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God Finds My Daughter (Again)

Here’s a testimony from one of my kids. It’s a strange thing to read coming from her. She’s very settled, rational, and sensible. This testimony borders on insanity. She doesn’t say stuff like, “God spoke to me” very often. Neither do I. It’s a dangerous thing to attribute our own thoughts to God. It is incorrect to assume our suffering means God doesn’t care.

He has driven me and made me walk
In darkness and not in light.
Surely against me He has turned His hand
Repeatedly all the day.
 He has caused my flesh and my skin to waste away,
He has broken my bones.
 He has besieged and encompassed me with bitterness and hardship.
 In dark places He has made me dwell,
Like those who have long been dead.
 He has walled me in so that I cannot go out;
He has made my [a]chain heavy.
 Even when I cry out and call for help,
He shuts out my prayer.
 He has blocked my ways with hewn stone;
He has made my paths crooked.
 He is to me like a bear lying in wait,
Like a lion in secret places.
 He has turned aside my ways and torn me to pieces;
He has made me desolate.
 He bent His bow
And set me as a target for the arrow.
 He made the [b]arrows of His quiver
To enter into my [c]inward parts.
 I have become a laughingstock to all my people,
Their mocking song all the day.
 He has filled me with bitterness,
He has made me drunk with wormwood.
 He has broken my teeth with gravel;
He has made me cower in the dust.
My soul has been rejected from peace;
I have forgotten [d]happiness.
 So I say, “My strength has perished,
And so has my hope from the Lord.” – Lamentations 3

A Prisoner Of The Lord

A Prisoner Of The Lord: What I learned while under house arrest Tonight’s post dives into the price I asked of the Lord to pay to know him in his sufferings. Before this time, I forgot I asked the Lord to pay such a price.  Before this time, I continually asked the Lord to draw… The post A Prisoner Of The Lord appeared first on BayArt.

The Scales Of Wants & Needs

The Weigh Scales Of Wants & Needs This post is dedicated to the happy the hungry, the hopeful one and the helpless one.  Oh, what a difference a year makes!  About two weeks ago or maybe more I was asked to conduct a blog post on the difference between what a person wants vs what… The post The Scales Of Wants & Needs appeared first on BayArt.

Where Have All The Good Movies Gone? Netflix Bought Them

Posted on 24 Aug 2017 by The Pen and the Sword Press By Anthony Sicilia This article is dedicated to my two-year-old niece Angie. To discuss films and good forms of entertainment can be a challenge simply because no one movie is alike and furthermore there are also different movies created for different genres. To save myself from…

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Getting on with it!!

Today, I am going to get on with all the trivial little things that make up my life. I’m not working today so I will tidy, sort the kids out make dinner, see a friend. I should probably be extremely grateful for the long list of people always ready to come and share a coffee…

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She threw up her hands

For the last 11 or 12 years, I’ve read aloud to some portion of my family pretty nearly every day, except when things like travel or houseguests or illness have gotten in the way. It sounds silly, but this is one of the things I’m proudest of as a parent (my kids are big readers, which I feel great about). We’re in book three of the Wheel of Time series now (an old favorite of my wife’s that I had never read and that both the kids are old enough now to follow along with), and I’ve noted that people throw up their hands a lot in these books.

I’m an inveterate punster, and I notice and relish things like potential Spoonerisms, weird usage, unintentionally funny phrases, and of course opportunities to crack Dad jokes. These books have instilled in me a new habit of stopping to say “well if she hadn’t eaten her hands in the first place, resorting to auto-cannibalism wouldn’t have made her sick and she wouldn’t have had to throw them up” and similar (usually simplified) variants. For a while, these pauses got eye-rolls and groans out of my family, but then they stopped responding at all to my interjections, which of course makes me want to escalate (because I am a troll).

Oddly, the escalation in this case turned into almost more of a de-escalation, since instead of shouting or being more dramatic and doing the verbal equivalent of an elaborate elbow-nudge or pratfall, I started just folding the observation into the prose itself as a subordinate clause (e.g. “she threw up her hands, which she shouldn’t have eaten in the first place, but Bocephus continued to smirk”) without so much as a raised eyebrow. Thankfully, the family noticed and fed me with eye-rolls and groans and commentary about how fiendish it was to adapt in this manner, which was gratifying.


Tagged: family, kids, Reading

Supporting your Friend with Mental Health Issues

I initially created this blog to share my mental health experiences with others. I hoped to seek a connection with others, break the stigma against mental health issues, and start conversations about topics such as self-harm and depression. However, all of my blogs neglect something that I believe is absolutely important for those with mental…

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Son Of Nashville Mayor Dies In Denver Of Apparent Drug Overdose

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The office of Nashville Mayor Megan Barry said Sunday that her only child has died of an apparent drug overdose. The office released a statement from Barry and her husband, Bruce, saying 22-year-old Max Barry died Saturday night in Denver. “Early this morning, we received news that no parents should ever have to hear,” the couple said. “Our son Max suffered from an overdose and passed away. We cannot begin to describe the pain and heartbreak that comes with losing our only child. Our son was a kind soul full of life and love for his family and friends.”
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Max Barry graduated in June from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. “Our family would greatly appreciate your thoughts and prayers, and would respectfully ask for privacy as we mourn the loss of our child and begin to understand a world without his laughter and love in our lives,” the statement said. Funeral arrangements are pending. Megan Barry was sworn in as Nashville’s first female mayor in September 2015 with her husband and son by her side.
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Denver police spokeswoman Raquel Lopez declined to search the department’s records and logs for the police report of Barry’s death, saying that would violate the department’s policy of not identifying victims. Investigator Melinda Rose of the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office in Denver told The Tennessean that an official cause or manner of death would not be declared until after the results of an autopsy, which was planned for Sunday. The newspaper reported Max Barry had recently moved to Denver. Condolences for the Barry family poured in on social media.
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“No parent should ever live to see the passing of a child,” Nashville Sheriff Daron Hall said on Twitter. (© Copyright 2017 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)