Friday, January 13, 2017

Just Show Up: The Dance of Walking through Suffering Together

Just Show Up: The Dance of Walking through Suffering Together. By Kara Tippetts and Jill Lynn Buteyn. 

I finished this book a couple of days ago. Yes, you should read it too. Here are some of my thoughts pulled from the book.

The constant in life is pain and suffering. It is multiplied if we have to or try to face it alone.

God created us for community. As much as we dislike pain and suffering, many times it opens the door to friendship. We can receive and give. We can show up for someone going through a hard time. We can receive when someone shows up for us.

But how? This book, Just Show Up, lets us look behind the curtain. We get to see how it can be done. When we have our opportunity, we will be better equipped. We will know what to say and what not to say and when to be quiet. We will see how our specific gifts will enable us to help.

From the book, I learned that to ignore someone's suffering is hurtful but to not say anything about it is wounding. Also, platitudes like "all things work together for good" or "God has a plan" are not sympathetic but hurtful and wince-worthy. That said, there is a proper way to share Scripture and encouragement.

Another thing to resist is passing along the latest cure or piece of advice. Usually the one suffering has given much thought to their course of action. We may think we are passing along one piece of information but they receive an avalanche of it.

How do you go on living when a loved one is dying? This can be a hard one.

As you read this, you may be the one suffering or you may know of someone who is. Or maybe neither is true in your life right now. Whatever your circumstance, you can learn what you need now or what you will certainly need in the future.

If you haven't read Kara's first book, The Hardest Peace, I would encourage you to read it first. Although not essential, the background helps to understand the big picture of this one.


More info and where to get:
Just Show Up: The Dance of Walking through Suffering Together

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

The Hardest Peace by Kara Tippetts

The Hardest Peace
Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life's Hard by Kara Tippetts

When there is sickness I pray that God would be glorified by bringing healing. I am opening the door to the thought that God can also be glorified in our hard suffering.

I don't want suffering and I don't want those I love to have to suffer. But more than that I want God to be glorified so I'm willing to accept what comes.

I finished reading this book last week. It has helped me greatly in this journey. What is it like to have a terminal disease? What is it like to have a friend or family member with a terminal disease? How can we understand and help each other? I understand better now.

The Hardest Peace: Expecting Grace in the Midst of Life's Hard

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Sua Sponte: The Forging of a Modern American Ranger

My son recently completed RASP (Ranger Assessment and Selection Program). This book helped me understand some of what he went through and what is ahead as an Army Ranger.

After reading it I felt more connected to his experience. Many evenings I had to force myself to put it down and go to bed.

Sua Sponte: The Forging of a Modern American Ranger

Saturday, January 7, 2017

ICETrekkers Diamond Grip

I enjoyed a great walk this morning in the cold and snow. I was thinking as I walked how thankful I am to have good gear that keeps me comfortable and safe.

One of the things that has helped me for a couple of years is my IceTrekkers. They are great on snow and ice, providing excellent grip without feeling like there is something on the bottom of my shoe.

The specific ones I have are The Diamond Grip. Here is a link if you want to check them out for yourself. I think they are a great investment if you spend time outdoors or even doing something like shoveling snow.