Sunday, December 16, 2018

Happy Sunday reader!

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More Storms to Come

In Orlando, summer means more tourists, humid weather, tons of traffic and long lines for each attraction park.

But it also means hurricanes, thunder storms, and high winds. Isn't life like that?

We enjoy attractions in life, but the storms come to disrupt our peace, the winds of uncertainty blow and we’re left wondering when calmness will reign again.

And it rains again but only when God’s mercy first calms the storm that rage inside us. The winds of worry, of fear and anxiety. The same emotions that rumbled inside the disciples. What they did: “Then he [Jesus] got into the boat and his disciples followed him. Without warning, a furious storm came up on the lake, so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We're going to drown!"

He replied, "You of little faith, why are you so afraid?" Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm” (Matthew 8:23-25).

Did you read the important step they took? They first followed Jesus. That was the first step, the first action plan.

We gotta do that, too. When we follow Him, storms may still come; but Jesus will speak. Winds will blow; but He will calm them down. Waves may surge; but He will make them still.

Praying you invite Jesus into your boat.

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Troubles Turned to Triumph

This month has been one of many prayer requests: broken marriages, financial hardships, ill children, job loss, family conflict, hope gone, and depression.

Each arrives in my inbox, asking for prayer. And as I read them one-by-one, my heart aches, tears form, and compassion moves my heart.

But, here’s the reality: although I’m only human, with flaws and problems of my own, still, I’m deeply touched by each sad situation.

Can you imagine how much a loving God, almighty, all-knowing and with incomprehensible love must feel when He receives our requests?

If you’re in the middle of that asking-for-answers stage of your life, you can be 100% certain God is listening. He’s moved. He’s reaching out. And He is in the process of working out your answer.

Keep on praying, praising and singing gratitude for what He will do.

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What's been happening lately in my life?

It’s close to Father’s Day. And it will be my father’s last. He isn’t doing his 50 pushups as he did a few weeks ago. He’s not praying in the middle of the night. And he’s not figuring out the stock market either.

Instead, he moans. Sometimes he has a sense of humor. Sometimes he speaks garbled words. Sometimes he recalls details of his childhood.

That’s what he does now because at 91, He’s reaching the end of his life.

I sit beside his hospital bed, leaning on the metal railing, a reminder of the coldness of life’s end. In silence, I listen to his requests, strange at times. Some of his sentences make no sense. Some of his words struggle to get out.

But what makes sense is God’s plan. His will for me to let go of someone who took care of his family. I’m about to say good-bye to a man who embraced courage and faith-filled boldness.

Decades ago, he made the choice to legally move the family to the U.S. He endured pain, humiliation and hardship. And he displayed tenacity, faith and wisdom.

But though he had imperfections, he fulfilled his dream. He brought my Mom, my brother and me out of Bolivia. “I wanted a better life for you,” he said.

And as we transitioned from Bolivia to the U.S. we did and still do have a better life with more opportunities, more prosperity and deeper hope of reaching higher heights.

But now there is another more profound transition: from the threshold of physical death to the place of joy, empty of tears, free from hardships, and filled with unspeakable joy.

I think I will cry when he parts. But my tears will be of my longing to be also where he’s going. God will dry those tears reminding me of the mansion God prepared. The promise He made. And the reassurance of which He spoke.

In that promise He described a better life, a greater joy, and a sweeter delight.

That’s why tears will flow when my father leaves this earth. But joy will rule knowing where he’s going.

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Unexpected Note

I just received feedback from an article I wrote titled Ten Habits of an Unhappy Woman.

Her feedback said she could identify with many of them. And as she recognized them, she chose to correct them and change.

What joy that brings to me. You can find the article HERE.

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Time for Yourself

I invite you to stop your hectic, hurried life and take time for yourself. Right now, right here. Grab a cup of coffee and relax while your heart takes in this inspiration.

For you: 60 minutes where God will speak to you during this segment of my radio program.

Here’s the topic:  He was told he only had a few hours to live; they called the family to say good-bye. But God had the last word. Listen to this segment which contains an example of how God performs miracles today.

What prompts God’s miracles? Is it our prayer? Is it our amount of faith? Or is it the way we pray. Find out and be encouraged in this segment. CLICK HERE to find out.

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Encourage a Friend

If you found a bit of inspiration, would you consider sharing this with a friend? It would mean so much to me. Thank you!

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Prayer for You

As I mentioned above, your requests become an important part of my prayer life as I join you in lifting them before the Lord. Please continue sending your requests and concerns HERE.

Until next month...Janet