We garb up and glove up and mask up. But we do not give up. Thoughts on Ebola. From a nurse. #SupportTheScrubs

My mother is a nurse and reading the headline “Texas health care worker dies”, it makes me afraid. It makes me afraid when she comes home saying that they all had training in preparation for Ebola.

But you know what? This blogger is right, and God is in control. God bless the dedicated nurses!

Amy K. Sorrells

I’m a nurse.

So I get it.

More than most folks in this country right now, I dare say my co-workers and fellow nurses around the country, we get it.

We.

Get.

Fear.

It’s not new to us, the nagging, lingering anxiety that in our efforts to heal, we will succumb to the very diseases we treat. Working at the bedside is a bit like the old Hotel California … we clock in any time we like, but we never really leave.

So last night I had to shut ‘er down. My TV, my facebook feeds, my Twitter news lists…anything that reminded me of the chaos, the politicalization, the breaches of protocol, the talking heads … most of whom will get nowhere near a single strain of Ebola ever … and the way the media spins sick nurses and hospital administrators overwhelmed with the unthinkable … things which in fact…

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The Messy Life of a Teenage Girl {Screwed Up Perfection}

Blogging is a curious thing if you think about it. Why do we feel the need to write/take pictures of our lives and splatter them across Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and who knows what else. I don’t know, people are weird. I’m weird.

Here’s the deal: I don’t want to read about a mom who home-schools twelve children while running her dream dairy farm in the beautiful country side as she takes amazing pictures of her children with her seven-hundred dollar camera. That’s not reality for a lot of people. If you’re capable, then good for you. My mom can’t do or afford any of those things at this point in her life and I don’t want her to feel like she’s somehow not as good as that woman.

So mom, thank you for being imperfect. Thank you for managing to do everything you do even though it may not be glamorous. Even though we don’t live in a $500,000 home, what we have is enough. I’m pleased with all the material things that I have, Mom. When you come home from wiping patients butts all day at the hospital, I want to have a meal ready and a clean house waiting for you. It’s the least I can do.

Here’s to you, Mom.

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Bible Study {Isaiah}

I’m doing this Bible reading plan to help me along and keep me on course, since I struggle so much with having regular quiet times. So far, it’s been very helpful! Making sure that it doesn’t just become another thing to “check off” can be tempting, but that’s usually when I go off the plan and let the Holy Spirit choose the chapter of the night.

Anyway, right now it’s taking me through Isaiah, Psalms, and Acts. Psalms and Acts are fantastic, but for me Isaiah is the real surprise here. There’s always been kind of an avoidance of the book because it does contain chapters of God in his wrath, causing me to shy away. But as I’m going through each chapter, I find verses like these:

“And now The Lord says- he who formed me in the womb to be his servant to bring Jacob back to him and gather Israel to himself, for I am honored in the eyes of The Lord and God has been my strength.” Isaiah 49:5

Where “Jacob” and “Israel” stand in this verse, turns into a blank for all of us. We will be called to bring back maybe Round Rock, Texas, or a remote tribe in the jungle! I just get so excited over that!

“See I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” Isaiah 49:16

If I had any artistic drawing or painting skills of any kind, I would paint the picture in my head right now. Strong, large hands that have my
name carved into them?! The same hands that healed the leaper’s spots, who held little children, and the same hands that had nails hammered through them so that I might have freedom and hope.

Picture that.

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Beautiful Quotes {George Washington}

I just discovered a love for the words of the wise people of this world. They bring me such comfort and increase to thirst for wisdom deep in me. For a history assignment the past week, I had to look up fifteen quotes from George Washington. What a wise and devoted man! Here are a few of my favorites:

“To be prepared for war is one of the most affective means of preserving peace.”

“If freedom of speech is taken away then dumb and silent we will be led, like sheep to the slaughter.”

“Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.”

“Observe good faith and justice towards all nations. Cultivate peace and harmony with all.”

The Messy Life of a Teenage Girl {The Trouble of the Human Race}

While watching the news with my family, I listened to the horrific stories of a Muslim man beheading a woman at her workplace; I listened as the news anchor talked about ISIS ready to invade Bagdad; I saw pictures of terrorists posing, guns up, ready to slaughter a line of people, and I watched as a vicar in Bagdad looked into the camera and said “I have no fear.”
I had to leave. I started shaking. I was panicking. We as humans have such a fine line between man and beast that it utterly stuns me.
I pray for my fellow Americans, who I think are doing so much wrong by having double-standards and our president who shows such a lack of leadership. I pray for my Brothers and Sisters in the Middle East who are being slaughtered. I weep and mourn for the people of this earth who inflict so much pain on each other. I bet that God mourns too.
I’m also unsure. The Bible talks of love and peace, but they wipe out certain people in wars. God hasn’t changed somewhere between the Old and the New Testament. He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. So what is our role?
And something I can’t even believe is that I and millions or billions of people all over the world spend time ignoring what is happening. We are so concerned with our Instagrams and the perfect selfie that we’re completely in the dark. I weep for myself and my tendencies to pick up my phone and shut down.
All in all, this is such a depressing post and definitely messy, but they are my convicted, confused thoughts.
Oh God, I know you are here. You’re probably waving your arms shouting “Hello, I’m here!”, but we look to Fox News instead of You. God, you are good, You are beautiful, and You are in control. I know you have a plan for each and every one of us, and help me to strive to always look to YOU in times of trouble, not the U.S. Military. But God, please help me to be aware so that I may pray.

Bible Study {World’s Best Catcher}

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Yesterday I hung my hammock in a nearby park and was relaxing, when a little girl came over and started climbing the tree I was hanging on. She wasn’t bothering me at all, I’m fact, I thought she was quite adorable. Following close behind was her dad, and he stood behind her as she started to climb up the tree. In her little squeaky voice, she said, “Daddy? You’ll catch me if I fall, right?” That comment squeezed my tender heart, lemme tell ya!

“Who will catch me if I fall?”

I truly believe that toughest, most independent women out there are asking the same question, and longing for the same “oneness” that we all desire.

Lucky for women (and men) everywhere, Jesus came.

The Lord Almighty says, “Cast your cares on the Lord and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall.” Psalms 55:22

“If you make the Most High your dwelling-even the Lord who is my refuge-then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near to your tent. For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.” Psalms 91:9-12

“He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; His faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” Psalms 91:4

 

I don’t know your life story. I don’t know your father and if he’s hurt you or not, but I do know that there’s a lot of kids out there who don’t have a father. I’m here to tell y’all that you do have a Father, and He is the perfect, all-knowing, protector, and peace. Whether you trip, fall, or dive off a cliff, He’s gonna catch you.