Hello everyone…and a very happy and blessed Thursday to you all! I truly hope and pray that your day is going well…and even more, I pray that you will ALWAYS know that God has control over whatever may come your way…AMEN!!
First of all…as we begin, I would like to say that it’s good to be back with you today! Over the past 24 hours or so, we were experiencing a bad wind storm…and you won’t believe this; but the wind gusts got up to 60 mph, which I have never experienced before.
As Keith and I were visiting in the living room…preparing to begin another new day, the lights began to flash on and off, until they went off for good…so here I was with no power or internet service.
After getting around and making a phone call, I actually didn’t know what to do with myself; because I was so used to my daily ministry schedule…so after getting around, I decided to try and prep something for dinner, just in case the power was to come back on.
First, I started out by making some no-bake granola bars. Even though I didn’t need my oven, I still needed a stovetop to melt the peanut butter and chocolate chips…so I’m saying to God… “How can we do this?” Before I knew it, an idea began to spring up in my thoughts, which led me to Iight a 4 wick candle and safely place it in the kitchen sink. From there, I took a large cooling rack and placed it from the center part of the sink, to the other edge of the sink. Once I got it all set up, I took a small saucepan…and you won’t believe it; but the peanut butter and chocolate actually melted…and before I knew it, the granola bars were finished. After finishing the granola bars, I began to braid some bread dough with ham and cheese stuffed in the middle…and from there; I put everything in the fridge and cleaned up the kitchen.
Once I was finished with everything in the kitchen, I decided to go outside and fix a few of my bird feeders and just relax…so out the door I went. As I was listening to the wind whip through the pine trees; I began to focus on the power of God…and I was quickly reminded, as to how this wind was only an ounce of the power that must be contained within this powerful God.
Now as I sit here with you today, I am not only reminiscing back to what I experienced yesterday; but I am also seeing the calm after the storm. In other words…a day with no wind or rain…only sunshine and beautiful birds surrounding me at the feeders.
Before beginning my time with you today, I began to search God’s word for a Bible verse or two that would inspire us even more…and God led me to a few Bible verses in Matthew 8:23-27, which reads… “Then he got into the boat and his disciples followed him. 24) Suddenly a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. 25) The disciples went and woke him, saying, "LORD, save us! We're going to drown!" 26) He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm. 27) The men were amazed and asked, "What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!" Here these disciples had journeyed with Jesus; but yet, they still stood amazed at how He was able to calm the storm. Don’t we realize that with every storm, there has to come a time of calm…a time, when a powerful God walks us out of the darkness of the storm…and into the sunshine of a new day?
Just as the sun sets and rises again; so too, does God work…with not only the storms that surround us; but also the storms that enter our lives…and no matter what comes our way, we can rest assured…knowing that with this powerful God…a time will come, when we will once more be able to experience the calm after the storm…Amen!
Have a very blessed day…and I will hope to see you soon! God bless!
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