*Keep Calm and Shine On*

One of the best messages I’ve ever heard was based on the “Sandy Land” parable at Girls Camp… We’ve all heard the song in Sunday School:

Don’t build your house on the sandy land

Don’t build it too near the shore

Well it might look kinda nice but you’ll have to build it twice

Oh you’ll have to build your house once more

You better build your house upon the Rock

Make a good foundation in a solid spot

Oh the storms may come and go

But the peace of God you will know!

Jody explained what I always thought it was about- finding a rock to build your house- I have to admit, I was always a little bummed because I thought it meant I could never have a house on the beach- but it was more than that…

Matthew 7:24-25“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.

Foundation:

  • the natural or prepared ground or base on which some structure rests.
  • the lowest division of a building, wall, or the like, usually of masonry and partly or wholly below the surface of the ground.

If a storm comes and we are standing in the midst of it without a firm foundation in Christ- we are just like the foolish man who built his house on the sand- he did not dig down deep, he did not prepare for the storms that would come his way, and as a result his house fell down.

I don’t want my house to fall down- I’ve noticed over the years that some of the most powerful testimonies come out of the storm if our foundation in Christ is firm. I’ve watched God take the dreams I thought I wanted and explode them like fireworks into something infinitely more than I could ever imagine… Sometimes we don’t feel like shining- but those are the times God can use us if we let Him.

At church last week our speaker talked about being “Ask Worthy” and it made me think- some of the best conversations I have had with people are after something crazy or difficult happens. I colored this today because it is a reminder to me that no matter what God is faithful- He works all things together for good to those who love Him and He empowers us to 14184514_10100423495234637_6835067799894175342_n

no matter what may come our way!

~ChelseaBelle

 

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