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Thunderstorms

  • Surely I have stilled and quieted my soul, like a weaned child with his mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me. Psalm 131:2 WEB.

    Thunderstorms in the deep south can be terrible, especially for children. Blackened skies, winds that blow down trees, walls of rain you cannot see through, accompanied by bolts of lightning that hit the ground and sound as if an artillery shell exploded. Once a bolt of lightning struck in our yard and set off an electromagnetic pulse that caused all the electronic devices in the area to lose their settings.

    When I was little, and a severe thunderstorm would come up, my Dad would gather all the kids around him and sit us on his lap with him on the couch. If the storm got really bad, he would always take us out to his truck. My stepmom cursed like a sailor, and he was afraid to be in the same house with her when things got rough, lest she be taken and us with her. Looking back, I guess everyone distanced themselves from her when the weather got rough.

    Even in the worst storms with the wind howling, the lightning striking, and the thunder booming, we felt perfectly safe there with Dad. His presence seemed to calm everything inside of us. We always made it through the storm.

    Sometimes the Lord does not calm the storm we are facing, but He will calm His child. When this happens, relax and rest, knowing that He is with you. It's going to be OK. The storm will soon pass, for it is not forever. Try to keep a positive attitude while waiting on it to blow over.

    But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, and self-control. Against such things, there is no law. Galatians 5:22-23 WEB.

    A baby wants everything right now, or it cries and screams. A child that is weaned learns to wait until the meal is ready. When David wrote Psalm 131, he said that his soul was like a weaned child. For he had learned to wait for the Lord without whining.

    You are not alone there, and what you are facing today is not a surprise to God. You will come through this, but you will get to walk on streets of gold even if you don't. So the worst thing that can happen is not really all that bad. Naked we came into this world, naked we will go out. All that we are striving for today will be left behind. Set your priorities in light of that.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank You for comforting me. I know that You are in control. You created the universe, and You can handle this. I surrender to You. Please speak to me in a way that I understand and fulfill Your will in my life. In the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: For those participating in the Creation Photography weekly themes, here is this week's challenge from group leader, Dianna Wyles: Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." ~ 'New Hope, Renewed Faith, New Year' will be our theme to kick start our New Year into the plethora of blessings God has waiting for us in 2021. How do you bring in the New Year and renew your hope / faith in all God's goodness and promises? Our themes are always open for interpretation so please do get creative! You are also encouraged to post anything else that inspires you. My photos today reflect how I keep my faith / hope strong: by seeking his blessings each day! Have a safe and blessed New Year everyone, and no dwelling on the past!!! God is making the way ~ God bless! Here is the link: Creation Photographers


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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

Jan 5
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

It's going to be ok, those words soothe my heart mind and soul. Thank you God. In the name of Jesus Amen 

Jan 5
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. I take great comfort in knowing the good Lord is with me. I am never alone. Thank you Lord. Amen

Jan 5
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

It was a very  great  words wisdom  in. Jesus name amen 

Jan 5
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jan 5
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jan 5
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen,God you are amazing.We love you.

Jan 5
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

Jan 5
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Debbie Zaleski
Debbie Zaleski

I have always loved thunderstorms because of my dad. He grew up in a house full of women who were terrified of storms. He was determined that his children would not be afraid in the same way. Dad worked for the power company so often he would get called out to work in the storm, but before he left he would line us all up at the window and have us look at the awesome power of God. I don't remember everything that he's told us but I do know that I never doubted being able to get through the storm

Jan 5
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Heavenly Father I know you are in control.  Thank you Father,  Amen 

Jan 5
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank Your loving care while You comforting me  through the storms we face in life, speak to me in a way I can understand and to not be afraid because it will pass. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Thank You Lord, You are in control. Amen. 

Thank you Pastor and Sylvia for your words, God bless you both. 

Jan 5
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

Amen thank you Father for always being there in my storm's and for always showing me that you are bigger than my storm's I love and worship you.

Jan 5
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

PRAISE THE LORD.  AMEN

Jan 5
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: Jan 5

Amen and Amen!!! Oh Pastor Dion, I'm deeply touched by your account of your "Dad", what a blessed memory engraved upon your heart! It reminded me so much of my "Dad", and all I can see is how our loving Heavenly Father took care of us and gave us such loving and caring fathers down here on this earth! There is no greater love than this for our Lord and God not only to give us His Son, to take our place and sacrificed himself so that we can live with Him eternally! But not only this, He also gave us loving, caring and nurturing fathers! Praise the Lord most high, He is so good!!!

Jan 5
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Susan Petho
Susan Petho

Amen!

Jan 5
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes, amen Lord 

Jan 5
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jan 5
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name I ask Amen. 

Jan 6
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

Jan 7