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Morning Prayer, Tuesday, July 16 2019 - WORD(S) OF THE DAY: THE STORM WILL PASS
Father God, help me to move pass the storms that I will face in this life and not allow them to stall me. Amen
"And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”." Matthew 8:23-27
“Every storm runs out of rain, just like every dark night turns into day." Since the beginning of the year, we have had more than our share of rain. While I was visiting my mother on the east coast for the holiday, there were some places that got really severe rain storms. Storms are inevitable. We all know that but we also know that as harsh as some of these storms are, they are short-lived. When I was a child and we would have torrential rains in Alabama, my grandmother would make us go into the hallway where there were no windows and wait it out. As kids, we were sometimes terrified because of all of the loud thunder. If we were in that hallway a while, to us, it seemed the storms would never end but my grandmother knew eventually they would. As I have lived in this life, I now know that even in the worst of rain storms, if you give it a little time, sooner or later, the sun will shine again. Same thing with life. In this life, we will have storms. Some of them will be a little bit of a drizzle and others will be of hurricane proportions. What we can’t do in the midst of them is get stuck. Don’t get depressed or discouraged or distraught and think “Things will never change.” We make our world. I heard that years ago and never forgot it. If I think that my life is stuck in no man’s land, then more than likely that is where it will stay. You have to set the standard for how your life will play out. Remember the little train that said “I think I can, I think I can?” Well, we have that same power. Instead of “I think I can,” why not say “I know I can.” Why, because the Word tells us, “I can do all things “through” Christ who strengthens me.” If you do it “through Christ,” you can overcome anything. Don’t try and do it through men. Why, because we as humans are very limited in the power we have to help you overcome.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.." John 3:16
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