Monday, Dec 26, 2022

Turning Storms into Sunshine

by Dr. MaryAnn Diorio

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Hello and Happy Day! This is Dr. MaryAnn Diorio, novelist and life coach, welcoming you to another episode of Winning with the Word. Today is Monday, December 26, 2022, and this is Episode #40 of Series 2022. This episode is titled “Turning Storms into Sunshine”.

If you are like most people, you are going through a storm in your life. Whether that storm be physical, financial, or relational, it is no fun to find yourself in the middle of it.

But, take heart! Jesus Christ has a way of turning our storms into sunshine.

Yes, you heard that right. No storm lasts forever. After your storm, the sun will shine again. But only if you are in Christ.

Let’s take a look at storms to learn more about their why, when, and wherefore.

First, what is a storm? A storm is a disruption in the calm of our lives. A shaking out of the peaceful. A disturbance of our equilibrium. A storm rattles, shakes, annoys, and, if severe, arouses great fear. 

The Why. Why does God allow storms in our lives? The purpose of storms is to point us to Jesus. When things are going smoothly, we don’t think of our need for God. We think we can handle things pretty well on our own. But when a storm arises and our solutions produce no results, we realize that we need the help of Someone bigger than ourselves. And so, we usually turn to God.

The When. When does God allow storms in our lives? He allows them when we need them. When we are heading in the dangerous direction of pride, arrogance, and self-sufficiency, He will allow a storm. God wants to keep us from falling into complacency, that dangerous state in which we think that we’ve got everything under control. He wants us to understand that, in reality, He alone is in control of our lives.

The What. What storms does God allow in our lives? He allows those storms that will make us more like Jesus. Every person experiences different storms. Each storm is custom-designed for that individual person. God knows exactly what we need to conform us to His image. And so He allows those customized storms that will best get the job done. 

When a storm comes, what should we do? Here are three simple positions to take in order to ride out a storm:

1. PRAY.  When a storm strikes, the first thing we should do is pray. We should ask God for strategy in riding out the storm. Sometimes He will deliver us immediately from the storm. Most of the time, however, He will allow us to go through it. But He will always weather the storm with us. Just as He remained in the boat with His disciples during the storm, so will He remain in the boat with us as we sail through our storm.

2. TRUST. When a storm hits, we need to trust that Jesus will never leave us nor forsake us. Remember. He is allowing the storm to make us strong. Just as muscles do not develop without resistance, neither does character develop without resistance. The storms of life provide the resistance necessary to build character.

3. REJOICE. Yes, you heard me right. Rejoice in the midst of the storm. Rejoicing is an act of faith. It shows God that we fully believe He will get us through the storm. Rejoicing also minimizes the storm in that the devil backs off when we rejoice and worship God.

For those who are in Christ, storms are blessings in disguise. But for those who do not know Christ, storms can be devastating. If you have not yet received Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord, then you face the ultimate, unending storm of hell. Without Jesus, you have no recourse in the midst of a storm, especially the eternal storm of hell.

I urge you to accept Jesus Christ now in order to avoid that worst of all storms—eternal damnation in hell. That storm is one that will never end.

When you accept Christ as your Savior and Lord, you will experience an eternity free of every storm. So, pray this simple prayer with me now:

Lord Jesus, I acknowledge and admit that I am a sinner. I have sinned against You and I now choose to repent. I ask You to forgive me of my sin. Cleanse me of all unrighteousness. I receive You now as my Savior and my Lord. Make of me what You created me to be. Amen.

If you have acknowledged that you are a sinner, repented of your sin, and received Jesus as your Savior and Lord, you are now a born-again child of God. Write to me at info@maryanndiorio.com and request my free e-booklet titled After You’re Born Again. It will help you get started in your exciting life journey with Jesus.

Before you leave, please check out my new featured books for this season: The Captain and Mrs. Vye, my latest novel, A Christmas Homecoming, my popular Christmas novella, and Miracle at Madville, my latest children’s storybook.

The Captain and Mrs. Vye is the story of a middle-aged, childless widow who discovers that her late husband has left her destitute.

A Christmas Homecoming is the story of a mother whose teenage daughter goes missing. The mother faces losing her mind, her family, and her faith.

Miracle at Madville is the story of an angry young princess who discovers the greatest weapon of all.

All three books make great all-occasions gifts for the readers in your life and are available on Amazon. Links are included at the end of this blogpost and podcast and in the show notes.

THE CAPTAIN AND MRS. VYE
A CHRISTMAS HOMECOMING
MIRACLE AT MADVILLE

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Until next time, I wish you a Happy New Year filled with God’s blessings. Remember that God loves you just as you are and just where you are, and that He will help you to keep on Winning with the Word!

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Featured Books for the Christmas Season:



Get your copy of A Christmas Homecoming! One reader called it “a cup of hot cocoa for the heart.”
SUMMARY: When Sonia Pettit’s teenage daughter goes missing, Sonia faces losing her mind, her family, and her faith.

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A middle-aged, childless widow discovers that her late husband has left her destitute.

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An angry young princess discovers the greatest weapon of all.

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