Soul Shop To Host Two Sessions In February

It’s estimated that one out of every two people in a given congregation has personally been affected by suicide. Soul Shop trains faith community leaders to offer support, hope and connection to those in their congregations.

Co-sponsored by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Soul Shop equips participants with the resources and guidance they need to foster hope and healing in their community.

Sessions will be hosted on February 8 at Brinkley First UMC and February 25 at Arkansas Children’s Hospital in Little Rock.

Click here for more information on the Brinkley session and here for more information on the Little Rock session.

Questions can be directed to Mary K. Meacham at mary.afsp.ar@gmail.com or 870-734-6112.

How Can I Act Like It Today?

As the new year began, I settled on a list of things I want to work on in my life. Mind you, they are not ‘resolutions’ because that has always led to failure and guilt. Instead they are things that are important enough that I want to see significant change for the long run. The choice of words may seem unnecessary, but it makes a huge difference to me about how I approach things. Since I’m in it for the long haul, it’s okay if I take a step backward or sideways instead of a step forward because it’s not about being perfect every moment, but rather keeping at it every day because it’s a priority. This is true for things like losing weight, dealing with issues that have haunted me my entire life or learning a new skill. It’s all the more true for the most important thing in my life: growing as a disciple of Jesus Christ. And that’s why I ask myself a simple question several times every day. If I want to grow as a Jesus follower, how can I act like it today?  

A Better Way

Today we celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It is a celebration of his birthday, a commemoration of his life and, perhaps most importantly, a reminder of the biblical vision he articulated so compellingly and passionately about the world as God longs it to be. In a day and age marked by trite social media influencers, dysfunctional institutions and ever-growing polarization, I am grateful to God for all the many reminders this day of his vision of a better way and how we are called to journey towards it.

A Sunday Prayer

Lord God,

Your love is greater than I can understand, more personal that I can comprehend and more transformational than I can imagine. It is absolutely dependable, intensely proactive and ever-present. It is the heart of who You are, the most powerful reality in the universe and the hope of my life.

I know all of this – and I believe it. And I am grateful for the difference it makes in my life with every breath. But, Lord, I want more. A lot more. I need it to come alive like never before. To be so real that I can feel it. So powerful that my thinking is transformed by it. So compelling that I do things differently than I’ve done them in years.

So help me trust You. Prod me to cling to Jesus. Push me to invite the Holy Spirit into my life. Because I know in my heart of hearts that when I do these, all is well even when all does not seem well.

I pray this praising You and giving You all honor and glory.

Amen.

Whatever

Some days are good and some bad. Some moments you’re glad and some you’re mad. Some seasons you’re on the mountaintop and some you’re in the valley. That is life for every single human being. But God is with you whatever the day, moment or season. Not just from a distance looking down, but so close He is holding you in the palm of his hand. And that is always enough.