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I'm not saying that God created a storm just to give me a gift of His love, but here's what happened.
It all started a few months ago when a fellow writer sent me a note encouraging me in my new life as a widow. It became the basis of the devotional, A Kind Reminder, which was submitted on January 13th and published here on March 2nd.
That morning, I wrote a note to the Submissions Editor, Robin Ross: "Today is my 52nd wedding anniversary and you gave me this present of this devotional! Thank you!"
- I was going to say, "Who knew?" but then I realized that God knew. That happened through a very complicated series of occurrences. I felt that I had to interrupt the schedule for February and insert the four blizzard-related devotionals that I had received. That pushed the last four scheduled for February on into March, and yours came on the second.
Never doubt for a moment that God knows our circumstances and cares deeply about what we are feeling and going through.
Psalm 116:15 – Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of His saints. (NKJV)
So I want to remind you that when the storms of life seem too much to bear, when they re-arrange and inconvenience our lives, in fact, the very opposite is true. God has a hand in every small detail, and He is using those storms to bless us and encourage us.
Deuteronomy 33:27a – The eternal God is your refuge and dwelling place, and underneath are the everlasting arms. (AMP)
Prayer: Lord, again and again, You pour out Your grace upon us. Help us to expect it, to recognize it, and to be grateful for it, every single day. Amen.
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God bless you Brenda.
How lovely. How humble. Praying for you and yours.
Brenda – Praise God! I have always felt the Holy Spirit directs what we write for His glory, just as your devotional was posted on your anniversary date. Wow! We serve a great God!
Thanks for the tears and the joy. I lost my wife a year ago. Things are easier now but the love is still there and occasionally something triggers the tears like this devotional.
That is good because I know she is gone, for now, but not forgotten.
Amen! Thoughts are with you as you work through your way to finding your life’s “New Normal”, Brenda. 52 years is a long time of making memories …..and I’m sure you knew him for some time before you were married, so your memories encompass much, much more than just from the day you were married. When a sad one comes up, may you counter balance it with a beautiful one.
God is with you every step of the way.
For many months I have enjoyed your submissions for the Devotional. Today, I wanted to thank you for this devotional. This year I will be celebrating my 60th wedding anniversary alone. I am very thankful for a wonderful life made very special by a Christian husband and father. “Our God is gracious, nor will leave the desolate to morn” –
from the hymn “Come Ye Disconsolate”. God truly is gracious.
Oh Brenda, I can so relate to your devotional today. Every year when it is our anniversary time he is constantly on my mind, & usually one of the grandchildren call. It helps to remind me that there are no coincidences with God, everything is according to His plans. Thank you once again for sharing your grief and I so understand. He knows our hearts for sure, & brings us through. Blessings.
What a very special note. Death is never kind to those who are left behind to miss the many blessings we have enjoyed with our loved ones who have gone on to be with the Lord before us. However hold fast to your dear memories and, like your friend so kindly assured you in the little message “you will reunite again some day with your husband and together in a spirit filled body, you will praise the Son of the Highest with the angels in heaven.
Thank you for your many wonderful messages
My dear Brenda,
Thank you so much for shearing, I did pass your first unto a friend, and today’s devotion is meant for me in a lot of my present situation. Just knowing that God put situation in our lives to make us be a better person is very refreshing to be reminded.
Thank you Brenda for sharing your faith and trust in our Lord.
The reference to ‘ Storms “, recalled a beautiful meaningful old gospel hymn written by Moise Lister.. that our Gospel choir sings, ” ’till the storm passes by “.