Open Your Umbrella

Last week I had a vision. I was standing outside as I looked to my right, in the distance, afar off I saw a roaring dark gray thunderstorm. It was rolling towards me. It was alarming.

A couple days later, I listened to a podcast by Art Wilson. (I posted a link below) He talked about how we, as a church, are being pushed into the arena. God is getting ready to show off His church.

Like Jesus being ushered into the wilderness by the Spirit to be tempted by the devil.

More darkness is coming, but do not fear.

I remembered my vision of the raging storm in the horizon.

I asked the Lord. “What should I do when the storm is here? What do You want me to do?”

He replied, “Open your umbrella.”

“Ok, Lord, thanks for the umbrella, yes I will.”

I had another question. “What is my umbrella?”

I thought His answer would be something like Love, or Truth, or His Word, or faith.

He answered, “Me, it’s Me.”

Cling to Jesus. He is our hope in the storm.

Fix your eyes on Him for He is our Anchor.

He is our Protector. He is our strong tower. He is our refuge in times of trouble.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress, and my deliverer, my God, my mountain where I seek refuge, my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
Psalms 18:2

God is preparing us to shine when the world is darkest.

Your life should be free from the love of money. Be satisfied with what you have, for He Himself has said, I will never leave you or forsake you.
Hebrews 13:5

Has the Lord given you encouragement when you were standing in the rain. How was He your umbrella? I’d love to hear from you.

I have a link of the podcast and a song that encourages my heart.

Fix Your Heart on the “I AM”

I wrote a song in 2010 (during the hardest season of my life.) My mother was going through cancer.

🎶 “If our God is for us, who can be against us? He will keep His promise, even in the darkness. He’ll wipe away your tears and say, it’s going to be ok. I know His love will never fade away, so lift your hands and say… I will cry unto the God most High, my heart is fixed, my heart is fixed on You. I’m moving closer, closer, closer to you, God. 🎶

My heart is fixed, O God, my heart is fixed: I will sing and give praise.
Psalms 57:7

It’s fitting for this year, 11 years later.

Fix your heart on Jesus. He is our HOPE.

Situations happen … sometimes really bad situations. God uses them to reveal Himself in a way that we didn’t know Him before.

If we’ve never been through the rough times, we wouldn’t know Him to be our Healer. Deliverer. Waymaker. Provider. Protector. Strength. Peacemaker.

We don’t know the value of the Light until we’ve walked in darkness.

When the Israelites were slaves to the Egyptians, God told Moses to go and tell Pharaoh to let His people go. Moses asked: “Who should I say sent me?”

God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: I AM has sent me to you.”
Exodus 3:14

I AM means I will be whatever you need me to be whenever you need me.

Isn’t God so amazing?

If you need a friend, He is a friend who sticks closer than a brother. If you need love, He is the Everlasting Father. If you need a miracle, He is the miracle worker. If you need strength, He is the Mighty God. If you need peace, He is the Prince of Peace. If you need guidance, He is the Counselor. If you need joy, He is Wonderful. If you need provision, He is the provider.

He is your “I AM”. He will be whatever you need Him to be when you need Him.

In the new testament, He revealed His name, Jesus! God came to earth as a baby. He was born to save us from our sin. Yes, God is ONE.

“Listen, Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is One.
Deuteronomy 6:4

You can find rest in Jesus, my friend. He is unchanging. He is faithful. He is good. Always good.

Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
Hebrews 13:8

Thanks for reading. I hope this brings encouragement to you today. -Tonya