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April 1, 2016, 9:02 AM


Here we are in another awesome season.  SPRING!!  This year it seems to be the story of the high winds in my area.  I have a wooden sign on my back porch that bangs against the house.  I had to take it down the other day because I thought it was going to come right through the wall.  And on this old house that would probably be possible.  But I'm thankful for those winds because it dries up the yard and mud puddles that all the rain has created.   I know pretty soon I'll be ready to plant  flowers so I appreciate the dryer soil.  I have already seen some farmers in their fields and I'm sure they are thankful for the wind as well.

          I remember when I was a young mother and the high winds used to frighten me.  I was always worried about a tornado coming through.  Over the years I have learned that there is nothing I can do to prevent the winds so I have learned to embrace them and just be careful to look for shelter when it's necessary and remember that God is beside me. 

          Hey, is that what we do with the storms of our lives?  We seem overwhelmed at times when our situations are more than we can bare.  But we need to remember that God is beside us to help us find shelter in his word, in our devotions, and through our prayers.  ( " If we will trust in God’s sovereign care for us in life’s storms, He will use us to bear witness to many." ) Quoted from Steven J. Cole 2002.  Weathering the Storm.

          In every season of the year as well as the seasons of our lives we should always be ready to give an answer for the reason of the hope that is within us.  (1 Peter 3:15)  So when the high winds or even the tornados of life try to bring you down, remember that sometimes the Lord is clearing up muddy puddles so that you can plant flowers of hope.  He is always beside us helping us through so that we can give testimony to his faithfulness.

Submitted by:

Barb Crisenbery, Living Hope Secretary

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