Saturday, April 14, 2012

April 14, 2012

So as I told you a few days ago, I was going to have to surrender my fears unto the Lord.  Today, the Midwest is expecting some very turbulent weather.  A severe storm alert was issued 24 hours before it was to occur.  This means that we definitely are in tornado alley.  What does that mean for me?  It means that I have repented at least sixty times since Wednesday.  And today, I find that I am at peace.

As women, we are always ten steps ahead of where we need to be.  If you're single and have recently lost your job, you are scared that God may not provide one.  If you're married, and things aren't exactly as you like,  you worry that divorce is on the horizon.  If your child is a teenager, you worry and if they are an infant, you worry about how they will be as teenagers.

We are always worrying about the future and yet, is there anything we can really do about it?  I can't remember the last time I controlled anything in my life.  Life has a way of creeping up on us and changing like the wind.  As a matter of fact, the winds will go from 10 miles to possibly 60 miles today.  Do I have control?  Absolutely not.  All I can do is look out the window and wonder how those winds will affect the upcoming storms. Or like Jesus, I can sit and wait.

I have no idea what will happen today, where the tornadoes will go, or how they will effect lives.  I have the opportunity to stand in the gap and pray that people will be safe but I am not God and I really don't know what He has planned for today's entertainment.  As I stated before, I never worry about my possessions; I worry about people.  So, as I write this, I am standing on the principles God has taught me over the last 80 days.  I will stand, looking at Him, and asking Him to be with me.

We are like the disciples in the boat, during great storms.  We worry, we fear, and then we worry some more.  I don't care how long you've been a Christian, women worry and yet, we are told to give up that worry and trust in Christ.  So today, as I prepare for the storm, and ladies I think it's perfectly okay to prepare, I will rely on God for my strength, my courage, and my life.  But most of all, I am going to praise Him and ask that whatever occurs today, glorifies Him and that we would be ready.

Maybe like me, you live somewhere where you worry about the weather.  We have had massive earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, fires and more, throughout the world.  I'm praying wherever you live, that we will all be on a journey of trust.  Not in ourselves, but in Christ.  The weather patterns are strange and they continue to be more violent, but whether we are near the sea or flat on land, Christ remains in control.  Maybe that's why I love to hear the birds during the rain, or watch as the trees sway to the symphony of the wind.    All of it was created by our Father and in it there is beauty.

So if you live in the Midwest today, know that I am praying for lives to be saved and women to trust in the Lord with all their hearts.  I want us all to unite, not just in America but in the world.  We must have one voice and we must trust our Lord!

So with that, I am going to meditate on the great storm, where Jesus lay asleep.  He was not worried of the outcome.  His disciples were, but He rested in His Father and that's what I will do today.  Please be safe wherever you are, heed the warnings from the weather men and listen and watch as God moves through the United States today.  I pray that many people will witness His power, His majesty, His peace and most of all, His grace!

Mark 4:35-41 NKJV:

    On the same day, when evening had come, He said to them, "Let us cross over to the other side."  Now when they had left the multitude, they took Him along in the boat as He was.  And other little boats were also with Him.  And a great windstorm arose, and the waves beat into the boat, so that it was already filling.  But He was in the stern, asleep on a pillow.  And they awoke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?"  Then He arose and rebuked the wind, and said to the sea,"Peace, be still!" And the wind ceased and there was a great calm.  But He said to them, "Why are you so fearful?  How is it that you have no faith?"  And they feared exceedingly, and said to one another, "Who can this be, that even the wind and the sea obey Him."

As long as I live, I will fight fear because it's part of my nature.  But like many of you, I want to conquer that fear and trust that the Lord will be with me.  And that, I don't have to worry because He will calm my fears.  I'm so grateful to be one with Him, especially during times of great distress.  It comforts me to know that He is resting, while the highs and lows of this weather pattern are heating up.  It also comforts me that in every situation; He has the power to stop it!  I don't know what will happen today but my goal is to rest in Jesus and let Him do the rest.  May the power of God be with us all today and may we really trust that He is in every situation, waiting patiently to still our storm.  Be safe today ladies and know that I'm praying!

My prayer today:

With every fiber of my being, I am asking You to come into the hearts of women and still their storms.  Give them the ability to sit in that boat and be at peace.  You have the power and majesty to calm the sea and we want to have the faith to believe that in every situation; You are near.  For today, and every day, help us to remember Your unlimited power.  For if we remember we can share the Gospel with the intensity of knowing that You are the ultimate power!  Grant us the ability to rest in You and trust that whatever challenges we face; we are faithful to our Savior.  May Your will be done and may we rest in Your perfect peace!  AMEN

Until tomorrow...

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