Archives For courage

The Perfect Storm

December 31, 2015 — Leave a comment

The coming together of events that drastically aggravates a situation… ‘the perfect storm”

“It was the storm of the century, boasting waves over one hundred feet high—tempest created by so rare a combination of factors that meteorologist deemed it “the perfect storm,” a narrative written by Sebastian Junger.

In Act 27:9-12, a lot of time had been lost and it was getting late in the season.  Paul could see that the voyage was going to be dangerous and told the men they should not sail.  The group listened to the pilot and the owner of the ship.  The majority decided to sail.

The majority did what they wanted, when they wanted, no matter the consequences. There ship was thrown to the left and to the right!  They had to have been frightened!  When they had given up all hope, Paul gave them the “I told you so” treatment!  He told them the ship would be lost, but they would survive.  Have courage!

 

 

Are there any storms raging over you right now?

Are you rolling with the storm?   Giving way to the wind and where it tosses?  Allowing your flesh to lead you because you believe you have no choice?

You have another choice, just like these men, you can receive God’s grace and accept where he leads.

“…for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.” (Philippians 2:13, NIV)

Love Heart, we all face storms in our life.  Some are worse than others, but how are you going to respond into the New Year?  Grace or your old patterns?  If you think about it…your way didn’t work out so well.  Trust Him with your every need. Don’t be satisfied with where you are. God wants so much more for each of us.  

“Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2, NIV)

Trust Him ~Deb

 

 

Sufficient Courage

October 15, 2015 — Leave a comment

Have you ever been afraid of something?  You needed courage…but didn’t know where to find it.  God’s word gives us the answers we need to get us through any situation.

Courage is for anything you absolutely do NOT want to do…or scared to do; Paul was in prison and DID NOT WANT TO BE THERE, but simply needed sufficient courage for right then! 

“Yes, and I will continue to rejoice, for I know that through your prayers and the help given by the Spirit of Jesus Christ, what has happened to me will turn out for my deliverance. I eagerly expect and hope that I will in no way be ashamed, but will have sufficient courage so that now as always Christ will be exalted in my body, whether by life or by death.” (Philippians 1:19-20, NIV)

Fear goes exactly where we tell it to go!  We can move fear from the back of our minds to the front with one swift thought! We shift our concentration away from our courage by focusing on what is frightening us.  Therefore,…strengthening the fear.

Stop it!!  Choose to push through the fear…”Sufficient Courage.”

Sufficient:  ample, enough, plenty.  Courage:  bravery, guts, nerve, daring…

God will give you just what you need at that very moment!  “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13, KJV)

Those self-imposed barriers are broken and you begin to grow in His strength!  “The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.  Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” (Deuteronomy 31:8, NIV

Cling to the word and Gods promise and reward.  (Psalms 119:116, Romans 14:8, I Corinthians 6:20, 2 Corinthians 3:12 and 7:4, I Peter 4:16)

Deb~

 

 

 

 

I Come to the Garden

October 19, 2014 — Leave a comment

Where did our Savior go when troubled.  Where did He go for strength, courage, comfort, and peace.  To the Father!  When Christ was faced with the supreme sacrifice, His life, He spent hours in prayer seeking the fathers will.

 

“I come to the garden alone, while the dew is still on the roses

and the voice I hear falling on my ear, The Son of God discloses.

And He walks with me, and He talks with me, and He tell me I am His own,

And the joy we share as we tarry there, none other has ever know.”

Who better to intercede for us than the one who has walked in our shoes!

Lord have Mercy, Christ have Mercy, Lord have Mercy on Us!  ~Deb

Not A Fan!

July 31, 2013 — Leave a comment

th (2)I had a friend come in today and ask me if I found a certain word offensive.  My reply, Yes!

I’m not a fan of name calling of any kind!

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” (1 John 4:16, ESV)

I grew up with name calling, with my sister being deaf and mentally challenged, it was a daily occurrence.  Actually, in my day, they used the word “retarded.”

Merriam Wesbter dictionary defines retarded as:  old-fashioned + often offensive: slow or limited in mental development!

Just because my sister is slower than most; in no way implies that she is stupid!  Quite the contrary.

Laurie is a shinning light in this dark world.  She doesn’t judge, she loves everyone, and she lives life to the fullest!  She is considered pure joy by ALL!
th (4)I attribute this to our upbringing and our wonderful parent’s outlook!

“Neither this man nor his parents sinned,” said Jesus, “but this happened so that the works of God might be displayed in him.” (John 9:3, NIV)

Count Your Blessing, Name them One by One! ~Debra  th (1)