Two New Pages

I’ve recently added two pages to my blog, and I thought I’d give you a “heads-up” concerning them!  I’ve really enjoyed writing the short stories on characters in the Bible.  You’ll find them under “Short Stories” above.  (I hope I’m not insulting your intelligence, but at times I can’t find my way around my own blog!)

“Why I Wrote “A Moment in Time'” talks about the verse in 2 Thessalonians 2:11 which contains the phrase “strong delusion,” and explains the doctrinal foundations on which the story is built.  Sound too deep?  Remember–I wrote it! :)

Paradise Promised” is about the thief on the cross who hears those wonderful words from our Lord: Today thou shalt be with me in paradise! What was his life like?  What had he done?  Obviously, we don’t know because the Bible doesn’t tell us; however, we can use our imaginations and perhaps see the cross from a totally different perspective–his!

Happy reading!

Why I Wrote “A Moment in Time”

BookCoverImage A MomentA Moment in Time is really the prequel to Angel of Light the second book it the Strong Delusion Trilogy. If you are familiar with what the Bible has to say about Jesus’ Second Coming, you will know that the phrase “strong delusion” is taken from 2 Thessalonians 2:11:

And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion,

that they should believe a lie:

2 Thessalonians 2 deals with the details of Christ’s return and the appearance of Antichrist.  Many of the Thessalonians feared that Christ had already returned, and Paul writes to assure them that He had not returned, giving some insight into the scenario of our Lord’s return which still calms our hearts today and keeps us looking up!  So what does Paul tell them?

  1. He warns them to be careful of deception (v. 3)
  2. There will be a falling away before Jesus returns. (v.3)
  3. The Holy Spirit will be “taken out of the way.” (v.7)
  4. Antichrist will be revealed. (8.)
    1. He will be powered by Satan (9)
    2. He will perform signs and wonders. (9)
    3. The unsaved will be completely deceived (10)

Paul then mentions that God will send them, the unsaved, strong delusion, “that they should believe a lie.”  So all this takes place after Antichrist is revealed.  The final result concerning those “who believed not the truth” is stated in verse 12:

That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

Who is Paul talking about?  He tells us: The people that didn’t believe the truth. In order to not believe, they had to have heard the truth of the Gospel and rejected it.  Paul even gives us the reasons that they rejected the truth: unrighteous or sinful pleasures.

Ever since I read the Left Behind series by Time LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, I have been burdened about the authors’ interpretation of these verses.  In their books, they clearly put forth the idea that people who heard the Gospel before the Rapture, but did not truly receive Christ, would have an opportunity to do so after the Rapture.  Many believe this doctrine.  But what if these verses say what it sounds like they say?  What if someone who is playing games, sitting in a church hanging onto a “profession” that he or she knows was not genuine, is living at the time of the Rapture?  What if a prayer was said that never changed the heart?  What if the decision was made for a logical reason: I don’t want to go to hell, but the truth never reached the heart to change the life?  I’m afraid they will suddenly find themselves caught in Satan’s web of deception and will not be able to get out!

We cannot see into someone’s heart.  My husband often says that there are only two people that truly know if a person is saved: that person and God.  It reminds me of Mary and the cloud of doubt that surrounded Jesus’ birth.  How many people truly believed that her conception was by the Holy Ghost? Surely even Joseph may have doubted, but Mary KNEW and so did God!

A Moment in Time is based upon the conclusion that someone who heard the Gospel but did not truly receive Christ will be impossibly deceived when the Holy Spirit is taken from the earth at the time of the Rapture, and in His place, the spirit of Antichrist will pervade the earth. So much so, that they will not be saved.

Are you concerned about someone whose profession does not seem genuine?  Perhaps A Moment in Time could be a help to bring the truth to light.  Throughout the book, Carrie Spangler, the pastor’s daughter, convinces herself that she truly is saved.  At first, she KNOWS that she didn’t mean what she prayed.  The circumstances surrounding her conversion were completely man-led not Spirit-led. But as time passes, the lie solidifies in her mind.  Her life is a lie because of the “pleasures of unrighteousness” that have taken hold of her life.

Is Carrie a bad girl?  Not really.  She reminds me of so many of our young people in our churches today! She is playing a deadly game.

My prayer is that God will use A Moment in Time to open the eyes of anyone who is deceived, before it is too late! Take a look at the book and tell me what you think!

 

 

Jesus is Coming!

