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cast all your anxiety

A teen girl, we’ll name Maria, was having issues with a relationship. Actually, not just one relationship, but a few. Maria treasured her friendships and was troubled with the division that was taking place and was feeling discombobulated over the relationships.

Throughout the week, Maria would recognize that when “she” tried to create a sense of harmony to the relationships, she was still feeling estranged from the connection they once had. Twice she decided to explore God’s word and inquire His blessings. Both times she immediately discovered a surge of peace washing over her. God would calm Maria and she found purpose and placidity in her life with Christ.

So what happened? Well, the relationships are still a work in progress, but it was revealed to Maria that whenever “she” tried to solve problems on her own it would cause unwanted anxiety in her life. When she would turn to Christ and allow Him to be her friend, her troubles were transferred into much tranquility.

Why do we do that to ourselves? Yes, “we” all do this, not just Maria. We want control of situations, discover that God would do a much better job at it that us, give it to Him, only to later take it back and try to solve the situation independently from Him. It is a vicious cycle.

Any of you who try to save the life you have will lose it. But you who give up your life for me will save it. Luke 9:24

You can make many plans, but the Lord’s purpose will prevail. Proverbs 19:21

“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.” Jeremiah 29:11

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

“Remember, I commanded you to be strong and brave. Don’t be afraid, because the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

Take a lesson learned from Maria, and lose yourself in Christ. Cast all your anxiety onto Him and feel His tranquility wash over you. Give your trials to God, and leave them at His feet. Don’t pick them back up. God is in control.

I pray that you will enjoy soaking up The Son every moment of each day. –Stephanie

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Romans 5 5 jarsBelieve it or not, I just don’t have anything to say. Well, of course I do, but when God woke me early this morning to pray for a long list, He also gave me these verses to share.

I’m hope you or someone you know could use this today:

“There’s more to come: We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary—we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!Romans 5:3-5(MSG)

Start gathering your containers for God’s blessings; just know that they will all overflow!

I pray God’s abundant love and blessings for y’all.

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I love this! Read it for yourself:
“We continue to shout our praise even when we’re hemmed in with troubles, because we know how troubles can develop passionate patience in us, and how that patience in turn forges the tempered steel of virtue, keeping us alert for whatever God will do next. In alert expectancy such as this, we’re never left feeling shortchanged. Quite the contrary – we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit!” Romans 5:3- (The Message)

Short version:
Glory in your sufferings. Sufferings produce perseverance; perseverance (patience) produces character, and charter produces hope.

“Hemmed in with troubles”: That sounds as if you’ve poured all your troubles in a pot and put a lid on it. Who really wants all their troubles in one pot? Probably no one, but just like the steam will rise and evaporate or shake the lid and bubble over, the troubles will eventually come to the surface. When it does, pressure is released and it is a good thing when released in the right way.

“Passionate patience”: (enthusiastic serenity) It almost sounds like an oxymoron, but I love the sound of that. Once you’ve been through your troubles, you realize how strong you are. This strength gives you a sense of…Ahhh, breathe….serenity. You made it! Now be glad, exited…enthusiastic, about your new found power. Your new found character.

“Alert expectancy”: (a watchful hope) God is always at work in and around you. Be on the lookout, and get ready for your faith to grow more.

“we can’t round up enough containers to hold everything God generously pours into our lives through the Holy Spirit”: Does that rock or what! Imagine going around and collecting as many jars, cups, bowls, pots, barrels, etc. to hold something. You couldn’t find enough to hold all the wonderful blessings that God gives you. He is such The Giver. He’s awesome!

I know personally that these verses have kept me in focus and motivated during difficult or trying ties. I know that there is hope and glory at the end of all the troubles.

May you feel, see, and know the blessings that God has given you.

DSC_0092I’m speaking to a group of students this week, for Great America Teach-In, about traveling and diversity/commonalities among all people. While going through photos of places we’ve visited around the world, I couldn’t help but smile and appreciate all the experiences God has truly blessed me and my family with.

