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Perfect Storm OR Perfect God?

November 22, 2017
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Hey, friend!

Before we get started, I want to check and see how you’re doing. Don’t be anxious if you’ve fallen behind! Simply join us where we are this week, and you can catch up later, when you have a few extra minutes. 

Whew! Now that that’s out of the way, I have a question for you. 

We’re #P31OBS friends, right? 

Great! ‘Cause I feel led to share a bit of my heart with you. 

My husband, Todd and I have been struggling with infertility for almost nine years. And this year, we’re walking a road health-wise that is leading us further and further away from the possibility of conceiving a child. It’s been a hard journey and there are times I’ve felt my prayers are bouncing off the clouds.
 
Like many, I’m quite familiar with the idea (from Chapter 8 of Anxious for Nothing) that our current situations, plus other trying circumstances, can lead us into the perfect storm. Things like: 

Unemployment + health issues 
Tight finances + car trouble 
Fussy children + grocery store lines

Written here in black and white, these seem minor. BUT, insert any combination of these situations into our already chaotic lives and it can feel like we’re in a ship, tossed on a storm-ravaged sea, in danger of capsizing.

Life jacket, anyone? 

Although the storms may rage, we have hope … because we have Jesus. 

We have access not only to life jackets, but to the perfect power of God, Who calms our hearts and our storms. Like Max Lucado reminds us in Chapter 8:

“God has never promised a life with no storms, but he has promised to be there when we face them.” 

When we cry out to God, He is near, and we can find peace in His presence. I love how Max Lucado outlines this strategy to win the battle for peace, in Chapter 8 of #AnxiousforNothing:

“Lead with worship. 
Go first to your Father in prayer and praise. 
Confess to Him your fears. 
Gather with His people. 
Set your face towards God. 
Fast.
Cry out for help. 
Admit your weakness…
Expect to see the God of the ages fight for you. He is near, as near as your next breath.” 

Reflect and Respond: 

My husband is a worship leader, so our home is always filled with music. We find it’s hard to focus on our storms when we’re focused on God’s goodness. Let’s lead with worship today. What's your current go-to worship song. Mine is “I Will Follow” by Jon Guerra.

-Nichole   

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