Stand 10:25

Matthew 8:23-27
Wind and Wave Obey Jesus

23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”

26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

Disciple: One who is a student, or a follower of a teacher

A couple things I notice in these verses is that Jesus was with them and they were afraid of the storm. When He had calmed it they were surprised by how He did that. They said “Who can this be?” It is as if they didn’t know Him well. The conclusion I see is that fear and not knowing God go hand in hand.

They were afraid instead of having faith.

If we make fear our teacher it teaches us to hate, worry, complain, and doubt
If we make Faith our teacher it teaches love,courage, thankfulness and trust

The storms of life come to show us what or who we are following. The purpose is not to batter us but to teach us to stand.

But to stand on what?

HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS!

Proverbs 10:25  When the storm has swept by, the wicked are gone, but the righteous stand firm forever.

Righteousness: Quality or state of being right

The only way to stand is to have righteousness. Not a rightness of our own but only the righteousness of God that is given to us through Jesus Christ. He gave it to us freely, dying on the cross for our sins, because of His great love for us. (Ephesians 2:4-5)

His Love Never Fails….. if we have accepted Christ then He has given us His righteousness.

There is no one or any thing that can take that from us.

Let us #STAND10:25  <—-on Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand

So what does that even mean? It means that we believe that God loves us. We have faith that He has made us right. We don’t have to listen to the words in our minds that say we are nothing and worthless.  It means that we talk to ourselves when we doubt and worry, when we feel like a less than and a mess up…we encourage ourselves to trust God. We remind ourselves that He is our righteousness. That Jesus made it so that we are ok with God the Father. He is the reason we are friends with God. That we are ok and we are on our way! We call out to God and say God fill me with understanding and help me to know that you love me and trust that He is and He will.

Starla – the unlikely youth leader – all for God’s glory!

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Advent …the preparations are already done

Prepare the way for the Lord’s coming.

Matt. 3:3

For years I have missed the meaning of Christmas because I was not prepared

I did not think of saving in my now

so that I could give in my future

this season would come and I would be caught unprepared

like those who did not have oil in their lamps ( Matthew 25:6-12 )

Last year I was so disgusted by my inability to give

and how my desire to give did not match my preparing to give

I grew cynical and irritated

“ Seriously do they have to play Christmas music everywhere and before Thanksgiving day?”

cold …not ready for HIS COMING

ADVENT – Seeing HIS COMING afar off and following yonder star

That is when I realized I must do something different

no more complain and remain as if LIFE is the culprit

the more month than money was on me

I didn’t prepare well for a season I knew  very well was coming

This year I was able to give Rolling on the floor laughing

I felt directed by God to gather up two specially prepared gifts for someone He would lead me to give too. I found her the other day ….her name Julie. She is checker at a store near our home. When I was filling out Christmas cards her face and kind smile came to mind. Then when I was preparing to seal the envelope I heard God say one of those gifts is for her.

We gave it to her the other day

stood in the check out line with nothing but a gift

the look on her face was enough

she felt special and loved

and that was the best sight to see and a blessing to give

Ann asks and will you join in answering

How do the performance bandits seem to target you, especially at the time of year?

Expectations can ride like highwaymen, ransacking joy, killing relationships. Performance bandits can chose mercilessly at the jugular, stealing the riches of His grace.

Ann Voskamp

When is the last time you rested like a child? Take a few moments of true rest today.

Look around you and name the sacred things among the ordinary.

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Have it all together

Be ready for anything

this is the mark of a wife and a mother

but this time of year is my natural resting time

slowing down time…

reflecting time…

preparing for the coming year time…

When I get caught in the what ifs and should be’s

I run harder and miss HIS FACE time…

When I curl up in a cuddle with my children is when I feel most at rest

the sacred is all around

a blanket of ice outside

calling us to stay in and come close to Christ instead of running running

listen to the sound coming from the second floor

drums of praise

and songs of joy

sacred moments

bread rising like hands raising in praise

readying for the breaking of fellowship

sacred moments…everywhere

 

Starla

Advent…When all the miracles begin

He will prepare the people for the coming of the Lord.

Luke 1:17

Do you believe in miracles?

That God is at work

the small and seemly insignificant beginnings of a miracle…

like a little boy in a manger

who is the CHRIST from on HIGH

God meets us right where we don’t believe. – Ann Voskamp

When our dreams are long thought to be dead

When our hopes are dashes and we sit in ashes

God is ready and able to make us alive

ADVENT – His grace comes to breath life into barren places

Ann asks and will you join in answering

During what seasons of your life has God seemed most silent? Looking back, can you hear the quiet echoes of Him speaking, even during those times?

How have you sensed God’s presence – His glory sparks – around you lately?

Spend time basking in God’s presence, asking Him to fill your barren places with more of Himself.

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That 2 years that the whole world fell in

death and separation

hurt and pain

loss and less

I wondered where He was and what He was doing

I can remember certain moments

when His voice whispered in

soothing my soul

giving me hope

like a little rope tethering me to Him

“Don’t worry about tomorrow, God is already there.”

a simple statement rope for my soul

that held my thoughts and heart firm to His goodness

That same statement holds me still

a resting place to park my ship

so that I do not go off into the sea in need of rescuing

I simple stay in port with my king

it is there His arms hold me

and I am safe without need of anything but Him

where satisfaction in Him

is plainly the key to rest

Come fill those places God I sense but don’t yet see

fill me with You and I will never be tempted to leave

this little port you made for me

 

Starla

Advent…Lifting up the little and small

You, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, are only a small village.

Micah 5:2

ADVENT – The source of peace has come

Advent the reminding that greatness came to this smallness me

to live and breath and bless.

to lift the small and weak to sit with Him in His throne

what privilege …what love

Ann asks and will you join in answering

When have you felt like Bethlehem…poor, small, forgotten?

What worries to you need to surrender to God, knowing He is firmly on His throne?

Take a moment to thank God for the eucatastophe of Christmas – for conquering evil with righteousness

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Bethlehem

my heart and yours

where a stable is the home of the heart

where the King came to be born

a small and poor forgotten place

like me before He came

and at times when I am not keeping my gaze to Him

He came to make that small cradle stable place His throne

I am now never poor

or small

or forgotten

and yet there are worries that plague me

that I am not enough

and I am not with Him

keeping that gaze shows me that grace is real

I surrender my emptiness to Him to fill

like empty water pots fill me with Your wine

I am our home

Thank you for the eucatastrope

Your barreling down on my heart

storming in like thunder

The coming King after His beloved that was stole

conquering evil with Your Righteous SON

sent to the cross to pay my ransom

 

Starla

joining

#imperfectprose