I’m excited to introduce my next book: A Moment in Time, Book One of the Strong Delusion Trilogy. Many are asking, “Is Jesus coming soon?”  I’d love to say, “Yes!” Certainly the signs of the times seem to appear in every newspaper, and many of the necessary events are already in place for Him to return; however, God is not on our timetable–we’re on His!

But what if He did return today?  Would you be caught by surprise?  Would there be issues in your life that you would have wished to change before He returned?  Are you even ready to meet Him face to face?

All these questions went into the writing of the Strong Delusion Trilogy. To be quite honest, I’ve always been the kind of believer that didn’t pay much attention to the End Times.  I’m not going to be here, so I didn’t really care what happened. (Shame on me!!) Perhaps that is the reason why the Lord laid this topic on my heart!  After writing these books I can say more than ever, “Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Rev. 22:20)

The following is the synopsis from the cover:

BookCoverImage A MomentJESUS IS COMING!  She had heard it all her life, she just didn’t believe that He would come during her lifetime…but He did.

Carrie Spangler had made a profession of faith in elementary school; but even at the time, she knew it was not genuine and Satan uses every opportunity to continue the deception, including Matthew Hanks!

Todd Jenson has always longed to know God but has never had the opportunity to do so.  When he meets Carrie at SUNY’s New Paltz campus, he is drawn to her; and when “fate” literally drops her into his lap, he couldn’t be happier. She is a mystery to him as she keeps any information about her background from him; and when he finally takes her home to ask for her hand in marriage, her parents are gone!

As they begin their marriage at the start of the Tribulation, will they be able to survive; and will their marriage breach the differences that steadily grows between them?

The Perfect Shell, or Finally Home!

ID-10042440What makes the perfect seashell?  Last week I enjoyed a morning stroll on the beach.  Usually, that’s my husband’s routine; however, since his fall in March, long walks are still a trial. This vacation was a step into the unknown: How much would he be able to walk or enjoy the beach? Certainly, life has been altered in so many ways, even our ocean activities, and I want to take a moment to praise the Lord for my dear husband’s patient endurance.  He’s a gem!

So, as I walked the beach, I looked for shells–perfect shell: the ones that are unbroken.  And although they were small, I found plenty.  However, after chatting with a fellow shell-gatherer—one who looked to be an expert—I started looking for unusual shells, even if they were broken.  What a treasure trove!  It makes me wonder about all the creatures that live in the sea!  AND, I stand in awe at the incredibly limitless creativity of the Creator’s Hand!

So what is the perfect shell?  Its size?  No blemishes?  Its unusual coloring?  Imagine finding a huge conch shell, completely intact, beautifully colored—just sitting there on the sand, waiting for you to pick it up!  How did it get there? Where did it come from?

Well, I’m no expert, but I do know that some sea creature gave up his home to give me that shell!  Perhaps he did his part in the food chain!  Then the current brought the shell to shore.  Tossed over and over again on the ocean floor, it finally reached the end of its journey—amazingly, in one piece!  What a rare find!

When that shell comes crashing down upon a rock by the force of water, it may break.  We look at brokenness as a good thing and it is; however, it is the refined character that has been developed because of the God-given trials which becomes the rare treasure.

For a large shell to make it to shore in one piece is even more incredible.  Year after year, the shell grows, housing its creature and avoiding any life-threatening crashes or the appetite of another sea creature.  Then, for whatever the reason, the life is gone and the shell goes tumbling.

As a new member of the senior saints’ group, may I share an observation? Old age is not for wimps; in fact, we need to be preparing for our senior years all through life.  I once read that a cantankerous young person will be a very cantankerous old person!  Sadly, I often watch as older saints grumble and growl out their discontentment with this present evil world, wishing for the old days.  I’ve even witnessed dear saints of God giving up on their churches and pastors over problems which they could have possibly rectified.  I’m not talking about giving up doctrine or compromising, I’m talking about unsanctified reactions, and our age does not matter when we consider the following list in Proverbs 16:

These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

  1. A proud look – pride often reveals its ugly head as we grow older, especially if we’ve lived a lifetime taking the credit for those accomplishments which God has allowed us to have.
  2. A lying tongue – even the smallest falsehood is hateful to God, including the lies we tell ourselves.
  3. And hands that shed innocent blood – character assassination happens all the time!
  4. An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations – yikes! Just because we’re older and living in an empty nest does not give us the right to lower the standard for our eye-gate, which will in turn show up in our imaginations.  Too often, our standard is set because of our children and not because of the desire to have ” a conscience void of offence toward God, and toward men.” (Acts 24:16)
  5. Feet that be swift in running to mischief – gossip? Our feet may not be as fast as they used to be, but our tongues never slow down!
  6. A false witness that speaketh lies – As a pastor’s wife, I’ve been amazed at the things that have been said against my husband, and I KNOW that the speaker is convinced that it is true.  It’s that much sadder to me when it comes from an older saint who should have sown a more discerning character.
  7. He that soweth discord among brethren. This admonition is a constant reminder for me to keep my words kind. Couple them with Philippians 4:8, and you have a stage for successful speech at any age!

