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. 

Jesus Is Bigger Than We Let Him Be

by Traci Burns

When I attended church on Sunday, May 29, 2011, I had no idea how the sermon I heard that day would impact my life. 

It was titled “Jesus Stills a Storm,” and it came from Mark 4:35-41.

Jesus and His disciples were in a boat when a storm hit. Jesus was asleep in the bottom of the boat while His disciples faced the storm.

Frightened, the disciples woke Jesus and asked Him, “Don’t you care if we drown?”

Jesus stood and calmed the storm.

The speaker explained that Jesus could sleep because He wasn’t stressed, not because He didn’t care.

Jesus is bigger than we let Him be. He's still in your boat. He's still in control. And He's preparing to act. (Introducing Traci Burns via @JeanWilund)He told us to remember three things when we face our own storms:

  1. Jesus is still in our boat.
  2. Jesus is still in control.
  3. Jesus is preparing to act.

When a fierce storm hits, Jesus is doing something that couldn’t be done in any other environment — something He couldn’t accomplish under any other set of circumstances.

Within a year, the third point is one I would need in a way I never expected — or wanted.

Just as the disciples learned that Jesus is big enough to make the wind and waves obey and to still a raging storm, I, too, would soon learn that Jesus is bigger than we let Him be.

I’ll share what happened next time, and while it’s not a story I enjoy telling, it’s a story that needs to be told.

I know I’m not the only one who’s been in a storm and could say that it certainly looked like Jesus was neither in the boat, in control, or preparing to do a thing.

But if we thought that, we’d be wrong.

Join me next time.

Thanks,
Traci


I hope you enjoyed this first Thought to Think by Traci and will join us again for the next part of her story. As I said, it’s a story only God could write.

As I think about what Traci shared above, it makes me so grateful storms don’t disturb Christ. They can throw us into despair faster than a snow flurry can empty a grocery store in the South. But they don’t throw Christ.

He’s able to take our storms and bend them to His will. In fact, He does some of His most awe-inspiring work in the middle of a storm.

We’ll see some of His amazing handiwork in the story Traci has to share.

Traci herself is an amazing piece of work — and I mean that in the best way possible. I truly do.


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MEET TRACI:

Traci Burns "Thoughts To Think" on Join the Journey (www.JeanWilund.com)Traci Burns is a wife and mom. It’s the role she always wanted and has truly enjoyed.

She stayed at home with her children and raised them with God’s help. She made mistakes along the way, but she got a lot other things right.

Now that her children are grown, she’s seeking the Lord to discover what her next role should be. She can’t wait to find out what He tells her.

She started out life in Sandy Run, SC, but now lives through the woods and down the street from me in Lexington.

We met when our children were tiny. Besides sharing parenting tips until we both agreed we don’t have a clue what we’re doing, we share a passion for coffee and comedy.

We now sip cappuccinos and laugh — or shake our heads — at some of our mistakes. Sometimes we cry, but mostly we laugh because Traci is hilarious.

I’ve told her a gazillion times (no lie, but maybe an exaggeration) that she should’ve been a stand-up comedian.

Don’t they say that most comedians are born out of adversity? I wish this wasn’t true in Traci’s case, but it is.

Her life hasn’t been all adversity, though. She’s gotten to spend a lot of time with me, remember?

She’s also been blessed with an incredible husband, children, and friends. And that dog named Lucky. Hmmmm.

Best of all, Traci enjoys a deep relationship with God that’s continues to allow her to laugh even when she ought to be crying.

I hope you’ll join the journey as Traci brings us encouragement, laughter, and hope through her Thoughts To Think. 

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When Your Child Is Suffering: An Interview with Author Michelle Medlock Adams – Part 4

When Your Child Is Suffering: An Interview with Michelle Adams Part 4

 

Andrea came running to the door screaming, “Mrs. Jean! Brittany got hit in her eyes by a bungee cord, and she can’t see.”

My legs lost all strength as the sound of her wailing in the backyard reached my ears.

Even thinking about that moment weakens me over ten years later.

I hurried to Brittany, praying every step of the way.

“Father God, You do all things well. If Your plan is for Brittany to live blind, then I accept it, and I’ll trust You in it. But Father, if it’s not, then I pray You will get us to a doctor right away and heal her eyes. Give me the strength and ability to remain calm. Help her calm down, too, Father. Please, help my child!”

