Power in Patience

So here we are after the arrival of Hurricane Irma and we are all safe. We are very blessed that the only thing Hurricane Irma could stir up here was some downed fences and lots of tree debris. As we watch our state of Florida survey the damage, we know we are very fortunate. Many were hit much harder with flood, wind and even tornado damage.

Ok, so this being said, let’s talk about after the storm when the power outages get real. Florida is very warm even in September usually about 90 degrees. Even with a generator it can get rather miserable. So how do we wait patiently for our power to be restored? Well, we can complain and get mad at the utility company but that doesn’t help. What does God want us to do as we wait? Pray, reach out to others and work on our patience. What does God want me to learn while I wait on His next move?

Have you ever been in any kind of storm and had to still endure the after effects? There are many kinds of storms in life; illness, pain, disability, loss and even the real storms like hurricanes and tornadoes that change you and can make you stronger if you let it. We can look at all these challenges with a spirit of gratitude for our provision or we can become bitter and critical. Look up, ask God to show you the blessings right in front of you. Realize how blessed you really are and how He is there to personally walk with you on each step forward. Be patient and keep your hope alive.

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Before the Storm

 

As we wait for Hurricane Irma to move past us here in Florida, today we must trust God for the outcome. Many in Florida were very scared of this coming Hurricane since just a few weeks ago, Houston had a devastating Hurricane Harvey. Many in Florida were donating, praying and watching as Houston Texas was cleaning up after their terrible storm.

As we watched, it was only normal for us to NOT want to endure the same situation they were dealing with. It was very hard to make a decision to leave or to go. The track of Hurricane Irma has changed so much in the early days. Leaving your home is also dangerous because gas is scarce and traffic is horrible to get out of Florida. We started getting prepared early with extra gas and supplies. With hurricane shutters put up we decided to stay in our home. After the decision made, it is then we must put our Trust in God for our provision. God asks us to prepare, use good judgement and act accordingly.

Once the decision is made, we are to pray, trust Him and help others. He has complete control of all things. Not only do we need to trust God with the storms we find ourselves in but also the circumstances we have in our lives. Are you dealing with a chronic illness that just won’t let up? Are you in physical pain from a disability that will maybe never be gone? Do you need surgery that you were not expecting? What do we do in these desperate times? Yes! Trust Him! Do what you know to do then give the rest of your worries to God to deal with. He is there to carry you through any type of storm in your life.

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