Take God’s hand through the storm

Jesus praying in garden at Gethsemane

Jesus praying in the garden of Gethsemane

Karen and I sang the song  below In the Garden when we were married January 20, 2007. In the trials of life as I come back to this hymn. I pray that as you hear me sing it, you would feel the peace that only God can give as you go through times of struggle and seeming never-ending challenges.

 

Dear friends:

I was awoken this morning with many thoughts about my life. Yesterday, was a trying day. Karen and I are dealing with a man who has an addiction to alcohol. He is a kind and loving man when he is not in the bottle. He is the opposite of this when that demon gets its firm grasp upon him. Please pray for his salvation.

In the storms of our life with Karen recovering from her flu, me still battling asthmatic bronchitis and trying to get all the supports I need for declining mobility from a rare neurodegenerative disorder, I have become worn down.

I cried out to the Lord this morning for peace in my storm. It was as I poured out my heart to Him last night and again this morning, that this thought came to share with you.

Take God’s hand through the storms of life and He will lead you to clearer skies of His abiding peace. All of us have bad things happen to us. We lose loved ones dear to our hearts. Many of us become ill or have to face a life-threatening disease. Many  are looking for work. You have stressful careers. All of us need peace in the storm. Let’s all take time to crowd out the noise of our lives and take God’s hand of enduring peace

I offer this prayer poem for your morning devotions.

Take My hand through the storm

Pour out your heart to Me

And I’ll help you see

The clearer skies of My peace

When the stormy seas rage

Your soul is tossed about

Conflicts within and fears without

No answers come and only doubt

Take My hand, my child

Take My hand

I’ll lead you through

Trust in Me

And that’s when you’ll see

I was with you all the way

Turning your night to day

Turning your night to day

http://www.osborne2029.wordpress.com

About Dr. Kevin Osborne B.A., B.Th., M.A., M.Div., Psy.D. Ph.D. and Th.D. Candidate

I enjoy spending time with people just having a coffee or talking about life, philosophy, religion, politics or sharing a favorite joke or story. We learn from one another as we interact and share our joys, challenges and even our times of sadness. I enjoy reading, writing, singing and sharing in the blessing of community whether that is one on one or in groups. I'm married and am powned by two kitties named Sir William of Lounge a.k.a. Sir Lounge a Lot and Princess Catherine of Chaos a.k.a. Her Royal Highness Catherine of Englehart. Two years ago I completed my Doctorate in Psychology (Psy.D.) through St. James the Elder University. On Sept. 26th 2020, I graduated with a Master of Divinity degree from Canadian Christian Theological Seminary. These journeys were started over 20 years ago. In 1997 I received a Bachelor of Theology degree from Canada Christian College & Graduate School. Between working and studying it took 13 years to finish it. Let us pray for and reach out to each other with kindness, love and an embracing compassion. We can working together be servants with two open hands to those in need so that hate, indifference and inequality would lose and love will win. The peace and abounding joy of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

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  1. As I read this poem I thought of this new song by DAvid Crowder which I have been declaring over my life quite a bit lately. I will be praying with and for you through your storm.-Pastor J

    • Hi Pastor J.

      “I am holding on to you. In the middle of the storm I am holding on to you.” I am keeping on hitting the play button with this song. Each time I listen I feel a little more peace in my storm.

      In all of our lives we have times of great struggle. It feels like the hits just keep on coming. We haven’t recovered from one only to be hit with another. I have no doubt that this is the experience of our dear friend. I believe God is turning up the heat in his life until he sees that alcohol won’t medicate his wounds. Only the healing balm of Christ can do that.

      Something amazing happened much sooner than I was expecting! Brent Howie from the Lion’s Club here in our small and beautiful town of Englehart came with the following items:

      1) A grab bar and a bath chair, so I can bathe with safety.

      2) A raised toilet seat with grab bars for getting up safely.

      3) Will fix my scooter

      4) Bringing a better wheelchair than the one I have

      5) Bringing adjustable bed to replace the one that has broken motor

      I am crying tears of joy at these gifts! It is getting harder in the province of Ontario for people on disability to get these items. People on Ontario Disability are having to go to Ontario Works (welfare) for more of the things they need. It is a cruel game of smoke and mirrors. I challenged an Ontario Works worker about why there is this cruel policy. Then, a revelation from the Holy Spirit came that i believe with all of my heart to be true. I submit that this is happening so the government of Kathleen Wynne can say people on Ontario Disability don’t need all the things they say they do. This then allows them to ask for more funds for those on welfare.

      People with limited energy and poor health are having to get a denial letter from Ontario Disability, which they then have to take to welfare. Welfare decides if they will fund the item. For many of these programs individuals have to collect all kinds of documents. Many I’m sure give up and either do without or find another away. They deal with a government bureaucracy that can feel cold and callous.

      In part of my calling as a social advocate I am bringing these injustices out into the light of day and will continue to do so as God calls. Pray for Karen’s and my protection from the power of the Enemy as I do this. God’s patience is at an end with the harming of His children.

      I thank you so much for this video. It’s helping me find my feet again. Please send others you feel would be of benefit, including links to inspirational sermons.

      Can you recommend any solid devotional books? I have gone through the ones by Chuck Swindoll, Oswald Chambers, F. B. Meyer and Elizabeth Cowman. So much devotional material today doesn’t dig into the holy Scriptures like many years ago. We need more books like these.

      Please let me know how I can pray for you. If you feel led to write to me personally my email address is osborne2029@gmail.com.

      May the Lord shower His richest blessings upon you for taking the time to write to me.

      Shalom,

      Kevin

  2. I hope you truly will find relief from your affliction! I will pray for you and your alcoholic friend; alcoholics need our prayers especially. Thanks for the the comforting words and for your demonstration of faith! Blessing upon you and yours. God WILL reward you for your faith and kindness to others, even that you’re not well… You’re strong and you’ll make it through this!

    • Thank you most kindly for those thoughtful and so kind words. I needed that.

      Here I am ministering to all of you, not expecting that gift to be returned in such a beautiful and loving way as you and Pastor J. have.

      What a blessing to be a co-author on Mind’s Seat as we seek by God’s wisdom to be His light of hope to each other!

      Lord, run over spartacus 2030 with a river of blessings! Amen.

      Kevin

      • I am a Minister BTW. I didn’t know that you were, so that makes us even. LOL! And thank you for the river! :O)

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