You Can Make It Through The Storm by Trish

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our nation has just experienced devastation at the hands of Hurricane Harvey and now we are facing the threat of Hurricane Irma. Where do you turn when your home or your very life is hit by a storm so catastrophic you’re left with rubble and remains of what was once solid and secure? Maybe it’s not a literal storm with wind and rain that has affected your life but perhaps the foundation of your home has been shaken by a negative health report, a wayward child or loss of loved one. Perhaps the one who promised “I do” now doesn’t.

Having experienced a recent storm in my life I can say I know the love of God in a way like I’ve never experienced before. I can say I know what it’s like to cry yourself to sleep and no words of comfort could console.  But when you experience God’s love you can’t articulate it with words, but you know He is surrounding you and keeping you. Many times, as believers we don’t like to have these conversations because somewhere along the way a misunderstanding was birthed that Christians and people of “faith” don’t’ struggle. Maybe that is your story but not mine. I know God to be a keeper because there have been times when I couldn’t keep myself. His grace surrounded me, His comfort upheld me when no one else could help and although the storm was all around He held me close and I knew that it was going to be okay.

As you go through your test be reminded of these things:

  • God is for you and loves you immensely

I know one of the most common questions when facing a storm is, “If God loves me, why did He allow this to happen to me?” Truth be told life happens to all of us. It doesn’t change the fact that God is sovereign and that He loves us. There are many things that can’t be explained and that is what makes faith so profound. It’s trust when you don’t see and believing beyond what you feel.  (John 3:16 NKJV)

16 For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.

 

  • You are never alone

God is with you and He is your defense and rescue! He will comfort you with His great love! (Zephaniah 3:17)

 

The Lord your God in your midst,
The Mighty One, will save;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
He will quiet you with His love,
He will rejoice over you with singing.”

  • You will win

We were created to win in life. One loss does not equate defeat. Get back up, dust yourself off and be reminded you are more than a conqueror! (Romans 8:37 NKJV)

37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.

Whatever you are facing, run to God.  He is a shelter in the time of need. Trust Him to keep you, to make a way. This pain won’t last always. You are equipped to endure! I’d like to leave you with these lyrics penned by one of my dear friends, Martha Munizzi. Be reminded, you can make it through the storm!

“You can make it through the storm,

you can make it through the rain.

You can make it through the trials,

you can make it through the pain.

And though you may not understand,

there’s a purpose, there’s a plan;

so while you worship,

He’ll bring you through it all.”

“You Can Make It Through The Storm” by Martha Munizzi

 

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The Source by Bombi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hard times have been around since the dawn of sin yet there are moments that the weight of it can seem so heavy it wants to crush the joy and spirit out of everyone in its way. So what do we do? Where can we turn to when things worldwide aren’t going up? Who do we call on when everyone and everything is failing us?

I can flip the script and talk about the best of times. The economy is at an upswing. Everyone around you is getting engaged or having a baby or getting their long, hard awaited degree. You’ve just heard news that you’ve inherited a great amount of money, so much that you and your children’s children wouldn’t have to worry or want. You are in the best shape of your life.

​You are having the time of your life, on a roll, and it seems like all of your dreams are coming true. ​

So whom do you need? Where do you turn to for inspiration or an idea of what to do with your good fortune?

If you look to this world and anything in it to be your sole source you are looking amiss. You can marry the most amazing and wonderful hardworking man, but what do you do if he breaks his back and can no longer provide?

​You can be in the roughest season and waiting on your next break, but what if it doesn’t come the way you think it should?

I’m here to tell you that if you look to God to be your source, you will lack no good thing. If your life, peace, love, and joy source depends on yourself, your president, economy, boss, job, education, friends, fiancé, spouse, etc., then you will eventually be disappointed and let down.  Man can only give, be and do so much. But God is limitless and will do and be all that we need Him to be. Make Him your source, and watch your circumstances, good or bad lose their shine in comparison to His majesty.

“My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the rock and strength of my heart and my portion forever.” ~Psalm 73:26(AMP)

Pain Surfing by Bombi

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s been seven and a half years since my dad passed away and at times it seems like it happened just yesterday. People throw around the saying that time heals all wounds but I beg to differ. The longer it has been sometimes feels like it’s getting harder. Even as I type these words tears are coming down my face and my heart is feeling that pain. Father’s Day came and went this year and while it was spent celebrating and showering my husband with gifts and love, my heart ached for my father. To be able to hug my father again, to see his face again, and to hear his laugh would mean so much. To be in the presence of a humbled man. I miss him so much. Sometimes my heart feels like it’s going to be crushed by the pain. I’m thankful for my husband who is there when these waves of pain and grief hit. He is there to comfort me and hug me. He tells me that if Pops were alive we’d all have chocolate pie with him. Those hand held little pies were one of his most favorite sweets.

I never know exactly when these times of hurt will hit. But when they do I often think of Jesus’ own grief. The shortest verse in the entire Bible of just two words holds a snapshot into the humanity of our Savior. I know that He is well acquainted with grief, therefore He knows just how it feels and just what it takes to ease the pains that come and go. I’m thankful for a Savior that knows my heart and experiences first hand. He knows them, and He has the ability to heal the hurts and the wounds and comfort the brokenhearted like no one else can. And one day He will wipe every tear from every eye, and death and pain will cease to exist. Praise the Lord!

 

Jesus wept.” ~John 11:35

 

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