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Have troubles come your way?

I’m not talking about trouble that you bring upon yourself because of poor decisions. I’m talking about things that happen that you have no control over. Although America is still a very blessed nation, we are experiencing trouble here.

And here in Texas, we have been having lots of severe weather this month, like

  • torrential downpous
  • baseball-size hail
  • tornadoes
  • high winds
  • and flooding.

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Here are some pics I took of one of the recent storms we had. It can get pretty scary, but we don’t have to be afraid.

RV park flooded

 

We live in an RV in beautiful RV park with a creek directly behind us. Thankfully, we have not had any large hail or strong winds here, even though they did get it just a couple miles down the road from us.

But, the creek that is normally dry, has run over its banks and flooded the RV park twice in a matter of a couple of weeks. The water rises really fast, so twice, we were out in the middle of the night moving our RV so that we would not get water inside it.

The weather forecast still includes severe weather and more rain nearly every day for the next 7-10 days, so we have moved to higher ground for a few days. I’m thankful that we are safe, but I am ready to be back home, even if our home is an RV park. 😉

—>>> If have not been experiencing trouble, just wait a little bit, trouble will come.

I am not being negative, I am being realistic.

Even Jesus said we would have trouble in this world.

In John 16:33 Jesus said, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (NIV)

Notice what Jesus tells us to do – TAKE HEART! Why? Because He has already overcome the world.

I really like how the Amplified Version expounds this verse:  

I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.]

Another verse I love to turn to when troubles come is Nahum 1:7 which says:

The Lord is good,
    a strong refuge when trouble comes.
    He is close to those who trust in him. (NLT)

—>>> So I ask you again…
have troubles come your way?
If so, what are you doing?
Are you letting fear and worry have free reign in your mind?
Are you giving in to your emotions of self-pity or anger?

  • I would like to encourage you to
    take heart
  • take courage
  • be confident, certain and undaunted
  • as you trust in God to be your refuge.

Also, I encourage you to PRAY instead of worry. There is real POWER when you not only believe this truth, but thank God in prayer, praying His Word back to Him, speaking it out loud.

When troubles are coming my way and I feel fear knocking on the door, I will pray something like this:

Thank you LORD, that are a good!
Thank you that you are a strong refuge when troubles come.
Thank you that you have overcome the world and deprived it of power to harm me.
I trust in you. I thank you that you are close to me. I receive your peace.

God is good. A strong refuge when troubles come. Lockscreen mockupI made me a lockscreen for my iPhone of Nahum 1:7, with storm clouds in the background, so I can be reminded of this truth every time I open my phone and be reminded to pray instead of worry.

I would like to share it with you.

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How has God shown himself as your REFUGE? I’d love to hear YOUR testimonies. Just comment below or on the post on my FB page at: facebook.com/jodittw