Blessings in the Storm

I trust that all my friends and visitors to this blog have had a wonderful Christmas and are looking forward to the New Year to come.  God has truly blessed my family this Christmas with a great family, church family, and a wealth of friends. I say all of this to say that this time in my life has not been without its struggles and things to lay at the feet of our Lord. Many times throughout our walk with the Lord we will face the unforeseen. It will come out when we least expect it and for a moment even hold us so tightly we cannot see which way we should turn. Storms can come upon us suddenly and dark clouds can bring fear to our hearts, yet in all of this we know we have someone who is there beside us in the midst of the darkness and fierce wind. Then it begins, the rain pours down. I have not thought of the rain as blessings, but it truly is so.

We need the rain. The rain nourishes the dry areas. It gives us something that watering from the hose in the yard will not. It cools the atmosphere around us. The leaves of the trees turn upward to receive the rain from the clouds. Sometimes the leaves will actually turn upside down to receive the rain at the place that will give  the most benefit for its delicate root system. The hard ground  softens under the impact of the rain upon it.  When you think about it, the rain has the healing properties in it to make things better for the earth, yet to receive the rain it must be accompanied by the storms.

I have found recently that in the midst of my storm, the Lord has sent his blessings of rain to overwhelm me.  The blessings have covered me at times with small drops and other times with large torrents. Over and over I have felt the love of my heavenly Father cover me with his strength, encouragement, love, and the cascading rain of His blessings. In my time alone with Him, I lifted my hands and heart to accept what He has for me as His spirit pours down like the rain. It has been what I have needed to help me when fear has taken hold of me. I wish that I could say that I am strong enough on my own to weather the storm. We try to hide our weakness so often for fear of what people will think of us, or put on a brave front because we feel it is expected of us. If you could see inside of me, you would know I am so weak and fearful. It is God who has been my strength. If I did not have Him with me I could never face the storms of life.

Not only have I received the blessings from the Lord, but also from the gracious friends and family who have interceded with prayers for me and my family. I do appreciate all of the prayers that have been sent on behalf of us. Thank you. You have been apart of the sweet rain that has covered us.

Blessings to you!

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12 thoughts on “Blessings in the Storm

  1. I want all sunny weather, in the natural and in my life, but the rain is sooooo necessary and it truly is a blessing.

    Happy New Year, sweet Amy!

    So thankful He rains down His love on us,
    K 🙂

  2. Thank you Jesus for being just what Amy needs! Please continue to bring her Your words, Your love, and just plain more of You!

    I am praying with and for you my friend, knowing, and believing He has you in His mighty arms!

  3. Hi Amy,

    Just wishing you and the boys and Bro. Gordon a Blessed and Happy New Year !

    Blessings.
    Ron.
    Hope Bro. Gordon is recuperating and doing better ? I can relate to pain in my legs . Hope it don’t getting any worse ?

  4. Such a beautiful post! How we do need the rain in our lives and how we fight it and dread it and even despise it…yet as Georgians have learned this past year..it is desperately necessary…to the earth and to our lives in Christ. We would be better to embrace the rain and soak up its nourishment. I pray that whatever the rain is in your life that you continue to know His nourishment and care. God bless your family in this new year!

  5. Amy, wanted you to know I’m praying for continued grace in these times of physical uncertainty. I found recently that a few tears was what I needed most. Love you. selahV

  6. Jel, Thank you for your concern. We are seeing a doctor and his leg is better. 🙂

    Jadasgigi, We do need the rain to cleanse and refresh. Thanks for all the encouraging words. I hope God will bless you in the new year also.

    Angela, I am so glad you stopped by I have not been able to get around to the other blogs these last few days. Thanks for the kind words.

    SelahV, I appreciate all the prayers. I know they have uplifted me and I have felt the love of God and good friends surround me and the family. I thank you also for the suggestion. That might just be what I need too. 🙂 Blessings to you.

  7. A belated Happy New Year to y’all and may God’s rain and blessings fall upon you in abundance!

    We hope Bro. Gordon is doing better and y’all are in our prayers.

    (((HUGS)))

    God’s Grace.

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