The shortest verse in all the Bible… Obviously, the easiest to memorize as well. This verse takes us back to a sorrowful time in the life of Jesus. In the small village of Bethany, we find Him weeping at the grave of his friend Lazarus. The tears of our Lord conveys volumes to the reader. I had not really thought of it before but actually, Jesus could have but did not speak healing from a distance like he did for the centurion’s servant. Matthew 8:13 Jesus had his reasons. His reasoning did not negate the suffering, He did not take it lightly. Instead, He was “greatly troubled” and wept. The Son does what His Father’s, our Father’s will is even if it brings temporary sorrow He will be glorified and all He does is good and for good.
With poignant brevity, the gospel of John, took the most simplistic words to convey the mourners experience watching Jesus around the grave by stating, “Jesus wept.” Don’t you know He did not weep because Lazarus was dead. I believe Jesus wept when He saw Mary and Martha, Lazarus’s sisters crying. He loved them and he loved him. He knew what was coming, he knew in just a moment at a beckoning he would raise Lazarus from the dead and bring him out of the grave in his grave clothes.
Tears touch the heart of our Father!
Mary’s heart was broken, she lost her brother. I understand this heartache all too well. She was hurting and had lost hope for help for her brother. She had called for Jesus, she had believed in Him and she now believed He was too late to help. Jesus wept with her knowing her heart and her sorrow.
There is no interpreter needed as tears speak much clearer than words.
In Psalm 56:8, the psalmist says the Father keeps tears in a bottle. So… it’s okay to cry.
Compassion for suffering The Calamity of Sin
The Calamity of Sin The Cost of Redemption
The Cause of His Own Death
For all these things he wept…
I am grateful the Lord’s heart is broken when my heart is broken. It’s hard for me to comprehend the nearness of the Father to me but I feel Him. When I am filled with sorrow He is with me.
“Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning” (Psalm 30:5). And when that morning comes, “death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore” (Revelation 21:4).
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I have been waiting, as patiently as I am capable, to fill you all in on a little secret. Those of you who have been on various journeys with me will understand why this is so special.
Hours and hours of hard work has paid off… in 14 days my first book will be PUBLISHED and physically in my hands! I am over the moon with excitment! I realize it si not for everyone. I did not write it for everyone. However, it is written for the someones who know my journey and share in the investment of the adventures and heartaches… or those who love poetry.
A BIG thank you to all who helped make this happen and know this is the first of many more to come. Pre-order is possible, just let me know and I will send you an invoice for the preorder and shipping!
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Last thing I want to say… don’t ever give up on yourself or your dreams. Many of you will see in my book where you have played a roll, you will see yourself and I am forever changed by your investment. So, I end with this thought…
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~Ralph Waldo Emerson
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“I have a new role… and I must meet the obligations it imposes.”
Sincerity, transparency, authenticity, and curiosity… I consider these leadership characteristics , to often be marginalized qualities. The countertraits first can create a strong foundational quality for successful leadership. Each trait has a tendency to be squelched by the development of other, more favorable leadership habits such as: knowing all, maintaining image, personal interests, and experience.
Here are some leadership lessons we can all take into account when working with other human beings!
- “Govern yourself with love, kindness, and service to others” -Wonder Woman
- “Failure is the fog from which we all glimpse triumph.” -Iron Man
- “With great power comes great responsibility.”
- “You want to control me, & you can’t. But that doesn’t make me your enemy.”
- “Courage is nothing without the will to use it.”
- “Everything’s impossible until someone does it.” -Batman
- “We’ve all been where you are. Someone helped us when we needed it. Now it’s time to pay it forward.”
- “No one can win every battle, but no man should fall without a struggle!”
- “I went from being a man trapped in an iron suit to being a man freed by it.”
- “This nation was founded on one principle above all else: The requirement that we stand up for what we believe, no matter the odds or the consequences.”
- “Mankind is not evil, just uninformed.”
- “You can overcome this or you can wither and die. The choice is yours.”
- “It’s never as bad as it seems. You’re much stronger than you think you are. Trust me.”
We would love to hear from you about your favorite lessons learned from superheroes. Please drop us some feedback! Let’s all follow after the great Bruce Wayne as Batman… ” I’m going to try to break the link in the unreal world.” Sure we can come out of the dark boxes we placed ourselves in as conformists and begin creating and leading others into greatness!
You think I’m quiet… my reality is within my head it is loud and ranges from raging to numbness. Outside most see a mostly quiet, apparently shy, or potentially avoidant wall flower. I most seek observation of others in their interactions.
Shedding thoughts, maddening thoughts rolling all around
I fail to adequately express what I feel and think
My secrets are expressed in words I don’t recognise as my own
I venture to guess there are innumerable words that would answer the question… what is the source of shame? Let’s explore one trail of thought… The word abuse literally means to use an object for a purpose for which it was never designed. This definition is just as accurate when applied the inappropriate treatment of another human being. Damage and brokenness can leave an individual with much rejection and heartache, and can be left drug dependent… alcohol dependent… codependent on unhealthy relationships and simply unstable in various ways with every reason not to succeed in life.
It’s not the “You’re not the same person I met few years ago.”But,It’s the “You’re not the person I thought you were.” that creates a divide between you and another individual. Unfortunately as selfish as we are innately, we tend to believe that we can read minds and assume we know what others are thinking, feeling, or planning to do. To whom does this behaviour or manner of thinking benefit?
I realise there is so much more to offer at this topic but I don’t want to be redundant…. or a dead horse. Ha, see what I did there. Ok now really. I think this point, we have to address what’s on the flipside of shame. As far as I could see the opposite of shame is love and more love.
Love will sustain, provide, it will not cease… love protects, always hopes, and still believes even when we don’t. Love provides arms to hold us and does not fail, not true love.
My heart… at times is twisted and heavy and I can’t turn back to what was once comfortable, I find nothing greater than love. Love is here and alive! Love provides a place for each of us to try and fail and try and succeed as well as a place to be celebrated for who we are as individuals not just for what we can do… In this, we look to the cross…
Through the cross, Jesus embraced personal sacrifice for the sake of others. This is a key to personal evangelism and loving all. When we follow Jesus and take up our cross, we learn to embrace personal inconvenience and sacrifice for the sake of others just like He did. Nothing about this life promises comfort other than the Great Comforter…