I am not afraid of storms for I am learning how to sail my ship.
~Louisa May Alcott~
The storms of life will always come. The key is learning how to sail through those storms in peace, with the knowledge that "this too shall pass". Some of life’s greatest lessons are learned during times of tremendous adversity. Don’t allow them to capsize your dreams…first we must learn that we do not face them alone, for just as Jesus demonstrated to his apostles his mastery of the wind and the seas, so will God navigate you through your storms. Then we must learn from these obstacles of life, grow from them, allow them to make you stronger, and you will find that each one becomes easier and easier to navigate through.
Thought for the day
Have you ever heard of anyone having an epiphany while sightseeing the Arc Du Triumphe or while lying on the beaches of Maui, Malibu or the French Riviera?
We grow through trials, overcoming obstacles. We are all in a position to have the greatest of all spiritual experiences, the actual awakening of the spirit within us. As we trudge the road to our happy destiny let us appreciate the challenge of staying on the path to Recovery and all the obstacles along the way. This program is not easy, just as life can be tough and there is no denying it, but it also offers us the ability to get a most unique and beautiful tan…from the inside out.
And there arose a fierce gale of wind, and the waves were breaking over the boat so much that the boat was already filling up. Jesus Himself was in the stern, asleep on the cushion; and they woke Him and said to Him, "Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing?" And He got up and rebuked the wind and said to the sea, "Hush, be still." And the wind died down and it became perfectly calm. And He said to them, "Why are you afraid? Do you still have no faith?"
~Mark 4:37-40 (NASB)~
"Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. "Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. "If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.
~Jesus / John 14:12-14 (NASB)~
Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord, [For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides]. ~James 1:6-8 (Amp)~