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Once You Choose Hope Anything is Possible

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Looking at the statistics above, it seems likely that we all know someone (if not yourself) that has been diagnosed with breast cancer.  Myself, I can testify to the difficult year I fought breast cancer. The endless tests, surgeries, and depleted energy were all a part of my journey of restoration. Today I can declare I am a survivor!

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Here are some attributes that you will want to hold close to your heart while you are going through your healing.

Love – Choose love over fear.  Love never fails. 1 John 4:16; We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

Faith – Let your faith be bigger than your circumstances. Have faith in the goodness of God to provide hope for the future. Hebrews 12:2; Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author, and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Strength – While you are healing from the physical scars or the emotional scars that breast cancer brings, meditate on His promises. He is faithful. Isaiah 40:29;  “He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength”

Hope – Hope looks forward. You will be able to break free from any fear and despair and receive healing and restoration. Psalm 39:7; “But now Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.”

Pink Hope

Hold On Pain Ends – Whatever you are struggling with today, I encourage you to open your heart to the one who is our hope. The Lord is with you  –  be dependent on Him today. Rest in Him and His promise of eternal life. Nothing can separate you from His love for you. Once You Choose Hope Anything is Possible!

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Cultivate Compassion – God has great compassion towards you. Now put your compassion into action. There are many practical ways to help a woman that is suffering. You can lighten her load by preparing a meal, helping with the kids, running errands, and completing household chores. Your encouraging words and prayers will bring hope to the hurting.

Pray-ButtonThank you, Lord, for your love and compassion towards me. Show me those who need my help and compassion.

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Do You Have a Heart for Justice?

Human Trafficking

January 11, 2016 is National Human Trafficking Awareness Day.  Sex trafficking occurs every day in the US in everyone of our states. Thousands of precious children and women will be violated in unimaginable ways as slaves held captive.

Get the facts: Watch Linda Smith (founder of  Shared Hope  International 

iStock_000001460525Medium“No girl wakes up and looks in the mirror and says I want to be a prostitute.” Linda Smith (founder of Shared Hope International)

Let this month be one of focusing on freedom for the oppressed!  What can each of us do to help? Take action; pray, volunteer, raise awareness, donate.

 

If you see something suspicious at an event, hotel or truck stop, call the National Human Trafficking Hotline:

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Join in me in supporting these Organizations:

Learn More – What is human trafficking?

More Resources on my Pinterest Board –  Stop Sex Trafficking

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Thank you Lord that you came to set the captives free. Show me what I can do to make a difference in the lives of those held in bondage by their traffickers.

Let my heart be broken for the trapped, dehumanized and frightened victims of sex trafficking. I offer myself as an advocate.

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Breast Cancer Survival Kit

Breast Cancer Butterfly

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I love this butterfly – with one glance  you know breast cancer is not for wimps. You will need all four traits in your survival kit.

Love – Choose love over fear. 1 John 4:16; We have come to know and have believed the love which God has for us. God is love, and the one who abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.

Faith – Let your faith be bigger than your fear. Hebrews 12:2; Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Strength – While you are healing from the physical scars or the emotional scars that breast cancer brings, meditate on His promise. Isaiah 40:29;  “He gives power to the weak, And to those who have no might He increases strength”

Hope – Hope looks forward. You will be able to break free from any fear and despair and receive healing and restoration. Psalm 39:7; “But now Lord, what do I look for? My hope is in you.”

Pink Hope

Healing takes time; love, faith, strength and hope in the Lord’s goodness. I can testify to the long and difficult year I fought breast cancer. Today, I am a survivor. Hold on, your restoration is near!

God has great compassion towards you. For those of you who know someone suffering with disease, I hope you will put your compassion into action. Your encouraging words and prayers will bring hope to the hurting.

Pray-ButtonThank you Lord for watching over me with your perfect love. You give me the strength to fight against disease. My faith in your goodness gives me hope for the future. I know I am not alone.

 

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A Quiet Refuge of Compassion

Be kind and compassionateA kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal – Steve Maraboli

“Alone in a hospital bed in Baton Rouge, I lay in a cocoon of plaster, restraining my body in the hope of repairing my shattered bones. My hospital room was a quiet refuge from the physical and emotional trauma I had suffered at the hands of a rival biker m16gang. I was a victim in a violent gang war, enduring intense pain after being shot in my left arm and right leg with M-16 rifles.”

cover_art_Chicken Soup*Except from Chicken Soup for the Soul: Inspiration for Nurses

A Quiet Refuge is my story of the life-giving support that I experienced from the comforting hands and benevolent heart of an incredible nurse named Reni. Thirty-eight years later and thousands of miles apart, I am still so grateful for her many acts of kindness. She taught me that compassion towards others can restore hope and give strength to the weak. We only spent a couple of months together, yet we formed a bond of friendship that continues to this day.

