"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.  Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging." 
Isaiah 46:1-3
Sometimes the Lord speaks to our souls and gives us reassurance that He will always be there for us..... sometimes in a dream, other times just a stirring in our soul, and at other times.. a vision.   As if I were there in person at that very moment, I could see me standing at the edge of a high rocky cliff. The waves of a stormy sea are crashing on the rocks just beneath my feet. Great splashes of water reach upward threatening to immerse me and drag me helplessly to the rocks and dark waters below.

I stand there ~ numb ~ terrified ~ but then another part of me ~ crying ~ wanting to put an end to a hopeless feeling of hurt and despair. It's a test ~ even a race of sorts ~ to see if I will give up and just jump off the cliff to the jagged rocks and swirling waters below or will I remain standing while the waves reach higher and higher ~ drawing closer and more threatening with each splash of the waves on the rocky platform.

Too afraid to jump ~ too numb to run ~ too frightened to watch to see what the next crash of the waves brings. But as I continue to stand there, I notice that the waves, though threatening my safety and drawing ever closer ~ continue to remain just out of reach as if something holds them back just enough to keep me safe.

Sure there is a mist spraying over me ~ wetting my skin and clothes but not harming me ~ only a mere reminder of the great intensity of the storm raging below. But I am on higher ground ~ standing on a firm foundation. Though the surf pounds, my footing holds. The rocks I stand on do not crumble or fall as sifting sand but hold up against the attack being set against it and I am kept safe through the onslaught ~ from forces that try to destroy me. I do not fall from the advances of the waves around me. I do not give in to the fear and run. I do not get panicked and surrender to the enemy and jump in. I just remain there ~ standing ~ waiting for the battle raging against me to end.

Finally the pounding surf dies down. The waters become calm. I stand with the breeze flowing through my hair ~ the carress of the wind on my face. And I stand there looking ~ not at a powerful storm now ~ but a calm, gentle swaying of the waters. The seagulls calling from above. The sun painting a magnificent sunset across the waters and I rest and take in the beauty of a powerful, wonderous outpouring of God's love. I have come through the storm ~ unscathed and in awe of HIM.


Praise the Mighty name of Jesus!
Thank you Father for your mercy and your promises.

Are you standing on the Rock
"Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.  But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand.  The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash."
Matthew 7:24-27
"The LORD is my rock and my fortress and my deliverer,
My God, my rock, in whom I take refuge;
My shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.
I call upon the LORD, who is worthy to be praised" 
Psalm 18:2,3 NASB
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"When I Look Into Your Holiness"
Father, you are creator of the universe and everything is within Your grasp.  There is nothing that is impossible for You.  Lord, You knew us before we were even born and You want only good things for us.  Lord, increase our faith.  Give us the strength and courage we need to surrender our lives unto You so that Your good and perfect will might be accomplished.  Help us to remember that no matter what our eyes may see, You are in complete control and we have nothing to fear.  Lord, our peace lies in resting in You.. totally and completely surrendering everything good and bad about us to Your sovereign authority.  Lord, help us this day to turn it all completely over to You and to seek Your face with all our hearts so that we can be as You would have us to be.  All honor, glory and praise to You, our Lord.. our Salvation.. our Rock.  May Your mercy and grace be upon all who will call upon Your name.  IN Jesus' name we pray.. amen and amen.
When I look into Your Holiness
When I gaze into Your loveliness
When all things that surround
become shadows in the light of You

When I've found the joy of reaching Your heart
When my will becomes enthroned in Your love
When all things that surround
become shadows in the light of You

I worship You, I worship You
The reason I live is to worship You
I worship You, I worship You
The reason I live is to worship You

(repeat)
Hi Friend ~ the joy of the Lord to you !

People often have special places that they can escape to where they can experience so much peace and serenity just by being there.  Some find it in the strong but quiet beauty of the mountains.  Others find rest in the shade of a graceful but towering tree beside calm waters.  Still, others while sitting quietly in a garden surrounded by the fragrant blooms of God's many colorful plants and flowers.  My place of peace and harmony is found on the sands of a quiet, deserted beach.  I walk along searching for shells, hearing the soothing crash of the waves on the sand and the calls of the birds flying overhead.   God displays the majesty of His creation in the tranquil colors of His sunrises and sunsets that He paints across the darkened skies, and my soul experiences the peace and awesome wonder of Our Father who created all of this.  Here I am at peace.  Here the problems and worries of this world don't exist.  Here if I sit still enough and listen closely, I can hear God whispering to my soul.  Here I can experience what He originally wanted to give to man before it was disfigured with the ugliness of sin in the Garden of Eden.  Here is my resting place where it is just me and God walking as one.  Here is where I feel His arms of love embrace my soul and bring peace to my mind and love to my heart. This is mine and God's special place alone together where He mends my hurts and soothes my soul.  This is my hiding place in the cleft of His arms.

When the Lord gave me the vision at the top of this page that I shared with you, I had gone on vacation with my family to the beach with all intents and purposes of getting down to some serious soul searching about so many things that were going on in my life.  I had to.  I had serious problems in my relationship with my husband.  My health was failing and doctors couldn't (and still can't) explain why.  I had experienced a time of betrayal with someone I had considered a very close friend that had made me doubt my ability to know and trust what the Holy Spirit kept telling me because I had no proof to confirm my suspicions for so long.  My spiritual life was one complete mess and although I loved the Lord with all my heart, there were serious, detrimental issues going on with my faith.  I had an overwheming desire to grow closer to the Lord than I had ever had before yet there were things in my life that were hindering that from happening and satan was set on trying to destroy me.  I was desperate to hear from God and I had to have some glimmer of hope from Him that He was going to see me through all of this.  So I went to my place of peace where I could spend time alone with Him without the distractions of everything that I was experiencing in my life at home.  He was faithful.  When I reached out to Him, He was there.  I bared my hurting soul and He reached out with healing in His touch. He gave me two visions while I was there.. one right after the other... it was almost as if He had turned on a movie projector in my head.  One was the one on this page, the other almost seems to contradict this one until you realize the true meaning behind it.  The one here told me to just remain standing, trusting in God, the battle is His. The other one which I will someday put on my site, was that when it is time to move forward, He will be there to guide you.  Keep your eyes focused only on Him and move forward regardless of what is going on around you.   Because of these two visions, I now had something to cling to.  He had restored my hope.

May God be with you always and grant you peace amidst the storms and hope to see you through.

Love in Christ,
Sherry
"not I, but Christ"
Galatians 2:20