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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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.”

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.

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Beautiful Quotes {If Jesus Christ….}

“If Jesus Christ, the holy and perfect God, can die the most horrific death known to the Romans to forgive a world of ungrateful sinners, we should be able to forgive anyone 77×7 times.”

This is what my D-now leader told me when I said, “I just can’t forgive him!” She made a lasting impact on my life by saying that, and I hope it will stick with you too.

Beauty in the Challenges {“Radical” by David Platt}

A few months ago, I had the amazing experience of being in a small, intimate life group lead by an incredible young woman. We met in a local coffee shop every Sunday evening to discuss David Platt’s book “Radical”. Hearing that this would probably be one of the most challenging books I would ever read, I was curious and excited, especially since one of the responses I heard from another reader was, “This guy hates church!” Once I read the first chapter, I could see what he meant. No, David Platt does not hate church-not entirely anyway-he only says everything you need to hear. He boldly shows the reader exactly what Jesus is teaching, how it applies to every Believer’s life, and how we must respond. He shows us that obedience to God first, radical abandonment of our culture’s pattern, and how the call for all Followers of Jesus to go to all the nations is why we are on earth.  I’ve explained it the best I can, but I encourage you strongly to read it. Read it once, read it twice, share it with a friend, because it will radically wreck your life. Through this book, Jesus Christ radically changed me.

I will be doing a Book Club entry in the future on this book, but for now, I’ve pulled up a few quotes so you can get a taste of how crazy this book is.

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Beautiful Quotes {Jim Elliot}

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This quote is one of my most favorite quotes EVER because it totally inspires me to preserver through all things, and not only to keep going, but to do it well. To be there 100%. To sacrifice myself for the cause, or the person. To focus not on myself, but to be totally committed to whatever I’m doing. To just rock it in the name of Jesus. This not only applies to what out attitudes should be in our spiritual walk, but with anything we do. Whether it’s doing algebra (this is hardest for me), or living a healthier lifestyle, or working for a living. It’s ultimately all for God’s glory, so be.all.there.