“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. (40) And he said unto them, Why are ye so fearful? how is it that ye have no faith? (41) And they feared exceedingly, and said one to another, What manner of man is this, that even the wind and the sea obey him?” Mark 4:35-41
Hello everyone and welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration! Whether you need a place to connect with God this Sunday or just a little inspiration…my prayer is that you will find what you are seeking for and that God will truly wrap His loving arms around you, as you read the words that He has given us all today!
You know…one thing that I was reminded of this week; is that God views the storms we go through, in a completely different way; then what we see them. We can be looking into dark clouds, with tears raining down all around us and feel as if the storm is going to overtake us…just like the disciples thought, while the storm raged all around their boat; but while we are viewing a storm in this way…God has a whole new view on the storm.
We must remember that God completely understands all about the storms that He allows within our lives. In other words…maybe the storm is to test our faith, just like the disciples were being tested or maybe the storms we face are meant for us to learn how to lean on God more, rather than ourselves. No matter what the reason for the storm; God not only knows how He’s going to use the storm; but He’s also got control over the storm and will allow the storm to pass on, once He has accomplished His will for that specific moment in our lives.
When we are willing to look beyond the dark clouds and rain…for God’s presence in the storm; then a rainbow of hope will stand before us…a rainbow that says that even though the storm hasn’t come to an end…a time will come, when God will calm the troubled seas around us.
I remember a time in my life, when I felt as though I was on a very troubled sea. The clouds were so dark; that they had blackened the sky around me and I began to see myself floating on a piece of wood, in the midst of this troubled sea. As I cried out to God; it was as if I could feel His presence walking on those troubled waters, to where I was. That particular storm in my life didn’t cease for some time; but through it all, I knew that God was there…riding out the storm with me and once that storm in my life became calm; I then found myself walking on a new path…a path that has led me, to where I am with God today.
You see…God has a reason for every storm we go through. It’s not always easy for us to understand or even see these storms, in the way He’s viewing them; but a time will come, when He will stand up in the midst of our storm and will say… “Peace be still;” so don’t ever give up on God because once He has completed His work…through the storm that He has allowed within your life; He will cause the troubled waters to cease and will walk you onto a new path…a path that He longs for you to follow.
Blessings on your Sunday!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are accomplished in your brethren that are in the world. (10) But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you. (11) To him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.”
I Peter 5:9-11
Hello everyone! Welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration! I pray that your Sunday is going well and my prayer for you today; is that you will come to see what God can truly be for you, while walking through the difficult moments of life.
You know…the moments of deep pain and heartache can seem never ending. Once we are hit with a blow from Satan, we can feel as if life will never come back to where it used to be. Just getting out of bed in the morning can seem to be a difficult task and even if we make it that far, it seems like the weight of the problem can make us feel so weighed down; that even the simple things in life can seem like one difficult chore.
The hope that God has shown me, through difficult times like these; is that He is an undefeated God and nothing…not even our problems can rise above His power. I have come to see…so many times within my own life; that God never allows any difficult moment to enter our lives, unless He knows for sure that we will be able to walk out of these moments safely.
Today, the rain may be falling all around you. You may be struggling with finances…your health…grief or you may have even lost your job and feel like everything you’ve worked so hard for; just went down the drain. Remember one thing…the sun does shine again. Storms come but they don’t last forever and a time does come, when the clouds move on, as the sun slowly peaks through, to brighten a day that was once filled with gloom.
One thing about these difficult moments we face; is that God never allows us to suffer for no reason. With every trying moment, God has a plan and once we have accomplished all that He allowed the problem for; then just like the verses in our Bible reading says…He will “…make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.”
Sometimes the long and drawn out moments of circumstance can make us grow impatient and we can even begin to wonder if God has walked away. Thoughts can enter our minds and try to convince us that we aren’t worthy of God’s love and that maybe He has just forgotten all about us. No matter what we think, we must turn our minds away from the thoughts that are only meant to take us further down and focus on the promises that God gives us in His word…promises that say that He will never leave us nor forsake us…promises that He will bring us through these times and give us something greater than what we had before the circumstance first entered our lives.
No matter what you’re facing today and no matter how long the circumstance has been with you; just know that a time will come, when God will personally lift you out of these moments that just seem so endless and He will not only take you out of these difficult times you’re facing right now but He will give you something special that you never experienced before…something that will always remind you of the time that God was at work in your life.
Blessings on your Sunday!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“Now upon the first day of the week, very early in the morning, they came unto the sepulchre, bringing the spices which they had prepared, and certain others with them. (2) And they found the stone rolled away from the sepulchre. (3) And they entered in, and found not the body of the Lord Jesus. (4) And it came to pass, as they were much perplexed thereabout, behold, two men stood by them in shining garments: (5) And as they were afraid, and bowed down their faces to the earth, they said unto them, Why seek ye the living among the dead? (6) He is not here, but is risen: remember how he spake unto you when he was yet in Galilee, (7) Saying, The Son of man must be delivered into the hands of sinful men, and be crucified, and the third day rise again.”
