and, God said…..”I’ve got this for you.”

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Some days, well, I just don’t have anything particular I wish to write about, rather, I don’t feel Him leading me about a certain thing so I just sit and try to wait on the Lord, ask Him for a little direction and some days I get it, other days not so much. But, maybe not having something that feels like a burden or a problem that I need His help with is a good thing. On those days, like this morning, I ask Him what do I need from His word to help me and, still nothing that pops into my mind. Oh, I still have a lot to work on, as do we all, but on days like this morning I will pause, go sit on the porch, sip on my coffee and think that days without one thing weighing heavy on my mind is a good day to praise Jesus just for what He is and what He did for me. God is so good. He is here for me on the good days, the less than good days and on the really rough days. ALWAYS and forever. Praise Him for His mercy and grace.

At this point in my life, there are a lot of unknowns. I am facing any number of things that SHOULD be stressing me. So many changes over the last few years and months that have created more than a little angst and despite that, I have peace. I feel Him saying to me, “relax my son, I’ve got you covered.” He is giving me peace in uncertain times, He is lifting my burdens. He is removing the stress and taking care of the “heavy lifting” on troublesome matters and no matter that I start to think about the things that should be worrying me, well, I just can’t seem to be able to worry. GOD IS SO GOOD!

 

Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

 

These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world. John 16:33

 

Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:13

 

Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Isaiah 41:10

 

And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:7

 

Yes, if I were thinking in the flesh, I WOULD be stressed, but Praise the Lord, He has my back as He gives me peace that really doesn’t make sense to the human mind but when one allows Him to, Christ will give one that peace and joy!

 

Lord, I worship and praise You for the joy and peace You give me in times that I should be troubled. That You take on my burdens and give me rest. Thank You Lord for all the blessings and mercy and for the blessed peace that only You can give. I pray in the name of Jesus that You continue working in me, give me the heart and mind of Christ that I may be a worthy vessel for You. Draw us all closer to You. Show us Your plan for our lives.

Amen

 

Thanks so much for stopping by today. I hope He blesses you all and that you take the time to be a blessing to someone else today as well.

 

The Calm Before the Storm

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I love watching lightening storms! So much power, so beautiful and terrifying both. Thunderstorms fascinate me, as do tornadoes. Seen lots of thunderstorms, a few tornadoes and they are something to see. Again, so much power, the capability for destruction. Yet, I know that God will protect me. But, tonight we have storms in the area, tornado warning earlier, haven’t heard much about the warnings for about 30 minutes, so maybe it is now gone but the tornado watches continue. I stepped outside a few minutes ago and there was hardly any breeze, just still and that made me think about the calm before the storm.

Many times in my life things have been calm with no big issues, things seem to be going great, no huge turmoil, just living. Things seemed to be going well. Then, suddenly, the storms hit! Sometimes was a total surprise. Things happen I can’t control and without warning a lot of times the “winds” started blowing, thunder, lightning, torrential downpours of financial, emotional, work problems, whatever, I have had most all of them. Sometimes, of my own creation, but often nothing within my control brought on the storms, just life.

I know there were times when I was younger that one or the other of my parents knew that a storm was heading my way. There were times they tried to warn me and usually I didn’t listen. Other times they knew, but didn’t say anything because they knew that saying something would have been received poorly or not at all and that I would try to blame them for the storm somehow. Humans are funny in how we sometimes blame the storms and problems on the ones that care and try to help us avoid them. I have seen it happen with my kids. And, like my parents, tried to warn to no avail at times, and yes, at times received the same hostility from my kids that I had given to my parents and others when they were trying to help me avoid issues. I am sure I am not the only one that has experienced such things, the storms, and the blame for trying to help others avoid storms.

Now, we all have storms, but before I came back to Christ I did not weather them well. I had no safe harbor when things got bad. I did not have that comfort and protection. Being Christian doesn’t keep me from having storms, but it sure makes them easier to weather.

For thou hast been a strength to the poor, a strength to the needy in his distress, a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat, when the blast of the terrible ones [is] as a storm [against] the wall. Isaiah 25:4

 

For thou hast been a shelter for me, and a strong tower from the enemy. Psalms 61:3

 

The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.  Proverbs 18:10

 

I have figured out that the really calm times, the truly peaceful, still moments very often are because there is some sort of spiritual storm coming. Maybe because I was sinning in some way and Satan was leaving me alone, but a price for the sin was coming. Perhaps it was because God knew a storm was heading my way and he wanted me to prepare. No matter why the storm, I have learned that the calm sometimes means a storm is coming and I should prepare myself. Spend the peaceful, calm time with the Lord, strengthening myself spiritually for the storm. And, the great thing is, if no storm appears, well, maybe by spending time seeking Christ I avoided the storm, or maybe it was just an unusually calm time but either way, I still benefited from the prayer and study of the scripture. Win, Win I would say.

 

Jesus, Thank You for Your protection in the storms. Thank You for the peaceful, calm before the storms. But mostly thank You for showing me that the time to seek You is before the storm, to prepare for the things to come. I praise Your Holy Name and thank You for the blessings, protection and my salvation, for the sacrifice You made for me. You are my rock and my salvation. Help me improve my walk with You, help me have more faith, understanding, give me more tenderness in my heart. Help me show You in my daily walk. Please draw loved ones to You and show them what they need to do to get closer to You, to better prepare for any storms that come their ways.

Amen

 

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I hope someone else gets benefit from it as I did from thinking through things and looking to the scripture for understanding of God on the storms and how He protects us. Please, have a blessed day and try to be a blessing to at least one other person today. We can all use a blessing here and there as we go about our lives.