"Here's the rub about faith. Sure, prayer often changes outward things, but the only guaranteed miracle God offers us is inner peace, the peace of Christ. A peace so crazy deep that it cannot be analyzed or understood. It descends on us even when everything else is falling apart, while the drug-addicted child does not come to his senses, or the job offer doesn't pan out, or the cancer rages and the marriage is a hollow mess. But I'll let you in on a secret. This miracle of the 'inner variety,' this inexplicable and supernatural calm in the storm, is the greatest miracle you'll ever experience."
My Thoughts: All of us are human and so, all of us will go through a "storm" of some kind in our lives. The storms are life are not always easily handled by humans, therefore, we need a Savior who will calm the storm and help us through this storm.
On page 57, Mr. Gire gently reminds us that, "As we weather storms, trying to navigate through the darkness, our temptation is to turn our eyes not toward God's Word, but toward the raging skies." This statement was the whole pivotal point of this read for me. I must keep my eyes on Jesus. . . just like Peter when he saw Jesus on the water . . . when I take my eyes off Jesus I will fall. Thankfully Jesus will be there to catch me (if I let Him). Oh!the!love!He!has!for!me!
This isn't a point by point, do this kind of read. This is a walk by faith, keep your eyes on the One who loves you most. An encouraging read for when we are faint of heart.
I love the way Mr. Gire makes life with Jesus so very real. At the end of this wonderful book we see Jesus having merriment with His friends and disciples. Yes, sometimes we need to give ourselves permission to have fun. The storm will not always last, Jesus will be by our side. "I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint."Jeremiah 31:25 (end of book, p. 159)
This encouraging book would make a wonderful "card" for that special person who may be going through a storm in life. It's also a a great read just for you to know Jesus is there for you!
*This book was provided for review by Baker Publishing/Bethany House*