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The Difference a Day Can Make!

Hurricane Irene just churned her way up the East Coast leaving a swath of destruction and brokenness. My friend took the photo above and the one below—one day apart, and these photos struck me along with his statement, “What a difference a day can make!”

Have you ever had a day like the one in the top photo? Have you had a season when you felt like a hurricane was ripping through your life, out of control, and hiding any hope of sunlight and future? Some days it just seems like the sky is falling.  Those are hopeless and seemingly helpless days. And during those times you wonder if life could ever return to some sense of normal. Storms can overwhelm and disorient your whole life.

But you know what? Hurricanes pass. Storms come to an end. The storm that kept you locked in midnight’s death grip can give way to a beautiful sunrise and a morning bike ride!

Hold on, trust God, and don’t make decisions you will regret when a new day comes. Claim God’s grace for one more day. Whatever you’re facing right now, take hope—the sun will return!

“…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalms 30:5

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  • Brother Schmidt, Thanks for “Off Script.” What a great, encouraging book. I have purchased a copy for a dear friend who had an injury last September and has not been up to par but continues to try to work. Thought she would be helped. Marlene Evans was a dear friend of mine. Your book reminds me of her writings about her cancer bouts. What a blessing. Thanks for your encouragement. Our son, Josh, certainly loves and respects you!

  • “…weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.” Psalms 30:5

    This was a blessing because I was thinking of that exact verse yesterday, when that familiar feeling of being “out of control” fills me. I know this article wasn’t by accident. I’m a teenager who has made so decisions for the Lord. Satan is trying hard to make me regret my decisions, but I KNOW God is helping me and Satan will never win. There are days where I cry and I ask God for another day to endure the pain and the emotional lies Satan so often feeds us. I’m going to make my life count for God because he loves me and accepts me. He know EXACTLY what I’m going through and through him, I will get through any trial he allows in my life. Thank you so much for this, it’s so encouraging.

  • I ponder every word I read or hear that comes out of your mouth. Again I say I was blessed to have you as my childrens mentor. You can’t tell by looking at them or their lives, but they heard EVERY word you taught them. Even Scott. We love you so much. Our lives are like this every day, unfortunatley. But I hold on to God no matter what. Pray me back. You know what I mean.

  • Thank you for this post, Bro. Schmidt.


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