Where Do You Go In The Storm?

These past few weeks, we have been reeling from the recent storms and natural disasters all across our nation. There have been hurricanes, floods, fires, tornadoes, and various fallouts because of these natural, yet horrific, occurrences. So many have been evacuated, displaced, overwhelmed and even killed in the process. It can leave a soul weary and weathered from it all.

Yesterday being 9/11, reminds me of all the turmoil and heartache that can brought in an instant. It reminds me of the precious lives that were lost and the heroes who spent their last dying breath to save another.

It causes my heart to ponder the simple question, “Where do you go when the storms roll in?” Some hunker down and ride out the winds and the waves. Some run, drive away, flee from the danger that blows in, and still others try to go back and forth, running in wisdom or fear, only to find themselves anchoring back in for the long haul of destruction, evaluation, rebuilding and praying the restructure will hold. Still others are lost for every in the disasters and debris that come tumbling down.

Where are you in the midst of a storm? How do you survive it? What or who is your anchor? Without true security and a solid anchor that holds, a ship will be beaten and worn by the mighty winds. Without a firm foundation and support measures put in place, a house will surely fall when the grounds shake. Without a firm grip on Truth and love, the storms of life will only bring destruction and heartache to your very soul.

Yet, there is Hope. There is a better way to survive the storms of life that wreak havoc on the heart and mind. Jesus is the only Hope we need. His grace is sufficient for every storm. His mercy will survive through every disaster. His love will cover you and comfort you through whatever destruction might come.

If you don’t know Him today, why not talk to Him now? Why not reach out your hand to Him and let Him carry you through? He loves you and longs to cover you and shelter your heart today.

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Tuesday’s Treats #85

Scoops

Location: Monroe, GA

Scoops is an amazing little ice cream and candy shop right in the downtown of a cute little town called Monroe. They’ve got great ice cream, assortments of vintage candy and new items, yummy coffee and even caramel apples that they they will slice right there for you! On a hot summer day, you can even sit in the rocking chairs out front and enjoy your nice cold ice cream, but you better eat it quick before it melts!

Hope you’ll stop by and enjoy! Check out their website for more information and locations.

Looking for that Moment

I wouldn’t say I’m not a really bold person. Too often, I wish I were more bold, but my prayer lately has been for God to help me to see. “Open my eyes and let me see what and who You want me to see, and if you want me to speak, please, give me the courage, and I’ll speak. ” That’s been my prayer.

A few days ago, my husband and I walked onto a used car lot in town, met one of the salesmen, and he ended up sharing his story with us. He’s a retired South African pastor, living now in Georgia, and his wife is battling cancer for the second time. They’ve been married for 40 years, and he hopes and believes for 40 more; yet, when circumstances arise like this, it naturally brings doubts and fears. We stood right there in the parking lot and prayed for his wife’s healing.

Today, a lady showed up in our church foyer lost in her way to Florida. Mind you, our church is not just a step off the interstate; yet, her GPS had brought her down this street, and she stopped in for directions. She was on her way home to take care of her house before the possibility of Hurricane Irma sweeps in. I gave her directions and asked her if I could pray for her before she left. She said yes. We prayed; she cried, thanked me and went on her way. I have no idea if I’ll ever see her again, but I haven’t been able to get her off my mind all day. I pray she makes it home safely and that her home stays safe through the storm.

You never know who God will bring your way or why. The most important thing is to keep your eyes and hears open, ready and waiting for when He says, “Speak. Move. Tell them about Me.”

This is an older song, but it really puts “teeth” to what I’m trying to convey here. 😉 Hope you enjoy.

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*This is a YouTube video. I do not have access to, nor do I own, this video.*

Friday Friends #29

Today is Friday, and I love Fridays, because I get to share with you a new “friend” here in this blogging community.

Today, I’d like to introduce you to Bel. She travels all over and shares the beautiful scenery, hiking tips and traveling wisdoms with her readers. She will also give you her opinion on a few different hiking apparel and other items that might help you in your travels. She does get paid commission for these, and she tells you that up front, but she’s not pushy or trying to market something. It’s just a simply linked post within the blog.

I’ve really enjoyed reading her posts, and she makes me want drop everything, hop on a plane and go exploring! I hope you will stop by and do some exploring yourself! 😊< img src=”https://thegrizzlegrist.files.wordpress.com/2017/03/img_1609-2.gif”&gt;

Tuesday’s Treats #84

Rib Country

Location: Cleveland, GA

Rib Country is a great place to stop by on your way to several great places in North Georgia. It’s right on Highway 129 as you head north toward Blairsville, Yonah Mountain or the Sautee Nacoochee Gap area (east or west, depending from which direction you’re coming).

The atmosphere is pure country with all the beautiful wood. Tables and booths, mason jars for drinking and round, silver trays for getting your platter of meat. The staff are friendly, and, typically, the customers are, too.

