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Sunday Stillness – How to Face Uncertainty

Sunday Stillness – How to Face Uncertainty

by Janis Cox

Each day is filled with a newness, a wonder. But each day could bring changes. We don’t know.

A storm could arise.

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Jesus Calms the Storm

Jesus replied:

“You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then He got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm (Matthew 8:26, NIV).

How do we face each day? Certainly Jesus has to be my focus. He is the One who never changes.

We know that He is the Beginning and the End.

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End (Rev. 22:13, NIV).

Therefore we have peace because of Jesus. I remember PEACE because to me it means:

Put
Everything
Aside –
Christ
Enters

Jesus said:

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace (John 16:33, NIV).

Here is a YouTube video of Your Love is Amazing by Brian Doerksen. Let’s sing praises to our Lord this morning knowing that He is in charge.

Prayer:
Father, thank You for Jesus. He has become my firm foundation, the rock beneath my feet. He is my Peace. Help me to show others how to get to know Jesus. In Jesus’s Name. Amen.

I know there is someone out there this morning in the midst of a storm. Cry out to Jesus. May I offer a prayer for you. Please send me a personal email and I will pray for you.

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BLOWN AWAY

Blown Away

by T. L. Wiens

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It’s 9 pm, March 20, 2013. I look out the window towards the south and see strange rolling clouds on the horizon.

A shiver runs through me and I begin to pray for protection.

Moments later, the phone rings. My husband is trapped on a road and has been informed that no one is coming to help him until morning.

A blizzard has been raging all day but this winter, that’s become normal. How come something within me isn’t at ease? My two daughters and I head to bed all just a bit nervous.

Two am, I’m awakened by my eldest daughter walking around. She’s scared because her wall is flexing in the wind. The dining room window has jumped its track. We try to figure out what’s going on outside but we can’t see.

2:22 am, we hear a deafening roar followed by the distinct sound of nails being ripped out of the wood, boards cracking and giving away and there’s a bright flash. The floor ripples beneath our feet. The furnace covers explode against the wall. My daughter is only a couple of feet away when it happens but the noise around us is so loud she doesn’t even hear it. My other daughter wanders out of her room, her face white with fear.

The house is creaking, boards are slamming in the wind. The house might not make it but is going outside any safer? We decide it is. As we’re heading out the door, my eldest daughter notices smoke filling the living room. The reservoir of our grain stove is on fire. I guess the back draft from the wind must have pushed the flames back. She douses it with water. We head out to sit in the truck and do what? There’s not much we can do but do our best to stay warm. With the wind chill, it’s -20˚ C.

I know the power inside the house is connected to the now missing section of the roof. My eldest daughter and I need to get it turned off at the power box. She steps away from the sheltered area near the truck and I watch her blow down the driveway, unprepared for the force of the wind. She fights her way back to me and the two of us face the wind together. The house is so dark.

I’d been praying since two am but it all felt so futile. Eight years earlier, we lost our house to a fire. Why was this happening again? My daughter started to sing an old hymn. The words comforted me.

God had taken us through tough times before. We’d be fine.

But the way the truck is shaking doesn’t feel safe. We move to our fifth wheel trailer that’s nestled in a snow bank, bringing our dogs inside for warmth.

March 21, 2013, the wind is still howling. My husband is still stranded. I feel so helpless. The house is still standing but the wind is still blowing and more damage will occur if we don’t do something. Thankfully, I’m able to get a hold of a friend. He manages to get to our house. After tying down the roof, he helps us get enough power going to run the heaters he’s brought with him.

I’m able to put out the call for prayer.

How do you describe what happens when people pray for you? I went from standing in this huge storm that enveloped me both mentally and physically to being in the eye of the storm where all is calm.

Prayer is like a shield of love around you and
no matter what physical travesty you face, you’ll be okay. 
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March 22, 2013, my husband rolls onto the yard. My son had arrived half an hour earlier. With the help of another friend, they begin repairing the roof. By evening, the plywood is in place. Six inches of snow fall but thanks to the help, it’s not in our attic.

Saturday, my son in-law, who is a electrician arrives. By Sunday afternoon, all power is restored. Amazingly, all of my houseplants survived, even my seedlings. Why did God choose to protect them? I don’t know but I know His hand was on them.

People often ask why God allows bad things to happen.

I’m not going to say it’s fun but it is an awesome privilege
to experience the power of God.

You can’t fully appreciate who He is without some adversity where you know it’s not you holding things together.

“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:35-39, NIV).

Tammy Wiens

Tammy lives in Saskatchewan with her husband. They have four children. She enjoys gardening, walks along the beach and being on the farm. She has a passion for her faith, studying the Bible and prayer.

