More Pressure

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Once upon a time there was a girl who craved less pressure.

Meanwhile she interacted often with kids who craved more pressure.

Together they created a balance.

She learned to relax as she hugged them and squeezed their little hands together.

The sign for “more” is learned.  The lights of communication is illuminated.

The parents smile.  The child beams.

Together the girl and the child rejoiced in pleasing “the parents.”

The girl who craved less pressure has succeeded in trading her pressure filled heart to others.  Opening her heart with grace, quietness, and control in a loving manner gives the kids a chance to make their message heard.  Give us all more “Wait Time.”

James 1:2-4

[ Faith Under Pressure ] Consider it a sheer gift, friends, when tests and challenges come at you from all sides. You know that under pressure, your faith-life is forced into the open and shows its true colors. So don’t try to get out of anything prematurely. Let it do its work so you become mature and well-developed, not deficient in any way.

Dear God,

You created us each with a unique heart and mind.

Forgive us when we try to put ourselves or others into a mold that does not fit us.

Give us grace for today.

Fill our cups to full, and allow us to help others if we are able.


P.S. This post is dedicated to the parents and children who know Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) far better than me.  Thank you for allowing me into your lives.  Glad to be a part of your world.  As a pediatric speech therapist it is a privilege and constant learning experience to work with kids who have ASD.  I am thankful for them showing me glimmers of God’s grace and discipline through their lives and my own intertwining.  April is Autism Awareness month.  If you see a child or adult with ASD talk to them or their caregiver.  They are special.

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Empty Out the Fear of Brokenness

Even when it’s an unspoken broken, we’re all a holy mess.:
Photo Credit: Pinterest, The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp, Laurie McClure, FaithGatweay
Dear Lord,
Please forgive me for fighting back so hard.
I know that education is a passion for you and me.
We are being prepared each step of the way and each day.
Forgive me for having trouble accepting the brokenness and the feelings of being empty.
Fill me up with Your presence.  Fill me up with your hope!
Each week and each day teach us lessons.
“Suffering is a call for presence; it’s a call for us to be present-
not only to the brokenness in the world, but to the brokenness in our own soul,
and to risk trusting others with our wounds.” -The Broken Way, Ann Voskamp
I have always had a hard time with suffering.

I want things to go smoothly and happily.
Life isn’t like that.  It’s messy and hard.
I thank you for helping us cope with broken hearts, broken bodies, and broken dreams.
Jennifer K. Cook
p.s. To my readers,
Have a Good Friday.
We are blessed to be a blessing.
We are called to love.  Thank you for reading my post.
Give grace freely today and always.
I finished reading The Broken Way by Ann Voskamp this month.  It is a deep and powerful book.  I recommend it for those who want to dive deeper into their questions about broken spirits, minds, bodies, and hearts.  It is available in many places.  I have a copy also if a local friend wants to borrow it!
Here are a few places to find Ann’s newest book The Broken Way: