Covering my angst with the soothing wisdom from my mother's prayer journals

Rick Warren’s Devotional and a Lesson from Ecclesiastes


Img009Today a friend shared this snippet from a Rick Warren devotional, “Life can be tough, and we all get discouraged. The fact is you are never going to be an effective Christian if you try to go it alone. You need other people. Snowflakes are frail, but if enough of them stick together they can stop traffic.”

My Sunday school class is full of snowflakes. Yesterday our lesson from Ecclesiastes reminded us that life will have sorrow as well as joy. Solomon in his wisdom says to enjoy the good times and learn from the sorrow. As the lesson came to an end, we had a time of discussion, and that’s when the snowflakes joined together and shared their strength.

Two sweet women told of their experiences caring for elderly parents. There were the widows who are learning that God provides in their new singleness. There are those who are not widowed but because of their spouses’ Alzheimer’s disease are becoming single.

All their testimonies touched my heart, but one especially resonated because it came from a woman who always has a smile and a spiffy look that lead me to assume she had a super-duper life.

She said, “When my husband began to lose his mind, I thought it couldn’t get any worse. The stress caused me to have a break down and I thought it couldn’t get any worse.
While I was having my personal pity party, a dear friend lost her young son and I realized it can always get worse, but He will not give us more than we can handle.”

When God brought us to faith, He knew we would be tested. He provided promises we can claim during those times.

In her journal Mother wrote, “Even if life is difficult now, one day we will rejoice. We must keep our eyes on the future and on God’s promises.”

All of these “snowflakes” gathered yesterday and exhibited a strength that is only possible through Christ Jesus. Each woman looked back on her particular sorrow and shared a lesson with the rest of us. Their sorrows also gave them an added dimension for enjoying each day.

Author: marymcleary

Grateful for so many things, especially the peace He gives and the opportunity to tell it to my kids, grandkids and anyone else who wants to listen. Many read my first book In My Mother's Words, and I have recently published my second book, Heart Whispers from the Old Testament. Both are the result of the prayer journals my mother gifted me her last Christmas. Those journals were full of the wisdom of a Faith Walker and had to be shared.

4 thoughts on “Rick Warren’s Devotional and a Lesson from Ecclesiastes

  1. That’s a great analogy of the snowflakes. How much stronger is He that lives within us especially when we bind together in fellowship. Thanks for the reminder. And the reminder that God sees the heart.


  2. Beautiful post. Just beautiful. Thank you sooo much!


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