayer (click on highlighted words/phrases to read the verses in full):

Oh, Father in heaven, Abba, daddy.  It sounds so strange to call you that, but that’s who you are.  I do believe, help me with my unbelief!  Increase my faith!  May I trust you like a child, and cling to the warmth of your hand.  In Jesus’ name, amen.

Who’s your daddy?  Click on the pic below to meet mine. Maybe you’d like to make him yours:

My nephew, Eric, and great neice, Inara