Storms.  We’ve all got ‘em.  Right now you can’t turn on anything without hearing about a hurricane threatening to wreak havoc in its path.  But even when we’re not in hurricane season we experience storms.

Being married to Flint from G.I. Joe, I didn’t exactly get to choose where we live since Uncle Sam makes those decisions.  So as this crazy hurricane comes barreling to my state, I become exasperated, “Why are we here?!  This isn’t my home!  I shouldn’t have to deal with this!”

What I’m forgetting is that I am supposed to be here.  I recall the actual storm that I survived (slightly less wind and rain) when Flint told me it was time to move.  I said “Nope, not doing it” for totally embarrassing reasons.  Cue the wind.  And the rain.   And then it poured.  For a long time.  That was a storm I pray I never have to endure again because it was a storm of my own choosing.  What was I thinking?!  Did I really think that God endorsed my behavior and disrespect to my husband?!  My storm raged as long as my disobedience did.

29 And He said, “Come!” And Peter got out of the boat, and walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But seeing the wind, he became frightened, and beginning to sink, he cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus stretched out His hand and took hold of him, and *said to him, “You of little faith, why did you doubt?” 32 When they got into the boat, the wind stopped. 33 And those who were in the boat worshiped Him, saying, “You are certainly God’s Son!” – Matthew 14:29-33

Matthew tells us the story when Jesus’ disciples were on a boat in a storm while Jesus walked on the water to them.  Excitedly, Peter asks to join Jesus and walks out on the water.  But – here’s our moment where it gets relevant –  when Peter is out with Jesus, his faith wanes and he begins to sink into the crashing waves.  We all know the rest.  “You of little faith, why do you doubt?” Jesus says as he saves Peter and they board the boat.

We know God sent Christ to be the sacrifice for our sins.  We accept His un-repayable gift. We tell God we love Him and we want to follow Him.  But then when it’s time to step out onto the water, to obey, we’re too scared He’s not going to be there with us. Where’s that faith we’re called to have?

The answer lies in us.  The other part of my storm was that I wasn’t exactly communicating with God the way I should have while I had my relocation temper tantrum.  I wasn’t reading His Word.  I wasn’t talking to Him.  How can I expect to hear Him and have faith that He’s there if I ignore Him?

I’d have a fit if Flint never told me he loved me.  How would I know?  The same goes for my relationship with my Heavenly Father.  I need to speak to Him.  He’s always ready to show me He’s there.  He always has been.

Love, Bri


He is a faithful God

“Let my teaching fall on you like rain; let my speech settle like dew.
Let my words fall like rain on tender grass,
like gentle showers on young plants.

For I proclaim the name of the Lord; how glorious is our God!”

Deuteronomy 32:2-3

So here we go! Our first blog post as Women of Truth, endeavoring each day to live by the teaching of the Lord.

I love this passage in Deuteronomy. These verses start a song to the Lord commemorating all that the people of Israel had been through those 40 long years wandering in the desert. They are just about to enter the Promised Land, without Moses, as his disobedience meant he would die as his people moved on. So directly prior to his death, these are the words Moses speaks. And why does God instruct Moses (and Joshua) to write this song? Because He knows that after Moses has died, the Israelites will again turn from the Truth and “play the harlot with the strange gods of the land” (Deut. 31:16). They will forsake the God who led them out of slavery in Egypt, returning to sin and provoking the anger of the Lord. Without their leader and the voice of God, they will forget and give in to the doubt and fear and hardship of life, and God, in the way only a Father can tenderly provide for the future failures of His children, knows they will need a reminder; a song that will be passed down from generation to generation, reminding the people of what a life lived in faith looks like.

His Word truly is a Living Word, chasing after me when I turn away from the God who led me out of my own captivity.

How often do I need the same reminder? Sometimes it seems like I blink and suddenly find myself surrounded by doubts and anxiety, struggling for breath, suffocated by expectations and disappointment. And His Word always comes, sometimes in the darkest part of the night, truly falling like a gentle rain on my dry and weary soul. His Word truly is a Living Word, chasing after me when I turn away from the God who led me out of my own captivity. His love is steadfast, His mercies new every morning. His faithfulness never fails, even though mine is so weak.

I am refreshed by the Word of God raining down on me, and I grow, bearing fruit in season and lying dormant in another, soaking up the Truth that sustains my life. And the best part about this song of Moses is that God knew it was necessary. He knew His children would falter. He knew they would fall back in to their old ways. He knew they would forget.

He knows I forget.

And so, He gently reminds me that He is gracious, abundant in mercy, hearing my prayers, saving me from the darkness. As I spend more time studying the Bible, praying through what I read, spending time with other believers, encouraging and being encouraged by the movement of God in our hearts, the dark heaviness that held me captive recedes and is replaced by the freshness of new faith. That is what we are doing here. We are teaching and being taught, declaring the Truth without reservation or fear, reminding you as we are reminded ourselves that our God is greater than any other god. Here we will find strength in remembering the work and words of our Lord, and we will learn to live by them, fearlessly, persevering in our faith thankful for the patience of our Father. I hope this blog will be the gentle rain your soul needs when your faith is weak and dry.

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Go in peace, dear sisters in Christ, praying from the heart – “Teach me your way, Lord, and I will live by your truth. Give me an undivided mind to fear your name.” (Psalm 86:11, CSB).

Love, Katie