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Focus: Faith Even inThe Perfect Storm … Day 27 of 31

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Stormy Skies – Irene

Sandy is on her way … taking her time sailing up the eastern seaboard. They say she’s the perfect storm, one that is going to be dangerous and devastating.

It’s very early on Saturday morning here at the beautiful Jersey Shore and people have already devastated the water and canned goods supply in the local grocery stores and Wal Mart … they are afraid, listening to the conflicting, yet consistent reports of predicted doom! I say conflicting because it is causing conflict four days before Sandy is even predicted to reach our shores!

I sit here tapping away on my keyboard calm and content even as the Weather Channel guides us in how to be prepared.

Why? Because I am focused on the Perfect God … not the perfect storm. I praise Him in all storms, even those sent by mother nature. 🙂 I wish everyone was … but we are human, and though I am content and calm, I am a good steward. We are prepared … we didn’t empty the stores, we have food and are prepared to cook it all if necessary. But I don’t see that happening! =)

I am determined to stay content in what Jesus said in [to] the storms we encounter …

I will speak to this storm “Quiet, Sandy, Be still … ” Then Sandy will die down and be completely calm. – In Jesus Name, amen.

“But as they sailed He fell asleep. And a windstorm came down on the lake, and they were filling with water, and were in jeopardy. But He said to them, “Where is your faith?” And they were afraid, and marveled, saying to one another, “Who can this be? For He commands even the winds and water, and they obey Him!” Luke 8:23, 25

“A furious squall came up, and the waves broke over the boat, so that it was nearly swamped. Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him. fearing the storm … Jesus got up, rebuked the wind and said to the waves,
“Quiet! Be still!” Then the wind died down and it was completely calm.
Jesus said to his disciples, “Why are you so afraid? Do you still have no faith?” -Mark 4:35-40

Blessings.

Author: Hopeannfaith

Welcome, I'm Andrea ... HOPEannFAITH ... I write and take pictures as a way of expression. These are gifts given by a loving and indulgent Father, to a headstrong and stubborn daughter, with much to say. A semi-retired social worker/secretary, I now call myself a writer. I've published one internet article and written many blog posts. However, publishing does not make one a writer, anymore than taking a box camera to the park makes one a photographer. What makes one who and what they are? Well God for one ... formed me before the foundations of this world (Psalm 139); and many, many years after putting away my passion for wordsmithing and picture taking He gave it back ... in droves. I am a culmination of my choices and experiences. It is here that my experiences color the world in print and color. It is my goal to reach just one soul a day with love ... encouragement ... understanding or just letting that soul know that they are not alone where they are today. This is about creating ~ all of it. Creating a HOLY and SACRED place where the ugly truth can be healed and the beauty of a moment or a tear can brighten a day for the experience. Why HOPEannFAITH? Hopeannfaith is my inner child, and she is maturing, as she should have done all along. She is learning all about how Faith fulfills Hope. She is learning how to live. HOPEannFAITH ~ the wonder twins all wrapped up in one, me. These are my Journey Journals ~ written and visual. I welcome your company. I welcome your friendships. My Journey is in the light ~ although I have and will share the shadowy corners and the dark ~ so you know that you are never alone there. If we hold hands in the dark, and we walk, side by side, through the shadow, we will reach the Light together. In relationship with one another and with the Light. Blessings.

3 thoughts on “Focus: Faith Even inThe Perfect Storm … Day 27 of 31

  1. Hi….so nice to meet you and read your blog about Hope and Faith…..I am a christian and I have peace about this storm but I also know that God can use storms to make people think about what’s important and what’s not….New Jersey is a very wealthy state with alot of corruption….If it’s fear that he’s got to put into people to make then call out to him…then so be it…..I know that our God is a loving a merciful God but I also read in the bible that he will sooner or later begin judgement…we are in the end times and this is just another reminder that God is in control even of the weather….what do you think? I’d like your opinion…..you can disagree with me it is okay…..:)

    • Hello Lainey,
      Thank you for reading my blog.
      I don’t completely agree with your assessment or interpretation of God’s word here. While I know he will begin judgement, as you said, sooner or later, I don’t see storms to be that judgement, and I’ll tell you why. At the end of the story of Noah and the Ark God physically gave us a visual promise that he would not end us with water ever again; the rainbow. He did say that storms and other natural disasters would be SIGNS of the end days coming … not a judgement of the end times.
      So this storm is not an end time judgement of NJ. In fact, NJ is not the only very rich state or corrupt state. Further if we are going there we would have to say the entirety of America’s government falls within those descriptions. Wouldn’t you?
      This is a storm, controlled by a loving God and those of us in true covenant with God are protected. The Word says so … read Psalm 91, it contains all of the promises of protection that God has spoken of throughout the bible all packed into that powerful Psalm.
      I know that this is a storm and that my faith in God’s protection is all I need, I am prepared for the storm, that is natural and necessary, but I know that all things work out for the good of those who love the Lord and are called to His purpose. Romans8:28
      Be Blessed and thanks for reading.
      Andrea

  2. I just found your comment on my page from a few weeks ago and wanted to come over to say hello. I love hearing the manner in which you choose to SEE GOD in all things. This is my prayer as well.
    Wishing you the best; that is, God’s Goodness, in ALL things!!!

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