“When something difficult happens, it’s easy to wonder, “Where are you, God?” And His answer is always the same: “I’m with you.”
Sometimes He makes His presence known through the hands and feet of people in our lives.
Sometimes He quietly whispers to our hearts.
Sometimes He works through circumstances to let us know we’re not alone.”
Read the rest of this inspiring devotional here!
Holley Gerth is co founder of (in)courage as well as a best-selling author of several books, wife to Mark, follower of Jesus, and friend to YOU. She’d love to have coffee with you. As the next best thing, she hopes you’ll stop by and say hello at her site.
Where there is LIFE there is HOPE
Below is an excerpt of a message of HOPE I received in my inbox and thought I would share. Hope you enjoy.
by ANGELA NAZWORTH
“I remember every moment I almost gave up and didn’t.
I remember those days of eating just a muffin a day until that check surprised me.
I remember the searing pain that came when another person looked me in the eyes and said, “You’re not enough” and the joy that soothed me when I later read Psalm 139.
I remember that hope isn’t a feeling. It’s a promise from the giver of life. And the promise of hope was sealed and delivered with the blood of Jesus. That kind of promise is unbreakable.”
Read the rest of Angela’s article here, where she speaks about how hope thrived even when she doubted its existence.
“And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” Romans 5:5 (NIV)
Where there is LIFE there is HOPE
This is an inspiring story. This is how we as mom’s are, we stop at nothing to ensure that our children and our families get the best care possible.
The following is a testimony copy/pasted from a posting made to the Corporate Facebook Page of LiveSmart 360 on 12/13/13
Stay at home mom of 4, exotic pet zookeeper, wife, teacher… and even referee. these are all titles that i accept wholeheartedly. another one is mother of a child with Autism. when the letters PDD were being tossed around, it opened a whole new realm for us.
At first we followed the doctors orders. i didnt know any better, and wanted to believe that these “experts” had my childs best interest at heart. despite going to COUNTLESS therapy sessions, spending TONS of money between co-pays, babysitters, gas money, etc, i was still having to restrain my son several times a week, fight him every moment of every day to take his medication, and witness side effects of these pharmaceuticals. i looked everywhere for help. the information on autism and PDD was overwhelming to say the least. Hell, i even read an article that claimed katsup was to blame for autism! at this point, what do i avoid? Gluten, sugar, carbs, strawberries…. katsup?? what do i add?
A friend of mine who was helping me do research, told me about some beneficial supplements to try. a simple combination of heavy doses of good quality (no preservatives and appropriate peroxide levels) fish oil and a good quality probiotic. This came at a perfect time, as i experienced one of the most terrifying moments of my life. Once again i believed that the doctors were looking out for my sons best interest, and even had some compelling arguments for adding medications…. so i agreed.
Any mother i’m sure can understand the terror of what i was about to go through. my son became completely delusional. he would have black outs, where i could see in his eyes that no one was there. he tried to throw himself out a window….. my 7 yr old son was trying to kill himself!!! come to find out this was caused by hallucinations! i was horrified. TERRIFIED!!!!
i was loosing my son. my 7 yr old beautiful baby boy…..
That’s it i thought, i cannot allow this to happen. i took charge of my sons medical care. the doctors REFUSED to believe that this was a result from the medication, even though side effects were listed in the manufactures information! HOW DARE THEY!!! i was angry. i was appalled….. i was MOTIVATED…. yes motivated to take charge and DEDICATED to my sons recovery from autism.
I prayed and took the plunge. off the medication he went. i weaned him off as fast as i safely could. i put him on Fish oil and probiotics as fast as i could. it was HUGE leap of faith, i noticed a difference almost immediately. i waited to treat with the supplements after he was off the dangerous medication and the potency effects were almost all out of his system. within 24 hrs my son was less anxious, less in pain, and less angry. it just got better from there….. its been almost a year now since I’ve restrained my son. he is so close to being off every last bit of his medication. he only takes 1 now and we are in the process of eliminating it. he craves the fish oil and i we both definitely notice a difference when we get lazy and skip a day. he has gotten so good at remembering to take it himself! he knows it helps! i know it helps!!! shoot even the football coach/friend has noticed a difference
MY SON PLAYS FOOTBALL!!!!! on a team!!!! with other kids!!!!!
he comes to me with problems and questions
he looks at me in the eye……
MY SON SMILES AT ME!!!
i see my son behind the label “autism”
i see a bright future for my son.
without the help of my friends who gave me advice and LiveSmart 360 products, i have to say that i would still be in a black hole wondering which way was up and how we were going to manage our lives and my sons future.
thank you livesmart for creating this product to not only help save the health of my family, but save the life of my son!
A most inspiring story indeed. What say you..
EVERYDAY IS AN OPPORTUNITY FOR A FRESH START
“The sun shines not on us but in us.
The rivers flow not past, but through us,
thrilling, tingling, vibrating every fiber and cell
of the substance of our bodies, making them glide and sing.”
— John Muir
“Our inability to see beauty
doesn’t suggest in the slightest that beauty is not there.
Rather, it suggests that we are not looking carefully enough
or with broad enough perspective to see the beauty.”
— Rabbi Harold Kushner