The sight of Brittany was terrifying. She was screaming out my name, reaching frantically around for me, in pain and terrified. 

I took my precious child into my arms and guided her to the house. And I prayed.

Andrea stayed by Brittany’s side while I scoured the internet for an eye specialist. And I prayed.

They told me I could bring her in right away. They said to hurry. I prayed.

I can’t even remember the doctor’s name, but he was a most kind and gentle doctor.

He rushed her in and checked her eyes. After the exam, he told me that most times accidents like this cause retina detachment, which is very serious. But Brittany’s eyes were completely fine. He saw no damage.

We praised God all the way home!

In one afternoon, I went from sheer terror to exultant praise.

Michelle Medlock Adams, author of When Chocolate Isn’t Enough: An Inspirational Survival Guide for Moms, didn’t have the benefit of a quick release from watching her child suffer.

But God met Michelle and her daughter in their pain and taught them more about His overwhelming grace.

Here’s their story and Michelle’s helpful words of wisdom for moms whose child is suffering:

 

Jean Circle Blog PhotoJean: I know from reading your book that while your resume may make you look like you live a perfect life, you and your family have been through painful struggles when one of your daughters was suffering.

Watching a child suffer is the worst for a mom.

What would you say to the mom who’s child is suffering?

 

Michelle Adams Circular Bio PhotoMichelle: I don’t always do it right. I am as real as they come.

If you’re in this world, you’ll go through stuff, no matter who you are.

Afterwards, we’ll look back and see that it was all worth it, but in the moment it’s hard. When the bad stuff comes, it’s hard.

Our struggle was anorexia.

I couldn’t believe that one of my girls could go through this.

I’m the affirming mom!

I’ve written many stories about anorexia for newspapers and magazines. I was so aware of it.

The fact that my daughter had it didn’t make sense.

I did everything right.

I felt such guilt.

How did I fail her?

I had to get over that before I could help her.

God said, “Are you going to give this to Me? It’s not your battle to fight.”

Even if you missed it somewhere down the line, that’s not important. 

What if’s and why’s get you nowhere.

It’s not your job to fix your child. Your job is to stand in the gap and pray for your child in a focused way. Love and pray for your child.

At the time, it may not feel like things will get better, but God will provide.

God knows what He’s doing in the things that He lets happen in your life.

God provided for Ally. And now we see how God is using it to help people in the industry she’s in. Anorexia is common in the fashion industry. She can point them to God because she gets it!

Remember that God is still in control. He’s never left the throne. He’s right there fighting with you. You can trust Him with your child.

It’s really hard for us to dedicate our child to the Lord. We think we know better than Him. We want to take them back.

It’s not a one-time thing of giving our child to God. We have to say, “I know you’ve got this, God,” and then give them to God again. 

And our other children need us, too. There’s never enough of us to go around.

During Abby’s freshman year in college, she was on an athletic scholarship. She wanted us to come to her game, but Ally’s condition was serious.

We couldn’t be in every place. That was so hard.

Don’t carry guilt!

God will restore to you the years that the locusts have eaten. (Joel 2:25) He’s doing that for us now.

Abby is in her senior year and is student teaching here in her home town. Now is our time with her.

Ally has moved far away, and Abby is now local. We have one precious year with her before she goes off on her own.

No one can ever prepare you for when something happens to your child.

It’s important to pray for them and remain in Christ.

They’re His!

To be continued . . .

 

“No one can ever prepare you for when something happens to your child.” Too true!

And when it does, it feels like it’s happening to you. 

If my child gets cut, I bleed.

If I feel even partially responsible for my child’s injury, I bleed out.

But as Michelle said, we can’t carry the guilt. Those if only’s will kill us and not help our child. 

But it’s so hard at times.

I gave Brittany the bungee cords to play with.

Guilt jumped all over me. If she wound up blind because of it, I knew I’d have to figure out how to live with that guilt.

I’d have to do what Michelle said. I’d have to give my guilt and my child over to God, a lot.

I’m so thankful it wasn’t God’s will for our lives at that time for Britt to be blinded.

I’d give up ever drinking coffee again if God promised that none of my children would ever have to suffer again.

Some of you understand how major that is for me. 

Yet, do I really want that?

Yes.

And no.

I absolutely can’t bear for my children to experience pain of any sort. I don’t even like beating them in a game — although I can do it.

