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  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    It's been horrific to see the reports out of England after that attack at a concert last night. But, what I just love to see is how people rise up in dark times to show love to one another.

    There are restaurants posting on social media things like “To the ambulance and police men and women who are involved in the utter devastation…if you have not had time to eat…we are just around the corner. Please call in…breakfast or lunch is on us.”

    Phone stores offered free charging on their phones, or a phone to borrow to call their loved ones. Total strangers brought food and drinks to the scene. People rushed to donate so much blood that they announced that no more was needed right now. Homes were opened to strangers who were stranded, using the hashtag “Room For Manchester” on social media. Free taxi rides were given.

    And one woman is being hailed as the “angel of Manchester,” after she shepherded close to 50 terrified teenagers to safety at a nearby hotel and then helped to connect them with their worried parents.

    So, as horrible as tragedies like this are (and they ARE horrible!), this type of hatred is always out shined by love. As one person said so well after the attack in Manchester, “Today we're going to stand stronger and taller and get out and do that extra bit of kindness.”


  • Tuesday, May 23, 2017

    I don't know about you, but on days like this, I have trouble coming up with words. I stepped away from the news for an hour or so yesterday, only to come back to news of another horrific attack. This time in England. This time the first victim we learned about is an 8-year-old girl.

    There are no words. It's in times like this that I'm grateful that God knows our hearts and we don't have to come up with the right words to pray.

    Romans 8:26 says “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.”

    God knows what we're feeling. He knows what the hurting families in Manchester are feeling. He promises that He will never leave us of forsake us.

    On days like today, we cling to that truth.


  • Monday, May 22, 2017


    Yup, it's Monday. And if you're feeling a bit sleepy today, you're not alone. Poor Monday always gets the bad press! Often because we stay up way too late on the weekend and then suffer for it on Monday morning. And what makes it worse? If you hit the snooze a few times this morning.

    Sadly, most sleep researchers say that hitting the snooze button a few times doesn't make you feel any more rested. In fact, it can make you sleepier.  But, before you lose all hope, if you love to hit the snooze a few times in the morning, they do say that, if it's not overdone, there are ways that snoozing can help!

    There's a whole bunch of science that explains it, but the bottom line is that if you're not using the snooze button to fall deeply back to sleep, but rather to slowly wake up, it can be a good thing.

    And, the thing we don't want to hear, but probably need to be reminded of? Get enough sleep at night and you won't struggle quite so much to wake up in the morning…snooze button or not.