Calm or Turbulence

lynnFor he commandeth, and raiseth the stormy wind, which lifteth up the waves thereof…He maketh the storm a calm, so that the waves thereof are still” (Psa. 107:25, 29).

Jesus stilled the storm and made it a calm when His disciples cried out, “Save us: we perish” (Matt. 8:25). He also gives us a calm in our souls.

Storms came into my soul when I thought, I cannot do anything about my emotions. Without realizing it, I had failed to trust God who can do the impossible. At that time I neglected to apply my life verse, “Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it” (1 Thess. 5:24). Three times nervous breakdowns disabled me after I came to Christ. Each time I returned home from a field of service.

After I went to the Navajo mission field, and met the man who became my husband, I suffered no more breakdowns. However, I still thought, I cannot do anything about my nerves. I bypassed their true names: burdens, worries, anxieties. My pastor counseled me, “Lynn, you carry too many burdens.” I did not understand the simple verse, “Casting all your care upon Him, for He careth for you” (1Pet. 5:7). In my heart I kept calling them “nerves.” It took years for me to grasp the truth of this Scripture.

After my husband passed on to Heaven, I experienced blessed communion with my Lord. My “nerves” took flight. On the following night, the devil battled against me. My “nerves” started to return. I prayed, “Lord, please take them away.” Again they flew away. Now, troubles still face me, but I am learning to cast my cares upon Jesus. When tempests come, the Captain gives a calm. “My peace I give unto you,” He promises me in 1 John 15:27.

We all face an enemy. Satan and his allies challenge us daily in warfare. Though we cannot see him, he is real. If we allow the Captain to lead us, we will win. However, when we insist on our own way, we will fall into the devil’s traps. God’s Logbook says, Greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world (1 John 4:4). Let us continually remember that our Captain is greater than our enemy.

What can we do? Jesus tells us to put on the gospel armor which He provides (Eph. 6:10-18). His Logbook tells us, “Pray in the Holy Spirit” (Jude 20). He warns us to watch out for the enemy and endure hardness. Trust in Him, and God will give us the victory.

 

9. Calm in Trials

9. Calm in God’s Pavilion 

“For months Ellen’s body wracked with pain,” her husband, said. She lay helpless from two compressed disks in her back. He winced as he helped her with simple needs like personal hygiene and eating.

Ellen had said, “My hobby is helping others.” For months she lay unable to help even herself. Riveting pain often interrupted her sleep. In those long pain-filled hours she turned her thoughts to the Lord.

After many months flat on her back, Ellen rejoiced to be able to attend church again. “I’m thankful,” she testified. “When I can’t sleep at night, it gives me more time to pray.”

After she became a widow, she moved to a nursing home, debilitated and in a wheel chair. “How are you?” she asked residents, wheeling toward them. “Jesus is with you.”

How did Ellen think of others when she faced such great needs of her own? She testified, “I have known the Lord about forty years, and I still have much to learn. I place my full dependence upon Him.”

Ellen displayed contentment. Her heart seemed to be somewhere other than the nursing home. Perhaps she found a secret hiding place—a place of renewal.

Psalm 27:5 promises, “For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion” (KJV). The essence of prayer is entering into God’s pavilion. Ellen entered and knew how to remain there, especially during adversity. Now she resides in Heaven.

Do we complain when swallowed up by pain? When troubles come do we still have a thankful heart? Do we pray in the face of unwanted circumstances that threaten to consume us? Prayer is responding to God’s invitation to enter into His pavilion, where He hides us under His safe covering. Like Ellen, we can depend on Him and live with a heart full of joy.

Dear Lord, help me to remain thankful when I suffer pain. Equip me to endure troubles. Give me, like Ellen, the habit of helping others. In times of trouble, hide me in Thy pavilion. Thank you, Father, for the safe, tranquil place of prayer where Thou embracest and careth for me. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

This is a reprint article by Lynn Wallace, © 1960. It went online in November 1960 on Prayer Support for Women. This does not appear to still be online.

Bio: Ambassador-Emerald International published Lynn’s book, Our Lifeship: Studies in Proverbs for Women. Periodicals published about eighty of her articles and fillers. Accent Publications published two of her curriculum packages. Leon, her late husband, and she served on the Navajo field several years.She plays the piano for Canyon View Baptist Church in Montrose, Colorado. She enjoys jeeping, reading, and artwork. writeheart@montrose.net. www.writingfrommyheart.com (Our Lifeship available from PayPal.)

4. Keeping Calm in Storms

lynnCalm in a Mess
By Lynn Wallace

Calm in a Mess
By Lynn Wallace

Had a tornado struck! Every desk drawer lay upside down, its contents strewn about on the floor. I felt crunchy stuff under my feet.

I couldn’t take another step into my bedroom. Something might break.

Since my car required many repairs, Regee and Gina furnished my transportation.

The bathtub overflowed and a sickening odor wafted up to my nostrils.

When I rushed down the hallway and peered out the front door, I sighed with relief. “Regee, Gina” I exclaimed, “Come into the house with me.”

They did.

