listens to my teaching and obeys me is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents
and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won't collapse, because it is built on rock. But anyone
who hears my teaching and ignores it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come
and the winds beat against that house, it will fall with a mighty crash.” (Matthew 7:24-27 NLT)
A hurricane rages off the ocean onto land. Winds in excess
of 150 mph and a powerful storm surge blast the village that sits on the beach, splintering bamboo huts and throwing the pieces
in every direction. But in the midst of the destruction, one house weathers the storm intact. The difference?
This house is solidly built with a foundation set down into the bedrock. The roof is gone, but not even a Category 5 storm
is going to shake the foundation.
All of us know firsthand about the storms in life. Relationship
problems. Financial setbacks. Betrayals of trust. Health crises. The awful consequences of bad choices. Everywhere
we turn, we see lives and families destroyed by a storm. God’s desire, however, is that our lives and relationships
survive the storms because of a strength that fills us from within. That power is released when we step out in faith and let
Jesus live his strong life in us. The switch that turns on the power is obedience.
The wise soul is someone
who not only listens to what Jesus teaches but also builds his or her life on the foundation of obedience, allowing Jesus’
powerful message to make a real difference. The foolish soul doesn’t apply Jesus’ wisdom to the way he lives.
The difference is revealed when the storms of life rage. The person who lives by faith, relying on God’s Word can withstand
Walk in faith and let
God lead the way.
Every year my family and I travel to a beach
park in South Carolina for vacation, and I always look forward to the quiet time of just being there and relaxing
in God's presence. A few years ago, I was going through a really difficult time in my life. I prayed for
peace, but peace couldn't be found. I felt if I could only go to the ocean, I would be able to look out upon the waves
and find the peace I was searching for; but, it was in the middle of winter, and it wasn't feasible to go. I went to
bed that night thinking about the times I have spent there, and remembered the peace I always found. I dreamed we
were once again on our way to my favorite spot.
we drove into the park, we wove our way through roads lined with pine trees and palm, admiring the campsites covered
with pine straw. When we finally pulled into our site, the first thing I did was take my shoes off and walk the pine
straw path to the beach. The straw beneath my feet felt prickly, and hurt, but the closer I got to the
shore, my feet began to feel sand beneath them and the hurt was replaced with softness. I remember thinking how
our problems are like that pine straw. They can hurt and feel prickly to our hearts, but if we trust in God and believe
in Him, He can soften the pain of them and they become as sand beneath our feet.
Before I knew it, I was on the
shore, watching the tides roll in, with the Lighthouse in the distance, and God was speaking to my heart. I was reminded that Jesus is the Lighthouse and when things are the darkest in my life, if I keep my eyes on Him,
He will keep me in His watchful care, and safely lead me home. As I watched the tides go in and out, I knew that
even when the waves are crashing all around me and the storms of life seem like they will never end, God is there in the midst
of them and He will never give me more than I can handle. And when the waves calmed, and the tide went out, it
reminded me that God says "Peace be still". He assures us that if we trust in Him, and listen for His
guidance, He will speak to our hearts in the still, small voice that is His alone, and He will calm our soul.
I awoke with the peace
I had been searching for, and God was there in the midst of it.
We all go through storms in our lives, and we all have our own share of problems.
Your problems may not be the same as mine, but whatever you are dealing with, let me assure you that our Heavenly Father is
looking down on you in love and He is there in the midst of it. Trust in Him and He will bring you out of whatever
it is you are going through. The same God who is God on the mountain is still God in the valley, and it is in the valley's
that we grow. If you will let Him, He will meet you in your valley, walk with you to the top of the mountain, and when
you're there, looking back at everything God has done in your life, you will see that He has turned your greatest trials into
the biggest miracle of your life.
Trust in Him, and together you will weather the storms of your life.
~ Pam Powers Moore
Father, sometimes it seems like the storms keep coming and the wind never lets up. When
we don't think we can stand it anymore, Lord, I pray that you will please fill us with the strength of your
Spirit, that we will be able to withstand all the storms that come against us, and that you will fill our souls with
your peace that passeth understanding, as only You can do. Remind us that You are the Lighthouse of our lives, and you
are always there in the midst of our storms. Thank you for your promise that if we only believe in You, that You
will whisper "Peace Be Still" to our hearts and walk with us through even the darkest times in our lives.
Help us find that peaceful spot in the eye of the storm – the confidence that comes from trusting you and
walking in your ways. In Thy holy name we pray. Amen.
Stories to Touch the Heart
and Warm the Soul:
~ Author Unknown ~
The story tells about a mountain climber, who wanted to climb
the highest mountain. He began his adventure after many years of preparation, but since he wanted the glory just for
himself, he decided to climb the mountain alone.
The night felt heavy in the heights of the mountain, and the man
could not see anything. All was black. Zero visibility, and the moon and the stars were covered by the clouds.
As he was climbing, only a few feet away from the top of the mountain, he slipped and fell into the air, falling at
a great speed. The climber could only see black spots as he went down, and felt the terrible sensation of being sucked
by gravity. He kept falling... and in those moments of great fear, it came to his mind all the good and bad episodes
of his life.
He was thinking now about how close death was getting, when all of a sudden he felt the rope tied
to his waist pull him very hard.
His body was hanging in the air. Only the rope was holding him, and in the
quiet moment of stillness he had no other choice but to scream: HELP ME GOD!!!
All of a sudden, a deep voice
coming from the sky answered:
"What do you want me to do?"
"Save me God!!!"
"Do you really think
I can save you?"
"Of course I believe You can".
CUT THE ROPE TIED TO YOUR WAIST"
There was a moment of silence; and the man decided to hold on to the
rope with all his strength.
The rescue team tells that the next day a climber was found dead and frozen with his
body hanging from a rope. His hands holding tight to it... ONLY 10 FEET AWAY FROM THE GROUND...
you? How attached are you to your rope? Will you let go?
Don't ever doubt the things from God.
You never should say that He has forgotten or abandoned you. Don't ever think that He does not take care of you.
Remember that He is always holding you with His right hand. "For, I Jehovah they God, will hold thy
right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee". Isaiah 41:13.
One day a 6 year old girl was sitting in a classroom. The teacher was going to explain evolution to the children.
The teacher asked a little boy, "Tommy, do you see the tree outside?
Tommy, do you see the grass outside?
TEACHER: Go outside and look up and see
if you can see the sky.
TOMMY: Okay. (He returned a few minutes later) Yes, I saw the sky.
you see God up there?
TEACHER: That's my point. We can't see God because
he isn't there. Possibly he just doesn't exist.
A little girl spoke up and wanted to ask the boy
The teacher agreed and the little girl asked the boy, "Tommy, do you see the tree outside?"
LITTLE GIRL: Tommy, do you see the grass outside?
LITTLE GIRL: Did you see the sky?
LITTLE GIRL: Tommy,
do you see the teacher?
LITTLE GIRL: Do you see her brain?
LITTLE GIRL: Then according to what we were taught today in school, she possibly may not even
(You go girl!)
WE WALK BY FAITH, NOT BY SIGHT"
HAVE A BLESSED FAITH-FILLED DAY !!!