While others are doubting … Believe.
While others are playing … Plan.
While others are sleeping … Study.
While others are delaying … Decide.
While others are daydreaming … Prepare.
While others are procrastinating … Begin.
While others are wishing … Work.
While others are talking … Listen.
While others are pouting … Smile.
While are others are criticizing … Commend.
While others are quitting … Persist.
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OUR REFUGE IN THE STORM
best correspondents for Life magazine were sent all over the world to
ask the question, “What is the meaning of life?” They talked to philosophers
and children, taxi drivers and Nile River boatmen. More than 100 premier
photographers provided images.
dramatic photograph of a lighthouse off the Brittany Coast caught my eye. A
huge Atlantic storm had sent gigantic waves around the mammoth brick structure,
nearly swallowing it up. But on the sheltered side, literally surrounded by
frothing, boiling waves, stood the lighthouse keeper. He was looking casually
toward shore, his hands stuck nonchalantly in his pockets, as enormous waves
crashed around him.
powerful illustration reminded me of the many fierce storms of trial we face in
life. And I was grateful for the promise that in God we are as safe as that
lighthouse keeper. The words of Isaiah 25:4 are true for every believer: God is
our refuge during the storms of physical affliction, emotional turmoil, and
spiritual attack. With His protection we can endure any trial with the calm
assurance that He who shields us cannot be moved. And that gives us peace no
matter how turbulent our circumstances.
trust in God, I know He cares for me
On mountain bleak or on the stormy sea;
Though billows roll, He keeps my soul;
My heavenly Father watches over me.
The Lord may calm the
storm around you, but more often He’ll calm the storm within you.
By: D. Delay Our family enjoys the fun andrefreshment of water slides and lazy rivers during hot summer vacations. At
most water parks, there are also one or two spots where large buckets hang overhead
filling little by little with water. The closer the bucket gets to being full,
the larger the crowd grows beneath in anticipation—children and adults alike
wait for the outpouring. Then SUDDENLY the bucket tips and a great flood of
refreshment crashes down on all below! In the Book of Revelation, the Bible
describes golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints
(Revelation 5:8). In other words, the prayers of God's people collectively fill
heavenly bowls with sweet aroma, much like the burnt offerings did in days of
old. In Revelation 8,
we discover what these bowls are used for: "Then another angel, having a
golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense, that he
should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden alter w…