Weathering the Storm

A moment of encouragement to share with you all~

Have you even felt as if you were never going to make it out of the storm in one piece, if at all? Of course you have. We all have felt this way at one time or another but we have made it through because you and I are still here. We did not give up. We held on to a hope that was lingering in our very souls. That Hope is Jesus.

Today’s inspiration came from a beautiful surprise awaiting me out in the lawn. It was a butterfly (of course ) if you have come to know a little bit about me through my blog or as a friend that you have met in person. I love them dearly. How much joy they bring to my heart even when I am not feeling all that chipper. I manage to form a smile on my face and in my heart. I can say that the same applies with the Word of God and the comfort it brings me as I draw nearer to the Lord more and more.

Let’s just say that today turned out a bit different.

It was storming earlier today and I must say that it was coming down hard. I know that this is not the best looking butterfly but it’s life had meaning before it passed away. You see….. it was lying out in the grass on its back perishing away as an ant was most likely feeding on it. As much as I wanted to rescue it, I had to allow nature to take its course. After it died, I had my son bring it into the house inside a box on a paper towel.

My heart ached for this butterfly. To see it all tattered and lifeless pierced me within, yet at the same time it brought revelation. It took me back to scripture and how significant it is to our own lives. We all know that a butterfly starts off as a caterpillar and then evolves from there. It is a process of transforming. (metamorphosis) Jesus does that with us. He changes us. No matter what the outside looks like, we are being transformed on the inside.

We are under the Master’s care as we go through hardships and uncomfortable circumstances. We may look worse on the outside to others and ourselves but our inside is messed up even more. As believers, we cannot always escape from the pain. God will allow us to go through things just to bring us closer to Him and to repair us.

Scripture says this:

Cast Down but Unconquered

We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. (2 Corinthians 4:8-10 NKJV)

Seeing the Invisible

Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal. (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NKJV)

Bind the Word as a garland around your neck and write it on your heart.

Be Encouraged

“Let not mercy and truth forsake you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart, and so find favor and high esteem in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths” (Proverbs 3:3-6).

“My son, give attention to my words; incline your ear to my sayings. Do not let them depart from your eyes; keep them in the midst of your heart; For they are life to those who find them, and health to all their flesh. Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it spring the issues of life” (Proverbs 4:20-23).

“My son, keep my words, and treasure my commands within you. Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart” (Proverbs 7:1-3).

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What’s That In Your Mouth?!!

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Your words were found, and I ate them; and Your words were to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart, for I am called by Your name, O Lord God of hosts. (Jeremiah 15:16 AMP)

Chewing and Digesting

Through my own experiences, though in general, the Word does feed my spirit. Chewing and digesting it ( scripture ) soaks into the innermost being of my spirit. Its not about the quantity of what I read, but the quality; what I am taking from it. There are days when I pray asking God to give me a word for a particular moment that I’m going through or something that’s on my mind as well as just wanting to seek His heart and finding out what it is that he wants to talk to me about.

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This is vital to my daily living just as keeping healthy and taking my vitamins. God is my spiritual dose of nourishment. His Living Word is what keeps me going. All the strength I work in that’s righteous comes from he and he alone. Seeking Him and his presence means everything in what I say and do. I want to be about my Father’s will. His plans are greater than mine and yours. With this said, I am praying that you too take careful consideration as to the things you consume mentally, physically and spiritually.

Therefore lay aside all filthiness and overflow of wickedness, and receive with meekness the implanted word, which is able to save your souls. But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man observing his natural face in a mirror; for he observes himself, goes away, and immediately forgets what kind of man he was. But he who looks into the perfect law of liberty and continues in it, and is not a forgetful hearer but a doer of the work, this one will be blessed in what he does. (James 1:21-25 NKJV)

“Father God, it is your heart that I seek after daily. I need you desperately. Without you I can do nothing. Teach me your ways that I may live accordingly. I pray for my friends and family far and near that they too will seek after you coming thirsty and hungry. Your Son paid it all on the cross. He blood was not shed in vain. Help me to take up my cross daily and to deny the flesh that has no means to edify my growth in you. I continually ask for your mercy and grace. Your infinite wisdom is greater than anyone’s. I’ve asked you for wisdom and you have granted it to me. May I be wise and not foolish in my own thinking; boasting of things I know not is meaningless. Everything meaningful and righteous that proceeds out of my mouth I credit to you. Praises forever will be in my mouth for you alone are worthy of them. Glory hallelujah!!
In Jesus name… Amen”

If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. (James 1:5, 6 NKJV)