Thursday, November 1, 2012



Reflections by the Sea ©
Betsy Ore Glass
November 01, 2012

--the God who gives life to the dead and calls things that are not as though they were. Romans 4:17b NIV   Last weekend, the entire East Coast stood still in anticipation of a super storm that will be remembered as life changing for some. Yet, even in devastation and loss, there were many blessings. That begins the conversation today. Do we focus on what is right or what is wrong? If we are sick, do we talk about it and let everyone know our ailments or do we pray for healing and to be released from it. Our attitude about our circumstances gives us two roads to walk… be a victim or to stand on the side of victory. We can’t prevent problems from coming but we can decide how we react to them. Even though this most recent storm is considered epic, there will be more that come. Storms are a part of living. But are we talking weather or our lives? In our lives, we are often caught off guard by unsuspecting trials and problems. I suspect that almost everyone has had to weather some difficult times and may even be experiencing some now. Discouragement often goes hand in hand with the sudden onset of problems that come to us. But discouragement is not a solution. In fact, wallowing in it just prolongs the situation sometimes. Trying to find an “end to the means” is our own attempt at taking things into our own hands. It is only when we trust God and speak positively about the situation we are in, will we be able to expect help and find hope. If there are storms that are hovering over any of us today, let us take refuge in God and “call into being” the opposite of what is happening in our lives….if we are sick, thank God for making us well. If we are hurting, thank God for releasing us from the pain. If we are experiencing financial woes, thank God for bringing us prosperity. If we are weak, thank God for bringing us strength. Let our faith push the storm clouds out to sea and let us praise God for his mercy and provision.

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