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Powerful Video To Help You Survive The Storms

After the storm

For King and Country is an Australian-American duo consisting of brothers Joel and Luke Smallbone. They sing alternative Christian music and are so popular in mainstream America that appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live on March 25. A few days before that they published the following music video on YouTube for their song Shoulders. It is such a beautiful song with a wonderful message to help you survive the storms of life.

Lyrics To For King and Country’s Shoulders

When confusion’s my companion
And despair holds me for ransom
I will feel no fear
I know that You are near

When I’m caught deep in the valley
With chaos for my company
I’ll find my comfort here
‘Cause I know that You are near

My help comes from You
You’re right here, pulling me through
You carry my weakness, my sickness, my brokenness all on Your shoulders
Your shoulders
My help comes from You
You are my rest, my rescue
I don’t have to see to believe that You’re lifting me up on Your shoulders
Your shoulders

You mend what once was shattered
And You turn my tears to laughter
Your forgiveness is my fortress
Oh Your mercy is relentless

My help is from You
Don’t have to see it to believe it
My help is from you
Don’t have to see it, ‘cause I know, ‘cause I know it’s true

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Blue Rosary

Last week, storms and tornadoes swept through Central Oklahoma. We were all on edge remembering the death and destruction caused by the F5 tornado that hit on May 3, 2013. Adding to the angst, a Tiger Safari on the outskirts of Oklahoma City couldn’t find all their tigers. People were freaking out on social media and it made national news.

If only we could remember what Scriptures tell us: There is a roaring lion after us every day. It wants to devour you. Eat you up. Rip you apart. Rip apart your family, your job, your life, your everyone, your everything. Every day. A roaring awful, sharp-toothed lion. These are not my words. They come from the Apostle Peter, a follower of Jesus Christ who wrote about it in a letter to the first Christians:

Be sober, be watchful: your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour
(1 Peter 5:8 | American Standard Version)

Keep sober and alert, because your enemy the devil is on the prowl like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. (1 Peter 5:8 | English Version)

Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping.
(1 Peter 5:8 | The Message)

child with crucifix

The storms were so bad they shook the spring blossoms from trees. They littered the streets where I live. White blossoms that couldn’t hang on. Just like you. Last week. You couldn’t hang on one more day. The storm was raging all around you, sucking you into the vortex of broken, swirling parts. But, then it all burned off. And, it always does.

Street After A Storm

White Tree Blossoms

It always burns off. If you let it.

We all live in the aftermath of something. The aftermath of sickness. The aftermath of broken relationships. The aftermath of a lion who showed up while you were napping and devoured half of everything you loved. He took your childhood or maybe it was your marriage. He took your son or your daughter or your father or your job. He took your dreams. He’s still trying to take from you.

But he turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a hindrance to me. For you are not setting your mind on the things of God, but on the things of man.”

Storm Flowers in the street 1

How do you survive the storms? How do you stand down a lion? Here are some verses to get us started and carry us through another week.

Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. (James 4:7 | English Version)

Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. (Ephesians 4:29 | English Version)

You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven. For he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? (Matthew 5 | English Version)

Storm White FLowers 2

Leaves Blossoms on top of a car

White Blossom

Storm Blossoms on a car

Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.” (Deuteronomy 31: 6)

Gen X Blog Jennifer Chronicles

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