Some office books and linens lay on the floor. However, the vandals left my computer untouched. God protected it.

When I mopped up the bathroom floor, I ended up with a dripping skirt. In the meantime my friends viewed the scene in the bedroom.

Regee said, “Things were in such disarray it looked like a tornado had hit the room.”

I said to my friends, “Please take me to Mom’s house.” I can’t stay here tonight.”

I called Mom and told her what happened. I ventured back into the bedroom to grab what I needed for an overnight stay at Mom’s. I threw things on the bed to make a path to the closet. How can I find anything to wear in this mess? I wondered.

Then I rummaged around for a dry skirt and changed. I grabbed clothes for an overnight stay at Mom’s.

The next morning Regee and Gina showed up at Mom’s house. We went over to my mobile home and labored until 4:00 in the afternoon. They supported me as with an anchor, getting my place back in order.

We scrubbed floors, the bathtub, and kitchen sink. Regee even cleaned out the heating ducts that were filled with muck and debris. He said, “Water run the entire length of the heating ducts.”

Someone consoled me the night following the “tornado” with an anchor greater than Regee or Gina could provide. The Anchor of my soul gave sweet rest all night. I awoke with peace and joy in my heart, and a smile on my face.

Good friends can help you stay calm when trials come. They will stick with you. Many young people and adults do not choose their friends wisely. Such lead them in the wrong direction. God says, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed” (Prov. 13:20). Stay calm. Choose your friends wisely.
Names have been changed by request.

Bio: Lynn lives in Montrose, Colorado on her parents’ farm. She enjoys watching deer at play, and birds gathering seeds and bugs. God called Lynn to write for Him shortly after her husband departed for his heavenly home. Over eighty of her articles appeared in various publications. Nature Friend published “A Strange Animal,” an article about the platypus. Win Informer, Shining Star, and other periodicals also have published her articles. Accent Bible Curriculum published two of her curriculum packages. Ambassador International published her first book: Our Lifeship: Studies in Proverbs for Women. In it chapter 6 speaks about companions or friends. Her website received a new look, http://www.writingfrommyheart.com.

3. Calm Tongues

3. Little Member—Big Trouble

This little member, the tongue, can get you into a bunch of trouble, or minister grace unto others.

Our pastor became discouraged when a faithful member left with his wife and five children to pastor a church. Lynn said, “God sent Brother Troy out of our church to pastor.” These few words encouraged our pastor. At times the Lord gives words to help someone.

However, hurtful words can flow out of the same mouth. God said, “Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be,” (Jas. 3:10). My tongue can be used for good or evil.
Once Lynn forgot her husband’s uniforms. “Your uniforms,” She yelled. “I left them at the laundry.” We went back to the laundry and did not find them. Her feet stomped out of the laundry as she bellowed out all the way home. Angry words affected her husband and daughter, not Lynn alone.
If after that explosion, she said, “It’s not that bad,” the poison of these stinging words remained in the atmosphere.
She felt like she was no good. This did not fix the problem.
Saying, “I’m not mad,” solves nothing.
The only remedy when things like this occur is agreeing with God that you sinned with your lips and thoughts.
When you utter venomous words out of your mouth, God will forgive and cleanse you when you admit your wrongdoing. Mankind has tamed all kinds of animals, but not the tongue. God says, “But the tongue can no man tame; it is an unruly evil, full of deadly poison” (Jas. 3:8). Lynn could not tame her tongue, but God did when she made things right.

Bio.: Lynn’s book, Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women, contains a chapter on the tongue. You can find more on her website, http://www.writingfrommyheart.com. The columns on the right make her site easier to navigate.

13. Hope in Trials

Romans 5:1-5

For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin (Heb. 4:15).

Trials upset us. They can make us angry. Some become bitter in them. If you trust in Jesus, you have a friend. He is touched with the feeling our troubles. He was tempted by the lust of the flesh. “Turn these stones into bread.” (my paraphrase) He was tempted by the pride of life. “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down.” He was tempted by the lust of the eyes. The devil showed Him all the kingdoms of the world. He promised, “All these will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Matt. 4:6). He was tempted, yet without sin.

The temptation or trial is not sin. We sin when we give in to temptation. We can use the Word of God and have hope as our Saviour did. God wants us to “rejoice in hope” and “glory in our tribulations” (Rom. 5:2-3). This is not the natural human reaction. As God works in and through us, we can react in this way.

Temptations have come to me where I did not read all the fine print. God rescued me from my sin, but it almost spelled disaster.

Once I came home to a trashed house. When at the bedroom door, one step inside looked impossible. Had a tornado struck? In the living room rice crackled under foot. Water ran in the kitchen sink and bathtub. Papers, shampoo and other items floated on top. My skirt got wet. My friends, who brought me home, waited for me. They suspected something amiss. I called them inside, and said, “I cannot stay here.”

“Do you want to stay at our house tonight?”

“No, please take me to Mom’s house.” I called Mom and told her what happened. That night at her house I slept like a baby. The next morning I awoke with a smile on my face, and peace in my heart. Lynn cannot in herself work up those feelings. God gave me peace and joy in the midst of troubles. He can do the same for you.

