Be encouraged! Press on!


He cares for you, loves YOU, SO MUCH that…

“He was despised and rejected by men, a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief; and as one from whom men hide their faces he was despised, and we esteemed him not.”‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭53:3‬ ‭ESV‬‬

For you!

Yeah, it’s HARD! 

But rememember… “But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.”‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

May God use this reminder so that we press on!

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Hang on, even when it’s hard.

Though skies are dark and circumstances are tough, 


look to He who is greater than the foreboding seas and threatening skies.

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” (‭‭James‬ ‭1:12‬ ‭ESV‬‬)

http://bible.com/59/jas.1.12.esv

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Don’t allow “what might” prevent you from what “He will do” in me despite circumstances, press on!


“If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves on the earth, and if a tree falls to the south or to the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it will lie. 

He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.” ‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭11:3-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Don’t allow obstacles of that which appears to be an obstacle to slow you down, press on, row!!!

http://bible.com/59/ecc.11.3-4.esv

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All clear…

Yesterday


NOW

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The need for barriers… thoughts from the NC Outer Banks

Though, here on North Carolina’s outer banks, we’ve seen only the outermost edge of Irma’s effect, a lesson has been learned.

Yesterday morning, a couple of hours before hide tide we observed  these conditions:

Old Glory and the red flags that prohibit swimming were straining in the steady wind. The beach was not quite abandoned, but almost so because the wind made sitting or playing uncomfortable. 


This morning, though the sustained winds had decreased, the sky was darker and the waves were actually rougher…


Near the end of my walk I had crossed from that eastward ocean vista to the westward view on the Currituck Sound side of the island…


What a difference.

Thus, I realized the importance of these naturally occurring barrier islands. They form a kind of shield for the shore across the sound.

We need barriers, boundaries and shields as we walk this journey as pupils of Jesus. The shield of faith, of course, comes to mind. 

The waves and wind of life will come; we need that shield. But to lift and hold a shield takes training. Thus we must train our hearts and minds daily to look to He who is our shield! Then, as we’ve made looking to Him second nature, when storms rage, we’re ready.  With our aim at Him, not the struggle, He will guide us through to the calmer waters.

To God be all the glory.

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Like a refreshing spring…

God is like a refreshing spring, pouring forth, good for drinking deeply, able to quench the thirst of we who sometimes run dry… may He be our sole supply to quench our thirst.

“Singers and dancers alike say, “All my springs are in you.””‭‭Psalms‬ ‭87:7‬ ‭ESV‬‬

http://bible.com/59/psa.87.7.esv

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