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Surviving Daily Shark Attacks

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Ever felt overwhelmed by words and actions that tear into your souls like the teeth of a shark?

It is not uncommon. In our culture, we have: movies with titles like “Mean Girls”, commercials that degrade the men of our culture, “dog eat dog” attitudes in the workplace, and Facebook posts that drive impressionable teens to suicide. 

How do we counteract these vicious attacks? Do we fight back?  Run and hide? 

I propose we look up. Just like a diver swimming with sharks looks up for help from the well-equipped boat above, so we should looked to our Creator. The one who made us is  well-equipped and often the only place to turn that works.

In Psalm 124 in the Bible, is a verse that directs me where to turn.

“… if the LORD had not been on our side when men attacked us, when their anger flared against us,

they would have swallowed us alive; the flood would have engulfed us…

Praise be to the LORD who has not let us be torn by their teeth …

Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Are you being chased down by sharks?  Look up. God came to save you in the here and now and also for eternity. Cry out to Him.

Whether you know Him or not.  Look up and call on the name of Jesus. Ask for rescue. He has rescued me.  He’ll rescue you too.

Rescue Mission: Joy

Breathe
The American politicians have partially shut down the government. Syria is crying out with pain. India was just hit by a massive storm. People need jobs. The environment needs our protection. Homes need attention. Children need care. Every organization needs more volunteers. With all the headlines clamoring for our attention, where is there room to breathe?

Hope is calling. Yes, there is hope in a crying world. It is okay to take time to breathe, to catch a fresh vision. Turn off the news, facebook, the radio, the job or lack of one, and the precious ones who need us for five minutes.
Close the door to the bathroom and breathe.
Step outside and breathe.
In the midst of a crisis, in Syria, in India, in the United States … breathe.

There is hope. Look up. Remember something to be grateful for and tell someone what it is. Find joy in the little things.
Kingdoms may rise and fall. Health and wealth may come and go, but joy comes when we choose our focus. For every problem there is a solution.
My hope, my joy, my peace is in Christ Jesus today. In the midst of my storms, He never changes. Do you have a focus that gives you peace in the storm? Let your heart take flight. This moment … it is okay. Give yourself permission to stop and rescue joy.

Gardening with Coffee Grounds:

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We all know the value of coffee as a drink, but I’ve recently discovered a hidden gem of truth. Coffee is amazing in the garden!
#1 Pure coffee grounds provide excellent nitrogen nutrition for such plants including: leafy greens, tomatoes, or squash.
#2 Use it as a mulch! But make sure you don’t pile it on too thick! For those plants who need a lime in the soil, add crushed eggshells to the mix. You can apply these every month, spreading it on top of the soil. Just before a rain storm is best, or if you live in an arid climate like I do, just water well after applying.
For those worried about the acidity:
The blog http://www.nwedible.com/ states: “The common assumption is that coffee grounds are acidic, but tests on the pH of grounds have shown results from mildly acid to mildly alkaline, and research indicates that the pH of the grounds tends towards neutral as it decomposes.” It is a great blog by the way.

#3 It is a natural slug deterrent option. Simply encircle your seedlings with coffee grounds and keep them topped off. It may not be a perfect fix, but it is known to help.

#4 It is a total eco-friendly way to use something that otherwise would in up in a landfill.

#5 Using coffee grounds as either mulch or fertilizer can have a lasting effect on your rosebushes too. According to http://www.gardenguides.com some gardeners suggest that it boosts your plants natural defense mechanisms, making it easier for them to ward off pests and disease.

roses and coffee grounds
Photo credited to http://www.gardenguides.com

Lest we forget

Mideast Syria

So much is happening in our world today that it is easy to forget the least among us. Over one million refugees have fled from Syrian, many of them women and children. We can not forget who suffers the most. Check out the links below to help. At the very least…PRAY.

http://worldhelp.net/syria/
http://flashtrafficblog.wordpress.com/2013/03/08/the-danger-of-syrias-impending-implosion-my-column-in-the-daily-caller/
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