Today’s Truth

Lord, you are my strength and my protection, my safe place in times of trouble.

Jeremiah 16:19, NIV

Friend to Friend

The comfort of God is faithful and strong – even during the fiercest storms of life. I enjoy movies that have a happy ending. My family constantly teases me about my surreal perspective of movie entertainment, but honestly, life holds enough reality. Why would I want to pay good money to see even more reality made bigger and more frightening on a gigantic movie screen? When the movie “The Perfect Storm” was first released, the previews suggested it had a happy ending. I should have known better, but we love the water and I remember thinking it couldn’t possibly be that bad – right?

We bought tickets, popcorn and drinks, found the best seats in the theatre and prepared to be entertained. Wrong!

Every scene showed tiny boats caught in the grip of frightening waves and fierce winds. I kept waiting for the storm to die down so everyone could go home with a boat full of fish to their anxious families who were confidently waiting for them on dry land.

Crash! Another monstrous wave belted the boat and crew.

By the end of the movie, I never wanted to set foot on a boat again and was worn out from trying to get everyone home where they would live happily ever after. I was tempted to demand a refund because of false advertising. Believe me, there was definitely no happy ending, but I did come away with a new fascination and deep respect for the sea.

I have a friend who loves to sail. When I asked him if he had ever been caught in a bad storm, he responded, “Many times!” I shook my head in disbelief, concluding that my friend was obviously a glutton for punishment.

“Then why on earth do you keep sailing?” I asked him. His answer was profound. “Mary, every sailor knows there will be storms. You just learn what to do when the storm hits. In a severe storm, there is only one thing to do and only one way to survive. You have to put the ship in a certain position and keep her there.”

The same is true in our lives. When the fierce storms of life overwhelm us, there is only one thing to do if we want to survive. We must position ourselves in the right place – in the hands of God – and He will keep us safe and secure until the storm has passed.

The words of the psalmist are filled with confidence and hope. “He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed” (Psalm 107:29). We really can trust God to bring peace and to reduce the fiercest storm to a mere whisper. The faithful provision and sustaining comfort of God at work in our life depends on the character and heart of God and our willingness to trust Him.

I love our children with all my heart. Naturally, there are times when they make me angry. They make wrong choices and sometimes even disappoint me. But if they are hurt, sick, or in trouble, the anger, disappointment and even disobedience is overruled by my love for them and a driving need to comfort them. If my imperfect heart responds to my imperfect children that way, think about how the perfect heart of our heavenly Father responds to us.

Richard Fuller writes: “This, Christian, is what you must do. Sometimes, like Paul, you can see neither sun nor stars, and no small tempest lies on you. Reason cannot help you. Past experiences give you no light. Only a single course is left. You must stay upon the Lord; and come what may – winds, waves, cross seas, thunder, lightening, frowning rocks, roaring breakers – no matter what, you must lash yourself to the helm and hold fast your confidence in God’s faithfulness and His everlasting love in Christ Jesus.”

We can face every storm with confidence, knowing God will redeem it for good. We can trust few things in this life, but God’s faithfulness is one of them. When the hard times come, and the storms roll in, trust God and hold on. He is with you. He is your safe place.

Let’s Pray

Father, Thank You for Your faithfulness. Forgive me when I let fear and doubt rule my heart and mind instead of choosing to trust You. Give me eyes to see the treasure buried at the heart of every storm, and help me choose joy – even when I don’t understand what You are doing in my life. Teach me, Lord. Let my life be an illustration of Your strength perfected in my weakness.

In Jesus’ name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Looking back at the storms in your life, how would you rate your response to those storms? What changes do you need to make in order to experience victory?

Memorize Proverbs 3:5-6 and record it in your journal. Share your decision to become a woman of faith with other women who have the same desire.

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12 Responses to “My Safe Place in the Storm”

  1. Andrea says:

    Thank you so much Jesus for this word in the midst of this storm I’m in. I needed the encouragement and a renewing of my mind and strength and a lift to my spirit. Hope deferred makes the heart sick and I am weak Lord. Please continue to strengthen me and guide me as I wait for restoration and reconciliation. As I wait on your plan for my life God. In Jesus name Amen. Thank you so much girlfriends for today’s truth!

  2. Tee says:

    I thank God for the conformation through this word. I was in a motorcycle wreck almost 6 years ago. I have been collection disability now for 4 years. My review was denied 2 weeks ago, I appealed it and God spoke yesterday through Bishop Brady to my spirit saying that six years ago your life was turned upside down and things are not comfortable for a reason and I need you to hold tight and today the same thing trust in the Lord with all my heart, I really had to repent because God has not given me the spirit of fear but of love, strength, and of sound mind. God has a larger plan for my life and the devil is trying hard to block the purpose that God has for my life. Thank you GIG’s! God Bless you all. Lord, you are my strength and my protection, my safe place in times of trouble. Jeremiah 16:19, NIV

  3. Jacquelyn says:

    Thank you for your lovely writing. You have touched my soul today and added comfort to me. God Bless you. I can’t wait to read tomorrows devotion.

  4. Michelle says:

    Thank you so much for these words of encouragement this morning Mary. I’m going through some storms right now and your words are speaking right to my heart. Trying to trust in The Lord with all my heart and not lean too much on my own self, doubts and fears. I feel that God is telling me to ‘be still” in the safe place of trusting Him, yet at this time struggling with restlessness, anxiety and fear in the midst of some overwhelming circumstances. Thank you for your honesty, love your devotions. Thank you GIGs!

    • Michelle, no matter what you are facing … He has already been where He is asking you to go. He has made a way! Just keep your eyes on Him and keep walking by faith. Blessings!

  5. Thank you all for your encouraging words. I am so glad God used the devotion to encourage you. We all face storms of some kind every day. It is good to know that we are not alone, isn’t it? And to know that our God never leaves us alone. In fact, He is with us in the midst of every storm! So no matter how high the waves … He is there! Know that I am praying for each one of you! Stand firm, girlfriends. Blessings.

  6. Melanie says:

    Thank you for this. I have recently been going through storms in my life. Uncertainty of the future was crushing my spirit. During the storms my doubts and worries were greater than my trust in Jesus. At times my attitude wasn’t always the best. Then today my prayers were answered. I was thankful, but in reflecting upon my attitude and lack of faith… I was embarrassed. I praised the Lord and asked Him to forgive me. As I read your devotion I was reminded of His grace. My hope and prayer today is to trust Him more and be thankful even during the storms of life. God bless you richly in the love of Jesus Christ. Thank you for sharing.

  7. God bless you all! I pray that each one of you finds Him faithful in the midst of every storm.

    Mary Southerland

  8. JACKLINE says:

    Am jackline from Kenya and i’ve been following girlfriends in God daily devotions for tha past now one year. You cant imagine how knowledgeable i have become through you. God is using in a mighty way to reach to thousands of women and you will be blessed in an amazing way.My safe place in storm has really touched me and i just got something to encourage someone. Thankyou.

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