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GONE WITH THE WIND

Our world was turned upside down one warm Spring day when a tornado touched down in our neighborhood making us tornado survivors. Much of our house was gone with the wind! Our nightmarish weekend began soon after finishing our pizza supper, around 9:00 pm, Friday, April 29th, 1983. Tornado sirens were blaring as the tornado was approaching. "Come on down to the basement now, Sharon", Howard, my husband, pleaded. "OK", I replied, "after I finish the curtains; let me finish one more thing." It suddenly got real still and quiet outside and we could see the tornado approaching. Neighbors ran to neighbors homes with basements or drove to family's basements as dogs were howling from the sirens going off! Just as I (Sharon) got to safety in the basement with family and neighbors suddenly the winds and rain and hail descended on south Springfield culminating in a tornado touching down. One man 100 yards south of this tornado said, "It was like a black wall with a reddish hue of light at the bottom, and a giant blender with everything flying around inside and at the edge." The tornado dipped into south Springfield leaving a path five homes wide throwing debris, breaking windows, tearing off roof shingles, chunks of wood, tree limbs and chips of broken glass were everywhere. At times the darkening skies took on a rose-colored glow as hail poured down so loud with a deafening roar as the raging tornado touched down. As we huddled together shaking in the basement listening to all this I was thinking our home was probably destroyed. Branches pierced roof tops like needles in a pin cushion. Cars were overturned landing in someone else's yard.  A backyard porch was thrust through the back of a garage so hard it came out the front. The power suddenly went out leaving us in total darkness as we smelled gas - this was a real nightmare!  We clung to Jesus as He held us up through our storm....

 


Hold Me

Sometimes the little boy in me still wants to

climb on my Father's knee

When the world outside gets too big for me;

When the fear's too much for me to hide

and my fondest dreams have almost died,

He always understands me when I say;

Hold me, Hold me!

Hold me, Hold me!

I'm so afraid of the storm.

I'll be safe in my Father's arms.

Now that I'm grown and old,

That doesn't mean that I'm brave and bold

But, oh, I want so much to serve You.

So I'll follow as you lead the way

Since I know You're not too far away,

Just close enough to hear me when I say;

Hold me, Hold me

I'm so afraid of the storm

Hold me, Hold me

I'll be safe in my Father's arms.

Hold me!

 

---Song by Joan Ewing---

 

We needed the Lord to hold us that awful night. As He held us close I prayed: Our most gracious loving Heavenly Father, please take care of us and Missey.  We need your strength and help to go on. Be with our neighbors too with storm damage.  Your will be done is our prayer.  In Your Precious Name, Amen. He calmed our fears when we ran to Him in prayer.  He gave us such sweet peace.

 

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"The eternal God is thy refuge, and underneath are the

everlasting arms."   Deut. 3:27

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Our daughter frantically called us pleading with us to come get her at the home she was babysitting. In tears she pleaded, "Mom and Dad, come after me."  We tried to comfort her and told her, "We can't come now with all the debris out there and telephone lines down."  Soon after our telephone lines went down losing contact with her. It was two days before we could get her, when power came back on and debris was removed from the roads and lines were back up. As I paced the floor worrying over not being able to get my daughter the Holy Spirit comforted me bringing to mind Bible verses.  Psalm 23 played over and over like a record in my mind which brought comfort and peace in the midst of our storm knowing God would take care of her and Howard and our son.  It was comforting knowing the Lord is my Shepherd at all times....

 

Psalm 23

The Lord is my Shepherd;

I shall not want.

He maketh me to lie down in green

pastures:

He leadeth me beside the still waters.

He restoreth my soul:

He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness

for His name's sake.

Yea, though I walk through the valley of the

shadow of death, I will fear no evil;

for Thou art with me;

Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me

Thou preparest a table before me in the

presence of mine enemies:

Thou anointest my head with oil;

My cup runneth over.

Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me

all the days of my life: and

I will dwell in the house of the Lord

forever.

We could hear boards breaking and trees snapping and falling on our house. We lost our nice Christmas tree in the backyard.         

 

 

I had thoughts of whatever happens our daughter was in God's care.  The News-Leader reported the next day, "Friday night's destructive tornado blazed a path from Fort and Battlefield to Glenstone and Seminole causing two deaths, injuring 22 others and damaging an estimated 355 homes and 30 small businesses. Had people not heeded the tornado warning, the losses would have been greater." The famous Hudson Taylor said it so well how our Lord, our Shepherd, cares for us every day and everywhere - storms or no storms and carries us during the worst storms in life.

