Lessons from the Month of April

April showers hopefully bring May flowers.

Following a quite intense month here, we are about to jump into a brand new one. Battles have been won and lost in April. In personal reflection, here are a few thoughts.  Although easier said than done, turning personal frets and fears over to the Savior frees the soul. No person is completely in charge of his/her own personal destiny, contrary to worldly philosophies. Casting our problems upon God and trusting Him for the results demand a strong faith over and above self-confidence. Such exercises require both diligence and humility.

Allowing God to be God and not assuming a fix-it mentality affords peace. Some people cannot be protected from themselves and attempting to ‘lovingly’ fix them can bring utter frustration to all parties. Trying to help another avoid an obvious catastrophe may only short circuit someone’s learning curve. In such a pain-filled world, protecting one from suffering may not even be God’s ultimate purpose for that particular situation.

Perhaps the spiritual plowing and planting of April will reap a bountiful garden in May. Time will tell. Remembering the work of the Master Gardener brings balance to a life mixed with both thistles and bouquets.

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About Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering

Our Dark Night of the Soul: Finding Solace Through Suffering shares the true story about a sudden family tragedy. As author of the book to be published in the summer of 2014, the true account tells of my sister being rear ended by a drunk driver. She barely survives the high speed crash being left to live as a quadriplegic. Written from a brother's perspective, the manuscript shares the heartfelt story of ongoing physical and emotional pain experienced by both victim and family. Only through God's grace can a family survive such a tragedy!
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