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THE STORMS OF LIFE

When you go through any worrying part of life, it is like being in a storm. Whatever hardship you are having to deal with at the moment and however long it takes, keep on trusting completely in Jesus. He will gradually lead you through the storm. He will calm you first and then eventually the storm. Pray to Jesus. He has the power to help us. It may be a short period of hardship or a long period but you will come out of the storm stronger, wiser and able to cope with more than before! Even when we have sincerely given our hearts and lives to Jesus (perhaps when we were young), we have times, in our Christian walk through life, when we drift away from the guiding hand of Jesus and follow our own way of doing things.  We try to ‘fix life’ on our own.  But although we may leave Jesus out of our lives for a while (or even for quite a long time), He still has His protective hand on us, no matter what we go through. He shelters us through every ‘storm’ in life. When we come back to Him, often having hit rock-bottom as a result of leaving Him out of lives or worshipping or obeying other people instead of Him, we slowly begin to realise that He never left us during these times.  He was still protecting us from serious danger even in our worst moments. He welcomes us back with open arms. He then sends a ‘rainbow’ into our life to make up for all the hard times!  God rules over this universe and because He is all-knowing, past, present and future He works in the background, working all things for our ultimate good.      Margaret Mainwaring. 

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If you feel you need God in your life and you don’t know how to find Him and you feel alone, lost, guilty and frightened, I recommend the website from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association  www.PeaceWithGod.net

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 THAT OLD LIGHTHOUSE SHINING STILL

                                                                   Song by Mark Bishop

Lost out on the sea…like a ship with no sails

tossed to and fro on the angry waves of a stormy gale.

Don’t know where to turn, so I call on the Lord.

Don’t want to lose my ship o the cliffs of a rocky shore.

So I hold on tight to the wheel…I turn my ship to the wind…
I squint my eyes in the rain…and I call on the Master again.
 

Chorus

And there He stands…up on the hill…that old lighthouse shining still.
On the rock…standing tall…holding firm in the face o a squall.
Angry billows may roll, I can hear the waves come crashing.
Where would I be without that keeper on the hill,
and that old lighthouse shining still?
 

Such a beautiful day…out on the open sea.
Nothing but the sun on my face and the breeze until suddenly
the wind turns to a howl…and the thunder roars.
The pouring rain obscures my view of the distant shore.

So I hold on tight to the wheel…I turn my ship to the wind.
I squint my eyes in the rain…and I call on the Master again.

 

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WHEN YOU WALK THROUGH A STORM     

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm
Is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of the lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on walk on with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk alone

When you walk through a storm
Hold your head up high
And don’t be afraid of the dark
At the end of the storm
Is a golden sky
And the sweet silver song of the lark

Walk on through the wind
Walk on through the rain
Though your dreams be tossed and blown
Walk on walk on with hope in your heart
And you’ll never walk alone
You’ll never walk
You’ll never walk alone.

Composer: Richard Rodgers. Lyricist: Oscar Hammerstein II    (Copyright) 

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TILL THE STORM PASSES BY

(By Mosie Lister 1958)

Recorded by: Bill Gaither; Vestal Goodman; Greater Vision; Inspirations; Ron Jarman; Ben Speer.

In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face,

While the storm howls above me, and there’s no hiding place.

‘Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry,

Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

Chorus

Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more,

Till the clouds roll forever from the sky;

Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand,

Keep me safe till the storm passes by.  

Many times Satan whispered, “There is no need to try,

For there’s no end of sorrow, there’s no hope by and by”

But I know Thou art with me, and tomorrow I’ll rise

Where the storms never darken the skies.

Chorus

Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more,

Till the clouds roll forever from the sky;

Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand,

Keep me safe till the storm passes by.  

When the long night has ended and the storms come no more,

Let me stand in Thy presence on the bright peaceful shore;

In that land where the tempest, never comes,

Lord, may I Dwell with Thee when the storm passes by.

Chorus

Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more,

Till the clouds roll forever from the sky;

Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand,

Keep me safe till the storm passes by. 

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THROUGH THE STORM

I did not know His love before,
the way I know it now.
I could not see my need for Him,
my pride would not allow.

I had it all, without a care,
the “Self-sufficient” lie.

My path was smooth, my sea was still,
not a cloud was in my sky.

