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Seeking the Lord’s Help During Life’s Storms

“The LORD is my light and my salvation — whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life — of whom shall I be afraid?” –Psalm 27:1

It is one of the most powerful quotes from the Bible against all none. It makes one think about the courage and confidence that we can build up with the Lord’s help. We do not need to worry about the direction of our lives nor the world so long as God is within our domain. We all experience different events that come within our lives. Some of these events we consider to be good, like getting admitted to the college of our choice. Others we feel are not so good. The not-so-good events are what can hamper us and keep us down if we let them. These are potentially events that could change our lives and not for the better.

You may have lost your child in an accident and have become depressed. This depression may lead to a whole host of other things, including substance abuse or suicide. It is during these times we must turn to the Lord to be reminded of the strength we have to overcome these situations. “Be strong and courageous,” Deuteronomy 31:6 states. “Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”

Moses reminds us that every day of our lives, the Lord is with us. There’s no doubt that God is watching over us. In fact, we are to always remember that God experienced the troubles of man when He sent His only son, Jesus, down to earth. He experienced some of the most horrific experiences man can experience. Ultimately, Jesus died for our sins and to make humanity better than it’s been. He was an example of how we ought to be, despite our bad habit of allowing life’s events to turn our lives for the worst.

“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever” –Hebrews 13:8

Despite having been through every horror man might go through in life, Jesus remained whole always. Paul reminds us of this in his epistle to the Hebrews. How may we best exemplify the example of Jesus and God? It’s tough. There’s no question about it. Going through life, we may be going down the same path as the person who lost their child. For you, it could be you got in trouble in school for accumulating too many tardies. Now, you face detention because you did not follow the rules to be timely. It could sting quite a bit because you knew from the beginning that you needed to be in class.

However, you might have a very valid excuse that was not accepted by the school. Your father or mother could have been running late and that may have led you to being late. There’s not much you can do in a situation where you are dependent on someone else. Sometimes, these things happen. It’s just life, as we often hear. Yet, it might frustrate you into anger and depression beyond no end. Your parents could be unhappy because this happens. Regardless, the Lord is with us forever. Jeremiah, the prophet, reminds us of this:

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” –Lamentations 3:21-23

Hope is one of the strongest things we can have in life. Above all else, it’s something that can keep us going throughout the most difficult times of our life. At some points, it could be difficult to see there is any hope of moving on or getting out of something challenging. The quote from Jeremiah reminds us there is a way forward. In all of His certainty, the Lord made us as we are. There are certain things we will never be able to change about ourselves and we only have so long on this earth to live and prosper with others. The best thing we can do is to help others and ourselves move through these troublesome times and place our hope in Him.

Thomas Zimmer is a writer whose work has appeared online and in print. His work covers a variety of topics, including politics, economics, health and wellness, consumer electronics, and the entertainment industry.

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Restless Water

Fable of the Restless Water
You are you, no matter when or who.

One day, a little water droplet awoke to find herself surrounded by the great blue Ocean, reaching out from her as far as her eyes could see. At first, she delighted in exploring all the sights, sounds and sensations the Ocean had to offer, but after a time she became restless.

The droplet went to the Sun and said, “Sun, I would like to become a Cloud. I wish to soar the sky and be adored by all the World.”

The Sun said, “Imagine soaring the sky and you will be.”

So the droplet climbed to the top of her Ocean, closed her eyes and thought soaring thoughts. When she looked again, she was flying high in the sky. She looked down at the great blue Ocean and asked, “Sun, what is the Ocean made of?”

“Water,” Sun replied.

The droplet seemed satisfied with this and enjoyed soaring the sky and being adored by all the World. After a time, however, she became restless.

She went to the North Wind and said, “North Wind, I would like to become Rain. I wish to fall to the Earth and bring life to all the World.”

North Wind said, “Imagine falling to the Earth and you will be.”

So the droplet climbed to the bottom of her Cloud, closed her eyes and thought falling thoughts. When she looked again, she was falling to the Earth. As she fell, the droplet looked up at her Cloud and asked, “North Wind, what are Clouds made of?”

“Water,” said North Wind.

“Oh,” said the droplet, a little confused now.

Once she landed upon the Earth, however, she busied herself with bringing life to all the World. She was quite happy for a time, but—after a while—the droplet became restless.

She went to the River and said, “River, I would like to know who I am. I have been the Ocean, and the Clouds, and the Rain and now I even bring life to all the World, but I still don’t know what I am supposed to be.”

River said “Follow me.”

The droplet joined River and soon found herself returned to the Ocean. The droplet was dismayed by this and cried, “River! I don’t understand! I have already been the Ocean!”

River said, “When you were Ocean, you wanted to be Cloud.
When you were Cloud, you wanted to be Rain.
When you were Rain, you brought life to all the World and yet,
you still became restless and wondered what you were to do.
Know you are Water and—in being Water—you are the Ocean, the Cloud, the River and the Rain.”

And, from that moment forward, the little droplet knew she was Water and felt peace, no matter what she decided to be.

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inspirational quotes God is larger than the mountains you face

Inspirational: God is Larger Than the Mountains You Face

All too often we allow ourselves to be shifted, shaped and blown about by the world around us. That is the opposite of grace through faith. Distractions from morally-bankrupt leaders, outbreaks of violence, twisted social issues and our own personal dramas can take our focus off our love of God and our love of others. Keep your eyes on the top of the mountain. This is where you’ll find peace in the storms of life.

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Unfulfilled by life? That's by design. Seek God.

Inspirational: Unfulfilled by life? That’s by design. Seek God.

“Unfulfilled by life? That’s by design. Seek God.”

Ever wonder why the luster to life fades, no matter what it is? Whether you’re falling out of love with your job, your family, your friends, your church, your mission… have you ever considered this might be by design?

It’s not that the work or the people aren’t fulfilling anymore. It’s that you aren’t fulfilled by them. You’re not supposed to be fulfilled by them. Their effects on us are temporal. The warm feelings this world brings us are short-lived.

“Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: But whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.” (John 4:13-14 KJV)

We are not carnal creatures, though we have carnal bodies while we live on this planet. We were made in His image (Genesis 1:26;) we are spirit (John 4:24.) Therefore, nothing in the flesh will ever fully satisfy us. When we eat, we get hungry again. When we drink, we get thirsty again. Memories fade. History fades. Our physical lives fade.

So what are you chasing? Who are you living for? Who are you worried about pleasing more?

“And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.” (Mark 12:30 KJV)

There are at least 40 Bible verses that teach us to seek God. If you’re feeling unfulfilled by your life, I recommend you start here.

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Inspirational: One in God is a Majority

“One in God is a Majority”

The power of God goes way beyond our understanding, so why is it we allow people and events to shape us and our experiences instead of He who called us into being? Our identity is in Jesus; not the world. If we understand this, we will not be moved by the world, but by He who moves.

P.S. – Enjoy this message by Dan Mohler and let it mess you up in a good way.

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One single soul saved shall outlive and outweigh all the kingdoms of the world - JC Ryle

Inspirational: One Single Soul Saved

“One single soul saved shall outlive and outweigh all the kingdoms of the world.”
– JC Ryle

Even after decades in (and out of) the church, I’m only recently beginning to understand this truth. That God so loves us that He sent his only Son to die for our sins. I suppose I’ve never really meditated upon that. I’ve never realized that this kind of love means we have massive value in our Father’s eyes. Endless value? I’m not going to try to quantify that truth, but I certainly need to recognize it, accept it and learn to step into it.

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