storms will rage

“I know well that the greater and more beautiful the work is,
the more terrible will be the storms that rage against it.”

St. Faustina


(early signs of change / Julie Cook / 2018)

March enters like a lion and exits like a lamb…
while April showers bring May flowers…

or so we are reminded.

Spring is a tumultuous time here in the South.
It might snow one day while tornados wreak havoc the next.
A good two months of a seasonal roller coaster ride.

I’m beginning to feel much the same with regard to our Christian faith.
Our lives have become a roller coaster ride of ups and downs of attacks and assaults—
physically, verbally, mentally, and of course, spiritually.

It is the season of our times as Believers as we are reminded:
Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power.
Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.
For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms

Ephesians 6:10-12

That we may be ready, come what may…

“Throughout Sacred Scripture, we find that when God’s people fast,
the power of their prayers is increased, especially when they are engaged in spiritual warfare.
In the Old Testament, the Lord told Isaiah that a fast properly undertaken would
‘loose the bonds of wickedness … undo the thongs of the yoke…
let the oppressed go free’ (Is. 58:6)…
In the New Testament, we find that Jesus fasted for forty days and nights in the
wilderness in preparation for His battle with Satan,
who came to tempt Him (see Lk 4:1-2)…
If prayer is a spiritual weapon, fasting is the spiritual whetstone on which it is sharpened.
It’s the spiritual muscle that,
when exercised regularly,
strengthens the thrust of that weapon to pierce the Enemy and drive him away.”

Paul Thigpen,
Manual for Spiritual Warfare p. 42

I have chosen you and have not rejected you.
So do not fear, for I am with you;
do not be dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you and help you;
I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

20 comments on “storms will rage

  1. hatrack4 says:

    Spring for us, when we lived across the river from Augusta, GA, meant the Masters. On Masters Sunday we had a sunrise service whether it was Easter or not. Since the church was across the street from Augusta National, you had to get the service in early or you’d be stuck in traffic. Loved the daffodil. I grew up on a hill that one side was covered in a variety of daffodils, but mostly jonquils (the basic all yellow). Hang in there. We must fight the battles now so that the next life will be filled with rest and comfort.

  2. atimetoshare.me says:

    I can’t wait for some flowers to show themselves. It’s been white stuff for the past few weeks and I’m truly bored with monochromatic. I guess we’re never satisfied with the weather. Have a blessed day!

  3. @vapor_sage says:

    I’ve never fasted, perhaps I should give it a try

  4. Wally Fry says:

    Nice, as always my friend

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