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What Happens When the Door Closes and you are in the Storm?

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The brainchild of two Registered Nurses, ages 50 plus, who asked the question, “What happens when the door closes and you are in the storm?” After a lengthy discussion, we identified that maturing through the lifespan can be a difficult process for many women. Historically, we have overcome many obstacles; however, for reasons which are not easily identified, we are feeling quite overwhelmed with the present-unexpected life event.

When we perceive that we are overwhelmed; fear, worry, and anxiety escalate at disproportionate levels. As a result, we become spiritually disoriented, and gradually we become fixated on the closed-door. When we begin to communicate with God through prayer, we will realize that God has allowed the door or chapter in our lives to close. He is protecting us as only a Heavenly Father can do. As we draw closer to God, He will allow us to see his wonderful plan for our lives-many open doors.

Christ Our Example

Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Philippians 2:5

Christ never murmured, never uttered discontent, displeasure, or resentment. He was never disheartened, discouraged, ruffled, or fretted. He was patient, calm, and self-possessed under the most exciting and trying circumstances. All His works were performed with a quiet dignity and ease, whatever commotion was around Him.

Applause did not elate Him. He feared not the threats of His enemies. He moved amid the world of excitement, of violence and crime, as the sun moves above the clouds. Human passions and commotions and trials were beneath Him. He sailed like the sun above them all. Yet He was not indifferent to the woes of men. His heart was ever touched with the sufferings and necessities of His brethren, as though He Himself was the one afflicted. He had a calm inward joy, a peace which was serene. His will was ever swallowed up in the will of His Father. Not My will but Thine be done, was heard from His quivering lips.

Ellen G White


Our Only Savior

Practical Messages for Impractical Times

God is here. He has provided us with the reassurance that He loves us and will always be with us, leading and guiding through every situation.

Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name; you are MINE!

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you and when you go through the rivers, they will not overwhelm you.

When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched, and the flames will not set you ablaze.

For I am the Lord your God, the Holy One your Savior.

Do not be afraid for I am with you! Isaiah 43: 1-3, 5

Dear God, There are times that I do not remember that you are always with me. In every situation, you have promised to take care of me. Please help me to acknowledge that you are my only Savior and Deliverer. Amen.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

Pleasing God or Pleasing Others

Obviously, I’m not trying to win the approval of people, but of God. If pleasing people were my goal, I would not be Christ’s servant.
Galatians 1:10 NLT

At times you will have to make a choice between pleasing God and pleasing those around you, for God’s ways are not man’s ways (Isa. 55:8-9). As important as it is to strive for good relations with others, it is even more important to maintain a steadfast and obedient relationship with Christ. Disobeying God to keep peace with other people is never wise. Peace with God is always paramount.

Jesus warned that obeying Him might cause division in your relationships (Matt. 10:35-36). At times obedience to God sets family members at odds with each other (Matt. 10:35-36). When you follow Jesus’ Lordship, your family may misunderstand, or even oppose you, yet your obedience to God reflects your identity as His child. Jesus said that those who obey His will are His brothers and sisters (Luke 8:21). God does not intend to divide the home, but He places obedience before domestic harmony.

It is important to get alone in quietness with God so that you understand what pleases Him. The world’s thinking will mislead you more easily when you are not clear about what God desires. Determine that you will please your Lord regardless of the opinion of others.

Excerpt from Experiencing God Day by Day by Henry T. and Richard Blackaby

Receiving Greater Benefits

Give and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full–pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. Luke 6:38 NLT

The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed. Proverbs 11:25 NLT

The liberal Soul shall be made fat: and he that watereth shall be watered. Proverbs 11:25 KJV

Excerpts from Amazing Facts Daily Devotional Helping Others

If we are clothed with the righteousness of Christ, and are filled with the joy of His indwelling Spirit, we shall not be able to hold our peace. If we have tasted and seen that the Lord is good, we shall have something to tell. . . .

The spirit of unselfish labor for others gives depth, stability, and Christlike loveliness to the character, and brings peace and happiness to its possessor. The aspirations are elevated. There is no room for sloth or selfishness. Those who thus exercise the Christian graces will grow, and will become strong to work for God. They will have clear spiritual perceptions, a steady, growing faith, and an increased power in prayer. The Spirit of God, moving upon their spirit, calls forth the sacred harmonies of the soul, in answer to the divine touch.

Those who thus devote themselves to unselfish effort for the good of others, are most surely working out their own salvation. The only way to grow in grace is . . . to engage, to the extent of our ability, in helping and blessing those who need the help we can give them.

Practical Messages for Impractical Times

The benefits of helping others reaps blessings on the giver. You will never experience depression, anxiety, or hopelessness when you are sharing Christ’s love, your time, and your resources. The blessings will run over; and remember, God always keeps His promises.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz