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Young Toplady was watching the storm clouds form as he walked along the road of the nearby village.

LIGHTNING   illuminated the jagged cliffs of the near by landscape. THUNDER rumbled as the rain started coming down in sheets.   

The young preacher was searching for shelter when he came upon an opening in the side of the mountain.  A cleft in the rock…

As he waited out the storm his thoughts turned to the “rock of faith” being a fortress against the “storms of life.”  And the words to the hymn “Rock of Ages” were penned.

Rock of ages, cleft for me,

 Let me hide myself in thee.

 “The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer; my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge. He is my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.”  (Psalms 18:3, NIV)

 When you find yourself between a rock and a hard place…choose the rock! ~Debra

Come to Jesus…

November 21, 2014 — Leave a comment

Come to Me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28, HCSB)

Come to Jesus ~Debra

Quality Stone?

November 7, 2014 — Leave a comment

1 Kings 5:16-17, tells us of the building of the temples foundation.  The stones were huge and perfectly rectangle in shape.  Scripture says the stones were moved to the temple in a quiet manner out of respect for the Holy site.  The foundation was constructed of “quality stone.”

If your foundation isn’t strong everything else will fall beneath it.  “For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.” (ICorinthians 3:11, NIV) 

The need for a quality foundation is a lesson we must all take to heart.  What types of materials are we using?  Are we rebelling against God which causes a weak foundation or are we building on the integrity and stability of Christ Jesus?  “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain come down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it do not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.” (Matthew 7:24-25, NIV) 

Hearing, knowing and doing…If we aren’t doing then we aren’t building on the right foundation.  “But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose and the winds blew and beat against the house, and it fell with a great crash.” (Matthew 7:26-2,NIV)

Listen to the voice of authority, Christ Jesus and build that firm foundation!  Deb~

Rain Down

July 31, 2014 — Leave a comment

thWhat a wonderful evening.  I’m sitting in my living room enjoying the wonderful sounds and smells of a soft summer rain!

During these long, hot, summer days, a gentle rain can be so refreshing.

It reminds me of my time spent in the word allowing God’s word to wash over me.  th (1)

 

Ephesians 3:14-21 -“For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ,  and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.”

Rain down, Lord Jesus, Rain down! ~Debra

 

 

Rainy Day

May 9, 2013 — Leave a comment

th (4)I’m sitting out on my deck soaking up the quiet and writing on my ipad.  I hear the rolling of thunder in the distance.  I take a deep breath, inhaling the smell of rain.  I continue to write as the thunder gets closer and closer.  I can’t believe my husband hasn’t been out a hundred times to tell me to get in the house.  I continue to enjoy the symphony of wind, thunder and fragrance, when small raindrops began to fall.  I still have a little time, I think to myself as the umbrella from the table on our deck shelters me.  I inhale deeply as the smell of rain gets stronger and finally the clouds let loose of their bounty and I’m forced inside.  I stand at the door and continue to watch as the rain comes down in sheets and the parched ground soaks up the needed moisture.th (7)

I smile, as I head into the house, knowing that I will sleep well tonight as I listen to the thunder and rain as God’s sweet lullaby.

When the storms of life hit you head on, remember that you are never alone.  th (8)Thank You God for your refreshing presence and your gentle reminder of all creation. ~Debra

Deuteronomy 31:6  “Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”