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Peace Be Still

“Peace, be still.
God, calm storms raged around and within us.
Open the floodgates of heaven.
Bestow mercy upon us.
Shower rain of blessings upon us.”

After this morning’s meditation and spending time with God, I reached for my phone to read notices I observed that were in queue from a social media friend who lives in Texas.

In anticipation of reading her messages to complete my happy morning as I always do because she never fails to send godly, inspiring words of wisdom and encouragement, I never would have imagined she was sending sad news.

To my surprise, it began with news of disaster which noted the powerful storm that hit North Texas last night leaving the city in devastation. There were 6 people killed, several injured, and hundreds left homeless. A storm, yet again, that left a mark of pain and devastation on the lives of a community who will never be the same.

After describing details of an uneventful act of nature, she briefly began to speak about storms in our lives and compared its similarity to the impact we experience when faced with storms of life.

I began to think, “Imagine what it is like to be in conflict when faced with storms that rage within us?” Where we search desperately for refugee in the hopes it would die down or go away and leave us. Only to find there’s no place to run or no place to go or hide. Much like ones whose homes were destroyed as a result of last night’s storm and are now are faced with seeking shelter in an unfamiliar place. But are to be thankful in spite of because of God’s grace?

In life we are faced with storms similar as this that may bring pain, sorrow, depression, or hopelessness. Feelings of loneliness and despair only to feel God is not there. Wondering how will we recover? Only to discover; God was there all the time in spite of how we felt.

Do not be discouraged. Let your hearts not be troubled. God is a present help in time of trouble. Cast your cares upon him. He will give you rest.  It may not look like it now in the wake of devastation, but God knows best. He will calm the raging storm around and within you. He is there for you. Be hopeful. Have faith in God. Trust the Lord.

My thoughts and prayers are with every family who has been affected by last night’s powerful, devastating storm that they may find peace, strength, and comfort. Jesus be a fence. Send your armor of protection to surround them. Guard their hearts. Give them patience not to give up. Hope to grow in grace of blessings that will overflow from God’s cup. Give them strength to endure in the wake of devastation. Be patient.

Peace be still….

Be blessed! -JD

2 Thessalonians 3:16 NLT “Now may the Lord of peace himself give you his peace at all times and in every situation. The Lord be with you all.”

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Praying and Thinking of You

In my experience, I have seen numerous events like 9/11 attacks that have caused the nation to grieve, and in time recover and find healing and peace. Nothing will ever compare to it. But this past week has been overwhelming. To see and hear breaking news reports every day has taken its toll on many, including me. It has been a dramatic, draining week. With news reports that have either startled or disturbed me. It is has been devastating.

It began on Monday with the Boston marathon explosion and as a result of the deadly attacks, three people were killed and 176 wounded. Then there was news of a poisoned letter sent to the President, the Texas fertilizer plant explosion that killed at least 14 people and parts of a community is now missing, and a powerful earthquake in China that killed 156 people and 5,500 injured with a number of people still missing.

With the week ending in a shootout and firing of explosives where more victims were hurt or killed, and lock down of a city in the attempt to capture those who were responsible for Monday’s Boston marathon tragic event. Innocent lives being taken, many critically injured or wounded and still there’s an unspecified number of people still not accounted for in many events that have been reported.

In all my years, I don’t recall ever having witnessed such chaos and confusion seen consistently as I’ve seen this past week. Sadly, we don’t what will come next or what will happen in the coming weeks. All we can do is be prepared mentally and not react to what we continue to see. The best response is to pray for the families hurting, the weak and the weary, and ones grieved.

Pray for loved ones, lost ones, and families across the nation. They are going through a difficult time. Make a faith declaration. To show your trust and faith in what you believe; God, even thought we cannot see Him. Keep the victims and families who have experienced tragedy in prayer every day. God will make a way.

Unfortunately, the events sadly may now lead to fear and avoidance for some, where many may become afraid to leave their homes. There are some who now do not feel safe and are afraid to return to the place they once felt safe. The place they called home before the earthquake. There may be a rise in the incidence of people who may begin to avoid crowds, minimize or change they way do things in the wake of what’s happening now.

Sadly, tragedies have occurred that will hurt generations for years to come but let it not put fear in our hearts because of what others have done.

However, let this be a time where we reinforce our values and things we hold dear and near to our heart. To live in peace with one another in spite our feeling overwrought, in light of the world that seems to be ripping apart.

Guard your heart. Let God be your guide. Avoid anger, temptation, and pride. Do as God’s Word instructs, “Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as Christ God forgave you” (Ephesians 4:32). Strive for contentment no matter what others do.

In every situation no matter what you may face, keep your mind and thoughts in the right place. Don’t give up. But continue to run the race. Praise God no matter what you may face. “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things” (Philippians 4: 8).

Keep the families and victims in your thoughts and prayers. Pray that God comforts and strengthen them during their times of despair.

As for me, please know we are praying and thinking of you. May God bless you.

Be blessed! -JD

Isaiah 40:28-31 “Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29 He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

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