The Storm

Today’s Devotional

Jesus was in the stern, sleeping on a cushion. The disciples woke him and said to him, “Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?”  Mark 4:38                        

There is only one mention of Jesus sleeping in the Bible, and that is in the book of Mark.  Because we serve a God that never sleeps, it is one of the mysteries placed here in scripture.  Other than maybe to test the disciples resolve, to show them what He could do for them in the time of a storm, and perhaps to show the disciples that all He has to do is speak and even the storm will obey Him.  Many of us today, are exactly like the disciples, we think we know all the things that Jesus can do; yet, we find ourselves in storms asking the same thing “Jesus, don’t you care if we drown”?  When confronted with life’s applications, such as, sickness, divorce, unemployment, injustices, and death we often times wonder, “Jesus, don’t you care if we drown”?  It is hard to think that our Jesus might be sleeping while we are in the mist of adversity.  So, what do we do?  We hold on, because it does not matter that Jesus sleeps for if He does, He still has His eyes on us; more importantly, He still lives.  Not a slain King do we serve but a Living King that is wide-awake in the mist of all despair.  We cannot let the winds of rejection, hate, loneliness, disrespect and other difficulties blow down our foundation. Nor is the storm the time to be incredulous.   Take your rain gear in the storm, find the moments that light the path to peace, and be not discouraged or afraid that you are going to drown.  The more you know about Jesus the more prepared you will be when a storm arises.

Prayer:  Father there are times when we are really tested and there are times when it does not seem like the test will ever be over.  We possibly cry out “are you going to let us drown” but then we hear your voice and your command in our lives that Peace Be Still and the storm dissipates.  Thank you for the storms, the living streams that water our lives and help us strive to be more and more like you!  In my storms Lord, hold my hand permit me your presence so that I may gaze upon the one who will never leave me in this I pray. AMEN!

From This Day Forward…

Image    John 3: 29

“The one who gets the bride is, by definition, the bridegroom.  And the bridegroom’s friend, his “best man” is in a place at His side where he can hear every word, is genuinely happy”

And, I said unto the Lord,

I, Naomi T. Drake, take thee Lord to have and to hold from this day forward for richer for poorer, in sickness and in health, to live, love, and to cherish, till death joins us even tighter in eternity.  And with these scriptures, I thereby worship from, so that I will have a good life and wonderful marriage with you Oh, Lord!  In the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

Amen.

God, Us and 911

Tuesday’s Devotional
The test of ones resiliency was in question on 911, not only that but our belief systems were tested.  What came out of the ashes?  When we look at our progress we see that wounds are starting to heal.  Many people who lost spouses are remarried giving us hope that love still lives on.  Those who cannot replace a brother, mother, father, cousin or friend have found some semblance of hope in those who were there for them to lean on.  The Bible states “I will send one that is thicker than a brother” in this case Lord Come!  Discovering a loss of control, many people found hate was the only way for them to get through a period where our Higher Power was showing us the way.  Though the light was dim many refused to look beyond the scarred tissue of the heart to find it.  It was easier to hate than to find the accessible  messages in the Grace of Jesus Christ.  Many continue to stumble around in darkness, drinking their own poison…

s while others have moved to a much safer place, the place called peace.  Peace that surpasses all of our understandings, the peace that says “Be Still” and know that we do have someone who is fighting the battle for us.  Having been close to hate, I know that it is not a good space, it is a virus that spreads, it is contagious and the end result is disastrous indeed.  But, believing that the church pews sagging from the weight of those who came seeking God for answers, and stayed, lifted God up in the time when our enemies thought they had the last laugh.  No, God garnered new believers who came and were touched by the simple but powerful messages sent to the heart when all else failed. We shall never forget in times of trouble when it appears that our enemies are so strong that they will overthrow us, that King Jesus rides in and protects us.  The caveats from our enemies can not do us harm!  We might be rudimentary soldiers, but we are dressed in all of God’s armor to shield us and protect us, and to protect the country in which we live forever and ever!

