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Weekly Verse – Courage

Today was the start of our radio station’s 2 day radiothon for Children’s Miracle Network and their programs at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital.

I’ll be honest. My 5 hour radio show was a mix of emotions.  I heard some heartbreaking stories… but I also heard wonderful stories of the good that Children’s Miracle Network does. I saw first hand some of the successes they’ve had.

One of those success was a little boy named Carver who brought his Mom into the studio so she could tell his story.  Their introduction to University of Iowa Children’s Hospital came before Carver was even born.

When his Mom was 20 weeks pregnant they discovered Carver had a heart problem and would need surgery soon after being born.  He had the surgery at 6 days old and ended up spending 33 days in the hospital.

Today, at nearly two years old, you’d never know he had any heart trouble.  He’s a happy, healthy boy with the biggest smile!  The best part? He’s to the point where he only needs an annual check-up to make sure things are all right.  It melted my heart to hear his story and to see him in person.

The thing about Carver’s story (besides his smile) that struck me was the courage and faith it must have taken his parents to get to this point.  To go through half the pregnancy knowing your baby would need surgery had to be excruciating.

I also heard stories today of kids with cancer talking about their treatments.  One 12 year old boy spoke with such positivity about his fight with cancer.  There was a certain tone in his voice and the way he spoke that gave off the feeling of courage and confidence.  If faced with a similar struggle I don’t know if I could be as poised as he was.

On my drive home as I was reflecting on the day and all the stories I had heard.  The word “courage” kept popping into my mind and it reminded me of Joshua 1:9(NIV).

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This verse was basis of a song our Church used for our Kid’s Club program.  I’m sure it will play in my head a few times tomorrow during day two of our radiothon.

Book of Joshua

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Weekly Verse – Water

Water.  It’s something I’ve always taken for granted.  Not this week, though. For part of this past week our water use was restricted.  Due to problems at our town’s water tower we were under a boil order.

Boil order in effect. Making sure I have good water for #coffee in the morning!

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Boiling our water made it safe to drink but it also made the taste a little off from what we’re used to.  Unless you boiled the water, you weren’t supposed to use it to wash dishes either.

This caused dirty dishes to stack up on our counter and in the dishwasher. It was only after the boil order was lifted that I realized our dishwasher had a “sanitize mode” that would have been safe to use to clean our dishes.  Oh, well.  I’ll know better if there ever is a next time.

Because water was a major focus of our life this week it seemed only appropriate that I share some Bible verses including a mention of water.  John 4:13-14 (MSG) is a favorite.

Jesus said, “Everyone who drinks this water will get thirsty again and again. Anyone who drinks the water I give will never thirst—not ever. The water I give will be an artesian spring within, gushing fountains of endless life.

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Weekly Verse – Comforting Words

Comfort.  It can take many forms.  There’s comfort foods like meatloaf and mashed potatoes.  Comfortable clothes you change into after a long day of work.  Some may even take comfort in a special place.

Words can also provide comfort.  Like the words in the Bible.

Sometimes its exciting to come across an unfamiliar Bible verse or look at a familiar one in a new way.  Other times I just want/need one that’s comfortable.  That just fits and feels right like an old sweatshirt.

I’m in a comfort craving mood this week so I turned to Numbers 6:24-26 (NIV).  These words are very comforting to me.

“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make his face shine on you and be gracious to you; the Lord turn his face toward you and give you peace.”

One of the reasons I take comfort in these verses is because they’re so familiar.  I’ve heard them many, many times.  Most often as the benediction to close out a Sunday Church service.

They’re comforting because they reassure us the Lord is with us always… that he keeps us with him.  It’s also a reminder that peace comes from God and he can give us peace.

I don’t know about you but I can always use more peace in my life. Peace and quiet, peace of mind, peace and tranquility… these are all things we can find when we turn to God.

My prayer is that you find as much comfort in these words as I do.

Numbers

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