Lynn’s book, Our Lifeship, was written to help you sail calmly on life’s seas. Come abroad this ship and God will give you peace and joy in the midst of the deepest troubles.

Lynn’s Bio: After her beloved husband died, God called Lynn to write. Ambassador International published her first book, Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women. It is available from PayPal through her website, www.writingfrommyheart.com, and other places.

Mrs. Noah & a Woman

Most women in Noah’s day, woman with wicked hearts, steered their ship off course.

“Mrs. Noah, you are not going to get on Noah’s boat, are you?” the woman taunted her. “I would leave my husband if he did anything that foolish.”

“Lenora, you do not understand. My family believes in God. God said, ‘Noah, build a big boat. People are so wicked that I will send rain. It will flood the earth.’ Yes, I will board that boat. I do not want to drown.”

“Do not be silly. It has never rained on the earth. We will not drown.”

“Oh, Lenora, I wish you believed God. He always speaks the truth.”

No one believed God except Noah’s family. Only eight people climbed in the boat. All the others drowned in a worldwide flood. God also saved two of every kind of animal. This boat was big and could easily accommodate that many baby animals, including the dinosaurs. Noah may have housed smaller animals in cages.

God punished mankind for their wickedness “Every imagination of the thoughts of his (her) heart was only evil continually.” God says in Proverbs 15:9, “The way of the wicked is an abomination unto the Lord: but he loveth him that followeth after righteousness.” Noah’s wife and her family boarded the ark by faith. They sailed and landed safely on Mount Ararat.

This is an excerpt from Lynn’s book, Our Lifeship: A Study in Proverbs for Women. It is available from www.writingfrommyheart.com. This website will soon have a new look. Later, Lynn will be editing and adding new things. Please join her excitement. Thanks.

12. Hope and Trust in God

Numbers 13-14; Joshua 14

The hope of the righteous shall be gladness: but the expectation of the wicked shall perish…Turn you to the strong hold, ye prisoners of hope (Prov. 10:28; Zech. 9:12).

In the book of Proverbs “the righteous” are the just, those declared righteous by God. When God looks down from Heaven, He buried their sins in the deepest sea (Mic. 7:19).

Moses, by God’s command, sent out twelve spies to spy out the land of Canaan. At this time Caleb was forty, and one of the spies. Because Caleb trusted God, he followed Him wholly.

“Taste this honey, Joshua.”

“Ummmm, good.”

“Can you help me carry back these grapes, Joshua.”

“Sure, Caleb.”

“Here, I’ve got this pole cut down. Did you ever see such big grapes, Joshua?”

“No, and they’re so delicious.”

“Let’s gather some pomegranates and figs in our baskets.”

“I never tasted such good fruit.”

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“The land of Canaan flows with mild and honey,” ten of the spies reported. “But,” they said, “Giants live there in great walled cities. We saw them and felt like grasshoppers. We cannot overcome them.”

“Oh yes we can,” Caleb said. “Let’s go up right away and conquer the land. The Lord will give it to us.”

The people said, “Let’s stone Caleb and Joshua. They speak foolishly.”

“These ten men shall not see the land,” a voice thundered. “They will die by a plague. The people will wander in the wilderness forty years.”

However, Caleb and Joshua lived. They had a different attitude. God said because Caleb followed Him wholly, He would bring him into the land of Canaan.”

Forty-five years later Caleb reminded Joshua of God’s promise. He said, “Give me this mountain. I can drive out the giants.”

“You, Caleb, have wholly followed the Lord.  You can have this mountain. The Lord has given it to you.” At eighty-five he drove out the giants and the land had rest from war.

The spies had their eyes on the circumstances and their own ability. They died in the wilderness.

Caleb and Joshua had their eyes on the LORD and His might, and God gave the victory. None of us are sufficient in ourselves, but only in God.

Giants stalk all our paths. A few years ago I came home to a giant. Vandals had trashed out my house. I saw it and felt utterly helpless.

That night I slept at Mom’s house. God gave me sweet sleep. The next day I awoke with a smile and deep peace in my heart.

My friends, knowing of my plight, helped me conquer this giant. It took us a full day to clean up.

If I had trusted in my own resources, this giant would have defeated me. By God’s strength we overcame it.

Other giants have threatened my life and my property. When I trust in myself, I fail. If I look up to Jesus, He gives me victory.

We all face giants in our lives. Your giants may wear a different face than mine. As we trust in God and then step out in faith, we can conquer the giants in our lives.

Your giants may wear a different face than mine, but we can conquer as Caleb did when we place our faith and hope in Christ. “Faith, humility, and peace keep us afloat as we sail on troubled seas” (Taken from Our Lifeship by Lynn Wallace, page 19).

Bio:

Ambassador-Emerald International published Lynn’s book, Our Lifeship: Studies in Proverbs for Women. (See www.writingfrommyheart.com) Periodicals published about eighty of her articles and fillers. Accent Publications published two of her curriculum packages. Leon, her late husband, and she served on the Navajo field several years.She plays the piano for Canyon View Baptist Church in Montrose, Colorado.