Are You Facing A Storm? Jesus Is Bigger Than We Let Him Be (A Thought to Think)

Pt. 1 of "Are You In A Storm? Jesus is Bigger Than We Let Him Be." A true story by Traci Burns via @JeanWilund.com

My friend Traci Burns likes to think. I think that’s a good thing.

Every Monday Traci texts her kids a Mom’s Thought for the Week, whether they like it or not. Moms get to do these kind of things.

She shared one with me recently, and I really liked it. It gave me a thought of my own: I should share some of Traci’s thoughts on my blog.

Better yet, I should let her share them on my blog. 

So I asked Traci to Join the Journey, and she said, “Ok.”

Traci actually has more than just thoughts to share with us. She has a story only God could write.

Here’s a small glimpse of her story and a thought that made her think before the story began.  [Read more…]

My Top Ten List of Why I Don’t Want to Surrender to God (Part Two — The Surrender Series)

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My Top Ten List of Why I Don’t Want to Surrender to God (Part Two — Surrender Series)

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Even Jesus had an “I don’t want to surrender” list. 

His list only had one item on it, though, not ten. [Read more…]

The Day I Made the Worst Decision of My Life (Part One – The Surrender Series)

Click to read: The Day I Made the Worst Decision of My Life (The Surrender Series)

The Day I Made the Worst Decision of My Life (Part One in The Surrender Series)

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Many years ago I made the worst decision of my life. 

No, it wasn’t when I chose German as my college major. I found it wonderfully helpful thirty years later when when I traveled through Germany. 

My worst decision came as I sat on a vinyl covered bar stool and walked away from God. 

God and I had come to an impasse. [Read more…]

In the Middle of the Storm “I Am” (by Crowder) ~ Monday Music

Click to view music video: I Am by Crowder. (In the middle of the storm I AM holding on to you!) "I AM everything you will ever need for every moment!" ~ God (Exodus 3:14-15)

In the middle of the storm,
this I know . . .

The Great I AM is holding on to me!

 

What does that really mean?

I’m glad you asked! 

The One who met Moses from within the burning bush and revealed His great Name, I AM, is holding on to me.

The One who brought the Israelites through the Red Sea and into the Promised Land is holding on to me.

The One who raised Jesus from the dead is holding on to me.

In the middle of the storm,
I AM Holding on,
I AM!

This is a powerful truth which will, sadly, not make a single bit of difference in my life at times — even when I’m longing to be held by The Great I AM

Why?

Unbelief!

Unbelief kept the Israelites out of the Promised Land — the land of rest and peace which The Great I AM promised to them.

Unbelief keeps me out of the rest and peace Christ bought for me with His blood.

Believe!

“I AM everything you need for every moment.” ~ God

When our son Bobby was young, the deep end of the pool terrified him. He could swim well and Larry, his strong father, was right there with him, but he wouldn’t jump in.

He didn’t believe he wouldn’t sink to the bottom and drown.

Larry did what any caring father would do.

He threw Bobby into the middle of the deep end. 

Bobby quickly resurfaced, beaming with shock and excitement.

“I popped back up!” he exclaimed to me.

Bobby is now a certified rescue diver who holds records among his friends for being able to hold his breath the longest under water.

He once held his breath so long during a lifeguard training class that the fellow student who was assigned to “rescue him” panicked. As Bobby lay peacefully on the bottom of the deep end, she thought she’d taken too long to rescue him and he’d drowned.

Bobby flourishes where others fear to tread, and it started because his father threw him into the deep end when he didn’t want to go. [†]

Sometimes God throws us into the deep end, but we never need to fear.

In the middle of the storm,
or the middle of the deep end,
I AM Holding on,
I AM!

Believe!

 

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Enjoy this short video of David Crowder sharing the inspiring story behind the band’s song “I Am.”

“No matter where you are in life, you live and breath in the very presence of God. . .  The Creator of the universe has given access to us. That’s gorgeous! But so many times I forget about that . . . in these moments when we feel the desperation, this clinging . . . we find that He’s actually holding us in His hands much more intensely than we could hope or dream.” ~ David Crowder

 

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[†] Sometimes we believe and tragedy still strikes. When that happens, remember that God didn’t fail you and neither did your faith.

The Great I AM is still holding on to you, and His perfect purpose for letting tragedy strike will be fulfilled for your good and His glory.

His purposes are beyond anything we can fathom, but He’s always good and always loving. Always. Believe. I AM is holding on to you. He won’t let go.

When God called Himself “I AM,” He was saying, “I AM everything you will ever need for every moment.” (Exodus 3:14)

(For more encouragement see the following verses. Hover your cursor over the verse to see the passage: Isaiah 55:8-9Romans 8:28, Psalms 145:9Psalms 100:5, 2 Corinthians 4:17, Jeremiah 29:11)

 

 

In the Middle of the Storm I AM Holding on to You!

 

In the middle of the storm I AM holding on to you! "I AM everything you will ever need for every moment!" ~ God (Exodus 3:14-15)

In the middle of the storm I AM holding on to you!
“I AM everything you will ever need for every moment!” ~ God (Exodus 3:14-15)

 

Remember!

The Great I AM is holding on to you.

He is everything you will ever need for every moment.

I shared this picture with you in hopes it will inspire you to praise today as you remember the One who is holding on to you. He will never let you go.

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When Life Explodes — Part Three

How do we have faith when life explodes?

How do we accept a God who is ok with pain?

In When Life Explodes — Part One, I said that even in the hardest times, we can rest in God, who must do all.

In When Life Explodes — Part Two, I shared the startling truth that God is ok with pain, but I didn’t tell you what to do with that truth. I left you with a cruel cliffhanger. Apparently, I’m fine with a little pain as well.

Can we accept a God who is ok with pain?

Forgive me for being blunt, but it’s not our place to decide what can and cannot be accepted about God.

He is God and worthy of all our praise, trust, and devotion.

All God does is right and just. All God does is perfect. (More on that in my post When Life Explodes — Part One.)

It’s not a matter of can we accept a God that is ok with pain, but rather:

Can we be ok with pain in the same way God is ok with pain?

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