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Peace

“Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)

How do we find peace in such a chaotic world? All around we find ourselves bombarded with negative messages through the day, and our subliminal conscious teeters on the brink of restless sleep because of the inactive thing called “peace.” One of my favorite beatitudes is “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.” There is nothing like peace! Many people dread holiday seasons because they do not experience peace when family members come together. Alternatively, the co-worker with great trepidation daily impeding in our lives, not allowing peace. Peace is so sweet, and those individuals who come dressed in peace and civility are truly “children of God. There is peace in Heaven and God wants us to practice being peacemakers here, so that we will enjoy the world to come, eternity! There are so many people today longing for peace. The peacemaker can mend a broken home, the peacemaker can help to heal a wounded heart, the peacemaker can be comfort in a cold world, and peacemakers are “the children of God”. Being a peacemaker should resonate throughout all of our lives. While some find peace to be allusive, it is important to remember that we must be the peacemaker, and pray that others will follow. How many people today long for peace? It must be the God in us that catapults us toward being peacemakers so that we can be the children of God. We serve a God that is truly on our side not wanting anything but the best for us here in this life and in eternity. My prayer today: Lord, let us love one another as you love us. Let us be the peacemaker in times of confusions, misunderstandings, and conflicts. Today we pray for strength from your mighty hands to do your Will Lord and that love will abide among people of all nations, colors, and creeds. For those who are receptive to your will we know with bold confidence that you are creating a new thing in us. Amen!

Devotional

Tuesday’s Devotional

“When you assume the posture of prayer, remember that it’s not all asking.

If you have anything against someone, forgive  only then will your heavenly Father be

Inclined to also wipe your slate clean of sins.”  Mark 11:25

I use to kneel down for prayer time thinking that I was doing the right things to get everything I ask of from God. Believing that I was doing all the right things, God would definitely hear and answer my prayers. The paradigm went something like this: First, I would attend to my own private space or secret closet to talk with God. Second, I would always include the Lord’s Prayer. Next, my mantra would always be, “God, if you love me, please give me this, or give me that.” Third, would I pray for someone who wronged me??? Yes, by saying “God, you get em.” 

See, I had a dislocated heart and the prayer lines were broken because I did not want to forgive others. Today, not only do I pray for those who I might consider have wronged me, but also I pray forgiveness for those that I have wronged. Today, I spend much time in meditating on scripture, and praying for every good thing to come to those who I believe has wronged me! I received relief, because God so graciously placed a spiritual cast on my dislocated heart and now it has healed. I know the workings of the Lord, and I am being served a six course dinner in front of my enemies. Yet, God has given me a cup that is running over with goodness. I still hurt when wronged; I still hurt when I am misunderstood or when I think a person dislikes me. Do I?  YES, YES, YES.  However, I have found such a mystical release through praying for others that even when I have to shed tears, I know that I am sharing my tears with the one who loves me unconditionally.  Try praying for your enemies and you will see what God can do.

Devotional

Tuesday Devotional

Trust God from the bottom of your heart. Don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go.  He’s the one who will keep you on track. Don’t assume that you know it all.  Run to God! Run from evil!  Proverbs 3:5-7

 

It takes a lot to grow up in a sinful world.  First, we learn the “Golden Rule” and then we learn the “Platinum Rule” and then we find out neither rule works all the time.  One of my professors at Trevecca Nazarene University told my class one time “The more you know, the more you’ll find out you don’t know.”  Therefore, it is that I spend half of my days, saying, “I didn’t know that.”  I grew up as a very insecure little girl, called out of my name mostly because of my ugly facial features. Mentally shielding a secret that caused terrible headaches and premature bedwetting until the age of seven years old, I considered my life so onerous and torn.    What happened to me made me ashamed, and I felt unlovable. As I grew, I grew to hate myself, the mere imagine in the mirror caused me to turn away in disgust. The reason I grew to hate myself was that I thought I should have had control, but I was only a little girl.  I had to learn to forgive in a BIG way.  After reaching adulthood, I went in search of answers, ALL THE TIME, and came to rest upon the words of Jesus.  I thought Jesus had forgotten about me when all the time the abyss that I fell into Jesus was there yes when the bottom fell out of my life; He was there at the bottom to catch me.  I’m glad I learned that Jesus will go to the depth of Hell to rescue one of His own.  For that thing that happened to me so long ago, wounds healed because I forgave the other person and God allowed me to forgive myself.  The devil tried to do permanent damage, but the Lord took that muck and made me whole.  If you are suffering something, if you are in a place that seems lonely and dark “don’t let nobody tell you that God ain’t there with you”!