Monday, October 29, 2012

raging storms are not a problem when you have Jesus

Thank you Lord, for family...

(Smiles even in the midst of the raging storm - only because of HIM)

I am so thankful that I have a personal and intimate relationship with my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. I absolutely do not know how I could make it in this life without Him. He is my rock and my fortress. My strength and my sweet song. He is my ever present help in times of trouble. He is my refuge and my strong tower. And I love Him so.

These past days and weeks and months have been filled with one trial after another in my family and in my husbands family. The kinds of trials by fire that will do one of two things. Consume you or purify you to be stronger in Him. I am thankful that when I have been running out of strength, the Lord has supplied it for me. When I have felt like I couldn't put one more foot in front of the other, He has picked it up for me and helped me to walk. When I was tempted to throw my hands up in the air and just surrender to the weight of it all, my precious Lord held my hands raised high until I realized that I needed to just praise Him in the storms!

Oh, how sweet He is. He hasn't removed all the raging storms, but He has certainly kept me afloat through them. I am so grateful for a living and active God that indwells me with His Spirit and that loves me so. Where would I be without Him? Lost and undone. Struggling and faltering every step of the way. But with Him, I am empowered with His might and His strength and I can make it through this thorny path of life.

Do you know Him like that? I pray that  you do but if you don't, please seek Him with all that you have and His Word promises that we will find Him.

"And ye shall seek me and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart"
(Jeremiah 29:13)


** When we truly encounter God, He will leave an imprint on our soul

** We can so water down the religion of the New Testament until it has no strength - no vitality - no life and no power.

** The Word of God can reach us intellectually or sympathetically.

** Fellowship and intimacy with the Lord begin the moment we receive Him and grows and increases while life lasts.

** Far from being an optional luxury in our Christian lives, the presence and the power of the Holy Spirit is a necessity.

** God's personality is so infinitely rich and manifold that it will take 1,000 years of close search and intimate communion to know even the outer edges of the glorious nature of God. (A.W. Tozer)

** God's assurance always accompanies His TRUTH!

When He speaks - He WILL do what He says!


NanaNor's said...

My dear friend, Oh how I wish I could come along side up and lift you up-arms under yours; know that is what I'm doing in spirit. Only Him...He alone can carry you and yours through these times. Praying for you dear one!!!!!
Love, Noreen

Nana Jul said...

The three of you look terrific with your smiles on! Isn't it wonderful that your family pulls together in times of need! It's even more wonderful knowing Jesus is holding all of you up and carrying you through this! Get out your 1000 gift list and recall your day...on purpose. Cause praising in the storm is an intentional act of your will..You will find Him there!
Love ya sister

Beth E. said...

All tree of you look beautiful in the picture! Praying for you and your family in the days ahead, so thankful to God for giving you - and all of us - mercy, grace, and strength for each day.