NOTE: This E-votional is dedicated to the lives lost in the recent Oklahoma storms. As only God can do, He led me to write it last week. My prayers go out for each family who faced this devastating storm, the injured and those who lost loved ones.
Each year at just the right time we set out the petunias. When spring rains pour down on them they become bent and bowed from the added weight of the water…not a pretty sight! However, it only takes a little sun to bring them into glorious splendor again with the flowers open and basking in the warmth and soaking up the heavenly water.
A sport team’s strength comes from the challenges that are encountered and withstood. A worthy competitor brings out the best in a team. Through the rain of tough play comes the building of their STORM STRENGTH which is added endurance and improved skills.
STORMS ARE TRANSFORMING
Sometimes rain threatens my plans. What was an outdoor event must become an indoor event. What was an opportunity to enjoy the freshly groomed backyard becomes another indoor gathering simply peering out at what could have been. My plans, however, are secondary to God’s purpose.
(God) causes the sun to rise on good people and on evil people, and he sends rain to those who do right and to those who do wrong. Matt. 5:45 NCV
When the storms of life hit so hard that we nearly break from the force, we can bounce back with added STORM STENGTH. Whatever threatens to destroy, God uses to strengthen.
Our loving God …uses the water that batters us on the outside to build us up on the inside, so we may stand straight and strong. Julie Ackerman Link
QUESTION: What do you do when a cloud-burst is dumped on you? Fret? Cry? Whine? Complain? Run? Sleep? Shop? Eat? Play video games? Get outa town?
JESUS’ ANSWER: Change the way you view the rainfall!
“If you open your eyes wide in wonder and belief, your body fills up with light. If you live squinty-eyed in greed and distrust, your body is a dank cellar.” Matthew 6:22-23 The Message
PRAYER: Thank you for the rain on my parade and the storms that bring it my way. I give my past storms, present storms and future storms to you. When the rain of trouble makes its way through my life, help me gain your intended STORM STRENGTH emerging in glorious splendor by your unlimited power within me. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Blessings…as you allow the storm to make you strong.
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