Quieting the Storms

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Conflicts, no matter how great or small, put a strain on our ability to care. Differences divide, Especially when I’m “right” and the other is “wrong“.

Storms are inevitable: stress, unresolved irritations, demands beyond our ability to cope, things you’ve tried to change…but can’t.

There is One who can quiet our storms. He can change our attitudes. Open our eyes to new solutions. Heal broken relationships. Teach us new levels of gentleness.

In a life-threatening storm on Galilee, Jesus said, “Peace be still”.

At his command the storm on the sea and in the disciples ceased. Let Him speak that same “peace” to your soul today.

O Lord, I trust you to quiet the storms I may face today. Amen.

Photo courtesy of Ken Jones, copyright 2016

A Loving Partner

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“There is a place of quiet rest”, the old hymn writer wrote. But he must not have known the heavy demands of caregiving. Each day’s constant pressures can make “quiet rest” seem like a far-off dream. And it is…if you carry the load alone.

But in all of today’s demands…you have a loving Partner. An ever-caring Father. A strong Burden-sharer.

You are never alone…even in your most stressful times

Think of our Lord as always standing with you. He is strong…when you are weakest. Throughout this day, experience the quiet rest that comes only from drawing on our Father’s inexhaustible resources.

O Lord, teach me to rest today in the midst of life’s pressures. Amen.

Photo courtesy of Ken Jones, copyright 2016

A Home for the Heart

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“What a beautiful home”, the Psalmist said as he looked around at the grandeur of the temple Solomon had built for God. Everything was pure gold; the Altar, the walls and ceilings, even the floors. It was dazzling!

But in the lofty reaches of the Temple, the Psalmist saw another wonder. Amidst all the gold and the glory…

“birds find nooks and crannies in your house,

sparrows and swallows make nests there. They lay their eggs and raise their young.” (Psalm 84:3)

In all the stress of this day’s service it may not be easy to see the Temple-like grandeur of our God. But we can rest assured that the least among us are welcomed and protected by our loving Father.

O Lord, thank you that you made me to be at home in your love. Amen.

Photo courtesy of Ken Jones, copyright 2016