“And the same day, when the even was come, he saith unto them, Let us pass over unto the other side. 36 And when they had sent away the multitude, they took him even as he was in the ship. And there were also with him other little ships. 37 And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. 38 And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him, Master, carest thou not that we perish? 39 And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm.” Mark 4:35-39
Hello everyone! Happy Sunday and a big welcome to Sunday Inspiration…thru the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so happy to have you with me today and my prayer is that God will truly touch our hearts, in a way that will calm the storms that may be raging within us today!
Have you ever wondered why God allows the storms of affliction to enter our lives? Before I answer this question…I would like to say first of all; that I think that sometimes, we become so deeply focused on the storm; that we find ourselves falling beneath the waves of our circumstance…to the place that we begin to panic and lose sight of God’s power most of all and the reason behind the storm.
We need to realize today that God would never allow a storm into our lives, if He didn’t have a reason for it. Have you ever wondered if God may just be using one storm to end another? As I was thinking on this, my mind was going back to a time, when my life began to slowly fall apart, due to a new memory that had come up, from deep within me…the memory of a sexual abuse; that took place around the age of 5 years old.
You know…at that time, it was bad enough that this horrible memory had decided to resurface; but to have to think about getting my life back on course, while dealing with the painful moments of the past, just seemed to me, as if a really bad storm was coming my way…a storm that would have to take me down, before God could bring me back up to my feet.
I guess sometimes, we don’t realize that life has to get worse; before we can once more see the light of a new day. In my case…what Satan thought He would use to totally defeat me and bring me down for good, was actually God controlling the storm, in a way that would help to calm the storm that had already been raging deep within me, for so many years.
Little did I know at the time; that God would not only use one storm to defeat another; but thru the harshness of the storm; He would also help me to see that I needed Him to be my refuge, thru what seemed to be the most difficult storm that I would ever have to face in my life.
Just as the disciples feared that they would drown beneath the waves of a fierce storm; they too came to see that sometimes these storms that seem too impossible to come out of; are God’s way of teaching us all, to make Him our refuge.
You know…one thing I found…thru this very harsh storm that I faced; was that I could get out of the storm, by running to God and letting Him be my refuge. For some reason, I just knew that while I was hiding in Him; that He would enter the storm for me and not only be my anchor to hold to…but also the One, who could steer me out of the storms that had been raging for so long.
No matter what you may be facing today, just know that even though God may allow the storm to increase in strength…it just might mean that He is using another storm in your life, to defeat some other kind of storm; that Satan had planned to bring you down with. Today, we need to realize that before we can enter calm waters, we have to ride out the storm with God; so that we can come out of the circumstance with God.
I pray that we will find the strength to turn away from the storm and make God our hiding place!
Blessings on your Sunday!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.” Matthew 20:16
“I have been forgotten like one who is dead; I have become like a broken vessel.”
“But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6
“It is a broken spirit you want—remorse and penitence. A broken and a contrite heart, O God, you will not ignore.” Psalm 51:17
Hello everyone! Happy Sunday and welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…thru the Risen Hope Ministries! I am so glad that you found us today and my prayer for you; is that you will truly find a piece of hope to hold to…a hope that will connect you to a powerful God, rather than a weak circumstance!
You know…we can experience moments in our lives, when we feel as if God has forgotten us. Maybe we don’t see ourselves as something good or worthy of His help. One thing I would like to say, from my own experience; is that God doesn’t look at the one, who may seem strong on their own; but rather, He is looking at the one, who has admitted that they can no longer handle their situation on their own.
I have come to see within my own life; that God cannot help anyone who has pride in their life and is always attempting to be strong on their own because this type of person is so stuck on their own thoughts…plans and ideas; that there is no room for God to step in and help them. Just like Matthew 20:16, in our reading for today says… “So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be called, but few chosen.”
If only we could just let go of everything that is broken in our lives and realize that we cannot even begin to put together the broken pieces that are so shattered. Let’s face it…we need someone who is greater than ourselves…someone who can know how to rebuild us and make us into something stronger…someone who can make us less fragile…someone, who can teach us how to become strong enough to share that same strength given to us, with others around us.
Have you ever had something go wrong in your day; but then you find a solution to the problem…something that will help you not to experience the same problem again…in fact, something that makes you want to share this solution with others you know? This is exactly what God wants to do for us; but first, we must be willing to let go of ourselves and let someone greater step in and give us that solution and I know from experience; that when we allow God to work in this way; then we will not only want to praise Him for the great things He has done within our own lives; but we will also find an excitement to share what God has done, with others around us.
Today, may I encourage you, to not only trust God for the broken moments in your life; but to also let Him take each broken piece of your life and let it be used for Him. You know…the way I see it; is that we have two choices. We can either allow the problem to abuse us, as we try to stay strong on our own or we can take the broken pieces of our lives and lay them at the feet of the only One, who can bring them back together…in a way, where they can work in a very great way for Him. Once we are willing to humbly do this; then from there…we will come to see how a great…loving and powerful God, is willing to stoop down to our level and truly love and care for us.
