He Remains in Control

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In the Eye of the Storm, He Remains in Control.

The message in Ryan Stevenson’s song is so true and sums it up so well.
I will just leave you tonight with his lyrics and a link to his song.

  We are praying for all impacted by #Harvey, #Irma, #Jose, and #Katia.

Eye Of The Storm

When the solid ground is falling out
From underneath my feet
Between the black skies and my red eyes
I can barely see
When I realize I’ve been let down by my friends and my family
I can hear the rain reminding me

In the eye of the storm, You remain in control
In the middle of the war, You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn
Your love surrounds, me in the eye of the storm

When my hopes and dreams are far from me
And I’m running out of faith
I see the future I pictured slowly fade away
And when the tears of pain and heartache are pouring down my face
I find my peace in Jesus’ name

In the eye of the storm, You remain in control
In the middle of the war, You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me, in the eye of the storm

When they let me go and I just don’t know
How I’m gonna make ends meet
I did my best
Now I’m scared to death
That we might lose everything

And when a sickness takes my child away
And there’s nothing I can do
My only hope is to trust You
I trust You LORD

In the eye of the storm, You remain in control
In the middle of the war, You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor, when my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me, in the eye of the storm

In the eye of the storm, You remain in control
In the middle of the war, You guard my soul
You alone are the anchor when my sails are torn
Your love surrounds me in the eye of the storm

Publishing: © 2015 Songs Of Emack (ASCAP)/Universal Music – Brentwood Benson Publishing (ASCAP), Capitol CMG Genesis/Christopher Stevens designee (ASCAP) (Admin. at CapitolCMGPublishing.com).

Writer(s): Ryan Stevenson, Bryan Fowler


What Can You Do In A Day?

Time – it doesn’t discriminate.  As long as we are on this earth, we each are allotted the same amount of time in a day.  How we spend it, is our choice.  Sometimes life requires specific things such as going to work, a few hours of cooking and cleaning or other responsibilities that pull us here and there .  Although, we often have appointments and events that require some of our time, most of us have a little extra time each day to do the things we want to do.

Each day we get 86400 seconds, 1440 minutes or 24 hours.  It all depends on how you want to break it down.  Most of our schedules look a little something like this.

Sleep – 8 hours
Work – 8 hours
Commute – 2 hours (includes getting ready and winding down at home)
Chores & Eating – 3 hours (includes cooking and cleaning)
Things we want to do – 3 hours

Ok – I think, the above schedule is padded a bit.  I’m not sure about you, but I rarely sleep 8 hours in a night.  I do, however,  often work more than 8 hours on a weekday.  My commute is about 5 minutes, but my husband is lucky to arrive at his job within an hour.  It all depends on traffic.  The chores and eating category just encompasses all those little things we need to do.  That should be enough time, don’t you think?   It seems more than generous for what life requires from sleep to chores.  Now, this leaves us 3 hours to do those extra things.  It may not seem like a lot, but what do we want to do?  Watch tv, play a game, read a book, maybe a hobby or two.  Excercise, study, travel, spend it with someone special?  There are lists upon lists of things you can accomplish in minutes a day.  Spending 20 minutes a day to get healthy, taking 5 minutes a day to update your budget will keep your finances on track, 15 minutes with the Lord will give you strength to carry on, 10 minutes reading or talking with your kids not only teaches them but keeps you closer, names a few things you can use that 3 hours to accomplish.  Just google “minutes a day” and you will see page upon page of things you can do.

We all have different responsibilities at various stages of our lives.  Be careful about comparing what you accomplish compared to those around you.  Use the “go-getters” as an inspiration, ask them how they accomplish all that they do.  I guarantee they will be more than happy to share a few of their tips and tricks with you.  Do not let it discourage you when it takes a little while to get a routine in place to capitalize on that treasured time.

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You can accomplish more than you think with a little planning and perseverance.  Deadlines sometimes push us to perform in a way that we didn’t think possible!  A national art contest prompted my daughter to complete what she didn’t think was possible.  In just one day – Here Ducky Ducky was created.

Take it one second at a time, then one minute at a time, one hour and then a day.  You will be amazed at what you accomplish in a week, a month, a year, a decade, in a lifetime when you plan! I can’t wait to hear your amazing stories!

