Happy Fantastic Friday everyone! I just thought I’d share this cute little story I found on Variety Reading today. Enjoy!
A little girl walked to and from school daily. Though the weather that morning was questionable and clouds were forming, she made her daily trek to the elementary school. As the afternoon progressed, the winds whipped up along with thunder and lightning. The mother of the little girl felt concerned that her daughter would be frightened as she walked home from school, and she herself feared that the electrical storm might harm her child.
Following the roar of thunder, lightning, like a flaming sword, would cut through the sky. Full of concern, the mother quickly got into her car and drove along the route to her child’s school. As she did so, she saw her little girl walking along, but at each flash of lightning, the child would stop, look up and smile. Another and another were to follow quickly, and with each, the little girl would look at the streak of light and smile.
When the mother’s car drove up beside the child, she lowered the window and called to her.
“What are you doing? Why do you keep stopping?”
The child answered, “I am trying to look pretty; God keeps taking my picture.”
May God bless you today as you face the storms that come your way.
I’ve been under a bit of stress lately, something that I don’t experience a lot of. Feeling burdened and overwhelmed with the different things in life that seem to come all at once from here, there and everywhere in order to distract, discourage and burden one down.
But I thank the Lord thy God that in times like these I can go to Him because He has given me the power of His word to speak over my situation. The authority to lighten my load by casting the weight of my circumstances over to Him and find rest for my soul.
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. – 1 Peter 5:7, KJV
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light. – Matthew 11:28-30, KJV
“Oh Lord, my God, I cried to you for help, and You restored my health. You brought me up from the grave, O Lord. You kept me from falling into the pit of death.” (Psalm 30:2-3)
I remember a period in my life when I had no joy; so much so that I wanted to die. I felt as if I’d fallen into a pit and couldn’t find my way out. Yet, as in this Psalm, I cried out to the Lord – and He heard me! Eventually, He restored totally my joy, my peace, my sanity. And if you’re in need, He’ll do the same for you! Unfortunately, sometimes the holidays brings with it depression, but remember the reason for the season: the joyous Good News of our Savior! That alone will keep us from falling into our emotional pits. God bless!
“And we know that God causes all things to work together for the good of those who love God and who are called according to His purpose for them.” (Romans 8:28) – Most think this only pertains to “good things”, however God uses both the good AND bad, our triumphs AND our troubles, to bring about growth in our lives.
Sometimes we need to work our “spiritual muscles” to become stronger children in Christ,and we do that in the midst of troubled times – not easy ones. Much like our physical bodies,if we don’t exercise our muscles, we become weak – it’s the same with our spiritual health. So let’s not view our weighty trials with fear, but gladly allow God to use them for our greater good.
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