 

The Lord is my Shepherd

Not was, not may be, nor will be.

The Lord is my Shepherd,

Is on Monday and is through every day

of the week;

Is in January, is in December, and every

month of the year;

Is at home

And is in China; is in peace, and is

in war; in abundance, and in penury.

 

Oh, how we leaned on our Lord, our great Shepherd, that night in the dark. He was there with us!  Remember His promise to us believers: "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." Hebrews 13:5b. God is always with us surrounding us with His love and His presence. Oh, what a comfort!

 

 

After the tornado passed with flashlights in hand we maneuvered slowly upstairs from the basement to assess the damage. We were so grateful we were all alive and thanked God, "Thank You, Lord, we are all okay and alive after this storm." Howard turned to me, telling me, "God has left us here for a purpose and we need to find out what it is."

 

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"For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord,

plans to prosper you, and not harm you, plans to give

you hope and a future."    Jeremiah 29:11

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In 1,000 trials it is not 500 of them that work for

the believer's good but 999 of them and one beside.

--George Mueller--

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Police and fire departments were on the scene almost immediately. People vandalizing and sightseers showed up within 15 minutes. The Governor the next day called in the National Guard to protect the damaged homes to keep looters out.

We awoke the next day to the roar of chainsaws. We could assess our damage better then. Pieces of glass from broken windows were nestled in the carpet, furniture and everywhere.  Howard patched the gaping holes in broken windows with sheets of wood waiting for the insurance adjuster to advise us what to do. Glass was everywhere! We couldn't even light candles due to the possibility of broken gas lines.  Neighbors were helping neighbors many counting their blessings that they survived the tornado storm. We all had no electricity, gas, phone service, yet we had each other and were alive! Hope was alive!

 

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Praise ye the Lord!  Let everything that hath

breath praise the Lord.  Praise ye the Lord!

Psalm 150:1 & 6

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Howard was quoted in the News-Leader as saying, "You always think it happens to the other guy.  This time I guess we were the other guy."

 

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WE CAN BE THE ARMS OF JESUS WHEN SOMEONE NEEDS A TOUCH FROM THE LORD

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After two days of clean-up with more than 400 Red Cross volunteers, 200 others, Civil Defense workers, churches providing shelter for the homeless, restaurants giving out meals, Mennonites traveling some up to 100 miles to help and the Christian Foundation sending out clean-up crews to the storm ravaged areas, we could finally get out to go get our daughter at the home our daughter was babysitting. It was so good to see her. Our family was complete and together again!  We praised God! 

 

 

When you go through such trials as this tornado you really appreciate your family more.  Neighbors were helping neighbors cover their roofs, board up windows, cutting up trees with chainsaws, cleaning up yards with debris, and volunteers also brought hugs of hope..."You're gonna make it!"  Tears of joy sprung up in our eyes seeing the goodheartedness of the Ozarks people who volunteered including our neighbors and our church family. 

 

'Til The Storm Passes By

In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face,

While the storm howls above me, and there's no

hiding place.

Mid the crash of the thunder, precious Lord, hear my

cry:

Keep me safe 'til the storm passes by.

Many times Satan whispered, "There is no need to try

For there's no end of sorrow, there's no hope by and by.

But I know Thou art with me, and tomorrow I'll rise,

Where the storms never darken the skies.

When the long night has ended and the storms come no

more,

Let me stand in Thy presence on that bright,

peaceful shore.

In that land where the tempest never comes, Lord, may I

Dwell with Thee when the storm passes by.

'Til the storm passes over

'Til the thunder sounds no more,

'Til the clouds roll forever from the sky

Hold me fast,

Let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand

Keep me safe 'til the storm passes by.

 

---Song by Mosie Lister---

 

Were we ever glad the storm had passed by and we were safe resting in our Lord trusting completely in Him to take care of us all. He even took care of our cat that came home 3 days later. "He maketh the storm calm, so that the waves thereof are still." Psalm 107:29

                 

 

Since the storm I had only 6 hours of sleep in two nights. One night I couldn't sleep in our war-torn home and found some red paint and painted GONE WITH THE WIND on cardboard and put it out in the front of the house. A sense of humor does help at times like this to relieve some of the stress. Everyone got a kick out of the sign. Yes, parts of our house were gone with the wind but our faith in God was intact.  Sometimes tragedies cause people to lose their faith in God as the storm rages and it is gone with the wind! 

