God Is Faithful

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

As I sat outside with Baxter in the windy and rain-free morning sunshine last Wednesday after four days of constant flooding rainfall, courtesy of Hurricane Harvey, I praised God for this faithfulness and prayed for those so horridly impacted by the destruction.

Pilot and I were spared with very minimal damage. Many, many others unfortunately were not.

Isn’t it peculiar how a few short hours and a shift in the wind can shift our perspective?

Monday evening after three very long, hard days of dealing with incessant rains which caused water to leak into our living room, and maybe a grand total of six hours of sleep during those three days, I felt depleted physically, emotionally, and spiritually.

Almost.

Prayer partners worked overtime on our behalf. Thank you, Jesus.

We knew the same Jesus who stilled the storm on the Sea of Galilee could calm our storm. We knew the Maker of the Wind could blow the bands of rain stuck between two high pressure systems out of our area, or better yet, simple remove the storm’s power altogether. We knew this. What we didn’t know was when.

Although Monday night was bleak, Tuesday dawned with promise. The rain didn’t come down so hard. There were breaks between downpours. The water that came into our house slowed. The end looked like it might be in sight. Praise God.

So Tuesday evening, after four dreadful days, God decided it was time.

No matter what storm each of us faces in our lives when we know the Maker of the Wind and Master of the Waves, we can be confident God is faithful and he is able. Although we may wonder when he’s going to rescue us, his timing is perfect. Just because we can’t see God working, that doesn’t mean he isn’t.

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On one of those days Jesus and His followers got into a boat. Jesus said to them, “Let us go over to the other side of the lake.” Then they pushed out into the water. As they were going, Jesus fell asleep. A wind storm came over the lake. The boat was filling with water and they were in danger. The followers came to awake Jesus. They said, “Teacher! Teacher! We are going to die!” Then Jesus got up and spoke sharp words to the wind and the high waves. The wind stopped blowing and there were no more waves.  He said to them, “Where is your faith?” The followers were surprised and afraid. They said to each other, “What kind of a man is He? He speaks to the wind and the waves and they obey Him.” Luke 8:22-25 (NLV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Be Overwhelmed

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

When was the last time something caught your breath and overwhelmed you? Hopefully, it was in a good way, not in a devastating manner.

 Dictionary.com defines overwhelmed like this:

  • to overcome completely in mind or feeling:
    overwhelmed by remorse.
  • to overpower or overcome, especially with superior forces; destroy; crush:
    Roman troops were overwhelmed by barbarians.
  • to cover or bury beneath a mass of something, as floodwaters, debris, or an avalanche; submerge:
    Lava from erupting Vesuvius overwhelmed the city of Pompeii.
  • to load, heap, treat, or address with an overpowering or excessive amount of anything:
    a child overwhelmed with presents; to overwhelm someone with questions.
  • to overthrow.

Pilot and I recently returned from the Colorado Rockies where I attended the Colorado Christian Writers Conference.

Our usual route takes us through Oklahoma and Kansas, and at the first sight of the Rockies rising in the distance above the Kansas plains I become overwhelmed in a good way. This year, however, tornadoes and devastating storms altered our route and we drove  through New Mexico.

This route took us past the Capulin Volcano National Monument at sunset, and was worth the alternate drive.

Many times I’ve been overwhelmed.

Standing beneath the towering California Sequoias overwhelmed me.

Waking up and staring at the Bavarian Alps overwhelmed me.

Walking the steps of the Acropolis in Athens overwhelmed me.

Wandering the maze of Knossos on the isle of Crete overwhelmed me.

Praying inside Cologne’s Dom overwhelmed me.

Snorkeling in Mexico as fish half my size swam past overwhelmed me.

The lift and fall of hawk’s wings overwhelms me.

Feeding a momma bison as her baby nursed beneath her overwhelmed me.

The brilliant colors of sunsets and sunrises.

Holding my newborn child overwhelmed me.

We can choose to look for all that God has done in the world around us and be overwhelmed by his goodness, or we can choose to ignore it, believing it to be an everyday common place occurrence.

I wonder if those who look out their window every morning and see the mountains rise before them take those mountains for granted.

Or when a herd of elk stroll past, even notice.

I wonder if those of us redeemed by the shed blood of Jesus our Savior ever take his sacrifice for granted.

You know, we’ve been in church all our lives. It’s common place. Something we do. Why get overwhelmed by that?

Friend, I’ll tell you why we need to be overwhelmed. Jesus didn’t have to do it. We didn’t deserve for Jesus to take our sins upon his perfect sinless self, pay the debt we owed but could never pay so we wouldn’t have to.

That is why we need to be overwhelmed by his love, grace, forgiveness and mercy and the work of his hands. Now and forever. We need to delight ourselves in the things of the LORD. Find pleasure and enjoyment in them.

As part of God’s creation we should feel pleasure in our enjoyment of what he has done.

What overwhelms you?

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 Be delighted with the Lord. Then he will give you all your heart’s desires. Psalm 37:4

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Don’t Allow the Past to Hold You Back

 Bing photosI have a friend who allows his past to continue to hold him back. He’s unable to move beyond the failure, and move his life toward success.

Another friend swapped one addiction for a different one. She knows it, but is still entrapped.

One friend puts up a big bravado-front, like everything is all honky-dory, but it isn’t. Inside he’s falling apart.

Maybe you have friends like this, too. Maybe you are like my friends.

bing photosWhile our pains are real, and the hurt runs deep, we trap ourselves in shackles of our own making when we refuse to forgive ourselves. Forgive others. Or when we continue to heap guilt upon ourselves. We believe we deserve to feel bad. After all, we messed up. The past looms, unforgiving.

If we are children of the One True Living God, this kind of thinking is detrimental.

We’ve been redeemed. Washed by the precious blood of Jesus Christ, our Messiah. Past mistakes, mess-ups, failures are behind us when we claim him as our Lord and bing photosSavior.

Others may try to keep reminding us of the times we got off track, but that’s their problem. Not ours. We need to turn a deaf ear to them. (Now, I’m not saying we shouldn’t extend restitution or ask for forgiveness when needed. I’m taking about when we keep beating ourselves up over stuff we shouldn’t beat ourselves up over.)

Most of what we do is learned behaviors. Maybe it’s time to let go of the worthless things we’ve picked up along the path of life, and grab onto the Truth. Time to tell the ghosts that haunt us to hit the road. Get lost. Move on. So we can be the person God created us to be.

Christ fought our battle for us, and He won. We aren’t made worthy by anything we’ve done, or ever could do. It’s all about Jesus.

What are your thoughts on the subject?

You know that in the past you were living in a worthless way, a way passed down from the people who lived before you. But you were saved from that useless life. You were bought, not with something that ruins like gold or silver, but with the precious blood of Christ, who was like a pure and perfect lamb. 1 Peter 1:18-19 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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