God’s Weather Report

Hurricanes, floods, drought and wildfires are happening with greater frequency. But God has His own weather report:

Isaiah 43:1-4 New Living Translation

“O Israel (Christian, believer, child of God), the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
    I have called you by name; you are mine.
 When you go through deep waters,
    I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
    you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
    you will not be burned up;
    the flames will not consume you.
For I am the Lord, your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
….
Others* were given in exchange for you.
    I traded their lives* for yours
because you are precious to me.
    You are honored, and I love you.

Isaiah declared this beautiful passage, this message from God, to Israel, when the majority of the population had gone into captivity in Babylon.

For believers today, this is a word of hope, a word of encouragement and a promise from the Lord.

The One who was given in exchange for us is *Jesus.

The One whose life was traded for ours is *Christ.

Never let despair or fear hold you down. Remind yourself of the words and allow them to strengthen your faith: You are honored, loved and precious to God.

Blessings

Nolan Creek at flood level in Belton, TX 2015

Focus on Today

August 25, 2022

SMALL STRAWS by MARSHA BURNS

Refuse to worry about what might be tomorrow, next week, next year, or next decade. You have today to do your best to be the person you are destined to be. It is enough to take care of your responsibilities and challenges as they come. You do not know what lies ahead for you, but you can strive to be the best version of yourself here and now. 

Matthew 6:34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.

Pray for Relief

He provides rain for the earth; he sends water on the countryside. ~ Job 5:10

The US, and much of the world, are experiencing excessive, oppressive heat. In Texas, we are suffering with extreme drought conditions along with extreme wildfire danger designations all across the state.

On the unfortunate flip-side, there is flooding in Kentucky, Missouri, Colorado, Virginia & Montana.

Please pray for relief and ask God for mercy. God is good and faithful to answer the cries of His people:

“You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.”
~ Matthew 5:43-45

Sign seen on the Showers of Flowers shop in Ingram, TX 7.30.22

You Are Not Alone

When you go through devastating situations, He is with you.
When your life seems to be spinning out of control, He is with you.
When you can’t see the path or even the next step, He is with you. 

And in the same way—by our faith the Holy Spirit helps us with our daily problems and in our praying. For we don’t even know what we should pray for nor how to pray as we should, but the Holy Spirit prays for us with such feeling that it cannot be expressed in words. And the Father who knows all hearts knows, of course, what the Spirit is saying as he pleads for us in harmony with God’s own will. And we know that all that happens to us is working for our good if we love God and are fitting into his plans.

For from the very beginning God decided that those who came to him—and all along he knew who would—should become like his Son, so that his Son would be the First, with many brothers. And having chosen us, he called us to come to him; and when we came, he declared us “not guilty,” filled us with Christ’s goodness, gave us right standing with himself, and promised us his glory.

What can we ever say to such wonderful things as these? If God is on our side, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son for us but gave him up for us all, won’t he also surely give us everything else? ~ Roman’s 8:26-32 Living Bible

Psalm 27

For June 1 2022

The Lord is my light and my salvation— so why should I be afraid?

The Lord is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble?

When evil people come to devour me, when my enemies and foes attack me, they will stumble and fall. Though a mighty army surrounds me, my heart will not be afraid. Even if I am attacked, I will remain confident.

The one thing I ask of the Lord— the thing I seek most— is to live in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, delighting in the Lord’s perfections and meditating in his Temple.

For He will conceal me there when troubles come; He will hide me in his sanctuary. He will place me out of reach on a high rock. Then I will hold my head high above my enemies who surround me.

At his sanctuary I will offer sacrifices with shouts of joy, singing and praising the Lord with music.

Hear me as I pray, O Lord. Be merciful and answer me! My heart has heard you say, “Come and talk with me.” And my heart responds, “Lord, I am coming.”

Do not turn your back on me. Do not reject your servant in anger. You have always been my helper. Don’t leave me now; don’t abandon me, O God of my salvation!

Even if my father and mother abandon me, the Lord will hold me close.

Teach me how to live, O Lord. Lead me along the right path, for my enemies are waiting for me. Do not let me fall into their hands. For they accuse me of things I’ve never done; with every breath they threaten me with violence.

Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.

Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.

Psalms 27:1‭-‬14 NLT https://bible.com/bible/116/psa.27.1-14.NLT