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We Enter In

Holman Bible Dictionary defines “compassion” as “to feel passion with someone, to enter sympathetically into their sorrow and pain.”

Compassion in English translations represents at least five Hebrew and eight Greek terms in the Bible and include additional definitions: possess grace and charm and be gracious, emotional expression of crying and feeling with someone who is hurting, to be sorry for, a mother and father’s love and compassion, emotions aroused by another undeserving or in pain and suffering and other similar definitions.

As we intercede in prayer, or pray to God on other’s behalf… we truly experience this. I have had this happen several times when praying for others as they have suffered loss and pain unimaginable.  One wise prayer warrior once told me that “the Lord allows those of us that pray to help carry the burden of the one under such grief.”  We enter in.

The last several days as this hideous attack has been taking place in Ukraine, we…

… Try to go on with “life” by doing all the normal things.

But then look at the news, scroll on social media, pray, cry…repeat.

…And know that the Ukrainians and those that love them are not going on with “life.” They are in subways, bomb shelters, fleeing their homes and watching what is happening to their homeland and loved ones from afar.

Lord, hear our prayers. In the depths of our souls, we feel pain for their suffering. We enter in. 

We know the Lord is close to them.  I have seen reports from pastors and leaders in the area who say they feel the prayers. 

 We pray it is over soon…our hearts ache and we want to add action to our prayers. I have researched for legitimate ways in which to help the Ukrainian people. I will provide the links for you to explore yourself if that is something you feel led to do.

Samaritan’s Pursehttps://www.samaritanspurse.org/donation-items/responding-to-the-crisis-in-ukraine/

Project Hope https://www.projecthope.org/crisis-in-ukraine-how-to-help/02/2022/

Save the Children https://ukraine.savethechildren.net

International Mission Board  https://www.imb.org/2022/02/28/send-relief-responds-ukraine-crisis/

Save the Children https://ukraine.savethechildren.net

Psalm 34:15-18 “The eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their cry; but the face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to blot out their name from the earth.  The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them;  he delivers them from all their troubles.  The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”

Philippines 2:3-4 “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.”

Be Encouraged Today~



 Jesus shared stories to teach.  Parables trying to get people to understand about God and spiritual truths.

“The Lamp” from Matthew 5:14-16, “The Mustard Seed” from Mark 4:30-34, “The Good Samaritan”-Luke 10:29-37 and so many more.John 15-1-4

And the Bible is full of stories.  Adam and Eve, David and Goliath, Ruth and Naomi, The Sermon of Jesus on the Mount, The Birth of Jesus..just to name a few.

I was wondering about my own personal story, or your personal story.  Can the Father still teach us from each and every one of these stories?

I am personally dealing with several health issues that have taken me by surprise.  I prayed for answers, and I got them.  But I did not like the answers.  So, I had to ask the Father to teach me through them.

He is teaching me that through chronic pain there can be joy.  It is my choice.  Does it make me happy?  Nope.  Am I constantly learning and trying to understand?  Yep.  But do I still trust the Father to get me through it?  Yep.  He has always done that in my life and He will not stop now.what is your story

I have developed compassion for those in pain…something I never totally understood until now.  I have to choose how to respond.

What is your story?  

Were you neglected as a child?  Did your husband/wife leave you?  Did you lose your job?  Are you in poor health?  Did your spouse pass away?  Did your life end up much differently than you ever imagined?

Reread your story and remember, it is not over yet. And you may see something you have never seen before as you reread it.

Your story can teach you friend, if you let it.story books

Let’s learn together.

~Be Encouraged Today~

Which side of the Coin?


I am sure you have heard this: “There are two sides to every coin?

Most of us have been on both sides at one time or another.  

An employee/employer.  

Child/Parent….my favorite!  Sometimes around your parents, you feel like a twelve-year-old again.   Or when you get around your own children and they like to tease and make you feel like a very old woman!

 I have been a student, a public school teacher, a new mom, a homeschooling mom, a mom of public/private school teenagers, and a public school teacher, partially retired…in that order.  I have been on both sides of the coin, maybe several coins.  Often those coins were shiny…but sometimes very dull and scratched! Continue reading Which side of the Coin?