Blessings on your Sunday!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“And one of the Pharisees desired him that he would eat with him. And he went into the Pharisee's house, and sat down to meat. 37 And, behold, a woman in the city, which was a sinner, when she knew that Jesus sat at meat in the Pharisee's house, brought an alabaster box of ointment, 38 And stood at his feet behind him weeping, and began to wash his feet with tears, and did wipe them with the hairs of her head, and kissed his feet, and anointed them with the
ointment. 39 Now when the Pharisee which had bidden him saw it, he spake within himself, saying, This man, if he were a prophet, would have known who and what manner of woman this is that toucheth him: for she is a sinner. 40 And Jesus answering said unto him, Simon, I have somewhat to say unto thee. And he saith, Master, say on. 41 There was a certain creditor which had two debtors: the one owed five hundred pence, and the other fifty. 42 And when they had nothing to pay, he frankly forgave them both. Tell me therefore, which of them will love him most? 43 Simon answered and said, I suppose that he, to whom he forgave most. And he said unto him, Thou hast rightly judged. 44 And he turned to the woman, and said unto Simon, Seest thou this woman? I entered into thine house, thou gavest me no water for my feet: but she hath washed my feet with tears, and wiped them with the hairs of her head. 45 Thou gavest me no kiss: but this woman since the time I came in hath not ceased to kiss my feet. 46 My head with oil thou didst not anoint: but this woman hath anointed my feet with ointment. 47 Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little. 48 And he said unto her, Thy sins are forgiven. 49 And they that sat at meat with him began to say within themselves, Who is this that forgiveth sins also? 50 And he said to the woman, Thy faith hath saved thee; go in peace.” Luke 7:36-50
Hello everyone! I am so happy to have you with me today, on Sunday Inspiration…thru the Risen Hope Ministries! I pray that your Sunday is off to a good start and that we will all be touched, in a very special way today…thru the words that God lays upon my heart to write!
You know…we live in a world that judges us by the way we look and what we do, and especially thru our disabilities and other weaknesses that we struggle with, from day to day. Sometimes moments like these can make us feel, as if we are in a world of our own; and I know from experience; that it’s bad enough to go thru the difficult times…let alone feel tossed to the side.
As I read the story of Mary Magdalene, in our Bible reading today; I saw a woman who was probably struggling with herself, over the things that she had done; but can you imagine being in her place, while feeling this way…and on top of it; hearing the words of judgment that were said behind her back. I don’t know about you; but treating people like this, is only going to make matters worse and at the same time, make it difficult to experience God’s true love for them.
One thing I just love about this story; is that it didn’t matter to Jesus, what Mary had done or what was even taking place in her life at the time; but rather, Jesus was more interested in walking beyond these problems to love her and help her with the need of her heart.
As Mary approached Jesus…I can see it now. Here were all these people mocking her and making her feel, as though she wasn’t even worthy, to come and kneel at Jesus’ feet; but yet, they themselves weren’t any more worthy than her, as they were living a life with double standards. In other words…they were showing themselves as perfect religious leaders, while living a life that never represented the love of Christ.
As I look back on my life, I went thru a lot of hurtful moments, due to the way my legs were…and the moment, when I needed support the most, during times of depression, while experiencing the painful moments of a past sexual abuse; it seemed that most everyone walked away…that is except for Jesus.
There have been times, when I have seen my life, in similarity to Mary Magdalene. I never lived the life that she had lived; but I did have my own very special moment with Jesus…and since that day, I have never been the same…because you see…He came to me at a time, when no one else cared…and as I cried out to Him…the very first words He shared heart to heart with me, were…”The Lord is close to those whose hearts are breaking…Ps. 34:18a.”
Today, you may be experiencing moments, when you have felt tossed to the side. Maybe you are even going to a church that is supposed to represent Christ’s love; but yet no one seems to care. Today, may I recommend a close friend of mine…One who will not only listen to you…but will never judge you…only love you. Just let go of everything and bow your humble heart before Him and He will meet you where you are…and He will not only come to you; but He will wipe the tears from your eyes…place His loving arms around you and help you thru the times, when no one else seemed to care.
Before we close, I would like to share a few lyrics, of a song titled… “Jesus is the Sweetest Name I Know” and we read… “Jesus is the sweetest name I know, and He’s just the same as His lovely name, and that’s the reason why I love Him so; Oh, Jesus is the sweetest name I know.”
All I can say to you, as we close; is that Jesus is truly the sweetest name and closest friend I know. Turn to Him today…kneel before Him, within your heart and He will be there for you…God bless!
Blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
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Diane K Hiltz Chamberlain is the author of 16 books, which range from devotionals, to quotes and poetry...to the story on her life..."Baby Steps: A Journey with God through a Lifetime of Pain and Heartache."