Oct 29 2013

A Year Later

It’s weird these anniversaries that you hear about in the news. 

We mark on calendars the bad stuff that happens and then relive it a year later. You might see that happening in the news today.  It’s the year anniversary of Superstorm Sandy. 

So I went on a search this morning to find some good news about it a year later.  Found this:

“Sand covered the streets, houses were off foundations, trucks were upended,” City Council President Scott Mandel told WCBS 880′s Mike Xirinachs. “It looked like the ending of a very bad war movie.”

“I think the most significant moment for me was when I saw approximately 14 feet of our boardwalk, with railing still attached, sitting in the Waldbaums parking lot which is a good six blocks away from the ocean,” Mandel said.

But if you drive through Long Beach now, it looks almost normal, 1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reported.

The iconic 2.2-mile boardwalk is back and better than ever and most houses have been repaired or rebuilt.

Maybe you do the same thing when you look back on the past year of your life.   Whether you were in the path of Sandy or you had storm of your own last year,  instead of looking back on saying, "wow that was really bad!"

Maybe look back at how far you’ve come.  How God has helped you.  How maybe you too are rebuilt and better than ever.  

I got a call from Denise today. She is from New York, and right before the storm hit, she was considering divorce.  



If you’re in a stormy time of life right now, I want you to know that there is hope. A year from now, life will be different, and maybe you too can be rebuilt and better than ever, if you let God in to do the construction.  

Oct 28 2013

Life, Death, and Push Alerts

If you have one of those smart phones that has push alerts on it, you might find those pop ups when breaking news happens, this might have interrupted you too this weekend.

There were 2 news alerts about celebrities who had passed away.  Actress, Marcia Wallace, from  "The Bob Newhart Show" and "The Simpsons"; and musician, Lou Reed. 

Whenever that stuff happens, at first it feels like an interruption, but for me it was a reminder to wake up! 

You only get one chance at this life.  You only get one trip around the block.  And in a moment, or a push alert, it could be over, and someone dismisses the news and moves on with their day.  

I don't know about you, but I don't want my life to be easily dismissed.  I want to stand for something.  I want to stand up to encourage others that they are not wasted, that they are loved and that  God has a purpose for them.  I have decided to work for God and make the name of Jesus famous, so I better go all out!  

Christian author Barbara Baumgardner quoted this fabulous anonymous quip about death.  I have it by my desk, hopefully it will inspire you too: 

Life should not be a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out and loudly proclaiming, ‘Wow. What a ride!'"