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A Time to Shine

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Recently, the world has come to a halt, just in case you didn't know. My kids now are at home until April 10th, the weekend before Easter.
Last week, I watched church online for the first time and the church just said they will continue this until everyone is safe. I bet when we are allowed to go back, then the churches will be filled.

I can't find toilet paper, paper goods, water, pasta, meat, chicken, or fish (canned or otherwise) as the grocery store near me has emptied out.
I brought my son home from college, about 45 minutes away as he lives in a studio apartment. He doesn't have a car and I bring him meals for the week normally. He is running out of toilet paper and now we have to hunker together as I can't be buying him " luxurious " lean cuisine meals where you pay $2 a meal that barely makes a meal. :-)
Seriously, this is a little bit scary and uncertain times.

So my minister at our church last week talk about the scene in the Bible where Jesus is sleeping in a boat while all the others are frightened about their outcome in the storm.
We are in a storm like nothing we have ever seen before in our lifetime.
Our faith is being tested.

I read my Bible in the morning, which I haven't done in a LONG while, and I went for a walk yesterday and the pictures below are all taken from that day. Sometimes when I see God, it is usually though a camera lens. The scriptures below are from my church's last weeks sermon. I hope this brings you peace from all the anxiety being thrown at you.



John 14:27
Jesus said
Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.



Phil 4:6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.


Phil 4:8
Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable -- if anything is excellent or praiseworthy -- think about such things


Ephesians 4:29
Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths but only such as good for building up that it may give grace to those who hear.


Ephesian 4:32
Be kind and tender-hearted to one another, forgiving each other just as Christ forgave you.


Turn you FEAR into FAITH
Your GRIEVANCE into GRACE
Your SELFISHNESS into SACRIFICE

I hope we all look for God today.
Remember who God is. He is the God of the winds and waves and controls the storm.



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