A rare shell – one that has withstood the tests of the sea and came to shore in one piece!

A rare find – a Christian who has withstood the tests of time and comes to that celestial shore with no regrets!

…just think of stepping on the shore and find heaven,

of touching a hand and finding it God’s,

of breathing new air and finding it celestial,

of waking up in glory and finding it home.

But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold. Job 23:10

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WOW! Look What God Did for Me

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Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think,
according to the power that worketh in us, Ephesians 3:20

I know many of you don’t really know me, and this article isn’t about me; however, in praising my God, I’d like to give you a glimpse of who I am and how my heart and mind works! We are on vacation, which hasn’t really happened in two years due to recitals and graduations and weddings. (My husband would remind me that we were away from home, and that’s a vacation; but I would remind him of the scheduled events and the harried pace we were keeping—not a vacation mode!) This vacation at Myrtle Beach was directed by our son and his wife’s residence in Columbia, SC. After their departure from PA in July, mama-bear was ready to see her baby cub!

As usual, I did the preliminary hunting for a place and was pleasantly surprised at the prices and selection having never been here before. Sixty miles of beach–WOW! So, we booked a place and for the first time since our honeymoon, dear hubby and I are alone for FIVE nights! And although we think of our children and grandchildren often—thinking about how much they would love this—Tom still has me to squeal with delight and act like a kid! I’m loving life!

Our room was very nice. It had a few issues, but it was clean and comfortable, and the people were wonderful; however, when our TV died and the DVD player didn’t work, we were a bit disappointed. We wouldn’t normally watch a lot of TV, but it has rained for three days straight! When the technician couldn’t get the new DVD player to work, a call came from the desk: Sorry for the inconvenience; would we rather a discount and no TV, or an upgrade? We took the upgrade, and I’m now sitting in a beautiful room with full length windows on two sides of the living room, a balcony off the bedroom, and another balcony off the dining area overlooking the pool, whirlpool, and lazy river!

Now unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think!!!

I just want to praise our awesome God for turning a very minor inconvenience into a beautiful blessing! Isn’t it often the case: The trials, albeit small, start stacking up, and like the “little foxes that spoil the vines” (Song of Solomon 2:15), they slowly try to steal our joy. The temptation is to pout and complain. Why all the rain, God? You could make the sun shine? We haven’t seen the sunrise yet, Lord! You know how much we love to enjoy the ocean! We serve You faithfully all year long—two years long! Who ever heard of three straight days of rain in South Carolina? Don’t we deserve sunshine?
The answer is, “NO!” We don’t deserve anything but hell! That may sound a bit harsh, but it is true. We get so focused on our little piece of the world, that we forget how big and awesome and perfect and all-knowing and all-loving our God is. He knows just what we need: three (actually, it looks like it may be four!) days of rain! Is He testing our patience? Probably. Does He want to see how we’ll react? He already knows! He wants us to see how we will react!!! I’d like to say that we haven’t been disappointed, but that wouldn’t be true. Spoiled brats!  I just want to praise Him for His PERFECT way!

As for God, his way is perfect; the word of the LORD is tried:
he is a buckler to all them that trust in him.
God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.
2 Samuel 22:31,33

LOST!

On Monday, my husband and I spend part of the morning looking for a wallet. It had been left on the trunk of a car, along with a Bible. The Bible was found—sadly in several pieces, but the wallet is still missing. I took a rake with me on my hunt to sift through the high weeds, knowing that at any moment, we would find it! We didn’t. So sad!

It was quite a diligent effort, but no matter how hard we tried to find the wallet, we couldn’t find it. I couldn’t help thinking about the parallels between my effort to find the wallet and my effort to reach the lost. How hard do I seek after souls that have not found the Savior—souls who are still lost in sin and on the path to eternal destruction?

