The kids walked home every day from school. Conveniently located, school wasn’t too far from our house. They never complained and time flew by because their friends walked alongside them. But this day was different. The air was heavy and muggy. Atypical for the clear and sunny beach city days. What looked like rainclouds covered the sky. Rain wasn’t in the forecast. No one had any warning. The kids didn’t have umbrellas. They were not prepared. Neither was I.
Unannounced, the storm took everyone by surprise. It started to sprinkle.
Then, like a blast, it became an intense, continuous downpour.
The rain came down so fast and hard… I just knew the kids first reaction would be to not give up and run back home. Sure enough, they came bolting through the door. Drenched and dripping from head to toe. They were out of breath and trembling. Stripping off their sopping clothes was the first thing they did. And they couldn’t wait to wrap themselves in an oversized, big fluffy towel to dry off.
Later that dark and dreary night, it was still raining outside.
The kids were so thankful that they were inside.
Forgive Us Father that We the Church allow rainclouds of doubt and fear to cover our normally clear and sunny thoughts. So We end up wearing a muggy and heavy countenance. But doubt and fear are not in the forecast for Our futures.
Forgive Us Father that We the Church allow time to fly by when friends or family that used to walk alongside Us; no longer do. Sometimes they were hit with a storm and are still in it. We typically want to strip Ourselves from them to avoid their sopping mess.
Forgive Us Father that We the Church can have an unannounced storm blast into Our lives. In fact, it can take Us by surprise. It can hit fast and hard. And sometimes Our reaction is to want to run. Far from it. Instead of back home; to You.
Maybe We forgot that This Day is Different. And that We as born again Christians are atypical. We get to bolt through His door of grace, mercy and forgiveness.
Anytime. Anywhere. Anyday. And come inside. With Him. (John15:9)
Maybe We forgot that We are drenched in an intense continuous downpour of His Love. It covers Us from head to toe. We just need to be willing to drip that Love directly into the lives of those who love Us and especially to those who do not love Us back. (Matthew 5:43-44)
Maybe We forgot that the Holy Spirit already gave Us His big fluffy towels of Comfort that wrap Us up all the time. His towels are super oversized. So You can extend them out to others that are out of breath and trembling from running their lives without Him. (John14:26)
And even when it’s still raining on the dark and dreary nights of your life,
You have what it takes. (Psalm 18:32)
You have what they need. (Philippians 4:19)
You get to hold the umbrella of salvation out to the lost. (Matt 28:19)
You will not relent. You will not give up. (Galatians 6:9)
You will walk alongside them. Even if they don’t want You to. (Hebrews 3:13)
You will be empowered. You will be comforted too in the midst of Your storm. (2Corinthians 1:3-5)
You advance against the storms!!! (2 Samuel 22:30)
Because Jesus did it ALL and More for You. (Romans 5:1,2)
Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. Search and Rescue stage is ending. Gutting and tear down stage has begun. Street after street is lined with piles of ruined things. The homes stand as gutted shells. Pray the Holy Spirit fills these survivors with the spirit of Supernatural Thanksgiving and Comfort.
He will deliver and provide. He always does.
Caribbean Islands, Cuba & Florida-
Continue to pray for the many millions affected by this storm. Pray that Christian survivors will rise up and give testimony of His saving grace and mercy. Just like they did in Texas. Expect and pray for massive revival.
Plus they need volunteers NOW.
Go to samaritanspurse.org
Things are heating up in the Middle East, like never before. Israel is hated and the countries surrounding her are ready to kill and destroy. Please keep Israel in prayer for protection on ALL sides. We are watching Ezekiel 38 unfold right before our eyes. (Ezekiel 38)
Our military. Our Congress. Our Senate. Our President.
They all have HUGE responsibility to handle VERY serious things.
Pray they continue to seek the Face of Our Almighty God in EVERY decision.
We as a Nation don’t just need a National Day of Prayer…
We need a National Day of Repentance!!!
Go to (www.dayofrepentance1.org/) a dear friend of ours here in CA who writes regarding this need for our nation.
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