Hello everyone! Welcome to Sunday Inspiration! I’m so glad that you joined me this Sunday, for a very special writing…as we think back to a time, when Jesus arose triumphantly from the dead! My prayer today; is that God will truly touch us deep within the heart and leave us with a piece of hope that will keep us lifted up, while facing the challenges of this life!
You know…death can seem so final and death can even leave us with a hopeless heart…knowing that the one we loved will never be with us again. Death can even make us feel empty and alone, with a sadness that pierces the heart so deeply; that each breath we attempt to breathe can seem just as painful, as what we are experiencing deep within the heart.
Can you imagine what the disciples were experiencing and even Mary and Mary Magdalene, as Jesus was being taken down from the cross? Here was a man that at one time had been full of life…going about His Father’s business and now, He lies on the ground…lifeless before them.
After placing Jesus in the tomb, they continued to grieve, as if they would never see Him again…that is until one morning, while visiting the tomb. As they came to the sepulchre, they found the stone rolled away and as they entered; Jesus’ body was nowhere to be found. As they became anxious over what they had discovered…two angels appeared before them and asked them… “Why seek ye the living among the dead?” “He is not here, but is risen.”
Do we realize that we serve a risen Savior or have we unknowingly kept Jesus in the tomb, due to our actions and the way we react to life? Don’t we realize that what Jesus went through on the cross and even His death became the finalization of sin, while bringing newness of life through His resurrection…to all who would believe in Him?
Again…words are so easily spoken but the way we respond to life either reveals a living Savior or a god that remains dead within the tomb. Today, we need to realize that Jesus’ death became the complete sacrifice for sin, while His resurrection created a new beginning…a beginning that can breathe newness of life within us.
You know…life can seem as if we are walking from one problem to another. These problems can make us feel as if death has entered the heart, while placing us in a prison cell of total despair. We can even feel as if we will never leave these moments behind, to experience newness, in the way the Bible speaks of; but one thing we must remember…even though these moments can make us feel lifeless and alone…as Christians, we have the hope that a risen Savior lives within each one of us.
Today, we need to allow the risen Savior to rise up within us…a Savior whose power over death can free us and break loose…the shackles of despair. When we choose to muddle through life on our own, rather than turning to the One who is alive within us; then we make Him powerless, while we bury Him deep within the heart.
The piece of hope we need to hold tightly to; is that we serve a risen Savior…One who is alive and well within us…for He is the One who not only came back to life; but through His resurrection; He has breathed newness within us...with a hope that says that all things are possible to those who believe.
Blessings on your day!
It’s Always & Only Because of Him…
“As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, (2) saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. (3) If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” (4) This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: (5) “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” (6) The disciples went and did as Jesus had instructed them. (7) They brought the donkey and the colt and placed their cloaks on them for Jesus to sit on. (8) A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. (9) The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” (10) When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” (11) The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.” Matthew 21:1-9
Hello everyone and welcome today, to Sunday Inspiration…especially as we celebrate Palm Sunday…a time when Jesus was beginning His journey to the cross! My prayer today is that we will discover a deeper connection with Jesus; that will help us in our daily walk with Him.
There was a time…thousands of years ago, when Jesus rode into the city of Jerusalem. As Jesus began to make His triumphant entrance, the people began to cut tree branches and lay them on the road before Him, while they shouted… “Hosanna to the Son of David.” This became a time, when the people not only acknowledged Jesus as Lord…but also, it became a time, when they humbled themselves before Him.
You know…maybe we weren’t there, to lay the tree branches on the ground and shout out… “Hosanna to the Son of David;” but we can do something even better today and that would be to lay ourselves down before Jesus. As Jesus passes our way…to love and care for us, as He did for all mankind…thousands of years ago; how can we do less than give Him our best, which would be to give our complete self to Him?
Many of us may have already given our hearts and lives to Jesus through salvation but can we honestly say that we have also given Him our needs and left them there with Him? I remember a time in my life, when I struggled with this; that is, until Jesus helped me to see how easy it could be, to give everything completely over to Him.
While closing my eyes, I began to see a big box on a table. As I removed the lid from the box, it was as if Jesus was asking me to place every need that I had within that box. Once, I had filled the box with all my needs; I then began to place the lid back on the box. After doing so, I walked the box over to Jesus and gave it to Him. From there, I turned around and walked away and left every need with Him.
You know…it’s so easy to say that we have given everything over to Jesus…that is until we see the problem standing before us once more. Don’t we realize that Jesus is all and everything we could ever need in life? Why do we find it so difficult, to trust the One, who has demonstrated such love for us?
When we look back…thousands of years ago, we see where Jesus’ journey led Him to an old rugged cross, where He would share an amazing love and forgiveness, for all mankind. How is it that we aren’t always willing to let Jesus take us beyond that time? In other words…Jesus longs so much to take us further on this journey with Him and display an even greater love, by providing and caring for us; but first, we must be willing to journey with Him and let Him go the distance for us.
Have a great Sunday & God bless so much!
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."