My effort  was so diligent because I knew the hassle that would be involved in stopping the credit cards, getting another driver’s license, etc. Plus, it’s a pet peeve of mine: I hate lost things! Nothing drives me crazier than a puzzle with a missing piece! Maybe I was also driven by pride: I wanted to be the hero—the one to find the missing wallet! I’m sure love was also a driving force—my heart for the one who lost it.

What drives us to seek lost souls? Or perhaps the better question is, why don’t we have more of a burden for the lost? What can stir our hearts to have the compassion of a soul-winner? Well, if I use the list of my motivations to seek the wallet, perhaps there are some parallels.

  1. Inconvenience was the first motivator. That doesn’t really have a place in the soul-winner’s heart. If anything, soul-winning IS the inconvenience. It takes time out of my busy schedule and pulls my thoughts away from all of life’s distractions.  Having a heart for souls isn’t a “worked up emotion” that is tacked on to the end of a busy day;  it is a heart passion placed within the very fiber of a believer by God.
  2. Pride certainly doesn’t have a place in the soulwinner’s heart either, although there is no greater joy than to lead someone to Christ!  The joy of finding the wallet pales in comparison to leading someone out of the darkness and penalty of sin and into the glorious light of forgiveness!
  3. The missing piece. “Every person on the face of this earth will face eternity, either in heaven or hell.”  That’s the statement I made to my Bible students last night. What a sobering reality.  It doesn’t matter if a person doesn’t believe in heaven or hell, or if they are falsely believing in something other than the truth of God’s Word, the Bible: There is no escape for any of us. Does it stir your heart to know that a loved one will be missing in heaven? If we truly could see heaven and realize the loss which we will feel because of missing unsaved loved ones, that would drive us to speak the truth in love to those we love. And if we would get just a tiny glimpse of hell…”where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched” (Mark 9:48), it would not only give us a heart for the lost–it would drive us crazy! Hell is mentioned fifty-four times in the Bible; fifteen are direct quotes from Jesus.  Some Bible scholars dance around the issue by saying that the word hell is at times translated to mean the grave; but after looking up the definitions of the different Hebrew and Greek original words, I don’t see much difference:
  • sheh-ole': Hades or the world of the dead (as if a subterranean retreat), including its accessories and inmates:–grave, hell, pit.
  • gheh’-en-nah: valley of (the son of) Hinnom; ge-henna (or Ge-Hinnom), a valley of Jerusalem, used (figuratively) as a name for the place (or state) of everlasting punishment:–hell.
  • hades: the place (state) of departed souls:–grave, hell.
  • tartaroo: (the deepest abyss of Hades); to incarcerate in eternal torment:–cast down to hell.

Just reading those definitions and looking through each Bible verse containing the word hell was a sobering exercise for me.  It certainly sharpened my focus on the urgency of getting God’s message of redemption out!

4. Love–the greatest of all motivators!  Our love for others is certainly the most effective driving force for being a     witness.  Oh, to have the love which Christ displays on every page of His precious Word!

Since I first wrote this article, the wallet has been returned!  Someone must have found it, and the postman returned it to its rightful owner.  The lost is now found! Oh, the joy.  There are still plenty of honest people in this world, but even as I write that, I wonder: Was that honest person also a true believer?  How much better to find the truth about eternity than a lost wallet!

Either what woman having ten pieces of silver, if she lose one piece, doth not light a candle,
and sweep the house, and seek diligently till she find it?
And when she hath found it, she calleth her friends and her neighbours together, saying,
Rejoice with me; for I have found the piece which I had lost. 
Likewise, I say unto you, there is joy in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner that repenteth.
Luke 9:8-10

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God in our schools–God in our children

XstreetGif_USAToday will always be remembered for the infamous crimes that were purposed against our homeland and the overwhelming numbers of lives that were tragically taken from us. Thirteen years later, and the images are just as real now as they were then.  The shock that such a feat could happen in America still makes us numb. As I taught elementary age children today, I realized that none of them were even born on September 11, 2001,; however, several told of cousins that had died that day!

In every class, we sang the National Anthem, not because of 9/11, but because this Sunday will commemorate the two hundredth anniversary of its writing. As is my habit, I review any words that may be unfamiliar with the students: dawn, twilight, ramparts, perilous, gallantly, etc.  We also listened to an “Adventures in Odyssey” which did an excellent job of bringing alive the story behind the Fort McHenry battle during the War of 1812.

