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Morning Prayer, Friday, August 18, 2017 - WORD(S) OF THE DAY: EASY STREET 

Father God, thank You for teaching me in the storm and staying with me through it.  Amen 

Luke 8:22-25

"We want Christ to hurry and calm the storm.  He wants us to find him in the midst of it first," One day Jesus says to his disciples, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.”  They get in the boat and a storm arises.  Now, my first thought is, “this is Jesus.  He knows everything so he knew a storm was on the way when he said, "Let's go . . ."  I believe he used that moment to teach his disciples about faith.  I do believe in every situation we face in life that puts us to the test, God is trying to teach us as well.  I read a great quote on this, “Sometimes Jesus calms the storm you are in and sometimes he calms you in the storm.”  Wow.  I love that!  God will not move every storm out of our way.  Some of them, I believe He will use for teachable moments to make us stronger for two reasons.  One reason is so that when we face the next storm we will be better prepared for it, and the second one is so that we can help our brother in his storm.  When in the midst of your storms, don’t continually pray and ask God to remove the storm.  Pray and ask Him to give you endurance, strength and courage to weather the storm no matter how long it takes or how bad it gets.  Yes, I know we prefer to walk down Easy Street.  If you could purchase that Easy button from Office Depot and push it every time things got hard, we would probably all own one.  Pain and heartache takes too much out of you, right?  I just want to wake up each day, have the perfect latte, go to my job where no one ever gives me grief, and come home to my family who is always perfect and so on.  You get the picture but sad to say, life is not that EASY! Storms will rise.  Some hail will fall.  Trouble will come knocking, family will cause you grief and so but the good news is, Jesus will always be there for you and with you through it all.                     

For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son that whosoever believed in him would not perish, but have everlasting life."  John 3:16         

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