Photos depicted scenes of us living life to its fullest. For example:

  • Bungy jumping in New Zealand, with arms open wide and taking in the magnificent beauty surrounding me (above and below).
  • Walking on a swing bridge beside Victoria Falls in southern Africa on the Zambezi River at the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. Speaking of the Zambezi River, we had an interesting hike up and down mountains to enjoy white-water rafting down the river, where Tim jumped in to enjoy the cool waters. (Watch out for the crocs!)
  • Riding on a camel’s back, while being in awe of the over 4,500 years old The Great Pyramid of Giza.
  • Paragliding off a mountain, and landing on the beach of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.
  • Waking early in the morning to charter a boat to cage dive with great white sharks off Seal Island in Cape Town, South Africa. (Visibility was slim to nothing, so I opted to wait until another trip with impeccable visibility…maybe next summer. Our friends Dan and Paul did get in the cage. That was a priceless memory!)
  • Swimming with whale sharks off the coast of Mexico. Graceful creatures!
  • Freezing our tushes off skiing and tubing down snowy mountains.

Do you see what I mean about living?!! Living life to its FULLEST!   Yet…all these incredible trips-of-a-lifetime didn’t teach me how to truly live.

Well, okay…I totally have learned to take advantage of opportunities in life and be brave, and traveling has definitely taught me to appreciate others and their cultures, and has been a very educational experience too. Yet, again…truly living life to its fullest comes from another source.

In Psalm 119:143-144 we learn what David knows…that when we delight in the Lord, and strive to know Him and His word more and more, that is when we LIVE.

Even though troubles came down on me hard, your commands always gave me delight. The way you tell me to live is always right; help me understand it so I can live to the fullest. (MSG)

Trouble and distress have come upon me, but your commands give me delight.  Your statutes are always righteous; give me understanding that I may live. (NIV)

When I seek to know Christ more through pining the pages of the bible, my heart overflows with joy. This joy penetrates my marrow, and radiates through my words and actions.

The lessons learned, and stories told, in the bible take me further than any plane or boat could carry me.

Paul said it perfectly in Philippians 1:21, “For to me, living means living for Christ, and dying is even better. Do you see that? Living means living for Christ!

I want to encourage you to truly live life to its fullest…abundantly with and through Christ! When we strive to become more knowledgeable, and to put a smile on God’s face each day, well…that my friend…will give you a purpose for living and abundant joy.

Life is short.  Get busy living!  Live for God.

Blessings to you and yours,

Stephanie

For further reading on Philippians 1:21, please visit: https://www.gotquestions.org/to-live-is-Christ.html

 

 

 

This is how I felt when I received the call from the doctor.

This is how I felt when I received the call from the doctor.

Sigh…Just breathe…Smile…Cry…Relief…Praise the Lord!

That was how I felt last week when I received the news.

Not long ago, I had received a postcard in the mail reminding me that it is that time of year to schedule my appointment.

I called the hospital, made the appointment, and informed them of a possible issue that needed some attention. When I arrived at the lab on the morning of my appointment, I wanted to confirm that my diagnostic mammogram was ordered. The nurse had a puzzled look on her face and said, “Ummm, we only do diagnostic mammos on Mondays and Thursday.”

The doctor had ordered the diagnostic mammogram with a sonogram, yet my appointment was mistakenly scheduled on a Wednesday. The nurse noticed that there was an opening the following morning at 8:00, so I said, “I’ll take it!”

Tim didn’t go with me to the Wednesday appointment, but his schedule allowed him the opportunity to go with me on Thursday. As we were awaiting my tests, the thought did cross my mind, “What if my appointment was rescheduled because Tim needed to be here for support if I were to receive any unwanted news?” A couple of days later, Tim admitted that he had the same thought.

The results informed the doctor that I had a swollen lymph node and about a half inch in size “something” around the same area (I don’t recall the medical term). Both doctors, one from the hospital and my family physician, believed that all was well, but wanted to confirm with a CT-Scan.

The scan was ordered, and we were ready to go on the following Monday. Unfortunately, the timing for my insurance company needing another approval from my doctor, and my physician’s vacation were causing a delay in the scan.

Two weeks later…the CT-Scan was performed.

During the three-week period, many “What ifs?” came to mind.   Even Tim, who NEVER talks about me going before him, had made a comment along the lines of, “I don’t know what I would do if anything happened to you…”

God and I chatted daily, He kept me in the word, yet my writing and sharing was on hold. I was internalizing this entire process. Only a handful (if that) of folks were on the radar about my situation, besides my husband and kids.

