Weathering Storms

Storms usually come when we don’t expect them. In 2017, the United States experienced three major storms that brought massive rain, flooding, and devastation to Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Flooded streets left people stranded in their homes and many had to be rescued by boat. Basic amenities like power and water were off. About 200 thousand homes were damaged in Texas alone.

Storm Rescue

Have you experienced a personal storm that left you in despair and hopelessness?

Like the storms from the hurricane, the personal storms of life can have the same devastating effects on us. I have weathered many storms in my life. At the Women’s Mega Conference in April, I shared about “Personal Storms and How to Uncover Hidden Treasures in the Ruins”. Click below to watch the message.

 

 

What storms are you facing?

Perhaps your storm is an abusive marriage, childhood trauma, a child on drugs, a loved one in jail, homelessness, health issues or divorce. Life’s storms attack us at the core of who we are and can leave us wounded, hopeless and vulnerable.
No matter what storm it is, there is hope. You can discover hidden treasures in your personal storm if you will trust Jesus to help you. Jesus will go out of his way to meet you in your storm. He wants to heal and restore you. I know this from experience. He will help you uncover hidden treasures of God’s peace, forgiveness, healing, and love as well as restored relationships, freedom from shame, fear and anxiety.

Call to Action

If you desire to uncover the hidden treasures in your storm, here are three things you can do to weather your storm well.

Be with Jesus – Sit at his feet
1) Do you know Jesus? Do you know him as a friend? He desires to have a relationship with you. He is a rescuer. He desires to rescue you from your storm. If you don’t know him, ask him to come into your heart, accept him as Lord.

Be with Others – Don’t isolate yourself
2) Get into a community of believers where you can receive support, encouragement, and prayers.

Be in the Word – This is where you find true treasures and God’s peace.
3) Get into God’s word daily. Reading God’s word will help you uncover those hidden treasures and overcome. Many of you have smartphones. You can download the Bible App which has many free plans that will help you grow in your relationship with God daily.

Hidden treasures

Can you imagine what your life could be like if you took these actions? We all have storms and if you are not experiencing one right now, just wait. It will come but you do not have to allow the storm to knock you down and you do not have to weather it alone. Jesus will go out of his way to meet you in your storm.

The Cost of Freedom

Our freedom always comes at a cost. The freedom we enjoy as Americans cost our founding fathers and all those who defend our nation something. For many, it cost them their lives.

Likewise, our spiritual freedom comes at a great cost.

As for me, I find no basis for a charge against him, Pontius Pilate, Roman Governor.

Jesus was falsely accused, arrested, and taken before Pontius Pilate, the Roman Governor. After interrogating Jesus extensively, Pilate found no basis to charge him. He offered to release Jesus, but the Jewish leaders insisted that he was guilty. They asked Pilate to release Barabbas, a guilty felon, and crucify Jesus, who was not guilty of any charges.

It is hard to wrap my mind around the thinking of the Jewish leaders. But we know that all the events surrounding Jesus arrest were to fulfill God’s purpose as well as buy my freedom and your freedom. more “The Cost of Freedom”

Abundance

 

Inspire

Back in October, while out walking, I saw in my mind a picture of a cluster of African oil palm fruits. As I processed this image, I realized that the image matched my word for 2017, “Abundance”.

West Africa is famous for palm oil. The oil palm tree bears clusters of fruits in abundance like giant grapes. The fruit which comprises of an outer fibrous part is rich in deep, vibrant yellow, orange, and red colors. Inside the fruit is a hard shell covering a white nut, called palm kernel that is similar to coconut.

Every part of the oil palm fruit is useful. The outer part is crushed like olives to release red palm oil, which is used in cooking and making margarine, creamer, chocolate, and ice cream. The palm kernel is also crushed to release its oil, which is used in making soaps, beauty products, and detergents. After processing, fibers from the palm fruit and kernel are used in paper products, animal feed, and fertilizer.

For the abundance stored up in the oil palm fruit to be released, it must undergo several processing steps that involve crushing. In case you are wondering what the oil palm fruit has to do with “Abundance”, we too must undergo processing for the abundance of God to be fully released into our lives. more “Abundance”