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Different Storms in Different Seasons

Cathy Durrenberg


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That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

‭‭- 2 Corinthians‬ ‭12:10‬ ‭


Journal Entry: 1


Today is my first day writing in this journal. Since I just turned 16 I thought I’d share my thoughts here because sometimes life gets crazy!


Church was good today but I have no idea how God plays into my life. My parents love me, I have things that I need and want (mostly) so why do I feel like something is missing? Mom and Dad never really tell me “no” and I do pretty much anything I want to. The other day, though, I made a really dumb decision. My friends and I got in my dad’s van and drove to our rival’s school. Libby decided to yell, “Fairmont West sucks!” out the window and two high school boys started hitting the van with baseball bats! I was shocked and sped away as fast as possible. Dad was furious.


Discipline is a funny thing…. I don't like it, but I need it! What kind of adult will I be if no one is here to guide me? God, help me make better decisions!


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‭‭Romans‬ ‭12:2‬ ‭ “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”


Journal Entry: 197


Adulthood is not near as great as I thought it would be. My life seems overrun with extreme ideas and controversy so somehow I have to sift through things because I want to follow Jesus well. One of the most difficult topics presented in the Bible is that we will all face hardships and trials and that we should not be surprised by them. Verse after verse, passage after passage exhorts us to “trust in the Lord,” “be content,” and “count it all joy.” I’m trying so hard to do this!


When I express my beliefs or speak about my faith they are often challenged or even ridiculed! I know Satan wants my allegiance and sometimes I feel confused or distracted from what God has told me. I better keep reading the Word, pray (a lot) and find some godly friends. Help me Lord!


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‭James 1:5 “If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.”

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Journal Entry: 309


Well, it’s official! Jon and I are “empty nesters”. Our kids have all grown up and we are grateful that they love Jesus! Some days both physically and emotionally I feel so together and other days I am completely out of sorts. My hair is graying and I wake up a little “creakier” than I used to, but overall it’s good. These days I continually ask God for more wisdom so at least my brain stays sharp!


My mom died of cancer seven years ago and I did not realize the support my dad would need. Frequently I am responsible for making decisions I do not feel qualified to make. I want what’s best for my dad, but his independence comes into question quite often. Who am I to make these decisions for him?


Steve Rudisill at Choose Joy 2020 said the following: “For my friends in the midst of a storm please consider this: ‘Just maybe you have been assigned this storm to show others it can be navigated’” With the Holy Spirit’s help I pray this is true!


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Titus 2:3-5 “Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior, not slanderers or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, to be self-controlled, pure, working at home, kind, and submissive to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be reviled.”


Journal Entry: 777


"We have bought into the notion that older people have had their day of usefulness and ought to make way for the young. But the principle here is quite the opposite. With age and experience come wisdom, and many older women have discovered secrets of Godly living in relation to their husbands, children and neighbors and in the workplace that could save younger women a lot of unnecessary grief. And when the unavoidable trials come to the young woman, who better to guide her through than an older sister who has been through it before? Somehow the church must see that younger women have contact with older women." - Unknown Author


Amen.


Reflection

1. Are you comforted by and do you trust God’s Word regarding trials, hardships, persecution, and other types of suffering?

2. When someone observes your actions in difficult times are you exhibiting contentment and trust in the Lord?


Prayer

Lord, Your Word says we should expect difficulties and struggles throughout our lives but sometimes this is hard to endure. I pray that today You will provide me with wisdom and peace to delight in the trials rather than fretting. Help me be a light in this world so that others may come to know You and that You may be glorified. In Jesus’ name, Amen!

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