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“I would hasten my escape From the windy storm and tempest.” Psalm 55:8
When I see a storm approaching my first impulse is to flee. I run around my yard, picking up toys, putting away bikes, closing the doors to the shed and workshop, moving small potted plants into the garage, and bringing my border collie, Daisy, into the house. Before I go inside, I shut the garage door.
Once inside, I watch the storm in all its fury play out across my yard. The wind blows leaves and branches everywhere. Lightning lights up the sky and sometimes strikes a tree close to my home. Thunder booms and makes me jump. The rain beats relentlessly against my windows.
Despite the destruction of the storm, I’ve noticed that storms also bring good things.
- No matter how much I run my sprinkler on my vegetable garden (especially this year in the drought), my plants always seem to be stronger and healthier and grow faster after they have been watered by a storm.
- Storms clear the air and bring a refreshing breeze.
- The sun returns after a storm.
Perhaps the same thing can apply to the storms we experience in our lives. Nobody likes bad things –accidents, illnesses, death, divorce, job loss–all of these things are difficult to walk through. Yet just like my garden plants, I find that my times of strongest spiritual growth come from weathering the storms in my life. After I have suffered through my storms, God brings a refreshing breeze of peace. The depression lifts and joy or contentment returns.
What do you notice about the storms in your life? Can you see any good come out of them?
Welcome to Day 30 0f our Lent Devotional! This week we are studying spiritual growth, and today we look at how the inductive Bible study method works, Just click below to join us.
Welcome to Day 29 of our Lent Devotions! This week we are studying spiritual growth, and today we are looking at the power that praise can have in our lives. After writing this devotion, I am revved up and praising God! I hope this devotion sets you in an attitude of praise today! Just click on the link below to read today’s post.
As an added bonus, here is an oldie but a goodie song by the Imperials called Praise the Lord. Listen to it on YouTube. Even after all these years, this song is anointed and the words are powerful. If you need some encouraging, really listen to the words. My favorite verse says the following:
Now Satan is a liar and he wants to make us think
that we are paupers when he knows himself
we’re children of the King.
So lift up the mighty shield of faith, for the battle must be won.
We know that Jesus Christ is risen, so the work’s already done.
Praise the Lord.
He can work through those who praise him,
Praise the Lord, for our God inhabits praise.
Praise the Lord, for the chains that seem to bind you
serve only to remind you that they fall powerless behind you
when you praise him.
Welcome to Day 29 of our Lenten Devotions! For the rest of this week, we will be studying the topic of spiritual growth, looking at practices that will help us to grow in our faith. Just click on the link below to read today’s devotional, as we explore the topic of mentoring.
Thanks for joining us. May the Lord bless your day!