 

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       SOMETIMES THE LORD CALMS THE STORM; SOMETIMES HE LETS THE STORM RAGE AND CALMS HIS CHILD

 

 

One early morning Michael, our son, was walking around our neighborhood and as he walked by a group of the National Guards eating breakfast, one of them asked, "Have you had breakfast?"  "No" Michael replied. "Don't worry about it, son; you can have mine."  Such acts of kindness warmed our hearts.  What a great place to live we thought!

In a few days many adjusters were on the scene and soon after work could be done on our damaged homes (by now it was 1,000 homes and businesses damaged) and contractors invaded our neighborhoods for months.  We were so glad to see them and hear the hum of all those chainsaws cutting up fallen trees.  And soon our neighborhoods were put back together again but we, the residents of these homes, were forever changed!  We took time now to smell the roses! Life, family and faith in God meant so much more now! We don't take life or each other for granted anymore and call each other more  We are better prepared too now for a storm with a generator, flashlights, bottled water, candles, lanterns and canned goods.

Our faith in God sustained us during and after this storm. It hadn't gone with the wind. We felt grateful He spared our lives. You can always fix and replace a home. Material things suddenly became unimportant.  Isaiah 40:31,  But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Matthew Henry's Bible notes say: "Those that truly rely upon Him and commit themselves to His guidance, shall find that God will not fail them. They shall have grace sufficient for them. They shall renew their strength. God will be their arm every morning (chap 33:2). They shall use this grace for the best purposes. They shall soar upward, upward towards God. Devout affections are the eagles' wings in which gracious souls mount up (Psalm 25:1).  They shall press forward towards heaven."

Let us soar with Him! We learned to keep the faith when the goings got tough.  We evidenced God's promise that He will never leave us nor forsake us. We held on to His precious promises in the Bible to sustain us. He was our HOPE, our STRENGTH and our HELPER. The magnitude of this trial only drew us closer to the Lord and each other. We found out that the God on the mountain is still God in the valley! In Him we found HELP, COMFORT and STRENGTH and HOPE and PEACE He gave us to go on one day at a time. He brought strangers from all around to also help us and give us hope and love every step of the way. It was amazing! We hope and pray others saw our faith in God we had to encourage them to trust in God more too. Let us all embrace God's Word and His teachings of HOPE until we reach Heaven's shores, our blessed HOPE. We are tornado survivors, Howard and Sharon Irvine, who's faith in God being tested was anchored in the Rock, Jesus Christ. It's not because we are strong that we could weather these storms of life, but because our faith is fixed on the Rock-Jesus Christ, our Lord and God! When the storm came in our lives our faith was not GONE WITH THE WIND!

 

A quote from Macduff (Streams in the Desert, August 28): "It is very easy for us to speak and theorize about faith, but God often casts us into crucibles to try our gold, and to separate it from the dross and alloy. Oh, happy are we if the hurricanes (tornadoes) that ripple life's unquiet sea have the effect of making Jesus more precious.  Better the storm with Christ than smooth waters without Him."

 

 

HAVE FAITH IN GOD EVEN WHEN YOUR WORLD IS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN!

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Psalm 39:7 says, "...Lord, what wait I for? my HOPE is in thee."

Our Lord is our GREAT SUPPORTER, always walking by and holding up the Christian. He is always ready to extend His mighty and powerful arm to keep you steady as you lean on Him in your storm. He wants to carry your load and embrace you as you lean upon His breast. Song of Solomon says:

My beloved is mine, and I am His...

Who is this that cometh up from the

wilderness, Leaning upon her beloved?

He is trying to tell you, "Child of My Love, lean on Me and let Me care for you and carry you through your storms of life. I know all about you and what you are going through. I designed this storm (divine interruption) for your good...so, lean hard, My Child...trust in Me...love Me...come close to Me...oh, so close...for I love you...feel my strong and tender embrace as you bask in my love..." Beloved, won't you receive His great love!  Do you feel hopeless and question God? Are you fearful of your storm in your life?  Then turn your heart toward God! He's waiting!

God Answers Prayer! Unanswered yet?  Faith cannot be unanswered.  Her feet are firmly planted on the Rock; Amid the wildest storms she stands undaunted, Nor quails before the loudest thunder shock. She knows Omnipotence has heard her prayer. And cries "It shall be done," - sometime, somewhere.

