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Romans 5:3-5

boat 2I heard a thundering boom. When I leaped from the truck and overheard a friend say, “Where’s Tim?”, my heart leaped out of my chest. As I ran to the edge of the dock, getting ready to jump in and search for my man, Tim came out of the water, from about ten feet from the back of the boat, and must have heard and seen the panic in me. He calmly said, “Here I am. I’m okay.”

You see, the tide was extremely low when we returned from boating with friends. Everyone grabbed their belongings and helped clean the boat. Four friends went ahead and departed for the house, I sat in the backseat of the truck because we were to the normal part of simply raising the boat on the lift and leaving, and three remaining friends were standing by the dock waiting for Tim. Since the tide was tremendously low, Tim decided to pull it up as far as it could go into our slip, and raise it a little until he would return in a couple of hours once the tide began to rise. Tim was in the back of the boat removing the plug, when the back weight of the boat gave way and almost capsized backwards. The motor was submerged for about ten minutes, while the three men pushed/pulled/untangled the boatlift.

My hands were trembling for a while, heart pounding, breaths were deep, and tears followed once alone. I was so proud of my man’s reaction. That could have been a moment of tempers flying and word choices not so pleasing, yet Tim remained calm and focused. Yea, he was frustrated, but his reaction was stellar. He was grateful no one was hurt.

Those three men displayed great teamwork and encouraging camaraderie under pressure. Two neighbors and two of our friends who had already left returned to help. Supportive friends are much appreciated.

Reflecting on the boating incident, one of my favorite scriptures come to mind:

“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

Okay, when comparing strife in life, in our minds, there is just really no comparing. Yet, no matter the degree of difficulty one encounters, God cares. He also desires the same outcome…development of endurance, character, and confident hope.

I pray that you will choose to react in a way that sets you apart from others. Set apart in a way that is pleasing to God. Be a testimony for Him.

Blessings to you and yours.  Love, Stephanie

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You must fear the Lord your God and worship him and cling to him.  Deut. 10:20a

You must fear the Lord your God and worship him and cling to him. Deut. 10:20a

Within the past week I’ve had some heartfelt conversations with three different friends. Each word was being conveyed with deep distress. The struggle was, and is, real.

Each person felt as if they’ve hit rock bottom. I believe that when we are in that state is often when God reminds us that we have no place to look but up to Him.

I shared Romans 5:3-5 with each friend. Not only because I believe in His Word and trust the bible for correcting and teaching me, but because I have had to use these verses several times in my own life to just make it through the day or the situation I was in. These are verses to have in front of me daily.

Not only so, but we also glory in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope.  And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.

Listen, troubles and trials WILL come our way. Hold on! Hold on to Jesus! He is The Hope that WILL get you through your circumstance.

Satan just loves to play puppeteer with us here on earth. But do you know what? He won’t give up, yet he has ALREADY been defeated. Yes! Rejoice in and through the suffering. Don’t allow the evil one to get a good grip on your weakness. He knows them, and he sure will weave his way into your psyche, but remember…God has you in the palm of His hand (Isaiah 49:16). He is not letting go of you. Sure, you may have a foot of finger dangling on the outside, and Satan will try his best to pull on you, but your Heavenly Father is NOT letting go of you. So hold on to Him as well.

Satan has one purpose in life: The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. John 10:10 Did you notice Jesus’ purpose? It’s the total opposite of that sneaky evil one’s.

 

Do you not know?     Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God,     the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary,     and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary     and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary,     and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the Lord     will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles;     they will run and not grow weary,     they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:28-31

Look to the God of hope. He will give you strength.

But the Lord is faithful, and He will strengthen you and protect you from the evil one.2 Thessalonians 3:3

I pray that you will rest in His arms and feel God protecting you through it all. He will. Yes, He will!!

Blessings and love to you and yours. Stephanie

Romans 5:3-5 has been a source for many journal entries for me.  Click here to view:  http://soakinguptheson.com/?s=romans+5%3A3-5&search=Search