But as I look back over my life, in those moments of deep pain, God met me. He faithfully taught me priceless truths about Himself that’s made all the difference in my life.

He could teach me those same powerful truths when life is great, but I’m not as interested in stepping out into life-altering faith when I don’t have to.

God quite often has to lead us down the valley of the shadow of death to get our attention.

But to really know Him and His power is worth it all.

Do I really want my children not to know God in every way that He can be known?

They’ll never really know God as their comforter until they need comforting.

They’ll never really know Him as their rescuer until they need rescuing.

They’ll never really know Him as All-Sufficient until they’re at the end of their rope.

No, I’m not asking God to throw my children into a fiery furnace or a lion’s den so they can experience the wonder of His rescue.

I’d rather He just point them to the stories in the Bible from the safety of their home.

But I am praying that God does all He knows He needs to do to draw them as close to Him as they need to be — and to do it as GENTLY as absolutely possible.

I think that’s a fair prayer for a mom.

What about you? What have you found that helps you through the times when your child is suffering? Please share with us in the comments.

If you’ve missed any of the earlier posts this week with my interview with Michelle, please check them out. You really don’t want to miss them. Follow the link at the bottom of the page with the left arrow. 


 

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Michelle Adams Book Signing pic july 2013Michelle Medlock Adams is an award-winning journalist and best-selling author, earning top honors from the Associated Press, the Society of Professional Journalists and the Hoosier State Press Association. Author of over 70 books and a regular blogger for Guideposts, Michelle has written more than 1,000 articles for newspapers and magazines since graduating with a journalism degree from Indiana University.

Michelle is married to her high school sweetheart, Jeff, and they have two college-aged daughters, Abby and Allyson, as well as a miniature dachshund and four cats. When not writing or teaching writing, Michelle enjoys leading fitness classes at Priority Fitness, and cheering on the Indiana University Basketball team, the Chicago Cubbies, and the LA Kings. www.michellemedlockadams.com.  Connect with Michelle also on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.


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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.

There in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus faced His reason not to want to surrender to God: He didn’t want to be separated from Him.

Christ knew the instant He took on the sin of the world, “became sin” as the Bible says, God would have to turn His face away from Christ. God’s holiness and our sin don’t mix.

If Jesus chose to surrender to the way of the cross, He was choosing to be separated from God.

Notice that I said Jesus had a list. I didn’t go so far as to say He didn’t want to surrender.

Christ wanted to surrender, but He had a list of one good reason why He wouldn’t want to surrender if He didn’t want to surrender, but He did want to, so He prayed, “Nevertheless, not My will, but Yours, be done.” (Luke 22:42)

None of us can put “I Don’t Want to Be Separated From God” on our top ten list of why we don’t want to surrender. For us, surrendering doesn’t interrupt our fellowship with God, it assures it. 

So what’s on my top ten list of why I don’t want to fully surrender to God?

1.    Unbelief

If we’ve never experienced living a fully surrendered life, nor seen others live surrendered, we’re forced to take God’s Word on faith.

That’s not always our favorite thing to do. Most of us prefer to see where we’ll land before we leap. 

Just because God’s Word says it works, or others say so, doesn’t mean we’re naturally going to trust it will work for us.

“Lord, I believe. Help my unbelief.” (Mark 9:24)

2.   Bad Press

A life of surrender to God is often portrayed as a life of nothing but sacrifice and pain. 

The Egyptian Christians surrendered, and ISIS chopped off their heads, right?

That’s not exactly appealing advertising for enlisting us into a life of surrender. 

“These things I have spoken to you, so that in Me you may have peace. In the world you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

3.   Past Hurts

Most of us have been disappointed by someone or something in which we’ve placed our faith. Those times color our desire to surrender to anyone else again, even God.

We don’t want to believe that God would let us down, but deep inside, we’re scared He will. 

Surrendering to an individual can be scary. We’re giving them control over us. 

There are people to whom no one should ever surrender in any way, but God is not one of them.  

“Can a woman forget her nursing child And have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, but I will not forget you. Behold, I have inscribed you on the palms of My hands” (Isaiah 49:15-16)

4.   Enough is Enough

Since the day we were born, people have been telling us what to do. Our parents, teachers, coaches, boss, the government, etc. have told us what to do.

“Enough!” we say. We’re tired of doing what everyone else wants us to do. 

