Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Cool like that!

So if you have been reading the blog for the last little bit you know that life in my world has been a bit stormy. I am currently doing a Beth Moore Bible Study called To Live is Christ and have been studying the life of Paul. Paul and I have very similar DNA. Paul found himself in a storm…shipwrecked…and out to sea. I believe that God has me in this study at this particular time for a purpose!


Because He is cool like that!

The other day the boys and I are watching Finding Nemo together and the moral of the movie for me that day.... the precious words of Dory…"just keep swimming…just keep swimming…" Yeah we watched the movie at the perfect time!

Because He is cool like that!


I am currently reading Facing Your Giants by Max Lucado and he shares a story at the end of Chapter 8 that reads,

Don’t make the mistake of Florence Chadwick. In 1952 she attempted to swim the chilly ocean waters between Catalina Island and the California shore. She swam through foggy weather and choppy seas for fifteen hours. Her muscles began to cramp, and her resolve weakened. She begged to be taken out of the water, but her mother, riding in a boat alongside, urged her to not give up. She kept trying but grew exhausted and stopped swimming. Aids lifted her out of the water and into the boat. They paddled a few more minutes, the mist broke and she discovered that the shore was less that a half mile away. ‘All I could see was the fog,’ she explained as a news conference. ‘I think if I could have seen the shore, I would have made it.’
Take a long look at the shore that awaits you. Don’t be fooled by the fog of the slump. The finish may be only strokes away. God may be, at this very moment, lifting his hand to signal Gabriel to grab the trumpet. Angels may be assembling, saints gathering, demons trembling. Stay at it! Stay in the water. Stay in the race. Stay in the fight. Give grace, one more time. Be generous, one more time. Teach one more class, encourage one more soul, swim one more stroke.


Yeah He had Max write this book on purpose!


Because He is cool like that!


May we allow Him to open our hearts to truly see His presence. For He is all around us, loving on us, and leading us to Him!

11 comments:

Anonymous said...

He certainly is Cool Like That...
I Love You,
Mom

My Army Brats and Me said...

You are cool like that too!

Love ya
Cindy

Nicole said...

Very true. He is defintely cool like that! Love to hear how He is loving on you!

Love
Nicole

Joyful said...

Don't you love it when God speaks directly to us at our point of need! He knows each individual situation and the same word can speak a different truth to each person.

So thankful for the encouragement He has given to you.
Know you are loved,
Joy

Sue J. said...

That's part of His definition of love, isn't it? Because I AM cool like that!?!!

Continued prayers for His presence to shine through EVERYTHING, and that you will keep drawing on His strength for His good will and purpose!

~*~KIMBERLY~*~ said...

That's a great book by Max.

This is a great post Nichole. Thank you.

Toia said...

I love reading that passage at the end your post. God is cool like that to use people to inspire and encourage others through His Word. And your post did just that. Thanks for sharing!!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Nichole,
I love, love, love this post.

I love the reoccuring message from God to you and now to me...I take it as a message to me. Keep swimming, keep swimming.

I've not read that book but I LOVE that quote. So much power, oh my. Power in how we don't know where are shore is or how very close it could be...so never give up. Swim as though the shore is only a 1/2 mile away, then do another 1/2 mile.

I take this as a message from God and you are His messenger.

I will part you now so I can take another stroke and keep swimming.

I miss your comments on my blog. Hope to see you there soon.
Paula

Tea With Tiffany said...

I love how cool God is. He amazes me. I love when God repeats Himself. I think that's His way of helping us really get it.

Like Finding Nemo, I'm gonns just keep swimming! Love that movie.

Thank you for your prayers.
Love,
Tiffany

The Patterson 5 said...

Wow! Inspirational! Thank you for the encouragement!

Chatty Kelly said...

Amen! He is SO COOL!