               Aphalia G Browning/Streams in the Desert/10/18

Our testimony true stories on our website show how these saints of God held on to Jesus, lean'n on Him, trusting completely in Him even when there was no reason humanly to do so. There was no ray of light at times...yet they decided to come to Jesus and lean on Him.  We also read about men in the Bible who displayed strong faith in God as examples for us today as told in Hebrews 11 and James 5. When your world has been turned upside down have faith in God as they showed us they did.  Times like this remember Jesus' scars proving His love for you to willingly suffer pain for you at Calvary to give you faith and hope again and eternal salvation/an eternal Home in Heaven. He longs for a close relationship with you!  He wants to commune with you daily...reading the Bible, the inspired Word of God, and praying and singing songs of praise in worship and adoration to Him! 

 

DIVINE INTERRUPTIONS

My life is Yours, Lord

So, bring sorrow and pain

If a closer walk I may obtain.

Divine interruptions are only

for a season

Thus, my trials come for a reason.

So, I will trust in You, My Lord!

 

Times of testing are times when God challenges our faith (remember Job in the Bible?).  Job speaks - "Who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord hath wrought this? Though He slay me, yet will I trust in Him. (Job 12:9; 13:15). It stretches and increases our faith in Him.  Each new storm we seem to have more faith and courage to go on, don't we?  Howard and Sharon are facing a giant now in their lives of cancer (Howard).  They trust in God's sovereignty and help to defeat this tornado/cancer giant.  They are lean'in hard on Jesus, the Rock! Just like teenager David, displayed his strong faith in God to help him slay the giant Philistine he reminded the King of his past victories which increased his faith in God to face this giant, Goliath. 

He told the giant, "I come to you in the name of God." What faith in God!  And as the testing ends the stone rolls away in our lives to bring us victory in Jesus!  David slew with God's help the giant, Goliath! Isn't it amazing how God reveals His love to us during these times of testing and pain? These times of "Life's surprises" (divine interruptions) we discover new truths and lifelong lessons that are testimonies to faith's triumph over tragedy, (hardships and suffering).  There are no surprises with God!  He's in control. If you are going through a tragedy in your life today, find comfort and hope from God's Word (the Bible) as humbly Howard and Sharon have done depending fully on God's provisions giving them peace in the midst of their storm.  By God's grace they weathered this tornado storm in their lives.  God hadn't abandoned them but drew them tenderly to Him (a closer relationship with God) reflecting more of God's image. In James 4:8 God promises us when we draw near to Him He will draw nearer to us and He will conform us to be more like Him (Romans 8:29).  We have included some of our favorite Scriptures of hope and comfort at the end of this story that have encouraged Sharon and Howard and many others through many storms. Read them every day as you go through your storm to lift you up and encourage you. Claim His precious promises. And remember, dear One, our Lord is trying to remind you all through the Bible to simply trust in Him; He cares so much for you (I Peter 5:7). God will help you as you face your giants in life. Trust Him! Have faith God will help you triumph over your tragedy. I can almost hear Him tenderly whisper to you today, "Child of My Love, lean hard. Trust Me in your storm." 

 

"The capacity for knowing God enlarges as we are

brought by Him into circumstances which oblige us

to exercise faith; so, when difficulties beset our

path let us thank God that He is taking trouble

with us, and LEAN HARD UPON HIM!"

Anonymous

 

               

HOPE IN GOD IS THE BEST PRINCIPLE OF TRUE COURAGE.

 

Matthew Henry

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Has your life been turned upside down lately...you find it hard to look forward to tomorrow...you want to give up...the burden is too heavy to bear...? Your life may feel like a tornado touched down and picked you up swirling you up into the tunnel of uncertainty and doubt and depression. Your life seems so out of control.  Your marriage may be falling apart, the biopsy came back malignant, you just lost your mom to cancer, recently creditors have been harassing you, and your home is in foreclosure since you just lost your job. God sees your tornado tearing up your life. He wants to commune with you and help you. Have faith in God...run to Him today. Let the Lord hold you in your storm. Turn to Jesus and His precious Word and check out our website for more true stories sharing how they all triumphed in Christ going through their storms of life.  If you don't have this HOPE, you too can have it by putting your faith and trust in Jesus today just like Howard and Sharon did many years ago ....pray this prayer today...