Our Yellow Bridge

     Our Yellow Bridge is the place we often went as young friends to spend time together, share about our day or come up with a new adventure to pursue!  Just down the street, and right in the middle, it was the perfect place to meet.  It was our spot!  Endless hours spent together to listen and encourage each other in whatever was going on in our little lives.
    “Our Yellow Bridge” is being created in hopes to have the same end as our little yellow bridge – a place to encourage, share, learn, grow and hopefully have a few adventures too!
    The bridge that brought us together almost daily was just Down the Road.  It was a small, two lane road, not a super highway but busy enough,  primarily bringing the local traffic into our little village. Two lanes was plenty of space for the vehicles to get from here to there.   Our road was paved and occasionally touched up with black top.  The hot summer sun would make it bubble up drawing our steps to see how may blisters of tar we could pop.  The edges of the road varied.  Grass or gravel was the primary sidewalk to be found, with the occasional ditch or high grass from a nearby field.  The only sidewalk of cement was down by the school closer to town.
This small town road brought us together so many years ago to meet up with each over and over again.  Sometimes we would meet “half-way”, other times our adventures led us to that particular location we decided to meet while talking on our quick bus ride home from school.  The purpose of our rendezvous always being to spend time talking, sharing events of the day, or just hanging out and having fun.  Over the years we have grown up into this busy world, some are still close to our little yellow bridge that was just down the road, others are many miles away.  My hope is that our new yellow bridge will connect the gap between us allowing us to spend time once again sharing with each other and being an encouragement as we travel down this road of life.
I know we all have a lot to share with each other.  Each of us have had beautiful wonderful moments of life that have taken our breath away.  We’ve also faced some huge mountains that we never ever thought we could conquer.  Some of these things have occurred from the choices we’ve made, while others happened as no result of our own.  Lessons learned are not always easy, they stretch and grow us in ways we didn’t know we could bend.  Each of the things we have faced and will face change us, mature us and affect our lives in one way or another.  Our decisions, choices, words, and actions not only have an aftermath for us; but there will be a ripple that will also fallout on those around us.  I have been so very blessed with good family and friends.  Many have shared and taught me valuable lessons through my life with their words, actions, and choices.
The most important thing that ever impacted my life was “walking down the Roman’s Road.” Some of you know what this is, and I hope and pray that you are walking this road with me.  Others are probably wondering what on earth I am talking about.  The Roman’s Road is a series of verses in the Bible that make it clear on how to get to Heaven.  I know we all agree that all of our “human lives” will end the same.  We will all face death, whether it be in youth or old age; we will all pass away.  Do you ever think about what happens to us after we die?  My belief is based on what I have learned from the Bible.  I believe when we die we will either go to Heaven or to hell.  I believe in eternal salvation (going to Heaven) and eternal damnation (going to Hell).  The Bible is very clear that these places exist.  It is also clear the God loved us so much that He sent His Son to die for us in order to give us eternal life.

John 3:16 says “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that
whosoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.”
It blows my mind to think that the Creator of all, cares enough and loves us enough to want us in Heaven with Him when we die. He isn’t forcing Himself on us, but has given us the freedom to choose whether we spend our “after life” with Him.  Salvation is a gift to us – free for the taking.  It’s our choice how we will end, where we will go.  I’m a big fan of happiness, joy, peace, love, goodness and gentleness which are just a few incentives that come from chosing the high road.
Here is the Romans Road as presented to me at a young age which sent me on my journey.  Becoming a Christian doesn’t mean your life will magically be trouble-free – it does mean however you will have an incredible peace that will pass all understanding helping you on your journey.  I love you, my friend, and hope we travel this same road in this life and beyond.

It is so simple to step on to this road…
1.  We have all sinned  (done wrong)
Romans 3:23   For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
Romans 3:10   As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

2.  The price or result of sin is death
Romans 6:23   For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

3.  Jesus Christ died for our sins, paying the price for our death
Romans 5:8   But God commended his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.

4.  We receive salvation and eternal life through faith in Jesus Christ
Romans 10:9   That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
Romans 10:13   For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

5.  Salvation through Jesus Christ brings us into a relationship of peace with God
Romans 5:1  Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Romans 8:1   There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.
Romans 8:38-39   For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Which Direction are You Headed?

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