We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, Colossians 1:11
Hallelujah Praise GOD thank you JESUS!
I’m so incredibly thankful for GOD’s Grace and Mercy! GOD is so incredible. During the Building and making of these small yet very special gifts I’ve had plenty of time to reflect.
Not only have I reflected on the GOODNESS of GOD of JESUS CHRIST I’ve also had a chance to see the kindness and true patience from individuals.
Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. 2 Peter 3:15
GOD is so incredible and it just brings tears to my eyes how HE truly Sustains. There are major changes going on within my Family, Home and including Business. All Great changes. But changes are changes and we all go through them, some easier than others.
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28
Take a deep Breath, Close your eyes and picture the Ocean on a calm beautiful day. Think of the sea…About sea Travel.
I know, beautiful, I not only reflected about the sea and it’s many characteristics, I also began thinking of the time when Paul was to be tried in the Roman Court and How he had to go out to sea to get from Jerusalem to Rome. Check out this amazing Reference: Paul’s Journey to Rome, Part 1
Paul aka Saul was the one who was prosecuting and even killing Christians and;
He fell to the ground and heard a voice say to him, “Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me?”Acts 9:4
When He asked who it was the reply was;
“Who are you, Lord?” Saul asked. “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting,” he replied. Acts 9:5
Which then Jesus had blinded him to see the truth. If you don’t know the story, no he did not stay Blind forever, about 3 days 🙂
Fire tests the purity of silver and gold, but the LORD tests the heart. Proverbs 17:3
So I began thinking of certain moments and emotions I’ve experienced and felt. There are times that life takes the form of a sea…with winds lightly blowing and calm smooth waves…just as there are incredible sea worthy days there are days that when Shipwrecked is a reality that one most face. Yes I said it, SHIPWRECKED.
Paul’s Sails for Rome:
3When a gentle south wind began to blow, they thought they had obtained what they wanted; so they weighed anchor and sailed along the shore of Crete. 14Before very long, a wind of hurricane force, called the “northeaster,” swept down from the island. 15The ship was caught by the storm and could not head into the wind; so we gave way to it and were driven along. 16As we passed to the lee of a small island called Cauda, we were hardly able to make the lifeboat secure. 17When the men had hoisted it aboard, they passed ropes under the ship itself to hold it together. Fearing that they would run aground on the sandbars of Syrtis, they lowered the sea anchor and let the ship be driven along. 18We took such a violent battering from the storm that the next day they began to throw the cargo overboard. 19On the third day, they threw the ship’s tackle overboard with their own hands.20When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved. Acts 27:3-20
You know, it’s those moments where you think, that’s it, it’s over, I bet Paul went through it as well. But truly I tell you it’s not, it’s not the end. Nope not at all on the Contrary…The Destination must be met and regardless of the trials in between you just can’t give up. GOD always encourages ♥
But now I urge you to keep up your courage, because not one of you will be lost; only the ship will be destroyed. 23Last night an angel of the God whose I am and whom I serve stood beside me 24and said, ‘Do not be afraid, Paul. You must stand trial before Caesar; and God has graciously given you the lives of all who sail with you.’ Acts 27:22-24
I believe the worst, is looking back and seeing where you’ve failed and given up. Take Heart, always think of times where GOD has Prevailed! Because, you can’t Give up, there are TRIUMPHS in front of you. These triumphs you will one day be able to look back and be confident in saying, ‘I gave it all and didn’t give up because of GOD!’.
Now I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive. Not one of you will lose a single hair from his head.”35After he said this, he took some bread and gave thanks to God in front of them all. Then he broke it and began to eat. 36They were all encouraged and ate some food themselves. Acts 27:34-36
No matter what life throws at you or where the wind blows, you can’t get discouraged.
I love how GOD is truly the director or should I say Captain of our lives. We can fight it, but it would be the same as throwing punches in the wind. Of no use. GOD always wants the best for you. You just have to give up the thought of ‘CONTROL’.
We have to learn how to sail the oceans, how to accept the winds in a way that doesn’t keep us rigid and cold. Your perspective to life can do that.
So I encourage the owners of these small Gifts;
Let these Gifts be a reminder that no matter what or where the wind blows GOD always has the final say. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Change your Perspective, make a commitment that you will go all the way through with GOD. He will always see you through, be anchored to Jesus Christ;
For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11