The Pain Of Death & The Celebration Of Life – Part 2 – Grace and Thought

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The Lord does not want us to mourn forever and I am sure that neither would our loved ones.  In 1 Samuel 16:1 NIV The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you mourn for Saul since I have rejected him as king of Israel? Fill your horn and be on your way”.  And Psalms 30:5 AMP also says, weeping may endure in the night, but joy comes in the morning.  There clearly is a time to mourn and time to get up and get on with living.  The verse that brought me so much peace over my parents death was Revelation 21:4 AMP where it says, “He will wipe away every tear from their eyes.  There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away”.

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The Pain of Death & The Celebration Of Life – Part 1 – Grace and Thought

In this entire journey called life, I know that I have never experienced anything worse than the pain of losing a loved one.  It feels like someone thrust their hand through your chest ripped out your heart and stamped all over it!  My heart hurt so much that I felt physically sick but nothing was going to make me feel better except acceptance and learning to live with the pain.  My father passed away last year September.  His death was not only painful on its own, but it brought back memories of my mother’s death who passed away in 1990.  Even though it was 21 years since she had passed, I felt I was going through double pain if that’s even something that is considered possible. They both went through long periods of illness before they eventually passed away. The emptiness and void of not having them physically here is sometimes unbearable and extremely overwhelming.

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Worry Free Living – Grace and Thought

Worry free living is achievable but I have always wondered, “How do you live worry free?”  Have you ever found yourself in a position that looks so familiar?  You know you have been here before and you ask yourself, “How in the world did I get back here?”  I recently found myself in such a position.  My immediate feeling was worry!  You are in so much trouble!!!  You need to be worried!

I made a choice a long time ago to always be responsible with my finances.  I know how much money is coming in, how much I’ve spent and what account I have spent from.  I also make it a point to always pay my bills in plenty of time.  I decided to take a risk and start a small home-based business and being something new, I made some choices that I know I shouldn’t have made.  This placed me a position where I was up to my ears in it but I still managed to do a good job until my capital source was brought to a screeching halt!  When this happened I found myself in a state of panic because it meant that I wouldn’t be able to meet all my financial obligations and I had nowhere else to turn to prevent this from happening.  I was worried out of my brain!  It was the first thing that I thought about when I woke up and the last thing before I drifted off to sleep every night after plenty of tossing and turning!  This situation was definitely stealing my joy!

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Arrogance or Faith? – Grace and Thought

I love watching sports and I truly enjoyed watching the 2012 Olympics these past two weeks.  Some of my favorite sports are; Tennis, Basketball, Formula 1 Motor Racing (my favorite), Soccer, Rugby (kind of rusty in following it since moving to the USA), Track & Field, Swimming and American Football (since moving to the USA) to name a few.

There’s one thing that I have noticed about most sports especially sports like Basketball, Formula 1, Tennis and most definitely Tack & Field (again to name a few).  Most individuals or teams for that matter bring a kind of swagger when they are getting ready to compete.  It has become prevalent in even us the supporters.  They bring a swagger that can come off as intimidating or in some cases can be perceived as arrogance.  We see it in Basketball players like NBA Champion LeBron James; I remember seeing it in 7 times Formula One World Champion Michael Schumacher; we also see it in 11 Grand Slam Titles Tennis Champion Rafael Nadal and 6 Olympic Gold Medalist and 5 times World Champion Sprinter Usain Bolt.  Remembering back to my childhood days, nobody of any era had a bigger swagger than the famous World Heavy Weight Champion Boxer Muhammad Ali.  Why is it that some come off as being arrogant and yet we love seeing others do it?  Even though we all know that it was intimidating tactic for Boxer Muhammed Ali, I was one of those people that definitely loved seeing him do it.  I also loved seeing that swagger in Michael Schumacher and  I love seeing it in Usain Bolt, but it annoys the life out of me seeing it in players like LeBron James. Read More

Finding Peace In Surrender – Grace and Thought

A couple of weeks ago, I was experiencing extremely frightening dreams.  I kept having the same dream over and over again; that I was being chased and trying to hide from someone.  I couldn’t see his face and I was absolutely scared out of my mind.  Even in my subconscious state of mind,  I knew for sure was that this person was extremely dangerous and I had to do whatever I could to get away from him.  Unfortunately, I had reached the end of the road.  I had nowhere else to run or hide and I was helpless to scream, move or even make any kind of noise.  As he eventually caught up with me and he reached out to grab me, I gave out what I felt was the loudest I could scream.  At that very moment, I would wake up in a cold sweat.  It was always a relief to realize that it was just a dream, but I was so shaken with fear that it would take me a little while to recover and get back to sleep.  The dream and my fear felt so real and it was clearly to me the worst fear I had ever felt.  I wanted to know how to overcome such a level of fear.

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Thought Power – Grace and Thought

I went to bed a few days ago with a heavy feeling of dread and extreme luck of joy. I was feeling very discouraged and wasn’t looking forward to waking up in the morning. Having suffered from severe depression before, I knew it as that all familiar feeling that comes over you just before you truly hit depression. Over the years I have had to learn to live with this awareness in order to avoid it.

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