"In art the hand can never execute anything higher than the heart can inspire."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Praying Wives and Mothers Needed
Answer me when I call to you,
O my righteous God.
Give me relief from my distress;
be merciful to me and hear my prayer.
As I look around at all that is going in this world, prayer is so urgently needed. And no where is that so obviously seen than in the family. As a wife we have to pray. As a mom we have to pray. As a sister we have to pray. As a daughter, homemaker, business woman, caregiver, ...you name the hat...we must pray. We as women were given an important role to play.
God made us to be a help mate to our husbands. God made us to be a nurturer for our children. God made us to be His daughters and represent Him no matter what life brings into our path.
I would be honored if you would join us in this mission to encourage each other through prayer for our families.
There is no way I can do this alone. I need you. You need me. And others still need us and may not even be aware. I ask that everyone who reads this would prayerfully seek God and his guidance in helping with this group. I believe the prayers prayed here will touch more than our families but will touch the world.
A carrot, an egg, and a cup of coffee...You will never look at a cup of coffee the same way again.
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up. She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil, without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl. Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.
Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see."
"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.
Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft.
The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg. Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, mother?"
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting.
However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened.
The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
Think of this: Which one of these am I?
Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?
Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, it releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you.
When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level?
How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
18 February 2017, 12:00 pm
ELIZABETH HARWOOD, Age Now: 16, Missing: 02/16/2017. Missing From EVERETT, WA. ANYONE HAVING INFORMATION SHOULD CONTACT: Everett Police Department (Washington) 1-425-407-3999.