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A Friend in the Storm – Part 1 – and Giveaway!

To celebrate the release of my friend Cheryl Ricker’s new gift book, A Friend in the Storm, I’ll be posting a three-part series over the next three weeks called “Through the Storm.” Please see Part 2 and Part 3.

Leave a comment on any of the posts, and I’ll enter your name in a drawing to win a copy of this lovely little book. A Friend in the Storm combines uplifting quotes, Bible verses, tasteful illustrations, and Cheryl’s beautiful poetry to comfort someone going through hard times and point them to the best Friend ever.

Through the Storm

It started the day our dog Isaac died.

I could tell a storm was coming in my life. The air weighted with dread, my senses heightened, and then a series of crises blew in, a minor storm, but it still knocked me about.

Storms in life are inevitable. They pound you, wear you down, toss you around, and threaten to drown you. The apostle Paul faced many life storms before facing a literal storm at sea in Acts 27. Paul’s experience offers more than a thrilling sea adventure – it offers practical principles for dealing with the storms of life.

1) Go with the storm

“The ship was caught by the storm…so we gave way to it and were driven along” (Acts 27:15). We usually fight the storms in our lives, but giving way to them may be a better option. Acknowledge you are in a storm. While it rages, you will not be yourself, your life will be in turmoil, and yes, it may last a while. Be kind to yourself and set realistic expectations.

2) Accept help

“They passed ropes under the ship itself to hold it together” (Acts 27:17). God places us among others – especially within the church – so we can hold each other together. Allow others to pass their ropes around you. Don’t hesitate to ask for prayer, seek counseling, or accept offers of meals or help with housekeeping or babysitting. You can return the favor after the storm has passed.

3) Lighten your load.

“They began to throw the cargo overboard” (Acts 27:18). Storms drain time and energy, so toss all excess baggage. Keep only essential duties and activities, delegate what you can, and let the rest slide. Really. Let it slide.

Over the next two weeks, I’ll be sharing more thoughts from Paul’s storm at sea. What practical advice do you have for someone facing a storm?

11 Responses to “A Friend in the Storm – Part 1 – and Giveaway!”

  1. Renee

    That was beautiful, Sarah. I can SO relate. And I love Cheryl’s book cover.

  2. Cheryl

    Turn your eyes off of the waves. Focus instead on the Peace-Speaker. I tend to be like Peter who focussed on the waves. Unfortunately, that kind of focus always pulls me out of focus. It makes me sink! Note to self: Must keep eyes on Christ! Aww… isn’t truth liberating?

  3. Connie Arnold

    Lifting our eyes above the storm to find comfort and strength from the One who can calm the storm is the answer. Thank you for sharing this important message of hope and comfort!

  4. Karen Lange

    I love the cover! Glad you introduced us to Cheryl. This info is so true and helpful.
    Blessings,
    Karen

  5. Sarah Sundin

    Thanks, everyone! And thanks, Cheryl, for stopping by. What the picture can’t show is how pretty the cover is – linen with embossing, and a ribbon marker. Very classy 🙂

  6. Kameko

    I agree with the others, the cover of the book is beautiful. I am eager to see the posts for the next few weeks. Paul’s writings are amazing and this posts gives me new insight into the storm they traveled through. As well as insights into making it through the storms in my life.

    Blessings,

    Beverly
    bgrider2@cox.net

  7. Sherre

    Beautiful cover and a powerful message for us in difficult times. “Don’t tell God how big your storm is. Tell your storm how big your God is!”

  8. Miriam Jacob

    In her book “A Friend in the Storm”, Cheryl Ricker delves deep into the dregs of human suffering, calming the aching hearts of people facing the most dire and distressing circumstances, leading them patiently, step-by-step through their sufferings into the ever-waiting arms of a faithful and compassionate God, with soothing words of most profound poetic truth.

  9. Emma

    A Friend in the Storm sounds wonderful.Please enter me in the giveaway.Have a great weekend.augustlily06(at)aim(dot)com.Thank you.

  10. Laura

    Wow, this selection speaks to me so deeply right now while I’m in the midst of my storm. These are the very things I’m trying so hard to do-going with the storm knowing God is guiding me to that calm that follows storms, accepting those ropes being offerred to me and learning to lighten my load and look for what really matters, God, my children, my family & friends. Can’t wait to read the rest.

  11. Sarah Sundin

    Thank you all so much for your comments. I forgot to ask you to leave your email addresses so I can contact you if you win! Please leave it here or in a comment on the newest post.