a new leaf

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My husband had to go to the beach yesterday to check on clients’ properties for storm damage, and I rode along with him. As we got to the top of the bridge that crosses the intercoastal waterway, I looked out past the port and glanced a patch of aqua that took my breath away. It was the ocean—more vibrant and pristine and beautiful than I ever remember—a gift left by the storm we all dreaded and cursed—even ran away from.

I have a few storms in my personal life, things I don’t understand, that I seem to keep running up against without finding a way through or around or over. It’s like God is trying to give me something new and precious and beautiful, but right now, all I can see and feel are the hurricane force winds that seem to be ever knocking me down.

And I find myself resisting, defending, running.

I keep looking at those piles of branches up and down my street, snapped off because they refused to yield, thrown aside and left in a heap to be carried away to wither and die.

So I choose to accept the storms that come because they ultimately come bearing the gift of new Life—clean and vibrant and beautiful—if I let them.

Dear brothers, is your life full of difficulties and temptations? Then be happy,  for when the way is rough, your patience has a chance to grow.  So let it grow, and don’t try to squirm out of your problems. For when your patience is finally in full bloom, then you will be ready for anything, strong in character, full and complete. James 1:2-4

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  • Mimi

     You really put your thoughts into words that the Lord has given you so beautifully, Debi.  They touched my ❤️.ReplyCancel

    • Debi

      Thank you for always encouraging me to stay the course He has written for me and for praying for me…that I might see treasures in dark places! Love you!

      “I will give you the treasures of darkness And hidden wealth of secret places, So that you may know that it is I, The LORD, the God of Israel, who calls you by your name.” Isaiah 45:3ReplyCancel