“Why do you call Me ‘Lord, Lord,’ and don’t do the things I say?” (Luke 6:46)

5.   Dreams

What if surrendering to God means giving up our hopes and dreams and accepting a life that will be rigid and trapped? 

We’ll be forced to accept God’s dreams for us instead of our own. 

We may fear God’s dreams for us will be “important,” but not fun, something we should want, but don’t really want.

“Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us” (Ephesians 3:20)

6.   Fear

If we surrender to God, will He send us off to live in a dilapidated hut somewhere in the middle of nowhere as a missionary?

Will we end up in one of ISIS’ death cages?

We’re afraid God’s “best for our life” might actually land us somewhere we’re scared to be.

“Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” (Isaiah 41:10)

7. Loss of Identity

Hollywood has done an effective job painting Christians as pathetic, judgmental, carbon-copy Christians that make even actual Christians watching the movie cheer against them. 

To be fair, many of us Christians have given them plenty of fodder to work with as they write their scripts.

We may fear that surrendering to Christ means surrendering who we are to become a Bible-toting, bland version of who we once were. Who wants to become a Stepford wife?

“I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Wonderful are Your works, And my soul knows it very well.” (Psalm 139:14)

8. Comfort

Some of us are willing to give up some control of our lives to God, but we’re afraid to give Him total control because we’ve built a comfortable life, and we’re afraid of losing it.

We like living under the radar. We want to be left alone. 

“And everyone who has left houses or brothers or sisters or father or mother or children or farms for My name’s sake, will receive many times as much, and will inherit eternal life.” (Matthew 19:29)

9.  Pride

If we’re truly honest with ourselves, the #1 reason we don’t want to surrender to God is because, in our human pride, we want to be God. 

We want to call the shots in our life, until we get into trouble. Then we suddenly want Him to show up and be Almighty God for us. (Actually, we want Him to be our Genie in a bottle. We still want to be God.)  

“One’s pride will bring him low, but he who is lowly in spirit will obtain honor.” (Proverbs 29:23)

10.  Ignorance or Dellusion

Some of us simply just don’t know we’re supposed to surrender to God. Christianity is new to us, so we’re still learning what a life with God really means. 

Others of us believe we have surrendered when we actually haven’t.

We don’t know what it looks like to be fully surrendered, so we think we have, but we’ve come short of full-all-out surrender.

Still, others of us declare we have, but it’s just a show. Our pride may be so strong that we’ve even fooled ourselves.

If you imply we haven’t surrendered, we’ll fight you over it. (By the way, if you’re ready to fight over this, it’s a pretty good sign that you haven’t fully surrendered.)

“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” (Joshua 1:8)

 

Now for some soul searching.  

We have to ask ourselves if we’re living right now fully surrendered to God.

Are we experiencing the Whatever-You-say-God-I-only-want-what-You-want-for-my-life-and-nothing-else-no-matter-what-the-cost kind of surrender? 

Our lives will never be what God intended them to be, nor what we really want them to be, until we live fully surrendered to Him. 

Surrender is a moment-by-moment choice. It’s not a one-time decision like salvation. 

Which of these reasons (or others) may be blocking our path?

We’ll talk about dealing with these obstacles in a later post, but here’s a hint: When you come to know God and His character as He really is, the obstacles melt away.

Now that you’ve seen my top ten reasons for not wanting to surrender, what are yours? Do you have some I didn’t mention? Add to my list in the comment section. I’d love to hear from you.

In my next Surrender Series post, we’ll look at an eye-opening realization that helped remove the stumbling blocks in my path to surrender. It was an “A Ha! moment” that changed me. Stay tuned!

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

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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.

The life I wanted for myself didn’t match the life He seemed to want for me, so I told Him the time had come for us to go our separate ways . . . for now. 

I told Him I wouldn’t be gone forever.

I hadn’t stopped feeling love for Him, but He wanted me to surrender to Him, and I wanted Him to surrender to me. 

Since we both refused to give in, I made the worst decision of my life.

I refused to surrender to the only one worth surrendering to — the only one who can be trusted to truly know what’s best for me. 

Two years and many scars later, I found my way back to God, ready to surrender. 

At least I thought I’d surrendered. I’d learn later that God still had much to teach me.

Refreshed in my new-found relationship with God, I experienced many years of happiness and inner joy. These years erased much of the pain from the wounds I’d received during my wanderings, however, a roller coaster life of victories and failures continued to characterize my life.