In one class, one boy asked if we could do all the versions.  Versions?  Realizing that he meant verses, I found them and put them up on the screen.  I know it’s a lot to read, but take a moment and soak up all that Frances Scott Key was trying to say:

Oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light
What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming?
Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight,
O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?
And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air,
Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there.
Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave?

On the shore, dimly seen through the mists of the deep,
Where the foe’s haughty host in dread silence reposes,
What is that which the breeze, o’er the towering steep,
As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?
Now it catches the gleam of the morning’s first beam,
In full glory reflected now shines in the stream:
‘Tis the star-spangled banner! Oh long may it wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

And where is that band who so vauntingly swore
That the havoc of war and the battle’s confusion,
A home and a country should leave us no more!
Their blood has washed out their foul footsteps’ pollution.
No refuge could save the hireling and slave
From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave:
And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand
Between their loved home and the war’s desolation!
Blest with victory and peace, may the heav’n rescued land
Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

I love teaching children!  I can get quite animated, and as I was telling the story behind the words, trying to instill patriotism into their little hearts, one little boy said, “We need to thank God for keeping helping us win,” or something like that!  Hallelujah!!!

We can try to keep God our of our schools all we want, and believe me—they’ve done a pretty good job of it; but they cannot keep God out of the heart of your child once you have taught him the truths of God’s Word and LIVED them before him!  And no matter how many times they try to dismiss any Christian influence in our history, it’s all there in black and white—even in our national anthem!

Praise the Power that hath made and preserved us a nation.
Then conquer we must, when our cause it is just,
And this be our motto: “In God is our trust.”
And the star-spangled banner in triumph shall wave
O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave!

  Blessed is the nation whose God is the LORD; and the people whom he hath chosen for his own inheritance.  
Psalm 33:12

The Dream of Death

ID-10069943Last night was another one of those nights when I dream that I died.  It seems to be a reoccurring dream, and not one that I enjoy!  It’s not that I’m afraid of dying, I can say that I’m 100% sure that I’m going to heaven.  You may say, “Wow!  How can you be so sure?”  In this day of easy believism, and a Christianity that wears too many odd faces, one truth is still as sure as the God Who gave it to us: Jesus Saves!  I stand on the rock of His promise: For whosoever shall call upon the name of the LORD shall be saved. Romans 10:13

I admit, at rare times, I do have doubts.  Yes, I remember the night that I read a tract alone in my bedroom.  I remember ticking off the statements: 1. Do you know that you are a sinner? No problem there! 2. Do you know that the wages of sin is death and separation from God? Yes. 3. Do you believe that Jesus died on the cross for you, to take away your sins? Yes.  Have you ever asked Him to be your Savior? …That one stopped me.  I hadn’t, but I did that night.

Now, based on the Word of God, I am a born-again believer.  You may notice that I rarely use the term Christian in my blogs.  Many claim to be Christian, as opposed to being Muslim, but that is not true Christianity.  We are not born into God’s family because our parents were Christians or because they took us to church, or because we were baptized or took communion.  John 1: 12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name.

I would say that most born-again believers doubt their salvation at one time or anothe. Questions like:  Did I say the right words?  Did I really mean it?  Did I believe enough? I…I…I…Do you see that all these questions concern what I did, not what Jesus promised.  I DID what He required and that settles it, but there’s more.  When I doubt my salvation, I first talk to God about it.  He reminds that He meant what HE said.  Then I do a life check: 1. Do I love to read God’s Word? Yes. Do I love to be in His house whenever the doors are open? Yes.  Do I love telling others about Him? Yes.  Does God answer my prayers?  Does He give me peace in my heart?  These are all outward fruit of the Spirit of God dwelling in me. And then I sigh a big sigh of relief. Yes!  I’m going to heaven when I die!  I asked and He came!  Praise the Lord.

Are the dreams still scary?  Yes, not because I’m afraid to die, but because I want to live!  This morning I laid in bed and just thanked God for giving me one more day!  He didn’t have to, and as much as I want to see Him face to face, as much as I want the trials of this life to be over, as much I’m ready to REST, I more ready to live!

I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live;

yet not I, but Christ liveth in me:

and the life which I now live in the flesh

I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20

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Beauty for Ashes

There are so many lessons to be learned in the garden.  I’d say we all have a bit of the farmer in us – who doesn’t like to see things grow?  And even if you don’t have any desire to develop your green thumb, it would be worth it to allow your kids to have a small plot somewhere in the back yard.  The lessons in diligence, persistence, and rewards are invaluable; and it will teach them how to work!  AND if you really want to teach them patience – plant carrots!