I thought I knew His love for me,
I thought I’d seen His grace,
I thought I did not need to grow,
I thought I’d found my place.

But then the way grew rough and dark,
the storm clouds quickly rolled;
The waves began to rock my ship,
My anchor would not hold.

The ship that I had built myself
was made of foolish pride.
It fell apart and left me bare,
with nowhere else to hide.

I had no strength or faith to face
the trials that lay ahead.
And so I simply prayed to Him
and bowed my weary head.

His loving arms enveloped me,
and then He helped me stand.
He said, “You still must face this storm,
but I will hold your hand.”

So through the dark and lonely night,
He guided me through pain.
I could not see the light of day
or when the storm would wane.

Yet through the aches and endless
tears, my faith began to grow.
I could not see it at the time,
but my light began to glow.

I saw God’s love in brand new light,
His grace and mercy, too

For only when all self was gone
could Jesus’ love shine through.

It was not easy in the storm,
I sometimes wondered, “Why?”
At times I thought, “I can’t go on.”
I’d hurt, and doubt, and cry.

But Jesus never left my side,
He guided me each day

Through the pain, strife, and flood.
He helped me all the way.

And now I see as never before
how great His love can be.
How in my weakness He is strong,
how Jesus cares for me!

He worked it all out for my good,
although the way was rough.
He only sent what I could bear,
and then He cried, “Enough!”

He raised His hand and said, “Be still!”
He made the storm clouds cease.
He opened up the gates of joy
and flooded me with peace.

I see His face now clearer still,
I felt His presence strong.
I found anew His faithfulness,
He never did me wrong.

Now I know more storms will come,
but only for my good.
For pain and tears have helped me grow
as naught else ever could.

I still have so much more to learn
as Jesus works in me;
If in the storm I’ll love Him more,
that’s where I want to be.
~Author Unknown~

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This parable illustrates the importance of building one’s life on the teachings and example of Jesus.

In the Gospel of Matthew, the Parable appears as part of the Sermon on the Mount as follows:

Everyone therefore who hears these words of mine, and does them, I will liken him to a wise man, who built his house on a rock. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it didn’t fall, for it was founded on the rock. Everyone who hears these words of mine, and doesn’t do them will be like a foolish man, who built his house on the sand. The rain came down, the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat on that house; and it fell—and great was the fall of that house.       Matthew 7:24–27,

This parable emphasises the need to put Jesus’ teachings into practice, and speaks of “two sorts of people whose hearts are revealed in their actions.”

By “rain” here, and “floods,” and “winds,” He is expressing metaphorically the calamities and afflictions that befall men; such as false accusations, plots, bereavements, deaths, loss of friends, vexations from strangers, all the ills in our life that any one could mention. “But to none of these,” says He, “does such a soul give way; and the cause is, it is founded on the rock.” He calls the steadfastness of His doctrine a rock; because in truth His commands are stronger than any rock, setting one above all the waves of human affairs. For he who keeps these things strictly, will not have the advantage of men only when they are vexing him, but even of the very devils plotting against him. And that it is not vain boasting so to speak, Job is our witness, who received all the assaults of the devil, and stood unmoveable; and the apostles too are our witnesses, for that when the waves of the whole world were beating against them, when both nations and princes, both their own people and strangers, both the evil spirits, and the devil, and every engine was set in motion, they stood firmer than a rock, and dispersed it all.

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          Anchor

WILL YOUR ANCHOR HOLD IN THE STORMS OF LIFE?

Will your anchor hold in the storms of life,

When the clouds unfold their wings of strife?

When the strong tides lift, and the cables strain,

Will your anchor drift or firm remain? 

 

    We have an anchor that keeps the soul

    Steadfast and sure while the billows roll,

    Fastened to the Rock which cannot move,

      Grounded firm and deep in the Saviour’s love.

 

It is safely moored, ’twill the storm withstand,

For ’tis well secured by the Saviour’s hand;

And the cables passed from His heart to mine,

Can defy the blast, through strength divine. 

 

It will firmly hold in the straits of fear,

When the breakers have told the reef is near;

Though the tempest rave and the wild winds blow,

Not an angry wave shall our bark o’erflow.

 

It will surely hold in the floods of death,

When the waters cold chill our latest breath;

On the rising tide it can never fail,

While our hopes abide within the veil.