While I was meeting with my precious friend, Karen, who is revamping the soakinguptheson.com site (stay tuned), my situation came into our conversation. I mentioned to Karen that if I do not hear from the doctor today by two o’clock, I was calling. The phone rang at 1:15PM. My dear doctor was calling me to let me know that, indeed…all was well. Sigh…Just breathe…Hugs…Smile…Cry…Relief…Praise the Lord!

Tim was out of town when I heard the results, so I texted him. He informed me that that text was what he needed to hear.

When Cole came home from school, I told him how relieved I was. He opened his long arms wide, walked over to me, and gave me a big hug and a huge smile.

I felt like a huge weight had been lifted off me, and my family.

Why? Why do we allow those “what ifs?” to come into our psyche? Oh, yea, probably because WE ARE NOT GOD. We are human. Even when we know that He is in control of everything, the stresses of life can easily oppress us.

“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27

When Jesus was said He was giving us peace, He didn’t just give us any peace, but HIS peace. A peace dependent on trust. The world’s peace depends on feelings.

“Stand firm, and you will win life. Luke 21:19

“When anxiety was great within me, Your consolation brought me joy.” Psalm 94:19

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Friends, troubles and trials will come our way. Anxieties will trap us. Our hearts will be burdened. But…remember:

  • Stand firm in Christ.
  • Turn to God in trouble times and allow His joy to wash over you.
  • Run to God and find rest in Him.
  • Give thanks.

Blessings to you and yours,

Stephanie

 

 

seek first

“Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” Matthew 6:33 NIV

“What you should want most is God’s kingdom and doing what He wants you to do. Then He will give you all these other things you need.” ERV

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need.” NLT

“Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.” MSG

I see it!

That is the title to the new sermon series my pastor is preaching at church. While I was pondering on what to write and being still to hear God’s guidance, those three words came to mind.

I see it. I see it. I see it, every day! I see it in my life, my family’s life, friends, and our world. I see that when we do NOT Seek God first, well…let’s just say that I (we) tend to get selfish, amongst other not-so-good-for-us frames of mind, and we begin playing our own god, even without knowing it, and maybe even with the best intentions.

We have an infinite amount of choices we make each day. I want to challenge you to seek God first.

No matter how tremendous or trivial your situation or options may be, seek God first.

His ways are not our ways. (Isaiah 55:8). Nope. His way is perfect and flawless! (Psalm 18:30). Seek God first.

I’m telling you. I’m telling you. I’m telling you…when I seek God first, the result in joyous, glorious, and perfect.

I may not get the answer or insight right away, but when I “be still and know that He is God” (Psalm 46:10), and “wait patiently for the Lord, and wait confidently for Him” (Psalm 37:7)…the answer is true and best. Seek God first.

So, take a deep breath, be prayerful in all you do, trust in Him, be obedient to His will, and know that it will all be okay in the end when we seek God first.

As my pastor would say at the end of the sermon, “Do you see it?”

I hope that you will not only see it, but know that when you seek God first life is sweeter.

Now, my thoughts are rushing…does it mean that our life will be easier? No. Does it mean that when I seek God first I will have a no troubles in life? No. Does it mean that when I seek God first the consequences to my actions (by God, not man) will be rewarded or smiled upon by Him? Yes!

Okay, I think I’m done now. Have a glorious day! Seek God first!

Many blessings to you and yours, Stephanie

#seekHimfirst  #priorities #Godknowsbest

 

 

 

Let’s get back to some decorating ideas.

First of all, I must confess…I truly felt guilty about posting ideas for decorating, when 1) I wasn’t sure if we would have a home after Hurricane Irma, or at least a roof and other structural damage, and 2) there are so many folks who were affected by the wind, rain, and tornadoes of Harvey and Irma to their homes, and they have to completely rebuild. My heart just wasn’t in it. (The last decorating post was on September 5th!)

Secondly, since many of us have or are persevering through the aftermath, it’s definitely time for this next post!

I’d like to remind you that our taste in décor may differ, maybe about as much as our opinions on various subjects vary. Yet, I hope you will take away from this mini-series:

  • To decorate your home with things that you love
  • To show your personality in your style
  • To share your love for Christ through various avenues of décor.
  • To NOT decorate just because of an empty space, but to wait to fill a space with something that speaks to you
  • Inspiration comes from all over…I hope our home inspires you.

