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Today’s Truth

God is our refuge and strength, a tested help in times of trouble.

Psalm 46:1

Friend to Friend

The only survivor of a shipwreck was washed up on a small, uninhabited island. He feverishly prayed for God’s rescue, but with every day that passed, his hope weakened. Exhausted, he eventually managed to build a little hut out of driftwood to protect himself from the elements, and to store his few possessions.

One day, after scavenging for food, he arrived home to find his little hut in flames, the smoke rolling up to the sky. Everything was lost. Stunned with grief and anger, the man cried, “God, how could you do this to me!”

The next morning, he woke to the sound of a ship approaching the island. It had come to rescue him. “How did you know I was here?” the weary man asked. “We saw your smoke signal,” they replied.

Storms are for our good. When a storm hits, I usually look for the nearest exit, hoping to escape the high winds. I am more than willing to give up my seat in a rocking boat in exchange for tranquil waters and blue skies.

I don’t like pain.

I dread uncertain times.

When life spirals out of control, I often withdraw from friends and family in an attempt to hide. Stress can paralyze me and make it difficult for me to function normally. Small tasks become huge mountains as the clouds gather and the winds pick up speed. To think that storms are for my good is a stretch to say the least.

I know you have repeatedly heard and maybe even taught the truth that we are strengthened by our storms. Honestly, there have been times when I felt as if I would explode if one more person told me to praise God for my storm. Looking back, however, there is absolutely no doubt that my greatest growth has come during my most fierce life storms. Each storm has become a spiritual marker, a testament to the sufficiency and faithfulness of God. It is from those markers that a powerful life is shaped and molded.

Storms will come. Storms are a reality of life. We will either become storm survivors or storm statistics. The choice really is ours to make. We can stop telling God how big our storm is and start telling the storm just how big our God is. The key to enduring storms is to embrace each one that comes, knowing it contains and can yield a seed of victory.

Let’s Pray

Father, give me new eyes to see Your hand at work in the midst of my life storms. I surrender my fear and disbelief to the certainty of Your truth. I choose to trust You even if I don’t understand You. Through the power of the Holy Spirit, I ask that You strengthen me for whatever tomorrow holds and help me to remember that tomorrow is in Your hands.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Read and memorize Psalm 46:1 (NRSV) “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Read and think about the following statement: Endurance is never passive. It is the picture of a soldier staying in the heat of the battle under terrible opposition but still pressing forward to gain the victory! Then record any thoughts and/or fresh insights you gained from this verse in your journal.

Read and record the following promise of God and rest in its truth when the next storm hits:

  • Psalm 57:1 (NRSV) “Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in You my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of Your wings I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by.”

More from the Girlfriends

While describing the events of the past week, a friend said to me, “You know, Mary, people have to believe you when you describe your life. No one could make this stuff up!” I often say that my life is like a helicopter landing. Storms have become very familiar companions. I am sure many of you could say the same. The question is not if we will have storms, but when will they come. The best way to get ready for a life storm is to stay ready for a life storm. That means getting in the Word, praying and hanging out with other believers who have weathered a few storms of their own.

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5 Responses to “When the Storms Come”

  1. Barbara says:

    I am trying to find the reason behind my current storm. I recently fell, shattering the shoulder of my dominant arm. I had a surgical repair and will be immobile for at least another 1.5 weeks before PT may start. I say may, because the repair was that extreme. Unable to drive, I am basically homebound. I have depression and anxiety, yet am calm presently. I can’t journal because I can’t write. I feel at peace. Slow down, be still and know that I am God.

  2. Kathy says:

    Thank you for the reminder. God is so good 😊He recently guided me through a storm. He helped me to stay in the moment and focus on Him while I waited. I wasn’t always happy about the storm however when I focused on the Lord and his goodness in my life it was much easier to endure. Dear Barbara – I pray that your shoulder heals quickly and that you would take this resting time to focus on Jesus and his goodness and love. Amen.

  3. Leslye says:

    Lord knows I really needed to read, hear, listen, meditate AND marinate on this Simply Beautiful Prayer…..IDK about anyone else, but me?…I will ALWAYS & FOREVER hold “The Beautiful Memories of my Beautiful Mother in the Deepest Parts of my heart”…..As I mourn her loss from this earthly life on Feb 3rd, just 4 days after my Dearly Beloved pet chihuahua Porkchop died on Jan 30th in my arms as my Son rushed us to the ER Vet…He was 9 years old & I had him for SEVEN years…I loved & pampered him EVERYDAY for 7 years…We are new empty nesters and my spouse & I took Porkchop with us on vacations 2-3 times every year (Oh how he LOVED to ride in the car!!!)…CPR was performed on Porkchop but….he was DOA~I honestly thought I had NO MORE TEARS, until my Mother passed away on Feb 3rd. So Yes, I am having a Bittersweet moment 🙏🏽Its only been One Month since my Mom’s Home-going Celebration on 2-11-19. I must say as I sit at my desk shedding a mixture of tears tinged w/Joy AND Sadness~U see I’ll ALWAYS have that Sweetness of Joy in my heart just knowing Momma is now ABSENT from her body~ but she’s PRESENT w/The Lord!! The Bitterness of Sadness in my heart is missing the one on one MANY talks we shared as Mother & Daughter, the funny jokes 😂 & Goodnight Hugs that I can no longer hear & feel~ Yes Dear Momma, your Baby Girl will ALWAYS carry you just where you belong~” In The Deepest Secured Parts of My Heart”😘💜💯💜

  4. Melody says:

    This devotion touched my heart when I read it. Thank you to all the GIG gals who share so much with us.

    Barbara, you are in my prayers. I too fell the other day, but my injuries were no way as challenging as yours. I too pray for you each day that God will give you peace and be able to handle the pain (physically and emotionally) in His strength one day at a time.

  5. Esther says:

    I enjoy everyone’s writings not being emotional my tears are rolling down. I have plenty of God’s blessing since childhood. Me too have a challenge going on in my life and when God gave me His assurance saying “fear not, I am with you, be not dismayed I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with My victorious right hand.” His words are my hope and strength.

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