We had a late start with the garden because of Tilly’s time away in the shop, so when I planted the onions, lettuce, corn and beans, I left three rows for the tomatoes; however, later, when I started planting the tomato plants, I dug up a corn kernel!  Inadvertently, I had planted one row of tomatoes in the same row of corn/beans! DUMB!!  How can I be so stupid?!  (Actually, for me it’s rather easy!)  Now what?  Really, there was nothing to do but wait until the beans and corn showed up.

When they did, I noticed that in the other three rows, some of the seeds hadn’t sprouted, so I dug up the little plants and placed them in the empty spots.

And isn’t that just like our dear Heavenly Father?  He takes our mistakes and makes them profitable to us!  Doesn’t He promise “beauty for ashes?”  (Isaiah 61:3)  While we’re kicking ourselves for making such foolish mistakes, God has already planned how He will use our “mistakes” to show us another wonderful little facet of His great design.

So many lessons!  Doesn’t it just make you want to go out and dig?! :)

 “To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion,
to give unto them beauty for ashes,
the oil of joy for mourning,
the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;
that they might be called trees of righteousness,
the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.”
Isaiah 61:3

Hang on!!

And there arose a great storm of wind, and the waves beat into the ship, so that it was now full. And he was in the hinder part of the ship, asleep on a pillow: and they awake him, and say unto him,
Master, carest thou not that we perish?
IMG_6783And he arose, and rebuked the wind,
and said unto the sea,
Peace, be still.
And the wind ceased,
and there was a great calm.
 And he said unto them,
Why are ye so fearful?
how is it that ye have no faith?
And they feared exceedingly,
and said one to another,
What manner of man is this,
that even the wind and the sea obey him?
Mark 4: 3-417

Years ago, I saw a picture of this verse and loved it so much that my husband surprised me with it months later for Christmas.  It illustrates the sea at both ends of the verse: The left side portrays the waters calming and the right side shows the dark clouds, angry waves, and flashing lightening.  In between them is a small first-century fishing boat being tossed by the waves; however, in the boat among the frightened disciples, is Jesus: arms raised, telling the storm to cease.  And it does.  The picture loudly proclaims in word and picture: Peace, Be Still, often just the reminder that I need for the day!

Are your days filled with tempestuous waves?  Does it seem as though life is a constant storm?  Life is not easy: it never has been and never will be until we see Jesus face to face!  Oh that will be glory for me!  But today, financial weights drag us down, conflicts in relationships toss loads of water into our little boats, children stress our nautical structures with their bent for the world.  At times, we truly feel like those disciples and ask, “Lord, we’re perishing!  Don’t you care?!”

Of course, we do know that He cares – in our heads; however, there are times when we don’t feel it in our hearts.  Isn’t that strange!  Our hearts are the very place where Jesus dwells!  He’s there!  Always there!  His Spirit never leaves us.  That’s His promise! (Hebrews 13:5b … for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.)

Jesus is in my boat!  I can’t sink!  There is NOTHING that can sink my boat!

Though the angry surges roll
On my tempest driven soul,
I am peaceful, for I know,
Wildly though the winds may blow,
I’ve an anchor safe and sure,
That can evermore endure.

And it holds, my anchor holds:
Blow your wildest, then, O gale,
On my bark so small and frail;
By His grace I shall not fail,
For my anchor holds, my anchor holds.

Mighty tides about me sweep,
Perils lurk within the deep,
Angry clouds o’ershade the sky,
And the tempest rises high;
Still I stand the tempest’s shock,
For my anchor grips the rock.

I can feel the anchor fast
As I meet each sudden blast,
And the cable, though unseen,
Bears the heavy strain between;
Through the storm I safely ride,
Till the turning of the tide.

Troubles almost ’whelm the soul;
Griefs like billows o’er me roll;
Tempters seek to lure astray;
Storms obscure the light of day:
But in Christ I can be bold,
I’ve an anchor that shall hold.

~Daniel B. Towner

I hope you took the time to read all the verses. We don’t often sing all of them, but notice that each one starts with a description of the tempest and ends with the promised security in Jesus, our Lord.  Truly, we can be just assured and shocked as the disciples when (not if) the Lord rebukes the winds and tells the waves to cease…and they do!  So, just hang on and ride that thing!!