Last night the skies lit up like a ball field and the thunder roared. Another thunderstorm and more rain. We were flooded and at capacity. The homes remain protected. The rising waters remained at bay for the moment.
What would or could have been a moment of freaking out or being frantic we trusted and believed our God for protection.
Morning came and the storm passed.
Sometimes it doesn’t take much to throw us into a state of panic. Bad news at work, financial struggles, blood work or test results that are not within normal range, a difficult relationship with a coworker, friend or family member.
Personally, I know better than to entertain fear because I serve the Almighty God, but let me be completely transparent, it still happens to me sometimes.
“Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses every thought, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6 (HCSB)
Now, when I have realized I have allowed fearful thoughts to reside rent free in my mind, will and emotions I recenter myself and remember that the opposite of fear is faith. I immediately grab my bible and begin reading, begin seeking His truth, and praising God through it all.
“.. but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6 (ESV)
“For nothing will be impossible with God.” Luke 1:37 (HCSB)
I have had my share of trials, death, heartbreak, disease, and setbacks. I am also very well aware that it is not “if” but “when” the enemy will return. I must always be prepared. I will tell you that having gone through the yucky stuff has challenged my faith, made me stronger, and above all it has given me the unwavering knowledge that my God WILL provide, protect, and heal me until such a time that He calls me home. That knowledge along brings me the greatest comfort.
Now that the rains have stopped, the thunder has quieted and the sun has come out we take a deep breath, exhale breathing a great sigh of relief and live.
(Skittles, Maddie, Whiskey sunbathing)
Looking at our fur-babies you’d never think there was a storm. They’re content in the moment and not dwelling on the past 24 hours. I can learn a lot from them just from today alone.
A picture is worth one thousand words.
A scripture is worth life and life in abundance.
“Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little.” Philippians 4:11-12 (ESV)
Whatever your trial, difficulty or circumstance please know that I understand an aching heart, fearful thoughts that battle, war and ravage your mind, or a sadness that creates a dark cavern of despair. I won’t offer you platitudes like, “It will all work out.”, “God’s got this.”, or “This too shall pass.” While all three are true you, yes you reading these words, if you’re hurting your feelings are valid. I may not know your name or the fire you are walking through, but God does. I am praying for you and your circumstances. I am believing your circumstances ARE changing at the hands of God. I am believing for these until you can believe on your own.
Burdens are lifting as you read these words. God will never stop pursuing you, loving you or protecting you..EVER! How do I know??? I’m living proof.
Love you my friend!
God bless you!
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