A friend of mine told me the other day that she felt like she was “holding my arms up like Moses and his held up.” Tonight as I was reflecting on this the word “lift” came to my mind.

The first verse I thought of was “lift my eyes to the hills.” Here it is in the Complete Jewish Bible:

Psalm 121:1-4 If I raise my eyes to the hills, from where will my help come? My help comes from Adonai, the maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip — your guardian is not asleep. No, the guardian of Isra’el never slumbers or sleeps.

Exodus 17:12 However, Moshe’s hands grew heavy; so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. Aharon and Hur held up his hands, the one on the one side and the other on the other; so that his hands stayed steady until sunset.

I realize that neither of these verses actually have the word “lift” in them, however, the idea is there.

We need to be there for one another. We need friends who will lift our hands up when we are tired. We need to know we have a community who will be there through thick and thin to walk out all kinds of troubles and issues.

Our help comes from Adonai. When we “raise our eyes” we KNOW that He is there for us. We KNOW that he will not let our foot slip.

These are STRONG promises as we walk during these days of uncertainty. These are WORDS from our Creator that we can hold onto and BELIEVE.

I am thankful for these promises too today. I am thankful for friends who “lift my hands.”

Don’t forget those around you. Don’t forget to let them know you care.

Shabbat Shalom,

Rose Horton

How To Handle Hurts

Feeling unheard and unappreciated, shunned and shushed…

The deep chasm seems too wide and divided to every be bridged again by common ground.

The endless need to always be right when everything is wrong.

Half-hearted attempts falling as flat as the air that has become thick and stagnant sucking the very life out of you.

What do you do when you have been hurt to the core?

You can rehearse the hurts or release them.

You can let those that mistreat you defeat you; OR you can gather yourself and your tears and take them to the Only One that can rightfully do anything with the dings that have assaulted your heart and soul.

The Only One that will remove the hardness from your heart and hopefully theirs too… and fully redeem and restore.

He keeps every tear you shed in a bottle.
Why does He capture them?

I believe it’s so He can turn those same tears into the refreshing and watering and deep cleansing our very heart and soul needs to fully forgive and release all the hurts.

Stand and let the Lord fight for you.

The Only One that never hurts or disappoints is God.

Exhale and free yourself from it all.

Then take a deep breathe in and inhale the freshness of a reset and restart to your heart.

Feel His Mighty Spirit that promises to be our strength when we feel weak fill up all those crevices that the dings of hurt created.

He is faithful! You Can Trust Him!

—XXOO Michelle Cosby Bollom

Author Spotlight – Meet Lori Brown

Adventures of Noah” is a children’s book, that can be enjoyed by all. An adorable true story about a puppy named Noah, and life as he knows it, then one incredible thing happens to him…. 

Noah is a beagle/blue tick hound puppy and the story is told from the puppy’s point of view.

Visit Lori’s beautiful website for her book Adventures of Noah.

Lori and her husband (along with Noah, of course) live in Florida.


Where is the peace? Where is the joy? Where is the love? Where are you, God?

This is a difficult place to be where rest is precious. So, may “tribulation produce perseverance, which produces proven character, which produces hope, which does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts.” A hard lesson to learn – perseverance, for we all prefer the easy path of least resistance. In this wilderness called earth, we must come to expect and prepare for rocky paths – it just comes with the territory.

Will there be good days? Sure, and lots of them. But, make no mistake, there will be days in the valley of the shadow of death. There will be “vales of tears.” There will be sleepless nights and long, hard days. There will be sickness and the inevitable death. But what matters most is whose hand we are holding along the way.

It is written: “He will hold us with his hand; he will guide us with his counsel, and afterwards he will take us into glory.”

So, where is the peace, the joy, and the love?  Where is God?  

He is wherever people are trusting in him. He is often wiser than us. He knows where he is not wanted, and he knows how to make himself scarce. We would do well to learn from him.

We are shaped and molded by our friends. May we choose wisely our traveling companions.

—Brad Heilhecker