Monday, October 29, 2012

Anchor in the Storm

[Time] Always gets to me…How often I waste…
Just throwing it away as if we know just how much we really have.

We have so little control. A storm raging on reminds us of how fragile all of this really is.

 Spending time with Jesus…always the right choice.
“Being with me is always doing something—the right thing.” –Ann Voskamp

Why do we wait? Why is it so hard to break away and to dive into the quality time with the Lord? When disaster strikes…when a storm comes…we kneel over in pain…fear takes over and we have no other choice but to grab hold of the LORD. Why wait until the rain thunders down?

It can be so frustrating…to be in a jam…stuck—suffocating…to be trapped in the everyday life drama…then trauma hits and we fight hard to get through the tangled mess we created to get back into the open-air presence of God

“Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.” Romans 12:11

Return to the passion. Do not lose sight of the awesome, powerful and Holy God we serve. The only way to fall more in love…is to devote this time to Him…

How much deeper could worship be if we stayed connected to the power source? How much farther could we dig if we remained consistent? The Holy Spirit is our worship leader, our guide, our comfort, our source of power and strength. We have this amazing gift of always having access to the one who can send us deeper into relationship with our Savior. One of my favorite lines from my Dad…You can’t just sit there. We can’t hesitate to dive in. You cannot sit & follow after Jesus..
1 Peter 1:3The Message

3-5 What a God we have! And how fortunate we are to have him, this Father of our Master Jesus! Because Jesus was raised from the dead, we’ve been given a brand-new life and have everything to live for, including a future in heaven—and the future starts now! God is keeping careful watch over us and the future. The Day is coming when you’ll have it all—life healed and whole.

Whatever happens in the next coming hours…as the hurricane storms toward us…He is keeping careful watch over us and the future…this is a Promise…Take action. Have faith.

Faith is a response and an action…not just what we believe but WHO we believe in. He is the rock. Everything worth living for…everything worth risking it all for…How faithful He is when we are so faithless.

Do not lose sight. Do not lose hope. Do not lose faith. Because fact: We cannot lose the ONE who is our HOPE.
Hebrews 11 The Message

11 1-2 The fundamental fact of existence is that this trust in God, this faith, is the firm foundation under everything that makes life worth living

With Hands lifted high…We are trusting in the ANCHOR of our SOULS…because NOTHING and NO PERSON or THING could ever separate us from the LOVING Reach of our Savior.

Fellow believers keep quoting, “Praise You in the Storm”…
What a great time to dive in, take action, have faith, and learn how to praise Him in a history-making hurricane…

Lift Your voices….All You have to do is speak this precious Holy powerful GREAT name.

Psalm 113 The Message

1-3 Hallelujah!
You who serve God, praise God!
Just to speak his name is praise!
Just to remember God is a blessing—
now and tomorrow and always.
From east to west, from dawn to dusk,
keep lifting all your praises to God!

4-9 God is higher than anything and anyone,
outshining everything you can see in the skies.
Who can compare with God, our God,
so majestically enthroned,
Surveying his magnificent
heavens and earth?
He picks up the poor from out of the dirt,
rescues the wretched who’ve been thrown out with the trash,
Seats them among the honored guests,
a place of honor among the brightest and best.
He gives childless couples a family,
gives them joy as the parents of children.

“The praise of those who truly praise the Lord cannot rest until it fills all time—and space…”

Praise the Lord through the storm…always until it fills all time…and space…for always.

I am freaking out. I am so afraid of this storm, of the waiting, of the anticipation…Not knowing what tonight will bring.

But whatever it does bring…I know we won’t be alone. Whatever this life brings we have the promise that we do not have to travel it alone…His Perfect Love…Speaking His name…brings the peace beyond comprehension.

“Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I will never let you down, never walk off and leave you’, we can boldly quote, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What will man do to me?”
Hebrews 13:5-6

He makes good...good…That which makes us more like Christ. Through the pain…through this storm…always the cry of our hearts…make us more like YOU. No matter what—You are worth it.

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