Community of Support and Encouragement


I do apologize for not writing in a while…its been hectic.  Starting with the first day of my new class, life started out with landing in the emergency room one day due to a lot of pain.  This visit will lead to several tests in the coming months and perhaps major surgery.  Nothing serious…I pray.  Yet the people who I expected to say something have been quiet; however, I have been getting support from strangers, good friends, and relatives…who I appreciate and feel blessed to have in my life.

Then, our community was hit was a tragedy called a school shooting.  Three young people tragically passed including the shooter himself.  The community is reeling.  People around the community have reached out in support of the families of all including the young man who chose to commit such a terrible crime.

In the midst of this, as I wonder if I will be diagnosed with the big C (not yet, more tests will determine if so), I’ve also wondered – why do people stay so busy and then show up at funerals?  Why don’t we stay in touch before a person passes or even is diagnosed with a terrible disease?  Why does it take a tragedy before we realize that someone was facing issues in their life?  This is not meant to judge anyone…but just a curious thought.

Yet, we need to support each other during both the good and not just the bad stuff…after all, God made us to be part of a community.  Humans thrive when they have a support system, surrounded by loved ones.  Perhaps if people knew they had this support, maybe there would be one less tragedy in this world?

I know it may not stop all tragedies like the one my communities and others have experienced in recent years in this country…but even if it was just one or maybe even two, that would be few less tears shed.

So think about it…who haven’t you spoken to a while that may need to hear from you even if they are going through a good time?  Maybe inside they are facing turmoil too afraid to say something in fear that they will be judged.  So, perhaps just a few words of encouragement will help them through that turmoil.

The encouragement can be a simple hello, how are you to even praying with them.

Maybe write a real letter or card sent through the postal system called snail mail.

So, in conclusion, I leave you with a verse that was preached in church yesterday to encourage those facing struggles now as they read this blog:

John 16:33 (NIV) “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.  In this world you will have trouble.  But take heart!  I have overcame the world!”

And, remember, even if you feel alone during a health crisis, loss of everything dear to you, or even something as simple as not passing a test at school that you needed to pass, God is with you and He does love you.

Finally, if you do need encouragement or even just prayer, please contact us so both my husband and I can pray for you…

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Emergency Broadcast Alerts…


Very interesting experience whenever a major storm is approaching our area.  As we watch television, our show is interrupted by an emergency alert signal warning of a severe thunderstorms coming to our area.

At first, I found them interesting since on the west side of Washington state this interruption never occurred.  Our television shows were only interrupted about once a month by these warnings and then it was just a test.

Last night, these warnings came on again and I tried to ignore them after I read that my area would be impacted by a huge dust storm along with a thunder storm.  The storm came as we saw flashes of light from lightening, flicking light and hear the roar of thunder along with the howling wind that even scared the cat, who was quite the cuddle bunny all night.  Then morning came and all seemed well with the world as the sun tried to peak through the remaining clouds.

The only significant impact to us from the storm was that my car will need a bath sooner than expected from the dust storm that left thick globs of mud and debris on the vehicle.  Oh, well, I am grateful that it was not worse as we hear of significant damage throughout the area.

As I prepared for bed, I reflected on these warning signals and how we so often dismiss or ignore them if they seem to be a nuisance.  After all, isn’t a television program more important than these signals?

As I reflected, I realize that we tend to ignore other warning signs, or checks in our stomach, as the Holy Spirit warns us of danger or falling to the temptation of sin.  After all, these warning signs may be an inconvenience to our human thinking; however, they may be guiding us and helping us navigate through life’s ups and downs.

The Newsboys has a great song about the “job” of the Holy Spirit and its warning system – some of the lyrics of the chorus go something like this:

It’s an early warning sign
It keeps my life in line
But it’s so hard  to define, never mind

Newsboys – Spirit Thing

Furthermore, not only do we need the Holy Spirit to warn us of danger, it also instructs us on how to live and helps us remember verses that will help us through life – during both the good and bad times.

After all, according to John 14:26 (New King James Version):  But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things, and bring to your remembrance all things that I said to you…

Therefore, in conclusion, take heed when you are being warned of danger either through the Holy Spirit or even an emergency broadcast system.  Above all, remember that God is at your side even if you are in danger and He will be there to guide and comfort you.

What warning signs have you been getting through a check in your spirit or even through an emergency broadcast system?  Do you take heed or do you ignore the signs?  Are you in tune to the Holy Spirit so you know what He is trying to tell you?