I know when I travel, thumb through magazines, watch decorating shows, or even simply visiting a friend’s home, I get inspired. I may see some things that look great, but not necessarily for me, or say, “I totally want to try this in my home!”. When friends come to my home and ask, “Would you mind if I did this too?” or “Where did you get this, so I can do the same?” I take that as a complete compliment and am humbled.

Here we go…Volume 4…The master bathroom.

Some may question, “Why would she say it’s definitely time for this next post when she wants to share her bathroom?” Well, after all the laboring of getting one’s home back in order after a storm, doesn’t a nice hot bath sound relaxing? I know it sure does for me.

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“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in Me.” John 14:1

We had a clawfoot tub in our last home. I believe our dog got more baths in it than I did. Since we’ve moved to our newly renovated home, I was forced to bathe in the tub due to an accident the day before Thanksgiving. That habit has stuck with me throughout the months that followed. #lovemytub. When I soak in that tub, it feels as if all my troubles are washed away.

“This will continue until we all come to such unity in our faith and knowledge of God’s Son that we will be mature in the Lord, measuring up to the full and complete standard of Christ. Ephesians 4:13

Like me, those curtains are a work in progress. I wasn’t finding the window panels that just spoke to me, so I visited a fabric store and saw this material. The colors were perfect to coordinate with the décor in my master bath. I purchased the material and got busy cutting and gluing. Yep, you read that correctly…gluing. I’m not one who sews. So, my “work in progress” is this…maybe you can give me your opinion…the curtains have plenty of extra material, draping the floor, so should I: use it to cover shades for the iron chandelier, trim enough so that’s barely touching the floor, or don’t worry about it at all?

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“Let all that I am wait quietly before God, for my hope is in Him.” Psalm 62:5

The wall plaque above my tub comforts and encourages me. It is well with my soul. Yes! No matter the challenges that come my way, it is well with my soul, as long as I’m with Jesus in and through it all.

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From this time on we don’t think of anyone as the world thinks of people. It is true that in the past we thought of Christ as the world thinks. But we don’t think that way now.  When anyone is in Christ, it is a whole new world. The old things are gone; suddenly, everything is new! 2 Corinthians 5:16-17

Think outside-of-the-box. I just knew that I did not desire for the ordinary bathroom cabinet. I searched furniture stores, thrift shops, online, and any place that may give me inspiration for a vanity. After a few months on my cabinet mission, I was meandering through the aisles (and this was not the first time here) of my local home décor and furniture store, Southern Hospitality. When I saw this entertainment center, I took a double take, pulled out my measuring tape, and measured the size for the space in our master bath. PERFECT! This piece of furniture that was originally intended to house a television and electronics, is now graced with a ceramic sink from Mexico, towels, soap, and all things bath. “Suddenly, everything is new!” OH…here’s a good tidbit…people often comment on this one…notice the container of small cups and mouthwash…it’s a hit.  I have this combo in each bathroom, even the outdoor bath.

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Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting; but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:30

While putting on makeup, or doing my hair, I sit at my vanity and glance at a few women in my life who fear the Lord. My mom, late mother-in-law, daughter, grandmother, great-grandma, and friends are thought of each day and appreciated. These women have taught me about beauty (inside and out). Yea, I did throw in some guys into the “ladies zone”, but my husband and sons are pretty special to me. There’s room for more photos under the glass. This is an easy decorating idea to display those memories of loved ones, and they make me smile too.

I encourage you to:

  • Relax, and allow God to wash your troubles away.
  • Keep growing and maturing in your walk with Christ.
  • Put your hope in Him, and know that it is well with your soul.
  • Look at things in a new light.
  • Cherish those who have helped mold you into who you are today.

I hope you will find inspiration as you read these posts. Not only inspiration for your home, but your walk with Christ as well.

Blessings to you and yours, Stephanie

#decoratingideas #decoatewithlove #inspiration #ahomenotahouse #relax

 

 

 

 

stormWith clean-ups, clean-outs, and all things that deal with Hurricane Irma, and on top of Harvey and Irma…the catastrophic earthquake in Mexico and another fatal hurricane named Maria…I’ve been quiet and reflective. My heart and prayers go out to all.

Heartaches and heartbreaks happen in life. Troubles and trials WILL come our way.

