Welcome here on this Saturday afternoon. For us, it is Opening Day. Our youngest plays baseball, and his first game starts in a bit.
If it is your first time here, feel free to peek around. There are many different topics and styles of writing here. God has led me to celebrate story, all people’s stories. Each month there will be at least one guest sharing his/her story. Stories connect us across the miles and can help unlock deep truths hidden in our souls. Thank you to all those who have shared and to Misty Dollard who will be here after Easter.
Today’s post is about looking and finding blessings during the storms of life:
Imagine you are on the monorail called Life. Smooth, forward-moving contentment. You are confident you will arrive with all that you need.
Crash, bump … screech. A sudden derail.
This isn’t just a passing rain storm to feed the posies.
A torrential downpour, pelting buckets of rain, is whipping around in gusts of wind.
Your eyes dare not open. Fear dominates your soul.
Reeling in panic, one thought crosses your mind, “I am freaking out right now.”
Life-storms hit hard with challenge, disappointment, tragedy … anything that can change your life-course.
Is a hurricane engulfing you with:
• a child’s dark disrespect that doesn’t respond to natural consequences?
• a health diagnosis you don’t understand and neither do the doctors?
• financial trouble?
• or are you overwrought because you feel like a failure?
Breathe so you can feel the air going into your lungs.
Watch your belly expand, then pheeeeew let it out.
He is Our Creator who breathed life into Adam.
Blessing #1: Breath
Accept your current life situation, whatever it may be.
We want to avoid pain, but it cannot be wished or willed away.
Better to accept this derailment as a season of life.
Blessing #2. Peace in your heart when you accept your circumstances.
What else can you count as a blessing today in your storm?
• Maybe the child who was disrespectful to you has given you a note in the past. Find it and read it, or maybe there is a photo of that child where you can see his lightly-freckled nose and infectious smile?
Blessing #3: Compassion for people who make mistakes, seeing them as whole imperfect people.
• The health diagnosis that even doctors don’t know about. Just look at your whole self in a mirror. What do you cherish about this amazing thing called the human body created by Him?
Blessing #4 Appreciation of your God-given body and at least three things that work well (like your feet for example if you can run and walk)
• Finances a mess?
Blessing #5 God provides things in the midst of my financial struggle. (I bet you can name at least three things that are taken care of at this moment, count those as blessings)
• Feel like a failure? Nobody is a complete failure, and everybody has the invitation to be redeemed.
Blessing #6: God does not make mistakes. You are wonderfully and fearfully made (Psalm 139:14).
Blessing #7 You can be comforted, guided in truth and lovingly forgiven for any sins when you accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior (Romans 10:9).
Friends, I am praying you look up in the storm. I have been hit by more than one unexpected major thing in my forty-seven years.
In my Godless life, I stacked gripes instead of counting blessings.
Did you ever ask yourself, “How’s that working for you?”
I wish I had back then. The anvil of grief was a weight my heart could barely stand.
The Eternal Blessing: Hope in any storm lives at the cross.
I am so grateful.
Blessing #8: Joy is a foundation of life in Christ.
1 Peter 1: 8-9
You love him even though you have never seen him. Though you do not see him now, you trust him, and you rejoice with a glorious inexpressible joy. The reward for trusting him will be the salvation of your souls.
Let’s move our eyes to seek the wonder and awe in this life He has given us.
In the middle of any mess, we can find something lovely, noble, excellent and praiseworthy to warm our hearts.
In His Life-Giving Love,
Are you in a storm? What can you tell me about the storm in your life? Feel free to leave your comments her. I respond to all comments within 24 hours.
Look Up, Let Love, and Be a Light
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