During the time of my suffering in the hospital, consumed with shame and condemnation, I felt abandoned and unloved. Reni’s compassionate acts proved to be a reminder of God’s love for me. Her selfless actions demonstrated her strong desire to alleviate my suffering. And isn’t that at the heart of compassion…the essence of feeling another’s pain, while easing their hurt.

The Lord calls us to compassion – Finally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted, be courteous. 1 Peter 3:8 (NJKV)

Pray-ButtonThank you Lord for your heart of compassion. May we be sensitive to share the hope and encouragement that your love brings to others in need.

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The Power of Hope

hope anchors soulWe live in a fallen world. There is brokenness all around us. Yet, the Lord calls us to live joyfully in the midst of our struggles. Is this possible? Yes, by the power of the Holy Spirit living in us!

Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.  Romans 15:13 (NKJV)

The seasons of our lives are not predictable. There will be times of grief and sorrow, times of adversity and trouble, but we can move forward with hope and comfort by trusting in the Lord’s love and compassion for us.

Through the Lord’s mercies we are not consumed, Because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning; Great is Your faithfulness. “The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “Therefore I hope in Him!”  Lamentations 3:22-24 (NKJV)

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Cultivate Compassion – There are times when our words and actions can bring hope to the hurting. We can put our compassion into action by using our time, money and energy to help someone in need.  Prayer – Whether you pray with someone or speak to the Lord on their behalf, prayer brings hope and comfort.

Pray – Lord, show me what I can do for those who are in need. Reveal areas in my life that need to receive your hope and healing. Thank you for your love and compassion.

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Hands of Compassion

compassionThe Gospels use the word hands hundreds of times. “Jesus put out His hand and touched him…So He touched her hand…He went in and took her by the hand…Jesus stretched out His hand…Jesus came and touched them…Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray.”

Jesus’ hands are working hands – the village carpenter labored in the Middle Eastern sun without gloves or modern machinery.

Jesus’ hands are powerful, healing hands – just a single touch can heal a broken body or restore a broken soul.

Jesus’ hands are compassionate hands – He touches others with the gospel  message of love, humility, and acceptance.

nail pierced handsJesus’ hands are crucified hands – His nail-scarred hands represent the love He has for us and the sacrifice He was willing to make for our salvation. 

Jesus’ hands are inviting hands – He invites you to come to Him and receive His abundant love, humility and acceptance in your life.

Psalm 104:28 says, when God opens His hand, we’re filled with goodness. He wants us to use our hands to minister to others. Your hands can become a blessing to others.

Are your hands open to helping those God brings across your path? Are you generous towards ministries that need your support? Reach out to someone today and be a blessing in Jesus’ name.

praying handsPrayer – God take my hands and use them for your glory! Give me eyes to see the needs around me and the love to give with openhanded generosity.

 

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A First Aid Kit of Compassion

first aid kitAn act of kindness can have a lifetime impact. We all experience times of weakness in our lives. When someone comes alongside of us with a heart of compassion, the power in that act of benevolence reassures our heart. It is a reminder of God’s love for us.

When I first met Reni she was a young nursing student. I was alone and brokenhearted in a hospital bed in Baton Rouge. Having been a victim in a violent gang war, I was suffering from two gunshot wounds. While completely restrained in a body cast, I was hoping my shattered bones would repair. I had been transferred from Texas to Louisiana, and I did not know a soul until a nurse with a reassuring smile entered my life.

Thirty-six years later, I am so grateful for her many acts of kindness towards me. Reni quickly became my friend. She took care of my personal needs; clean hair does wonders for the soul! She stayed with me through painful physical therapy sessions, and when I awoke from yet another surgery, she was there with words of encouragement. Selflessly, she gave her time to me. We only spent a couple of months together, yet we remained friends through the years.

Stop and look, and you’ll find hurting people all around you. They are longing for someone to bring goodness and kindness to them. Could you be the one to make a difference in someone’s life? What will be in your first aid kit of compassion? Here’s some suggestions:

• Lifesaver – a reminder that the LORD is there to help. Psalm 46:1
• Candy Kiss – a reminder that LOVE should be a part of everyday. 1 John 4:7
• Pen – a reminder to count your BLESSINGS daily. Ephesians 1:3
• Rubber Band – a reminder to be flexible. GOD has it under control.                       Romans 8:28
• Toothpick – a reminder to pick out the GOOD in others. Matthew 7:1
• Eraser – a reminder that everyone makes mistakes. Through Jesus there is  FORGIVENESS of sins. Acts 13:38
• Salt – a reminder that God wants us to be the salt of the earth and ENCOURAGE one another. Matthew 5:13
• Cross – a reminder of God’s love for you in JESUS. Hebrews 12:2
• Tissues – a reminder to those who sow in TEARS shall reap in joy. Psalm 126:5
• Band Aids – a reminder that Jesus heals the brokenhearted and binds up their WOUNDS. Psalm 147:3

Heart with BandaidFinally, all of you be of one mind, having compassion for one another; love as brothers, be tenderhearted. 1 Peter 3:8 (NJKV)

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Blessings, Maureen