Thursday, February 27, 2014

COURAGE....Proverbs 31 OBS Blog Hop

Last week, I wrote about storms and how they can be beneficial for us…if they keep us reaching for Jesus and shaping us to be more like Him.  

This week I have decided to write about courage.  We have to be courageous through the storms in our lives.

“The only way we’ll ever stand is on our knees with lifted hands.” Casting Crowns, Courageous

I wake up early…pour a cup of coffee and exhale.  Exhaling the fear and stress over the last couple of weeks and wondering how am I going to find the courage to move into this storm that is trying to come in and destroy. Inhaling hope and strength.  

I’m betting we all know people who we would say are courageous.  I know some people that I would definitely say have a lot of courage to do some of the things they do on a daily bases.  There is one person in particular that I know has tremendous courage and I admire her so much. 

Over the past couple of weeks…the storm of this situation has been blowing around us and trying to knock us down but we have braced ourselves in the grace of Jesus and we have anchored our feet next to His.  When the storm tries to bring us down…we lean into Him and He doesn’t let us fall.  This takes courage.

It takes courage to stay the road that is in the path of this storm.  It takes courage to trust…to keep our trust in the “pre-miracle” part of this storm.  It takes courage to just do today and not worry about tomorrow.  It takes courage to wake up every morning and say, “Ok God…what do You have for me today and how do You want me to serve…today.”

… “be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus” (1 Thess. 5:16–18).

Sometimes I feel like knocking on heaven’s door and asking, “Hey, why again?”  And then other times I feel like kicking the door down and saying, “REALLY, I’m supposed to be joyful?”  Sure it’s ok to be angry about the storm but that won’t accomplish anything but allow the storm to rip me apart.  I have to breathe and let my heart align with His.  Because this storm…not only hurts me but it hurts Him.  And He says, “Knock it down Michelle- with Me!”

The lady that has tremendous courage…she and I will knock it down together with Him.

When I start thinking of the positives in this storm…the winds die down some.  When I start thanking Him for these positives….it’s almost as if the waves stop.  JOY! Keep thanking Him during this storm and we can walk through it…together.  JOY! Keep thanking Him for the blessing of this storm and He calms our worries and our fears.  JOY! The minute the winds kick up and the waves start to crash around us…thank Him for the positives and the blessings.  This calms the storm.  JOY!

Yes, Jesus always gives us the option to choose Him.  He always leaves the door open to Him.  He asks, “Do you want to be healed?” (John 5:6) “Give thanks and keep your eyes on Me.  I must become greater!”  He is bigger than this storm.  

 “I will praise You in this storm.”  Casting Crowns,
Praise You in This Storm.

So…every morning I get my cup of coffee, exhale and ask God, “How do you want me to serve You today?” And then I write out my thanks and listen for Him.

Day 142