Before long, I found myself digging my heels in again, on the verge of another impasse with God. My heart once again had set itself on something He seemed to be withholding from me.

Constant failure began to be my norm, and my heart cried out to God, “You always get to have your way, God. Please, let me have my way and just do what I’m asking You to do.”

Ever-patient, God spoke to me through His Word and into my aching heart and clouded mind. 

“No,” He said. “Your way leads to destruction because your way is paved with lies. Believe Me when I tell you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it bears much fruit.” (John 12:24)

Dying is a bit like winter. Resurrection is coming just as sure as the Spring.

Dying is a bit like winter. Resurrection is coming just as sure as the Spring. 

A friend of mine told me that she wasn’t afraid of being dead. She was only afraid of the process of dying. 

In the spiritual realm, I was afraid of both.

But I couldn’t avoid either.

I was already dying inside by fighting a battle I couldn’t win — and would’ve deeply regretted winning, if I had.

Little did I know that God was actually in the process of answering the true prayer of my heart.

I’d begged for relief. He knew what I really wanted was resurrection, and resurrection only comes after death.

Finally, on a warm Spring day, I sat on the cool, soft grass in the shade of my Vitex tree and died.

I told God, “You win. I can’t fight anymore. I don’t want to fight anymore. I just want You. I don’t care about anything else that I’ve ever wanted. Just give me You. I’ll do whatever You want me to do no matter what it costs me, and I don’t even care if You never bless me again. Just give me You.”

I died that day as I’d never died before — and I didn’t even have to wait three days for my resurrection. I stood up and walked into my house more free than I’d ever felt before.

God had won the battle, and I became the victor after all.

I had finally, fully surrendered to God.

Dying is a bit like winter.
Resurrection is coming just as sure as the Spring.
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Apart from the moment I trusted Christ for my salvation, surrendering was the smartest thing I’ve ever done. (Marrying Larry was another moment of brilliance.)

Since that Spring day in my garden, I’ve learned that with God surrender is definitely surrender, but it’s also sweet because…

When we surrender to the God of Heaven,
we’re surrendering to:

the One who is worthy. (“Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; His greatness no one can fathom.” ~ Psalm 145:3),

the One who loves us supremely, (“But from everlasting to everlasting the LORD’s love is with those who fear Him, and His righteousness with their children’s children,” ~ Psalm 103:17),

the One who controls everything that touches ours lives, (“Can anything happen without the Lord’s permission?” ~ Lamentations 3:37), 

the One who has our absolute best interest in mind, (“’For I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘Plans to prosper you and not to harm you; plans to give you a hope and a future.’” ~ Jeremiah 29:11),

the One who longs to shower us with goodness, (“For the Lord is a sun and shield; He gives grace and glory; No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.” ~ Psalm 84:11),

the One who is more than able to perform all that He purposes to do, (“For the LORD Almighty has purposed, and who can thwart him? His hand is stretched out, and who can turn it back?” ~ Isaiah 14:27)

When we really think about it, it shouldn’t be hard to surrender to someone like that.

What can possibly go wrong?

So then why do so few of us make the decision to hold nothing back and fully surrender to the One who is more than worthy to receive it all?

That’s a question we simply must answer. 

And that’s why our next journey together into the Word of God is going to be spent looking at what God says about surrender.

In my next post, we’ll look at different reasons why we may be resistant to a life of being fully surrendered to God. You’ve already gotten a glimpse into one of my reasons. (Yes, I have more.)

Have you struggled with surrendering in the past? Are you struggling with it now?

What questions do you want us to answer as we look at surrendering?

I’d love to hear from you. Leave a comment or email me. 

And then Join the Journey as we head into a life of daily, all-out, hold-nothing-back surrender to a God who’s worthy.

I’m personally working on building up frequent flier miles.

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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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Then Moses said to God,
“If I come to the people of Israel and say to them,
‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’
and they ask me,
‘What is his name?’
what shall I say to them?”

God said to Moses,
I AM WHO I AM.
And He said, “Say this to the people of Israel,
I AM
has sent me to you.’”

God also said to Moses,
“Say this to the people of Israel,
‘The Lord,
the God of your fathers,
the God of Abraham,
the God of Isaac,
and the God of Jacob,
has sent me to you.’
This is My name forever,
and thus
I am to be remembered
throughout all generations.”
~ Exodus 3:13-15