Sunday, January 30, 2011

The Littlest Angel

The bible passage that goes with this story is about Paul traveling on a boat with several sailors when a terrible storm hits that lasts for several days. It is so bad that they've had to discard a lot of their food and other items and their ship is falling apart. As they start to despair, Paul tells them that he was visited by an angel and that their ship would be destroyed, but all of them would live. A comment by a source I found on the internet said that God knew how much the men could take and that they needed some kind of hope to keep them from falling into utter despair and possibly becoming suicidal. This makes a lot of sense in the context of the story that we read, as this woman lost her daughter only a month before, seemed to be near poverty, and also had fallen seriously ill. I would imagine that she had to be nearly suicidal - but to have her daughter through God visit her - and save her - would perhaps be the reassurance she needed that her daughter was okay and in a better place and that would enable her to continue on. God has compassion and opens doors when others shut. It's amazing the twists and turns that life takes -

Friday, January 28, 2011


Hi all,

I just wanted you to know in case you didn't notice that there is a place for comments under each post. So, if you want to reply to someone, you can just click on the comments link. For example, right now there are 5 responses to Mom's post. Denise, if you meant to create a new post, that is cool. I just wanted you to be aware of those comments in case you didn't know they were there. I just know that everyone isn't too familiar with blogging, so I thought I'd make sure.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

New Year's Eve

Mom is right - this story is hard to believe. I hate to be a party pooper, but this story leads me to the age old question, "Why would God choose to help two girls making a stupid choice, and not the hundreds or thousands of other girls and women who are innocently assaulted?" And I'm not saying they asked for it - but they did put themselves in a risky situation. And I dare say we've all done stupid things - I know I have. It makes me think of one time on the river in Winona and a boy with a jet ski asked if I wanted a ride and I did - once we were out on the water, I thought how stupid that was, and luckily, he really was a good guy, so no harm done, but it did make me think. They were lucky, but severely ignorant. And please don't answer my question above with "God has his reasons." I'm stating my case rhetorically.

Monday, January 24, 2011

New Year's Eve - Week 1

A story like this might be hard for some people to believe. But I really do believe that God watches over all of us every day. Hopefully, we will be fortunate enough to never be in any situation like this. Sometimes when I have been delayed and am driving along the highway and see an accident, I can't help but wonder if I hadn't been delayed, if that would have been me in the accident that I see. We only need to pray and ask Him to watch over us and then we need to take the time to listen to Him and be open to Him and His Word. When all the kids were little, I used to stand at the door in St. Clair every morning and watch them walk to school and pray that God would watch over them and keep them safe. I don't do it as often as I would like to now, but I know that when I pray, I don't feel as anxious about everyone's safety as I do when it's been a long time since I last prayed. It's a challenge for all of us to make time each day to pray.

Psalm 124 - Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Welcome to the Six HAGS!!

Welcome to our Six HAGS blog. No, we are not ugly witches. We are six strong women with four last names: Hoffman, Anderson, Gottfredsen and Scheurer. This blog is the meeting place for reading and discussing the devotional book Miracles.