Jesus Calms the Storm

FTI Jesus calms the stormWhen you’re faced with tough decisions that affect your life and health, you can find yourself with a head full of information and a heart still empty of answers. This has been my story. Me, feeling lost and crying out to God, searching the scriptures and trying to listen.

I read again how “God, who gives life to the dead, and calls the things that are not, as though they were spoke the world into existence.

“Let there be light, and there was light.”

I whisper this prayer: Lord, be my Light.

I read again the words of Jesus.

“I am the Good Shepherd. My sheep hear my voice.”

Oh, Lord, let me hear your voice clearly.

I keep meditating on the name of Jesus and His power to save, heal and deliver.

Jesus – Yahweh saves. Yahweh from God’s actual name revealed to Moses, YHWH, I AM.

“I am the resurrection and the life.” Jesus’ declaration just before raising Lazarus from the dead.

“I am willing,” he said. “Be healed!” Jesus’ response to the Leper who asked to be cleansed from his disease.

There came a time this summer when I found myself praying with a new boldness and belief that Jesus was not only able, but willing to do the same for me. That through the cross and resurrection, He had provided salvation for me which was complete in every way. I reached out to Him for healing and prayed that He would bring confirmation for His glory and that my husband would be in full agreement of my desire to rely on the Lord for what I now call my ongoing “supernatural natural” wellness plan.

Later, I began to try to share this with my husband (except the last part, about him being in agreement.) He listened quietly. I wondered if he thought I was a little crazy. Then, a while later, he looked at me and said He felt the Holy Spirit speak this same message to him that very day. When I thought back, it was about the same time I was praying.

I sat there with tears in my eyes and praised God for that moment of relief, that moment when you realize He really is listening and He really does care.

Of course I still have questions. I have much to learn. But God has confirmed over and over that He is in control. Even today, I am rejoicing that blood tests show my cancer markers are in the normal range!

Praise the LORD!

I don’t have all the answers. I’m just trying my best to follow the One who does. Meanwhile, I want to encourage others who may read these words to keep praying, keep seeking, keep believing that God will do the impossible for you.

“Even the winds and the waves obey him!” This was the disciples’ reaction when Jesus calmed the stormy sea raging around them.

I hope this new song by Chris Tomlin will stir your heart as it has mine. May this be the anthem we sing in the middle of life’s storms.

Words and Pictures

Below are some photos taken by my sister-in-law, Linda. You would think they came from a trip to some tropical paradise. Actually, they were taken at a local acquarium. Though there are no fish in these particular photos, you can bet they were just as spectacular as their surroundings showcased in these pics.

These inspiring images reminded me of some inspiring scriptures which I’ve included here. I hope that they go beyond mere words and pictures. I hope, as you meditate on The Word, your spirit will be lifted up and encouraged. Enjoy!

Praise


“Deep calls to deep in the roar of your waterfalls; all your waves
and breakers have swept over me.” Psalm 42:6-8

Provision

“Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?” Matthew 6:26

Peace


“The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul.”
Psalm 23:1-3a

Love and Respect Revisited

I was reading a blog post about marriage from Courtney over at Women Living Well and it reminded me of an older post of my own regarding God’s will for our marriages.

I think it is important to revisit the idea of how we are to show love and respect to our spouse. I also think it is crucial that we remember to show love and respect to people in general. This is not just a suggestion but a command from our Creator God. We need to take the Word of God seriously. As the scripture says in James 1:22, “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”

It is alarming to think that so many kids are growing up without the basic tenets of the Bible being taught to them. So many in our society are taught that the world revolves around them. Rather than learn humility and selflessness, they are encouraged to be aggressive and get their own way at all costs. We know this is true because so many young adults are coming out of colleges today feeling a sense of entitlement. Many teenagers do not show respect for the wisdom of their elders. Too many adults, even the churchgoing ones, think they have all the answers and display an arrogance that proves they know nothing of this Jesus who laid down His life for the good of others. He paid the ultimate price so that we might come to repentance. So that we might walk with Him in newness of life.

I pray that change will come. That revival will sweep our land and that people of all ages will bow their knees before God and commit themselves to obeying His word. After all, when we show love and respect to each other, all of our relationships will be better. With our God, with our marriages, our friends and family. And isn’t that something we all want?

With that in mind, here’s a great scripture to meditate on that should help to keep us on track.

“Show proper respect to everyone: Love the brotherhood of believers, fear God, honor the king.” 1 Peter 2:16-18

And, let’s remember the golden rule:

“Do unto others as you would have them do to you”. Luke 6:31