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

That stinks! Yet it is required. Events, such as these, are required to build character in ourselves, collaborate for a purpose with others, and to demonstrate Christ’s love in desperate times.

“We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love.”  Romans 5:3-5

Yesterday, I heard a news reporter mention that some say that our world will end on September 23, 2017. Well, I do agree with people that we are in the end-times, but I must also agree with God’s Word. In Matthew 24:36, 42, and 44 the Bible repeats to us that we do NOT know the date, day, time, or anything of such specifics when Jesus is coming again.

36“No one knows when that day or time will be. The Son and the angels in heaven don’t know when it will be. Only the Father knows…42 “So always be ready. You don’t know the day your Lord will come… 44 So you also must be ready. The Son of Man will come at a time when you don’t expect Him.”

So, let’s say that man is smarter than Jesus and that man does know that September 23rd is indeed the last day. (“Even the foolishness of God is wiser than human wisdom. Even the weakness of God is stronger than human strength.”1 Corinthians 1:25. ) Are you ready? Is your heart right with God? Do you believe in Him with all your heart?

Yes, our world is showing true signs of the end-of-times:

“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God— having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with such people.” 2 Timothy 3:1-5

“Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be famines and earthquakes in various places. Matthew 24:7

Agree?

But…we do NOT know when. So…while we wait for that glorious day:

  • Love others
  • Help others
  • ­­­­Be kind
  • Be humble
  • Obey
  • Show gratitude
  • Be holy
  • Forgive
  • Have self-control
  • Love God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength
  • Share and show His love with others
  • Pray

Can you? Will you? You’ve got this…with God.

Have a beautiful day. Enjoy soaking up The Son wherever you are.

Love to you and yours, Stephanie

#theendtimes  #liveforGod #shareHislove

 

The sun setting through the woods.

The sun setting through the woods.

As the sun is setting on our now lakefront home, thanks to Hurricane Irma, I am reminded of what all has transpired over the past week.

This has been the longest week of preparation for a hurricane I’ve EVER been in. I’m a native Floridian, and I’ve witnessed and been in my fair share of them. From observing the beginnings of Irma, to seeing her devastate islands that I love to travel to; purchasing more water, food, and gasoline that I think I ever have for a hurricane; witness the most populated evacuation emerge; seeing family and friends have to leave their homes not knowing if they will even have a home to return to; imagining the worst, hoping for the best, and fresh off the heels of Hurricane Harvey…it has definitely been a rollercoaster of emotions.

If you read the bible verses and prayers that I posted, you could probably sense the uneasiness in my prayers. I was reminded of David, when he would write a Psalm and it almost sounded conflicting…“I need to feel Your strength, Lord. Thank You for Your strength.” Or in Mark 9:24 when the boy’s fathers exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”IMG_0948

Now, don’t get me wrong, I was totally believing that God was in control and is my Protector and Provider, but the size of Irma and the intensity of the storm was terrifying. My humanness was on an emotional ride.

It was a sleepless night, as Irma’s most powerful winds didn’t reach our home until well into the night. While my family was sleeping, I was a restless momma. Then…daylight came.

As the morning light became visible, it was time to assess the damage. Praise God from whom all blessings flow. I opened the door to see a momma deer with her fawn gallop across the pasture. A young buck ran on the yard side of the fence, about ten yards from our front porch. He must have gotten injured, because he had a slight limp as he paced the fence line, trying to reach the other deer. It was refreshing and comforting to see God’s critters.

There was still strong gust of winds throughout the morning, but our damage was very minimal. Large limbs down, but not on any structures.  Praise the Lord! Small branches and leaves were scattered all over the backyard. The nearby creek had overflowed, and the water increased throughout the day. We often have excess water, due to the fact that we live in the Green Swamp area, but this flow of water exceeded what anyone has seen in many years. So, our backyard now appears to be lakefront property. The water will recede, and the sun will always set (even when we can’t see it).

IMG_0918Through the storm…emotionally, physically, and mentally…God was in control.

Through the storm…I would turn my focus on The Creator.

Through the storm…I’d hold out for hope.

Through the storm…we made it, with God as our Protector.

At the end of the storm…joy comes in the morning.

Whatever storm you may be going through in your life, please know, and remember…God is in control, He will see you through it, call out to Him and grab His hand, and joy will come in the morning. Your troubles will recede, and The Son will always shine.IMG_0950

We have learned what to do and what not to do during and after a storm. Just like any storms/trials in life, growth happens.

