There is a hush. A calm. Swish, swish, swish. A gentle breeze floating across the water.
Just moments ago, a storm raged billowing the sea. Tumultuous waves bore down upon the boat causing it to careen dangerously to the side. The men on the boat clung to whatever they could get their hands on in their frightened state.
Could this be the end of their lives? Will they survive?
Morning dawned. I thought I was ready to start my day, so I opened Facebook and began to scroll through my newsfeed. It didn’t take long until I was wishing I hadn’t.
Facebook had become Complain-book. Every other post seemed to be complaining about our worldwide situation in some form or another. I had to get off.
How about you? Are you having trouble finding inspiration in your days right now? Are you being more of a debby-downer or a smileyhappy?
At the end of Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians, he exhorts us to do four things:
Stand fast in our faith
In the chapter before this (1 Corinthians 15), Paul explains to us why it is important Christ’s resurrection happened. Basically, in a nutshell, he tells us, if Christ had not risen from the dead, then our faith is also dead. Believing Jesus rose from the dead is the single most important aspect of our faith.
Sure, there were others who also came back to life. But, each of those individuals died again. However, Jesus Christ not only rose from the dead, He continues to live today. And that, my friends, is what makes our Christian faith so phenomenal.
Many people assured me the miracle I was waiting on would happen. I wanted to believe them; yet, at the same time, I was also receiving messages from others telling me it’s in God’s hands and His timing and sometimes what I want to have happen, may not happen when I want it to. I needed to let go of what I wanted so I could just focus on God and let it be in His timing.
AHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!! I was so confused! Which one was it? Who could I believe? What should I believe?
My questions were many, but answers and peace were nowhere in sight.
This day was made for us. Just for us. Each of us.
It was made for me, individually. But, it was also made for you, just you.
A present from our heavenly Father, each day is a gift we should be grateful for. Yes, even the days that are dreary and the days that are downright scary.
“...in the shadow of Your wings I will make my refuge, until these calamities have passed by.”
The truth is, I don’t want to write about what we are going through as a nation right now. I don’t want to think about it. I don’t want to talk about it. I know if it is getting on my last nerve to see others writing and posting about it, I am absolutely sure, many of you are too.
... Now, who is willing to consecrate themselves to the Lord today?” ... Anyone who had precious stones gave them to the treasury of the temple of the Lord in the custody of Jehiel the Gershonite. The people rejoiced at the willing response of their leaders, for they had given freely and...
Sometimes we don’t want to be alone. Companionship can be just the ticket we need to fill ourselves with an extra bounce in our step and take us out of the ruts of life.
I was so refreshed while taking a stroll through God’s word and reading once again the verses He gave men for this year. Psalm 121 fills my heart with such hope knowing not only is He my source of strength and my help, but He is always with me. He knows where I’m going and when I’m returning. And He is with me with every step of the way.
It was an incredible sound. The explosion of pots, pans, and plates on the kitchen floor. It was quite impressive!
But it also echoed the cry of my heart earlier that morning as I sat uncomfortably on the church pew. Staring up at the screen, I read:
This people honor me with their lips, but their heart is far from me.
I knew God was speaking directly to me, and it was searing my heart, shattering it into as many jagged pieces as the plates on the kitchen tile.