I suggest the brisket platter or the chicken, but if you prefer pork, lots of people do. The salads are always good, and the onion loaf can feed a small crowd. There are several BBQ sauces from which to choose, and homemade nana pudding and cobbler can be chosen for dessert.

Honestly, this isn’t my favorite BBQ, but it’s a solid B when you’re in that area. The last time we visited, it wasn’t as good as usual, but I’m hoping it was just a passing moment. We’ll be trying it again soon, and we’re hoping it will be better.

Check them out here.

Storm Wisdom

Found this quote today, and I thought I'd share it. With the storms that have brewed and blown through in the states southwest of us, this just seemed appropriately placed. I hope you will be encouraged…

Knowing what to do when the storms of life blow in is essential to our survival. The storms are inevitable, and if you simply remain unprepared, believing they will never affect you, you will find yourself sadly disappointed and, possibly, even drowning in the floodwaters of the aftermath.

Lessons for the storm…
Sometimes, when the winds blow in and the rains threaten to overpower us, we have to simply adjust our sails and head a different way. Other times, heading straight into the storm will give us enough gust through the sails to carry us beyond the storm before it bellows in force. Sometimes, we may need to lower the sails, batten down the hatches and make a "bee line" for the shore. However, there are those few, rare occasions, we will even need to hold on tight and wait out the storm, because the safety of land is just too far to reach, and the storm has a lot of bravado but no real depth or harm. It blows in with a furry yet stops just short of any real threat.

If we are to survive through life's storms, we must develop the art of perseverance and a deep gratitude for the vessel in which we sail. When we have these two attributes as the foundation upon which we stand, we can face any storm that may come, because gratitude will always bring you to the wisdom of who you are and who you are not, and it will give you the ability to ask for help from the right people at the right time. Perseverance will give you the ability to withstand the battering of the winds and waves while still learning the skill it takes to get the boat to where it needs to be when it needs to get there.

Lastly, we need to know the Master of the winds and the waves. With Him by our side, we will not drown, no matter the depth of the sea, the force of the wind or the terror of the rains. He will guide us. He will comfort us, and He will protect us. He may not always remove us from the storm, but His hand will always be with us through the storm.

…I hope you might take some time to share with me your own perspective on this quote…

Tuesday’s Treats #83

The Hamilton

Location: Washington, D.C.



This place has a great atmosphere, great staff and incredible food. If you’re in the D.C. area, it’s definitely a go-to. There’s lots of seating options, as they have a bar area, restaurant and upstairs area with live music.

The grilled cheese is AMAZING. Don’t be fooled. This is not your normal kids grilled cheese. The burgers are good as the other dishes. My apologies for not having the actual names of the plates. I couldn’t pull up the complete menu on the website, but you’ll just have to trust me that hey have a lot of great choices!

I hope you will check them out here and enjoy your meal! 😊

W. I. N.

I have a great friend who gave me this acronym last year, and it has helped me beyond measure.

She said she learned it in a competitive retail marketing field, where her skill and talent were essential to get the job done, but often, her success or failure was dependent on this phrase alone. She simply amazes me by the efficient, fast, and determined ability she has to live by this “rule.”
I am trying to master this, but WOW! is it difficult sometimes! I can pile up obligations, responsibilities and expectations so fast, it might make your head spin! Then, if you’ll allow me to pile my desires and “blue sky” dreaming on top, we may never reach the answer of “What’s Important Now?” Yet, if we can become disciples with this one thought and answer, we might amaze even ourselves as to what we can accomplish!
Everything can be good, but is everything best? THAT is an excellent self analysis! 😉

Friday’s Friends #28

Today is Friday, and this is when I get to share with you a new "friend" I've found here in this great blogosphere. I love this day, because I get the opportunity to find a new blog and you do, too! 😊
Today, I'd like to introduce you to "Brook." She is absolutely new to this blogging community as a whole, and I hope you will welcome her by dropping by and following her blog. Just her "about" page is enjoyable, and I'm looking forward to reading more from here, as I hope you will, too.

Power of Reflected Light

What are you reflecting today?

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The lighthouse has such a powerful light which shines across the sea; however, it’s actually not because of a particularly bright light bulb. Rather, it is because of the mirrors in place which cause the reflected light to shine brightly into darkness.

Just as a lighthouse is not bright simply because of a powerful light, a person cannot truly be strong simply because of his or her own strength, and a church cannot be strong simply because of a good program, a popular song service or even a great man behind the pulpit. When founded in Christ, the only true strength is when we reflect the praise we receive upon those with whom we are joined to minist, and reach those who are lost.

When the church body, the leadership, and the pastor are constantly reflecting upon each other all the light that is brought upon them, and especially when they…

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