I pray that you will hold on to hope, in the midst of your storm. Grow in wisdom, knowledge, and truth through it all. Joy will come in the morning.

#WESURVIVEDIRMA.

My God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and savior – from violent people you save me. I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.” 2 Samuel 22:3-4

Blessings to you and yours, Stephanie

#HeismyRock #ComfortinChrist #HurricaneIrma

 

photo from myfoxhurricane.com I is supposed to be a cat 3 when it passes just to the left of our home.

photo from myfoxhurricane.com
I is supposed to be a cat 3 when it passes just to the left of our home.

I will praise You, LORD, through the storm!

My precious home, the entire state of Florida, is in destress. Hurricane Irma is going to wreak havoc on our land. During this time of trouble, I pray that we will all seek His face, cry out to Him, find refuge, peace, strength, and comfort in the God who is more powerful than this storm in life.

If you have printing capability, feel free to print, share with your family and friends as you gather together, and take turns saying them out loud.

When you pray these verses, please believe that God’s word is true. It is everlasting, and His love is everlasting too.

Here are just a smidgen of bible verses turned into quick prayers for you to use and repeat as you go through a storm, or Hurricane Irma.

“God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” Psalm 46:1

Lord, YOU are my hiding place. You say You are not only present, but EVER-present in times of trouble. Please let me feel Your existence around me, giving me strength. Thank You for giving me strength and protection. Amen

“Have mercy on me, my God, have mercy on me, for in You I take refuge. I will take refuge in the shadow of your wings until the disaster has passed.” Psalm 57:1

Dear Lord, disaster is here. Thank You for shadowing me with Your wings. I need to sense Your protection. I find security in You. Have mercy on me, my family, and my state. I love You, Lord. Amen

“The LORD is my shepherd, I lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures, He leads me beside quiet water, He refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil my cup overflows. Surely Your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.” Psalm 23

You are all I need, Lord. During this time of distress, I will find delight in You. Lord, You are walking with me through this storm. Thank You. Even though I’m surrounded my trouble, I will not fear because YOU ARE WITH ME. Comfort me, Lord. Thank You for comforting me. I am blessed. Yes, even during the path of destruction, I will count my blessings. I need You. I love You. I thank You for Your calmness and refeshness. Amen.

“May God Himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blamesless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The One who calls you is faithful, and He will do it.”

Lord, You are faithful! Your word is true. Thank You for being the God of peace. I need to feel your peace within me now. Give me peace. Amen.

“My God is my Rock, in whom I take refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation. He is my stronghold, my refuge and savior – from violent people you save me. I called to the LORD, who is worthy of praise, and have been saved from my enemies.” 2 Samuel 22:3-4

Lord, You are my Rock! You are solid when I feel weak. Thank You for saving me. Shield me in times of trouble. You’ve got a grip on me, Lord. Keep me tight in Your hand. You are worthy of praise. Help me to praise You in and through the storm. Amen.

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains, where does my help come from? My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. He will not let your foot slip – He who watches over you will not slumber, indeed, He who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. The LORD watches over you – the LORD is your shade at your right hand; the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. The LORD will keep you from all harm – He will watch over your life’ the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore.” Psalm 121:1-6

Dear Lord, thank You for watching over and protecting me. I need help, so I look to You. You are my help. You don’t only watch over me now, but forevermore. Keep Your eyes on me and Your hand in mine. Amen.

“Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10

Dear Lord, my mind and heart is racing. Help me to just breathe and find calmness in You. You tell me to be still and know that You are God. Yes, You are God. Thank You for calming my fears. I will praise and exalt You now and forever. I rest in You, Lord. Amen.

“Therefore comfort each other and edify one another, just as you also are doing.” Thessalonians 5:11

Lord, during this time of trouble and uncertainty here on earth, help me to comfort others as You comfort me. Thank You for your comfort. Amen.

The eye will be going over my home. We will actually be in the worst position to be, to the near east. Though my heart, stomach, head, and all may feel a rollercoaster of emotions, I will TRUST IN THE LORD. He is my anchor!

I love you all and pray for y’all.

Blessings to you and yours. And remember…even when you can’t see the sun, it doesn’t mean it’s not there.

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