“He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.” Psalms 107:29 KJV
Happy Tuesday! I woke up this morning to stormy weather and tornadoes in the area. It’s only been a little over a year since Hurricane Michael devastated our community, and I’m noticing the people in my life are a little rattled by the weather. Many people in our community are still not in their homes. Some live in tents. Others have tarps on their roofs. Still others have been taken advantage of by people claiming to be contractors and now don’t have a home or money to take care of their problems. How can you trust God under these circumstances?
Before Hurricane Michael my husband prayed the blood of Christ around our property and family. Today, I did the same. Then, I turned it over to God.
After Hurricane Michael a friend of our family lost his house to a fire. While he was probably upset on the inside, he never showed it. He just told everyone how blessed he was and bought dinner for the firefighters. That is total trust in God. Today, he is not where he was before the fire and there are some things that he will never be able to replace, but he is recovering and building a new home. Trusting God doesn’t mean you won’t lose all possessions during a storm. However, it may mean that God will help you recover, while you are able to witness through your life.
We all have storms frequently in our lives, and it is how we choose to react that is really important for ourselves and others. Being upset is understandable, but it will not change anything. A friend of mine is aware that a family member is dying. She cries and struggles daily. However, that is not changing the situation. Why not choose to make every day count? Wouldn’t it be better to enjoy every moment while this person is alive? Crying won’t change anything. I know that we all need to grieve, but when we can trust God during the storms of our lives, we will find peace and be a blessing to others.
This morning please keep all the people going through storms in your prayers. May God bless you!
“What other nation is so great as to have their gods near them the way the Lord our God is near us whenever we pray to him?”
Deuteronomy 4:7 NIV
Good morning from the City of Southern Charm! One thing I have noticed since Hurricane Michael hit has been the beauty of our City lies not only in what is visible in the surroundings, but also in the hearts of the people who live here. It’s amazing how grateful people are despite their extraordinary losses. In a world that seems to promote the wrong values, the attitudes of the people who live here are refreshing! I’ve heard very few people complaining. Usually when I ask someone how they are doing since the storm, they reply “I’m thankful and blessed to be alive”. That’s how I feel too. There have also been many people from all over the country here trying to help with restoring power, maintaining order, responding to emergencies and providing food, supplies and shelter. All these people are doing business here in the businesses that are able to open. Good can come out of bad.
Today’s Try Something New Tuesday. Every Tuesday I ask my staff “what will you try?”. I’ve heard some serious and some silly responses over the years. It can be difficult to think of something new, because it requires us to extend ourselves beyond our normal routine and to think outside of the box. I have to admit, sometimes I find it hard to think of something new. While I was at the conference, I bought a book, which I already had a digital copy. The book is small enough to fit into my bag and I can carry it wherever I go. It’s called “The Secret Power of Speaking God’s Word” and it’s written by Joyce Meyers. What makes the book special is the contents have a list of emotions, issues and blessings that you can look up by topic. For example, you might look up civic duty with the election at hand. When you turn to the pages on the subject you will find scripture based on the topic. I gave it a try yesterday. Amazing! Yesterday, I looked up contentment. I prayed using the scriptures from this little book. What will you try?
I would like to encourage Americans to exercise their right to vote. Often people take this opportunity for granted. Pray about your decision and vote. Christian values have been lost in recent years and your vote really does make a difference.
Have a wonderful day and try something new! God Bless You.
He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still.
Psalms 107:29 KJV
Good Morning and happy Memorial Day! Say hello to my little subtropical storm friend, Alberto. The eye of the storm is expected to make landfall about 70 miles from where we live, but so far we’ve only seen scattered showers and light wind. Thanks be to God! After a week of rain many are concerned about flooding. The local businesses depending on tourism and the economy in Florida will definitely feel the storm.
I started feeling the low air pressure Friday evening before I realized there was a storm. This morning I thought it might be good to sleep in, but let’s just say that Dominic had other plans for me. I woke up to my fur ball cat wrapped around my head pulling my hair. The mighty hunter awoke us night before last when he pushed my husband’s bread machine onto the floor. I’m glad he’s cute. Even as I type this post, he is climbing over me like a toddler needing attention.
I love to watch the weather from the safety of our glass enclosed porch. Today, I am reminded that our soldiers do not have that luxury. Whatever the storm, they fearlessly face the elements. Memorial Day is not just a day off from work. It’s a time to be thankful for the sacrifices made so that we can enjoy freedoms often taken for granted. It’s a time to remember those who have given their lives for our country and to celebrate those willing to defend it now. Over the years I’ve had many family members and friends willing to serve, including my son-in-law, two nephews, father-in-law, uncles, and cousins. Today, I pause to say thank you.
All of us face storms in our lives. Some may be overwhelming and seem insurmountable, but we are never alone. Remember that even in our most hopeless moments, we are surrounded by God’s love.
The wind is picking up a bit, so I’m going return to the safety of reading on my porch with Dominic, who has now been joined by our very scared and drooling Great Dane, Singer. God bless you all.