 

Will your eyes behold through the morning light

The city of gold and the harbour bright?

Will your anchor safe by the heavenly shore,

When life’s storms are past for evermore?

Composed by: Priscila Jane Owens, 1829-99 

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God Put A Rainbow In The Cloud

Recorded by the Chuck Wagon Gang and other artists.

 When God shut Noah in the grand old ark
He put a rainbow in the cloud
When thunders rolled and the sky was dark
God put a rainbow in the cloud

 God put a rainbow in the cloud
God put a rainbow in the cloud
Well it looked like the sun wouldn’t shine anymore
God put a rainbow in the cloud

Away down yonder in Egypt’s sand
God put a rainbow in the cloud
Just to lead his children to the promised land
God put a rainbow in the cloud

Oh Jordan deep and Jordan wide
God put a rainbow in the cloud
To lead His people to the other side
God put a rainbow in the cloud 

When they put ol’ Daniel in the lions den,

God put a rainbow in the cloud

Just to prove His promise to the sons of men,

God put a rainbow in the cloud 

God put a rainbow in the cloud
God put a rainbow in the cloud
Well it looked like the sun wouldn’t shine anymore
God put a rainbow in the cloud.
 

Written by Andrew Jenkins and Irene Spain  

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Just when life seems too hard to bear and we are full of fear and sorrow, because of our problems, God whispers ‘all will be well’, when we pray to Him in Jesus’ name.  Because we truly believe that Jesus was crucified to forgive all our sins, we can pray to God the Father in Jesus name. God then steps in and, by the gift of grace (God’s free and undeserved favour), changes the situation.  It may take some time to sort out some of the problems we get ourselves into, but ‘God puts a rainbow in the cloud.             Margaret Mainwaring 

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There’s A Rainbow At The End Of Every Storm.

Written by Marty Stuart and Handsome Harry Stinson

Well there’s a rainbow
At the end of every storm, ooh

When trouble and trials stand in your way
When you get weary, too weary to pray
Look to the sky and reach for his arm
There’s a rainbow at the end of every storm, ooh

Whether it’s sickness, whether it’s death
When your heart gets heavy, can’t find peace or rest
When clouds of doubt, all around you form
There’s a rainbow at the end of every storm

And his name is Jesus
Wonderful Saviour, wonderful friend
His name is Jesus
In the beginning, the middle, the end

He’ll be there To help
He’ll be there To save
To keep you from every harm
He is the rainbow at the end of every storm

Well his name is Jesus
Wonderful Saviour, wonderful friend
His name is Jesus
In the beginning, the middle, the end

He’ll be there To help
He’ll be there To save
Keep you from every harm
He is the rainbow at the end of every storm
Well, he is the rainbow at the end of every storm, ooh.

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RAINBOWS

The falling rain dissolves into mist
and the thunder begins to die,
as the sporadic lightning fades
an arch of colour pours from the sky.

Rainbows appear after mighty storms
when things look their worst.
Just when the sky is darkest grey,
out of Heaven does a rainbow burst.

God first sent the rainbow to Noah
as a sign that His word is true.
The rainbow’s eternal message
still speaks to me and you.

The rainbow is a sign of God’s promise
that He will guide us through any storm,
That He will ease all our troubles,
No matter what their form.

When you feel battered by life’s storms
and you are filled with doubt and dismay,
just remember God’s rainbow is coming,
For it’s blessing you have only to pray.
 

Author Unknown       

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APRIL SHOWERS  

(Al Jolson Song) 

Life is not a highway strewn with flowers,

Still it holds a goodly share of bliss,

When the sun gives way to April showers,

Here is the point you should never miss.

Though April showers may come your way,

They bring the flowers that bloom in May.

So if it’s raining, have no regrets,

Because it isn’t raining rain, you know, (It’s raining violets,)

And where you see clouds upon the hills,

You soon will see crowds of daffodils,

So keep on looking for a blue bird, And list’ning for his song,

Whenever April showers come along.

                                                                                                ( Copyright Al Jolson. )

If we can learn to smile and keep calm when things go wrong in life, we shall not suffer so much stress.  Remember God in in control of all that goes on in the world.                        Margaret Mainwaring.  

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