Therefore my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord… 1 Corinthians 15:58

Always Abounding

When we feel overwhelmed
Abounding in peace
When we are grieving
Abounding in comfort
When exhausted
Abounding in His strength
When I am ashamed
Abounding in forgiveness
When sick
Abounding in His healing
When I am afraid
Abounding in His courage
Or alone
Abounding in His presence
And His promise
To be with us always
And that in Christ
I can do all things!

“We ask you to give us a steadfast living faith, a firm trust, a holy hope, a perfect love, so that we may serve you with all our life and strength to the very end. Amen!” Amish Prayers compiled by Beverly Lewis

Softly With the Lambs – Poem

Go on ahead of me
I must lead softly on
The tender flock around me
Cannot run the whole day long

And if you climb to greater heights
We'll follow at a pace
That children and the lambs can walk
Just step by step in grace

Then together on that day
We'll meet you at the gate
For I must lead on softly
Until the break of day!

Softly With the Lambs by Peter Caligiuri copyright 2022 all rights reserved

Getting Back in the Boat

And when they got into the boat, the wind ceased. Matthew 14:32 NKJV

This short verse from Matthew’s gospel held a promise for me that I had overlooked till I desperately needed it. My mother was just sixty-two when she died of breast cancer and her passing left me feeling like I had been run over by a truck. The years struggling to rebuild our relationship, the prayers and the conversations were suddenly over. I felt as if I were locked in a room with barely enough air to breathe. I sleepwalked through months of guilt and regret for what had never been. I had often thought about God challenging me as He had challenged Peter to get out of the boat. At other times I had been comforted knowing that just as Jesus had reached out his hand to save Peter, He would take my hand in the middle of a crisis. But it was just as important for me to learn that Jesus wanted to help me back into the boat and restore calm when this storm had passed. I do not know how it happened but gradually light began shining in the dark places of my heart. I woke up to find that though I might never understand the why behind the pain, knowing only God knew had become enough

Do we struggle to see God as more than just challenging or rescuing us? What a wonderful surprise awaits when we realize that He is also delighted to help us back in the boat and calm our winds to a hush.