To celebrate the release of my friend Cheryl Ricker's new gift book, A Friend in the Storm, I'm posting a three-part series of devotions I wrote called "Through the Storm."
Leave a comment on any of the posts, and I'll enter your name in a drawing to win a copy of this lovely little book. A Friend in the Storm combines uplifting quotes, Bible verses, tasteful illustrations, and Cheryl's beautiful poetry to comfort someone going through hard times and point them to the best Friend ever.
Please be sure to leave your email address so I can contact you if you win. I'll draw a winner on Monday, September 13.
Through the Storm, Part 3
Storms in life are inevitable. They pound you, wear you down, toss you around, and threaten to drown you. The apostle Paul faced many life storms before facing a literal storm at sea in Acts 27. Paul's experience offers more than a thrilling sea adventure - it offers practical principles for dealing with the storms of life.
7) Take care of yourself
As the storm raged, Paul told his shipmates, "'I urge you to take some food. You need it to survive'" (Acts 27:34). In crisis times, it's easy to neglect our physical need for proper nutrition and rest - but this is when you need food and rest most of all. If friends offer to brings meals, let them! And don't forget the importance of your daily allowance of chocolate. This is vital.
8) Give thanks
"[Paul] took some bread and gave thanks to God" (Acts 27:35). This may be the most difficult instruction of all, but focusing on God's blessings in the fury of the storm reminds you of His power, His love, and His provision.
9) Know there is a purpose
Paul wanted to take the gospel to Rome. The storm and shipwreck stranded him in Malta for three months - not his plan. In Acts 28, Paul healed many sick people on Malta, and history tells us a strong church formed on that island. This happened only because of a horrendous storm and shipwreck. Have faith that your storm will also serve a purpose, perhaps known only to the Lord, but a purpose that brings glory to His name.
Paul said, "'So keep up your courage, men, for I have faith in God that it will happen just as he told me'" (Acts 27:25).
Thank you for joining me for this series! Once again, please leave a comment with your email address, and I'll enter your name in a drawing for Cheryl's book on Sept. 13.