Love finds wisdom to lean into the storm (pt1)

by Craig on April 5, 2011

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Where are you today?

Are your waters calm or churning?

Sky clear, misty, or ominous?

Is the God of the Universe, Our Lord, near or distant?

Are you letting God hold you close?

My waters are churning, the sky is black, Our Lord is near and holding tight. I’ve prayed for his will, want his will, and will accept what happens as his will – so there is peace.

Now to watch the way he points and move forward through the storm.

Most days it’s really hard to fill up two blogs with meaningful words. But today I need both to say all I want to say. It starts here, and finishes at Love’s twin site.

I blog in this community because of the heart behind the words. (it’s all spelled out here)

This community is unlike any other on the internets.

Christian women and moms have a Christian lioness heartbeat resounding through their writing.

And, I’m thinkin’ something: You know when you’re out, and the sky suddenly dumps rain in buckets from nowhere. And there you are, far from any cover, and there’s nothing you can do but get wet…

…unless someone reaches over with an umbrella.

So I have a storm. The first thing I did was get depressed. I didn’t like that. So the second thing I did was to talk to Our Father. That was better. Then I headed to the words of this community.

And the words I found? As expected, they covered me. I want to share with you some of the blessings I received. If you’re in a storm, there’s plenty of room under the umbrella.

I began reading thank you lists (thus the #’s). Just people saying thank you to God for stuff. You can find bunches of Ann Voskamp thank you givers here.

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From Crystal

“472. Knowing that I’m being refined and enduring the discomfort of the process with the end in mind.”

And I was reminded that it’s only refinement. There is a perfect God and an imperfect me, and so there is refinement going on – always. This is just a trial, and it’s causing heat, and I’ll be scorched – or refined through the heat. God will use this to make me more like him. If. I. Let. Him.

From Mrs. H.

“unexpected encouragement from a friend”

And I was reminded that “alone” is not the Christian way. Just before the storm hit, a friend who obviously knew nothing of my impending downpour…

she did a really nice thing…

awfully well timed..

Probably just coincidence…

except not. (◠‿◠)

From Mama of 2 Great Kids

“Prayers for a friend going through a tough life-season.”

Because you can never underestimate the power of a prayer. Our Lord hearts when we pray for each other. There is a difference when you’re being prayed for – more strength, more courage, more God. I’m being prayed for – and it’s noticed.

from Bevy

“38. gray days”

Just  two words – God doesn’t need many. And they told me that in this world we need the gray skies. The plants need water and we do too, and the gray only makes the blue brighter when it comes back.

Later, in the Kingdom, maybe we won’t need them at all. There will be light. There will be no trial we can’t overcome. God will be ruling, and all will be love –and all will be perfect.

For now though – the gray days – they have to be.

and from Rose

Seeing the first shoots begin to show in the garden”

It was a reminder that winter never swallows up spring. There is new life from old. That we are seeds that will increase and fully blossom one day. But for now the growing can be hard – and no matter how old we get – and how much we’ve grown – there is still more growing to do.

And there will always be time for Spring, because we live for eternity.

This is continued at Deep into Scripture. You can stop here – and I’m grateful that you read – or if you’d like to finish reading…

just click the little ninja love kitten

or click here.

 

 

 

 

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A. April 5, 2011 at 11:49 am

CUTE little ninja love kitten! I am a sucker for meaningfully cute animal stuff. They grab me and pull me in every time. Just had to say since you have been so faithful to have hyper tweet birds, ninja love kittens, laska and lambs and such here for us on a regular basis. Thank you for the gift of cute little animal things. :)

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Craig April 5, 2011 at 5:52 pm

I know!!!! Isn’t he adorable – ninja kittens are the best!!!!! I like all my blog animals ^.^

God Bless you A.

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Christina April 5, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I hear you! And I was caught in a storm today, a Florida storm so I felt what you say literally:) Reading what others are learning and sharing has helped my depression a lot. It is an awesome community. You are always such an encouragement too! So glad you’re part of the community.

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Craig April 5, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Thank you Christina – I learn stuff here I couldn’t get out of any other community. I stick out a little – A LOT – It’s all married women here – but there is something about moms and the way they write about family, love and God – it just slays me. Hearted your prayer / poem btw. God Bless you and thank you too.

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Patti April 5, 2011 at 8:31 pm

Craig, I am always blessed when I stop by to visit. Isn’t it good to know that Jesus is Lord of the storms, and anything he sends into our lives, including storms, is only to help us grow stronger. God bless you.

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Craig April 5, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Amen Patti. Even the bad – even the bad is turned to our best. But it’s far better when we yield to the power of God in the storm. I spent too much time fighting Our Lord. His patience – only his patience and love brought me here. Thank you for being here Patti. God Bless you.

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Debbie April 5, 2011 at 11:11 pm

Craig, thank you so much for showing how God spoke to you through others. It blessed me so much, how each one stood out and applied to you ( us ). And if I’m looking and listening for Him, won’t I find Him and His encouragement like you did, in whatever is around me?
God bless you and the prayers you pray for us. I’ve been praying for you today too.

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Craig April 6, 2011 at 1:54 pm

I am really hearting how many people I get to pray for lately. The connecting thing is good. And even though separated by space – the REAL connection of prayer is astounding me constantly. Thank you Deb. Your prayers will be answered in line with God’s will. And since I want his will – I’ll be happy – well not happy maybe – but grateful for his answers. God bless.

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Michelle April 6, 2011 at 5:19 am

Heading over, but just letting you know I’m praying you hear His still small voice.

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Craig April 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm

but why does he have to whisper?????? NOT FAIR!!!!!

just kidding God (◠‿◠)

God bless you Michelle.

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