 

A PRAYER OF SALVATION

Dear Heavenly Father, please save me. I know that as a sinner I deserve eternal death and that I need to be saved. I believe that Jesus Christ, Your perfect Son, died in my place that I might be saved. Please forgive my sins; come into my heart and life and save my soul. I here and now believe and open my heart to Christ and by faith receive You as my Savior and as the Lord of my life. Thank You for saving a sinner such as me. Help me to live for you from now on. Thank You for Your great love for me dying on the cross of Calvary. And, Lord, please help me as I face my storm. Help, Lord. Give me peace in the midst of my storm. Thank You. In Jesus' Name. Amen.

 

“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoso-ever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16               

 

If you have prayed this prayer of salvation, please email us to let us know.  We can send you our booklet, Triumph Over Tragedy, to encourage you in your new walk with Christ. You can contact us at: SilentMissionary@yahoo.com

 

"Now thanks be unto God which always causeth us to TRIUMPH in CHRIST."

II Corinthians 1:14

 

Perhaps you have been saved but have run far from God and need Him now more than ever. Your faith has GONE WITH THE WIND. Come home in repentance to Him as the prodigal son (Luke 15) did and lean hard on Him again. He's waiting!  Luke 15:1-7 we read the parable of the lost sheep.  The Shepherd looks til he finds his lost sheep.  When He finds his lost sheep he tenderly layeth it on His shoulder rejoicing carrying him back to the fold.  He never gives up on us…Isaiah 56:3 says that all of us have gone astray and need to be found.  He longs for your love and companionship! He loves you so much...no matter what your past is...He can forgive...COME TO HIM TODAY!  May you know, beloved, what a caring God He is...

                                

OH, WHAT A CARING GOD!

Our Lord tells us in His Word

How much He cares for you and me

And promises to meet our every need

Oh, What a caring God!

He even notices the sparrow fall,

But tells us we are of more value after all

And promises to meet our every need.

Oh, what a caring God!

Our Lord tells us in His Word

That as shadows fall across our soul today

To trust He'll be there to pick us up always

Oh, what a caring God!

He sees our falling tears

And brings comfort for our cries He hears

So, have FAITH and hold on in your storms,

Oh, what a caring God!

Oh, what a caring God,

Who cares so much for you and me!

And promises to meet our every need.

Oh, how much He cares indeed!

Oh, what a caring God!

 

"Casting all your cares upon Him; for He careth for YOU." 1 Peter 5:7 

 

Jeremiah 31:3 says: The Lord said, “Yea I have loved thee with an everlasting love. Therefore with loving kindness have I drawn thee.”

 

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HE LOVES YOU AND CARES SO MUCH FOR YOU!

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Just as Howard told his precious family after the tornado storm..." God has left us here for a purpose and we need to find out what it is." So, God has your storm you are facing now for a purpose to draw you tenderly close to Him to give you HOPE and a future. Sometimes His purpose is as in Apostle Paul's prison experiences in Philippians 1:12 "for the furtherance of the Gospel".  Sometimes like in Jobs tragedies God was testing his faith. He also convicted Job of his pride and self-righteousness. He lost everything....his home, his children, his health and wealth. 

James 5:11 says: "Behold, we count them happy which endure. Ye have heard of the patience of Job..." Sometimes our trials are to conform us to be more Christ-like, to draw us closer to Him, to fall in love with Jesus.  

Luke 15:6-7 tells us: "And when he cometh home, he calleth together his friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost. I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth , more than over ninety and nine just persons, which need no repentance."  Sometimes trials draw us to salvation in Christ. Sometimes trials bring a backslidden one back into the fold. 

I Thessalonians 5:18 tells us, "In everything give thanks, for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you."  Ultimately, all trials are to glorify our Lord and sometimes to bring about His will like in Joseph's life to save his people and family. God brought good out of all the evil brought in Joseph's life (Read Genesis 37-50). Genesis 50:17-21 tell us after Joseph's brothers apologized for the evil they did to him Joseph forgives and says: "I am in the place of God (God's will). But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but God meant it unto good to save much people alive. (Romans 8:28) He comforted them and spoke kindly unto them. 

