After the Storm…

Some days, it’s just hard to move forward.

Putting one foot in front of the other is work.

Breathing in and out seems like an accomplishment.

Ever had one of those days?

Yesterday was one of those days for me, physically and somewhat emotionally. I don’t like being sick. I don’t like feeling weak. Do you?

BUT… in the times I am most weak, the Lord shows His strength. I can only lean on HIM for direction and protection.  The apostle Paul found the same thing. He wrote:

He said to me,  “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.”

      Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.    2 Corinthians 12:9-10

God is able. There is nothing too big or too hard for him.

He brings peace in the midst of the storm and strength after the storm.

He is our Shelter and Provider. In Him there is NO weakness.

…in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.  For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.  Romans 8:37-39 

And when the storm is over, we are not left to “clean up” the aftermath on our own. He knows what we need even we don’t.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21

Are you facing storms today? Is there thunder rumbling in the distance? Has a firestorm engulfed your thought life?

.. we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us. We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh. 2 Corinthians 4:7-11

If you feel alone, you are NOT. 

14-16Now that we know what we have—Jesus, this great High Priest with ready access to God—let’s not let it slip through our fingers. We don’t have a priest who is out of touch with our reality. He’s been through weakness and testing, experienced it all—all but the sin. So let’s walk right up to him and get what he is so ready to give. Take the mercy, accept the help. Hebrews 4:14-16

I know many of you wonderful folks who read my blog. Some though, I don’t. But God knows all of us inside and out. Nothing is hidden from Him. And He loves us. Period.

If you think you have to be perfect to be loved, think again…

-Christ arrives right on time to make this happen. He didn’t, and doesn’t, wait for us to get ready. He presented himself for this sacrificial death when we were far too weak and rebellious to do anything to get ourselves ready. And even if we hadn’t been so weak, we wouldn’t have known what to do anyway. We can understand someone dying for a person worth dying for, and we can understand how someone good and noble could inspire us to selfless sacrifice. But God put his love on the line for us by offering his Son in sacrificial death while we were of no use whatever to him. Romans 5:6-8

No matter the storm – He can command PEACE.

Maybe you need peace  in the midst of your today. Don’t wait until after the storm, for another one will soon be on its heels. Instead, find peace in the arms of the one who can calm ALL the storms in your life…Jesus.

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4 thoughts on “After the Storm…

  1. Donna, so, so true. It is in our insufficiency that we are most aware of God’s work in us. I don’t know whether you know this, but I suffer greatly from migraines and I have learned to turn to Him. But, we do have a joke in our house that God literally has to hit me over the head before I pray with fervor. And you know there’s always an element of truth in jokes …

    Feel better soon. God be with you.

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  2. Donna, I”m sory you are under the weather. I hope you’ll soom be back to your usual sunny self.

    Romans 8:37-39 is a favorite of mine; I had it read at both my parents’ funerals. It says so much about the power God has and His great Love for us. When I’m down, I like reading it to remind myself of how He has done so much for me.

    Feel better, Donna. Hugs, ME

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