Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Grief abounds

After a very sad week at our school with a young girl taking her own life, a second young girl and her father were killed last night. The town is very small and with the two girls, 14 and 12, there are many young teens that have both as school mates if not friends. It has the entire community trying to grapple to try and understand the sadness and the far reaching grief that wraps itself around our young people. Please pray for the community of Comox and for the families of the girls, for the teachers, friends, coaches and neighbours., for the crisis management team. Pray a special blessing on the friends and fellow students of both girls. School tension is still reeling after a summer murder of a young man who had graduated from the same school. I am speechless to try and make sense of it all, but know I want to be there and be a listening ear, part of a solution to bring peace, restoration of broken hearts and healing from the inside of each young person in our valley. Nothing is too big for my God

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Catch and Release

Recently I asked some Facebook friends what they thought of when I said "catch and release". I got answers...some that made me laugh, (check out the last one below) and some that made me think. Then I thought about what is like for God when His children are set upon a path,  as we all are. Does He catch and release us?  Is the acceptance of Him as our Lord and Savior the catching into the kingdom, although we are not captive, and is the process of our walk the release? 
I got to thinking, am I walking through the life He had envisioned for me, prepared for me, breathed into me?
Or was I a feral cat, a wild animal, not willing to conform, most comfortable without rules, or a random fish fighting to get back to the place where I will die? Would I be willing to live in harmony with the plan and purpose for my life?  Would I be willing to accept it unconditionally or would I wait for the big one"opportunties " or would it be too late?
Imagine what God thinks some days, because we know he sees our thoughts, knows our inner most desires. Some of which will  obviously be against His will, some along the lines,  but on our terms,  and some that we can fangle to believe that they line up because we are a good person. 
Oh Lord it is the cry of my heart to be the wife, mother, aunt, cousin, nana, friend, employee, Christian you called me to be.
Some people need to learn from their mistakes, one of our children who will remain nameless is a "need to learn for myself" learner. Even if it was a hard lesson eventually as parents we realized this and allowed it happen. What does God say when he knows that is our learning style. I know I am a "learn from other people and from experiences" not always having to be the person directly involved. Does God look at me and say Colleen it was happening all around you and you didn't see it.  Imagine every person on this earth being His creation and every person that takes the long way around to learn something. Wow,  HE is patient and loving and merciful and always there to scoop us up.  I am so thankful for His release of me into all that He has predestined for me to experience, the happiness, the sorrow, the learning curve and the blessings. Best of all I am happy because I am a catch! 
Today as Thanksgiving approaches I am going to pray for more to be caught and launched and released into HIS perfect plan, ups and downs and all. 

Thanks to :

  • My Facebook Data Group
    • Lori Wear before its to late
      19 September at 19:28 ·  ·  1 person
    • Callie Finley fishing
      19 September at 19:50 ·  ·  1 person
    • Marianne Harris spaying & neutering feral cats... :)
      19 September at 19:53 ·  ·  1 person
    • 19 September at 20:02 · 
    • Lois Reimer endangered fish
      19 September at 20:23 ·  ·  1 person
    • Cody Pfl Eliason Waiting for the big one.
      19 September at 20:42 ·  ·  1 person
    • Gill Shoemaker raising kids
      19 September at 21:43 ·  ·  1 person
    • Amy Emery Wild animals (raccoons, possums)
      20 September at 09:37 · 
    • Ernie Peters Wife?
      20 September at 22:04 ·