Please join me at Laced with Grace today.....talking about JUNK FOOD!
Laced with Grace
I am doing VBS this week- leading worship and doing the drama. It has been awesome and AMAZING. We have been on a "ship" on the "High Seas Expedition" learning about God's amazing love through His Word. It's been a BLAST! Yesterday and tonight we had a STORM at sea and kids and I had to jump ship and "swim" to the island of Malta. We were acting out what Paul experienced in Acts 27. The coolest thing God showed me though, is that He USED Paul's storm and being shipwrecked on Malta for His glory....leading the people of Malta to become followers of Christ.
God will use our storms (when we allow Him) and turn them into "Malta-s", opportunities to WITNESS and share God's love with others.
Please head on over to the Cafe for more awesome WFW....and my original devotion follows if you would like to read it! Be blessed!
Devotion from last July:
If you have been reading my blog, you know all of the mishaps I have had in July! One of the hardest hitting has been that my computer crashed, losing EVERYTHING! You can read about it here and the other trials here. I have been experiencing so many storms....
Well, at Bible Study, my friend, Donna shared with me a wonderful teaching the Lord revealed to her and it made a HUGE impact on me. It is when Jesus calms the storm in Luke 8:22-25.
Jesus had told the disciples that they were going over to the other side of the lake. So they all got into the boat and began to cross over. During the sail over, Jesus fell asleep. During this time, a huge storm comes up. "The boat was being swamped, and they were in GREAT DANGER." As Donna pointed out to me, these guys were fishermen- they were used to life on the sea. They had undoubtedly seen many storms. But this one SCARED them!
They woke up Jesus screaming, "Master, Master, we're going to drown!"
They are hysterical. They thought it was "all over."
Now, I had always "read" this as the disciples were waking up Jesus to have him DO SOMETHING. But, as Donna asked me, and I will pose to you, are they just waking Jesus up because they think they are going to have to jump ship....that this storm is "IT"....this is the end for all of them.... Are they waking Him up, thinking "How can you sleep through THIS? We are all going to die!"
Listen to what happens next. (Verses 24-25)
He got up and rebuked the wind and the raging waters; the storm subsided, and all was calm. "Where is your faith?" He asked His disciples. In fear and amazement, they asked one another, "Who is this? He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey Him."
If the disciples had known that Jesus was GOD, would they have been scared? If they knew that I AM was in the boat with them, would they have feared? God Almighty...Creator of the universe...Who set the stars in place....Who created the sea.....Who keeps the winds in storehouses was with them in the boat! If they realized WHO Jesus was, would they have panicked? Peter had not yet confessed that Jesus was the Christ. And, although they knew Jesus was something NEW....a prophet, a teacher, something very special.....did they know that GOD Himself was in the boat with them????
If they did, would they have been afraid?
And, it made me think of myself. If I truly believed that the great I AM, the God of the universe, the Creator of heaven and earth, the Almighty were in MY boat, would I be afraid when the storms of life come up?
When temptations come, when trials come....do I see WHO IS IN MY BOAT WITH ME?
Do I relax in faith? Do I trust? Do I rest in knowing that in my time of need, the Lord Himself is there, in MY BOAT, as my strength, my Savior, my sufficiency?
Lord, help me to see You for Who You are. You are the Creator of the UNIVERSE! You have created all the stars, the seas, the creatures... You made ME. Give me eyes to SEE You for who You are. You are the great I AM! When the storms of life come up, help me to trust completely in You, knowing that You can calm them with just a word. You are in MY BOAT WITH ME. Help me to get a revelation of that. I love You, Lord! Praise You, Jesus! Thank You for Your glorious Word! In Christ, the Calmer of the Storms, the One, True, Living God's Name we pray. Amen!
Please join me At the Well today....reflecting on REAPING and SOWING.....
At the Well
I have been pretty quiet on my blog this summer......Probably because LIFE has not been! This has been one of the busiest (self-inflicted!) summers in a while filled with baseball games, camping, water parks, amusement parks, movies, swimming, cook-outs, fireworks,and picnics in the park. Here are just a few pics of various adventures.....
Lord, thank You for my adventurous family. Thank You for the blessings that surround me.
Please join me at Laced with Grace as I share about the war I am engaged in (again!) this summer!!!