She has published two books; Where a Little Rain Comes Down and Making the Bitter Sweet. A short story, “May’s First Christmas” appeared in Christmas Chaos, a collection of stories about Christmas experiences that don’t make the fronts of Christmas cards. “Careful What You Whisper” is another short story about Tammy’s experiences after breaking her back. It can be found in A Second Cup of Hot Apple Cider. Visit T. L. Wiens for more information about Tammy’s books and workshops.

TRUSTING GOD THROUGH LIFE’S STORMS

Trusting God Through Life’s Storms

by Janice Keats

Selected Scripture: Psalm 91:14-16

It’s kind of hard to give all our burdens to the Lord when they weigh heavily upon us. We know where to turn in times of distress and we know whom we can trust but sometimes life can still bring unbearable circumstances, which makes praying difficult to express.

What we do not see sometimes is God’s hand in the storms of life. It is not until after the storm has passed that the way becomes clear again and the exclamation and acknowledgement is expressed, “It was God who brought me through!”

Amidst life’s seemingly insurmountable trials is a God who understands and cares. We can pour out to Him our personal and varied list of burdens with confidence. When we present them, we trust and we wait, and in time experience the results, which is His peace and comfort from His love.

“Because he loves me, says the Lord, I will rescue him, I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me and I will answer him” (Psalm 91:14, 15a NIV)

Maybe we do give God our burdens, but do we take them back again in fear and doubt afterwards? God knows those who are His and He will rescue and protect as He promised. All we have to do is believe that He is watching out for us. We should lay aside any doubt and believe that God is an all-loving and all-powerful God.

“I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver Him and honour him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation” (Psalm 91:15b & 16 NIV).

Imagine a long life of dedicated prayer and trust. Do you know of such prayer warriors? Have you seen such Spiritual fervour? God has promised to satisfy the soul-searching child of God.

He must satisfy his faithful servants. We too must remain firm in the faith, in whom we believe. We are not sure if we will live a long life but we can be sure that God is always near to his children, whether we are broken-hearted or basking in His glory.

If we are not satisfied with the way we live and walk by faith then it must be on our part. Perhaps we have not yet released all the dark clouds of despair. Hold on – joy comes in the morning. Let’s trust God more and more as our burdens grow deeper.

Proverbs 30:5 says,

“Every word of God is flawless; he is a shield who take refuge in him”

Janice Keats

Janice is a freelance writer, and speaker. Her passion is developing and teaching workshops on various Biblical Studies, and planning ladies night out events. She is a certified lay Pastoral Counsellor and is presently employed in ministry. She has had several articles published in various local, provincial and national newspapers.

She is the author of, Poems of Inspiration and Occasion and, A Journey to the Heart of Evangelism. Future works include a devotional book and an audio book of her poems. She is married with three grown children, all of whom are accomplished musicians. Her twin daughters, known as The Keats, are country singers and her son is a recording engineer. Janice Keatshttp://themasterspath.wordpress.com/

CALM IN THE MIDST OF A STORM

Calm in the Midst of a Storm

by Jan Cox

Read: Luke 8:22-25    

“He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm” (Luke 8: 24 NIV)

We had had a glorious sunny day boating with friends on our lake. The lake travels for twelve miles and we found ourselves at the furthest point from home. We had turned the boat around to start back when in the distance we saw the sky turning black. The clouds looked ominous, building bigger and darker in the west. The wind started to pick up and the waves started to roll. As my husband put the boat into full throttle, he steered us back toward our cottage.

The waves sprayed the sides of our boat and we felt the temperature dropping. I remembered the Bible passage from Mark 4:37, “A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. ” The disciples had been afraid. They were sure they were destined to drown.

For me, this could have been a nerve-wracking ride, but I have learned the peace of Christ.  I quietly prayed and instantly felt a peace in my heart. Jesus tells us to have faith and not be afraid. Even though the waves raged around us I was calm in the midst of the storm.

I had not always felt that way. Whenever I found myself in a situation that I could not control, I would panic. I would picture the worse, and like the disciples I would fear a calamity or even death.  “The disciples woke him [Jesus] and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” I had felt this way in the past.

This time, as my husband navigated the turbulent winds and waves, I felt calm and sure. He even docked properly on the first try. Through my faith, God had calmed my fears, kept the driver and passengers calm and I saw “the wind and the waves obey Him.”

Thought for the day: With Christ beside us all fears can pass away.

Prayer: Lord, let us remember to have faith and feel Your peace at all times. You can calm the storms in our lives.

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Jan, a former school teacher and small business owner, found a new passion in writing in her retirement. She has published two devotionals and a number articles for magazines and a Bible study. She is owner of Under the Cover of Prayer and moderates the site. She also writes at A Better Way. Jan has written a children’s book in which she is also the watercolour illustrator. She hopes to publish it this year.