Not even Christmas—the power of nature

Sounds of generators and chainsaws filled the air the morning after Hurricane Michael swept through the Florida panhandle. In the hours awaiting the storm, I thought to myself: “Not even Christmas—only the weather—can close the stores and clear the streets and have everyone hunkered down with family.

What events cause you to slow down and take stock of what’s important? It’s the sixth hurricane that I’ve been through, so I anticipated what to expect; the house would creak and groan, and the windows and doors would whistle, and afterward, no gasoline, empty grocery stores, and making coffee and meals on the grill. Fortunately, after it was over, we just had a yard full of debris to clean up. Others lost homes and, in some cases, loved ones. My heart goes out to them. One woman in the worst hit area of the hurricane described how she thought she wasn’t going to make it and just broke down and cried and prayed. I wondered if prayer was a new thing to her. The power of nature never ceases to amaze me!

Certain things in life are completely out of our control. We have to just wait out the storm and know that God will help us pick up the pieces when it’s over. I remind myself that God may not protect us from the storms of life, those circumstances beyond our control— the loss of a loved one, lost job, or diagnosed illness—but he will protect us through them.


We may board up windows and sandbag doors, but truly God is our ultimate shelter. Storms like this also remind us how much we need each other. In the aftermath, the most inspiring sight is to see neighbors helping each other—cutting up fallen trees or simply offering a cup of coffee to one who is in search of an open coffee shop.

Special thanks to all the reciprocal utility workers from surrounding states and volunteers that left the comforts of home and family to sacrificially help the less fortunate. Remarkably, all differences of political affiliation, color, or social status become irrelevant when everyone comes together in a unified effort over a greater and more powerful enemy.

As a nation, have we become so convinced of our own version of the truth that we think the enemy is each other? Let’s promote the things that unite us, seek to understand each other’s point of view and agree to disagree if we can’t, but determine to lift up rather than destroy each other because nothing is more precious than human life.

What storms are you facing? Don’t do it alone.


Power of Your Written Words

What motivates you to go to the keyboard or a notebook to capture your thoughts before they are lost? Do you write for you own personal reflection or are you writing something for someone else to read one day? Don’t underestimate the power of your words!

Even before God put his finger to the stone tablets to write the ten commandments, man was making meaningful marks in the form of cuneiforms. Throughout the ages, we have been compelled to harness ideas, history, laws, advice, and stories through the written word. It gives those concepts permanence and power and makes them available for future generations.

God insured that we would benefit from his written word when he told Moses and his prophets to: “Write this down.” Later, his Holy Spirit inspired the apostles to write the gospels and epistles. God’s word of truth and love has benefitted many generations and will do so for years to come as its timeless truths are relevant for our everyday living. What truths have you discovered in your life experience that are important for you to pass down?

I have witnessed power in my own writing. Since my passion is for God’s Word, I write to help people apply scripture to their personal and professional lives. Some years ago, I self-published a strategic planning manual applying biblical principles to business and ministry planning. In delivering workshops using the book as our reference, I noticed a remarkable thing. In class, participants when reiterating a point would often say, “The book says….” The book I had written had more power and credibility than my spoken word! No doubt that even though the author was standing there before them, the power of the Holy Spirit and the biblical principles in the writing most influenced them.

What does your book need to say? What powerful life lessons do you need to share? Yes, even the hard ones as they are most impactful. You are the knowledgeable authority on your own life. Who needs to benefit from your experiences? Children? Grandchildren? Future generations? Write for them!

Thanks for joining me. Please respond to this post and tell me who needs to read your life lessons.
Blessings on your day!
Write On!

“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” Hebrew 4:12 NIV