Psalm 105:15-22 tell us there too Joseph's story, "until the time that his Word came the word of the Lord TRIED him." A great promise we may claim going through our trials is in Acts 7:9-18 where He promises to deliver him and us out of all his/our afflictions through healing and much prayer and fasting.  And sometimes we are graduated to glory to our eternal home in heaven. God told Satan he could do anything to test Job but he couldn't take his life. So, it's in God's hands, isn't it? May you today feel God's loving arms embrace you as He sends Holy Hugs from Heaven above to draw you tenderly to Him during this most difficult time in your life. Rest, my beloved one, in His loving arms. Trust Him as you go through your storms in life...have faith in God...rest in Him (Psalm 37:3-7)...

Delight in Him...

Commit all to Him...

Wait on God...

Trust in Him...

Rest in Him...

DON'T GIVE UP!

Don't let your faith be GONE WITH THE WIND!

 

 Talk to God…then read His Word to let Him talk to you.  Our Lord wants us to

put our eyes on Him, not our storms.  He wants us to take them off the winds

and the waves and by faith trust Him as He carries you through your storm. 

 

FOOTPRINTS

One night I dreamed a dream.

I was walking along the beach with my Lord.

Across the dark sky flashed scenes from my life.

For each scene I noticed two sets

of footprints in the sand,

one belonging to me

and one to my Lord.

When the last scene of my life shot before me

I looked back at the footprints in the sand.

There was only one set of

footprints.

I realized that this was at the

lowest

and

saddest times of my life.

This always bothered me

and I questioned the Lord

about my dilemma.

"Lord, you told me when I decided to follow You,

You would walk and talk with me all the way.

But I'm aware that during the most troublesome

times of my life there is only one set of footprints.

I just don't understand why, when I needed You most

You leave me."

He whispered, "My precious child,

I love you and will never leave you

never, ever during your trials and testing.

When you saw only one set of footprints

it was then that I carried you.

 

-----Margaret Powers----

 

Embrace God's truths in the Bible as He, your Shepherd, tenderly draws you closer to Him carrying you through your storm...near to the heart of God!

 

MAY GOD'S WORD TAKE ALL YOUR FEARS AWAY IN YOUR STORM.

                        

LET THEM BE GONE WITH THE WIND!

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GEMS FROM GOD'S WORD, THE BIBLE

 

TO ENCOURAGE AND BRING HOPE DURING YOUR STORMS OF LIFE

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That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ Who having not seen, ye love; in Whom, though ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. I Peter 1:7,8

 

For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost. Romans 15:4,13

 

What time I am afraid, I will trust in Thee. In God I will praise His Word. Psalms 56:3,4

 

Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.  But I would ye should understand, brethren, that the things which happened unto me have fallen out rather unto the furtherance of the Gospel. Phil. 1:6,12

 

Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.  And the PEACE of God which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. But my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus.  Phil. 4:6,7,13,19

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. For him he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son. Romans 8:28, 29

And even to your old age I am he; and even to hoar hairs will I carry you: I have made, and I will bear; even I will carry, and I will deliver you.  Isaiah 46:4

He shall feed His flock like a Shepherd: He shall gather the lambs with His arm, and carry them in His bosom and shall gently lead those that are with young. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might He increaseth strength. But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run and not be weary: and they shall walk, and not faint. Isaiah 40:11,29,31

Fear thou not; for I am with you: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. For I the Lord thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Isaiah 41:10-13

And He said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ's sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong. II Corinthians 12:9-10

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage: be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee withersoever thou goest. Joshua 1:9

But as for you, ye thought evil against me (Joseph); but God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save much people alive.  Genesis 50:20

The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knoweth them that trust in Him. Nahum 1:7

Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you. I Peter 5:7

The Lord said, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love. Therefore, with loving kindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3

Blessed be God, even the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies, and the God of all comfort; Who comforteth us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort them which are in any trouble, by the comfort wherewith we ourselves are comforted of God. II Corinthians 1:3,4

Are not two sparrows sold for a farthing? and one of them shall not fall on the ground without your Father. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear ye not therefore, ye are of more value than many sparrows.  Matthew 10:29-31;Luke 12:6,7

Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air; for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore, take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? For your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteous-ness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Matthew 6:25-33

But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou are mine. Since thou wast precious in my sight, thou hast been honorable, and I have loved thee.  Isaiah 43:1,4

The Faith Chapter - Hebrews 11 James 5 - Hall of Faith

He maketh the storm calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Psalm 107:29

And now, Lord, what wait I for? my hope is in thee. Psalm 39:7

Cast thy burden upon the Lord, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous to be moved. Psalm 55:22

