Faith Grows Amid Storms - Streams in the Desert
By naturalrewa33039779, Jul 12 2016 10:00PM
He hath acquainted himself with my beaten path. When he hath searched me out, I shall come out shining (Job 23:10).
"Faith grows amid storms" -- just four words, but oh, how full of import to the soul who has been in the storms!
Faith is that God-givven faculty which, when exercised, brings the unseen into plain view, and by which the impossible things are made possible. It deals with supernaturals. But it "grows amid storms"; that is, where there are disturbances in the spiritual atmosphere. Storms are caused by the conflicts of elements; and the storms of the spiritual world are conflicts with hostile elements. In such an atmosphere faith finds its most productive soil; in such an element it comes more quickly to full fruition.
The staunchest tree is not found in the shelter of the forest, but out in the open where the winds from every quarter beat upon it, and bend and twist it until it becomes a giant in stature this is the tree which the mechanic wants his tools made of, and the wagon-maker seeks.
So in the spiritual world, when you see a giant, remember the road you must travel to come up to his side is not along the sunny lane where wild flowers ever bloom; but a steep, rocky, narrow pathway where the blasts of hell will almost blow you off your feet; where the sharp rocks cut the flesh, where the projecting thorns scratch the brow, and the venemous beasts hiss on every side.
It is a pathway of sorrow and joy, of suffereing and healing balm, of tears and smiles, of trials and victories, of conflicts and triumphs, of hardships and perils and buffetings, of persecutions and misunderstandings, of troubles and distress; through all of which we are made more than conquerors through Him who loves us.
"Amid storms." Right in the midst where it is fiercest. You may shrink back from the ordeal of a fierce storm of tiral...but go in! God is there to meet you in the center of all your trials, and to whisper His secrets which will make you come forth with a shining face and an indomitable faith that all the demons of hell shall never afterwards cause to waver.
Hello. I'm new to the area. We are settling in Friendswood. My husband & 4 kids, ages 20,18,26,16 moved here from New Zealand. We are American, but sold everything 4 years ago to buy a cafe in Wellington & hoped to become Residemts, eventually obtaining Permanent Residency. We believed God wanted us there. Evidence seemed to be in the kids' wild success despite being foreigners. They thrived. Our cafe thrived too, but we know it was the Holy Spirit our customers came to feel, though most were unaware. We applied for Residency but were denied. We appealed but we're rejected by the highest official in immigration despite what turned out to be the entire country supporting us to receive Residency. We were in the news many times as that Erican family who ran a cafe but were denied Residemcy despite paying taxes, integrating, running profitable business & owning real estate. So, 2 weeks ago, we were forced to leave because our visas would run out in Nov. It was a very difficult move, but upon resettling here, my husband taking a job in Galveston, I see so much opportunity for all of us. Personally I've wanted to go into natural health somehow for years, having had a passion all my life for natural living, but focusing instead on raising kids and then helping run a cafe in NZ. Now, back in US, I have wondered where I might get accredited to participate in an aspect of the natural health world, but do it for the Lord. And tonight, googling where the nearest Whole Foods store might be, I happened upon your store! What a lovely surprise to see you too believe that natural health is from God (& not crystals or Buddha or whatever). And I see you earned your credentials from Trinity. I would really appreciate chatting with you sometime about your experience in the field, and hearing your advice on maybe a direction I could go to follow a passion God placed in my heart long ago, to impact this world for Jesus by loving others where they are, for who they are, & sharing natural health with others to bring healing physically, emotionally, psychologically and ultimately, spiritually. We close on our house 1 Aug, then I must register my b/g twins at FWHS 2Aug & we move into our house 3 Aug. jam packed days -- but I'd love to set up a time maybe on 4 August to pop in and talk to you, introduce myself, and see about just whatever you'd like to share pertaining to your natural health journey. With all this stress in New Zealand & moving our family between countries twice in last 4 years, I confess, I've sadly easily slipped back into old bad habits. And I know I need detoxing to get my gut health, immune system/Lymph system back up to a stronger place, along with dealing with some anxiety that's poked its ugly head back into my life because of stress, also causing weight gain. So, I'd be interested to hear what you'd think I ought to do for those things as well. I know this is along message. Thank you for taking the time to read it. My cell# is 832-977-8181. And I'll just hope to hear from you early in the coming week or I'll just pop in on 4 August and introduce myself then. Thank you so much. And thank you also for taking a stand for natural health because God gave it to us. Blessings!