When God allows a “Storm” in your life, it has a purpose and He is going to be with you through it!
One of my favorite Gospel radio personalities KD Bowe Praise 102.5 Atlanta said recently, “It matters not so much what we go through but it is more about how we go through hard times that can either draw us closer to God or cause us to fall away from Him“. Hardships are a part of life but just as a young man I heard interviewed after the Houston flood understood that if God brought him and his family to this point in his life (The loss of everything he possessed) he believed that God would bless him to get through it. He didn’t sound bitter at all, as a matter of fact, when asked by the reporter what he was going to do, his response was “I don’t know but I’m thankful, then he said “God is good”. He was thankful and he recognized that he and his family were safe and were going to be fine, and I believe they will because he stood for the kingdom of God proudly and boldly in the face of what may have been his darkest moment as a young man, a husband and a father. His heart was pure in his in the midst of total devastation, and his trust was in God.
Gods word says “Man born of a woman is of a few days and full of trouble” Job 14:1, and as hard as it seems during those trying times, they are meant to strengthen our faith in God because we are trusting Him to help us through it, James 1:3.
So, yes it matters more how we go through tough times than it does what we go through.
Over a year or so ago, I asked you to help us pray for healing from cancer for my friend Elise. God did just that, He healed her to the point that cancer was almost non existent in her body. Well the cancer has come back and has spread to other parts of Elise’s body. We believe that her healing will be on this side of life, so I ask all of you to stand with us in prayer for Elise and her healing. Please pray as specific as she has requested below, and we will give God praise for “He is still healing”. Please pray for a miracle in the life of this young woman and her family. Elise has 5 year old twins and a wonderful husband. She is a twin herself and has a fully devoted family as well as friends standing united in prayer and faith along side her. Please stand with us in believing for her healing on this side of life, in the name of Jesus Christ our Savior and Lord.
Let’s keep it 100 (real). Marriage is not always easy but the way in which we go through life struggles with spouses has everything to do with how we come out of any situation. It is vitally important that we operate in kindness and understanding. Put yourself in your spouses position in that moment of confusion (love), show love and compassion (kind), and in most cases (not always), you will get love and compassion in return (humble).
1 Corinthians 13:4 NIV
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.
As I read my devotional this morning, I realized it was my story as well. This just goes to show that no matter what we go through, we are not alone. Someone has experienced the same pain, loss, hurt, discouragement as you are going through in this very moment, so don’t allow yourself to become so overwhelmed during the trial that you lose hope for your future. You will get through it, and you’ll be able to help someone else as they go through their life issues because you made it (testify).
As I watched the news yesterday, I saw a mother who did not know where her son was after the mass shooting in Orlando Florida at a gay night club. My heart melted for her as she explained how she was not getting help finding her son. She described him in detail as her tears flowed. Her love for her son was so evident, and her pain penetrated my soul.
I immediately put myself in her place and knew that even if my son or daughter decided to live an alternative lifestyle (gay), I would still love them deeply because as their mother, I gave birth to them, they lived in my body for 9 months, and I always have their best interest in mind.
Pray for the mothers and the families of those who died as well as those who were injured.
We can not stand in judgment, we simply must love and should pray for those who are hurting. God will be the judge. We are commanded to love, so let’s do just that.
Judge not, that you be not judged
“A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
We all go through things in our lives, in our marriages and in our relationships, and we think when we are going through it, “I never thought this could happen to me”, but when we have faith in God, we have hope. Jesus hears our expressions of sadness, of pain, of disappointments spoken and unspoken. He’s so familiar with the unspoken pain which comes from our wordless sighs, the sound of our falling tears, and even the pain of our soul’s silent cry of, “Why Lord”?
BUT !! He wants us to speak honestly and openly with Him, (Pray). He not only wants us to experience the healing that comes from sharing our hearts, and hurts with Him, but He also wants to comfort us in knowing that He does always listen, and In love, He offers help and hope during our troubled times. As we practice talking openly and honestly with The Lord, (Pray), we will start to feel a sense of peace, of relief which comes from our trust in Him knowing everything about us because, He is our creator, The One who understands us more than we understand ourselves.
“Trust In The Lord with all of your heart and lean not to your own understanding, but in all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths”, Proverbs 3:5-6.