Then they cry unto the Lord in their trouble, and He bringeth them out of their distresses. He maketh the storm calm, so that the waves thereof are still. Oh, that men would praise the Lord for His goodness, and for His wonderful works to the children of men. Psalm 107:28-31

He shall cover thee with his feathers, and under his wings shalt thou trust; his truth shall be thy shield and buckler. Because thou hast made the Lord, which is my refuge, even the most High, thy habitation; For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways. He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honor him. Psalm 91:4,9,11,15

Trust in the Lord, and do good: so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed. Delight thyself also in the Lord; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass. And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday. Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord: and he delighteth in his way. Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down; for the Lord upholdeth him with his hand. I have been young, and now am old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. But the salvation of the righteous is of the Lord; he is their strength in the time of trouble. And the Lord shall help them, and deliver them: he shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him. Psalm 37:3-7, 23-25, 39-40

Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him; and He shall direct thy paths.  Proverbs 3:5,6

That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honor and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory. I Peter 1:7,8

Many, O Lord my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts which are to usward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.  Psalm 40:5

I will love thee, O Lord, my strength. The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer; my God, my strength, in whom I will trust...I will call upon the Lord, who is worthy to be praised. Psalm 18:1-3

The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear him and delivereth them. Psalm 34:7

The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry. The righteous cry, and the Lord heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles. The Lord is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart. many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all. Psalm 34:15,17-19

Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. I Thess. 5:16-18

He maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God. Romans 8:27

And He spake this parable unto them saying:  What man of you, having an hundred sheep, if he lose one of them, doeth not leave the ninety and nine in the wilderness, and go after that which is lost, until He find it?  And when he hath found it, He layeth it on His shoulder, rejoicing.  And when He cometh home, He calleth together His friends and neighbors, saying unto them, Rejoice with me; for I have found my sheep which was lost.  I say unto you, that likewise joy shall be in heaven over one sinner that repenteth, more than over ninety and nice just persons, which need no repentance. Luke 15:3-7    

QUOTES OF ENCOURAGEMENT

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The will of God will not lead you where the grace of God will not keep you.  George Mueller

Submissions to the divine will is the softest pillow on which to recline.  Streams in the Desert

The present circumstances, which presses so hard against you (if surrendered to Christ), is the best shaped tool in the Father's hand to chisel you for eternity. Trust Him then. Do not push away the instrument lest you lose its work.

The school of suffering graduates rare scholars.

Every highway of human life dips in the dale now and then.

Every man must go through the tunnel of tribulation before he can travel on the elevated road of triumph.

                     Streams in the Desert/April 28th

 

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Sources:  Reader's Digest (May 2009 issue)

 Springfield News-Leader

        (1983 Tornado Storm issue)

 

LIST OF HELPS FOR STORM VICTIMS

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                            1. Bring meals with disposable dishes/microwaveable

                                                 (Put your name on it)

                            2. Give lots of hugs

                            3. Bring a saw and hammer to help board up windows

                                       and cut down trees

                            4. Lots of bottled water

                            5. Invite them to your home if room or

                                     pay for a motel room for them

                            6. Always can use money for replacement of items lost in storm

                            7. Tarps for roof

                            8  Offer for them to use your cell phone to call friends/family

                           

   9. Offer to take children to school/activities/sports activities

                                            and to church, etc.

                           10. Ice - cold drinks (ice chest)

                           11. Fresh fruit-anything you can eat on the run-cookies, snack

                                      cakes, peanut butter crackers/cereal bars, etc.

                           12. Gloves

                           13. Gift Certificates for restaurants for a break to get away

                           14. Leather soled shoes so you won't cut your feet

                           15. Rakes, shovels, saws, hammers, wheel barrels

                           16. Zip lock bags all sizes and trash bags

                           17. Chocolate is a must ...it is calming and lots of it!!!!

                           18. Paper goods - plates, cups, utensils, napkins, paper towels

                                   toilet paper, wet wipes, cleaning products and rags

                           19. Frozen casseroles in disposable containers can put

                                          in microwave

                           20. First Aid Products and Tylenol

                           21, Personal hygiene products/bath soap, etc.

                           22. Someone to do laundry for awhile

                           23. Stamps and thank you cards/notes

                           24  Someone to run errands...A Go For!

 

"Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to TRIUMPH in Christ..."
II Corinthians 1:14

  Contact Howard & Sharon Irvine at:   hirvine@mchsi.com