Not A Day Promised

Battling mental illness through education and resources. "Let the wise hear and
increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance." Proverbs 1:5

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

God's "Miracle Minutes"

by Julie Brooks

Today, I rejoice that God helps me see Him, even in the minutes of my days!

In the last 2 years since Carson took his life, and as we continue to help Pierce and others navigate mental illness through education and awareness, it is even more evident that the Lord wants me to share a simple thought He gave me a year and a half ago.

We all have a tendency to view our days as "all good" or "all bad." But, God has shown me the wonder of viewing my days in "minutes"... His miracle minutes!

I can choose to praise Him even if for one minute of gladness, encouragement, progress, stability, solitude, praise, joy and more; thus binding the enemy in that same minute. Our Lord loves it when we praise Him!

This is an awesome perspective! Why wait to praise him for His small wonders? 

We have 1,440 minutes in each day; each minute an opportunity to praise our Lord for small victories, the miracle minutes. No longer view your life in days but in miraculous moments sponsored by the God of the universe!

Let the praising begin as we go out and bear witness to our mighty God's strength and grace in even the small minutes of each day. 

May you all have many of His miracle minutes! Amen!!

Monday, August 13, 2012

Carson Moments

by Julie Brooks
I am reminded of the pain of losing Carson as I visit with a friend that lost her son to suicide not quite one year ago. 

I can see how God gives us empathy and understanding, only by going through painful events in our lives; events that we really don't want to go through, but events that our almighty God can take and use for His glory! 

But, the moment the pain of losing Carson comes through in memories, from nowhere, as a reality, it is almost unbearable...  

I call them my "Carson moments"; times when the hole in my heart seems unrepairable.

But I cry and cry out to the Lord, to restore my thinking and the joy that only the Lord can give us through His grace! 

This is not a post of sadness but one of reality.  Just a reminder that there are hurting people all around us. 

We must put on God's 3D glasses (Father, Son and Holy Spirit glasses), because there are people suffering, waiting for someone to reach out to them!  

May God issue you your own 3D glasses. They are free when you accept Jesus as your personal just have to use them!  Amen!!

Friday, August 3, 2012

Word Picture - Christ's Powerful Restoration

by Julie Brooks

As a former R.N., I had to learn a lot of abbreviations. God reminded me that I can use an abbreviation that most of us recognize, CPR (Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation), to have a new meaning from a Christian perspective.

As Christians, we can use the Holy Spirit's strength and power to perform CPR (Christ's Powerful Restoration).  We can assist the Lord in breathing life into others, those that don't know the life transforming power that God can give them through accepting Him as Lord and Savior.

The results of this CPR will not only affect your life here on earth but will assure you an eternal life in Heaven with God when you die.

As a Christian, I am also a different kind of R.N. - a Reborn Nurse, my life forever changed, and I am willing (with the Lord's help) to perform His CPR...the results are eternal. Amen!!