Hurricane Harvey

And Speaking of Harvey     Elizabeth Ludwig

 

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned living on the Texas Gulf Coast, it’s that life can…and often will…change in an instant. I was reminded of this again when Hurricane Harvey lumbered into my hometown on the Texas/Louisiana border and left a swath of devastation that stretched south past Corpus Christie, and west as far as Victoria.

My home did not flood.

But my church did. The homes of many of my friends and co-workers did. The school where I work did. I could go on and on.

Several times, I have had to remind myself to stop and lift my eyes from the flood waters so I can focus on God. He’s been here, taking care of me and mine in countless ways, both big and small. I heard Him in the voice of the car rental person on the phone, who told me, “God bless you,” and “I’m praying for everyone in Texas,” before she hung up. I saw Him in the sweet woman at the church we visited after we evacuated who gave my daughter twenty dollars and with tears in her eyes said, “I wish it was more.” I felt Him as I stood on my porch and saw the rain fall and the water rise.

But what I am most grateful for is when He met with me in my prayer closet. My prayer was heartfelt and desperate—God, please help me. I need You. I don’t know what to do. I don’t have any strength…

If there’s one thing I’ve learned living on the Texas Gulf Coast, it’s that God is…and always will be…good. And because of this, I saw people who were not ashamed to ask a blessing in God’s name. I saw people who were not ashamed to ask for prayer. Mostly, I saw people jump in to help their neighbor. It’s given me strength and hope for the state and the country that I love. People can be good. They can be kind. If they want to. That’s something I don’t think Hurricane Harvey expected when he blew into Texas with a vengeance, but God did. And I am so very grateful.

“But as for you, you meant evil against me; but God meant it for good, in order to bring it about as it is this day, to save many people alive.” (Genesis 50:20, NKJV)

Elizabeth Ludwig is an award-winning author and speaker whose

books have been featured in Southern Writers Magazine, More

to Life

 

Magazine, and Christian Fiction Online Magazine. Book three in her popular Edge of Freedom series, Tide and Tempest, was recently named a finalist for the Gayle Wilson Award of Excellence. Along with her husband and children, she makes her home in the great state of Texas. To learn more,

visit ElizabethLudwig.com.

 

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LIGHTWEIGHT PROBLEMS IN PERSPECTIVE by Jeanne Gowen Dennis

Lightweight Problems

Lightweight Problems

Losing Weight at Last

For thirty years, I complained that I couldn’t lose weight. “Eat less. Exercise more,” people said. It never worked.

Then suddenly last fall, the inches started coming off. I can only attribute it to cutting out gluten and other foods that disagree with me. Getting more sleep. Drinking more water.

And possibly spending a month in Southeast Asia. There I fell in love with fresh vegetables. Vegetables with small amounts of meat for breakfast. And for lunch. And for dinner. I walked almost everywhere I went.

Keeping It Off

Here at home I cook more variety of foods, but I’m still losing weight. I don’t walk nearly as much as I did in Asia, but I exercise several times a week. Because I don’t want to gain the weight back. But now I’ve developed some new problems.

Lightweight Problems

For so many years, I looked in the mirror and dreamed of wearing a smaller size again. I never believed I would. I never realized how many more wrinkles would appear on my face when I did.

In March, I needed a smaller size in jeans. By June, I had to buy the next size down. The March jeans didn’t even show wear. Then because none of my better clothes fit, I purchased new ones for a convention. It was beginning to get expensive!

Now I’m altering my favorite clothes so I won’t have to replace them all. And that requires a huge expense of time.

Who would have thought losing weight could cause so many “lightweight” problems?

Real Problems

All of these small issues come into proper perspective when I observe the real problems happening all around us:

  • Hurricane Harvey and the incredible heartache and devastation it has caused.
  • The plight of persecuted Christians all over the world.
  • And those precious children whose bellies bulge like a woman eight months pregnant. Because they’re starving or filled with parasites.

How dare I complain about anything? Anything! All of my problems are lightweight compared to those.

The Solution

So I’m going to do what Scripture teaches. “By prayer and supplication with thanksgiving” (Phil. 4:6), I’m going to make my requests known to God. I’m going to thank Him for His faithfulness and for my small problems. And I’m going to:

  • Plead for those who bear the heavy burdens of grief and suffering.
  • Intercede for those who feel too hopeless to pray for themselves.
  • Pray for the lost who need the sure hope of salvation found only in Jesus.

I’m turning over my lightweight problems – and their heavy ones – to the only One who can truly help.

Would you like to join me?

“Live your faith. Pass it on.”

Author Jeanne Dennis

Author Jeanne Dennis

About Jeanne: An award-winning author of a dozen books, Jeanne Dennis hosts Heritage of Truth TV at https://jeannedennis.com. She is a commissioned Colson Fellow and Centurion. Through her writing, speaking, original music, and online ministry, she encourages families to live biblically in our spiritually confused culture.

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