Weathering the Storms of Life… Christine McDonald

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Bleak, dark, and piercing cold, it was a night for the well–housed and fed to draw round the bright fire, and thank God they were at home; and for the homeless starving wretch to lay him down and die. Many hunger–worn outcasts close their eyes in our bare streets at such times, who, let their crimes have been what they may, can hardly open them in a more bitter world. ―Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist

Have you ever felt so overwhelmed by life or a circumstance that you lacked the ability to see your way through? Perhaps you’ve just come through such a storm.

Oftentimes we can look back at those moments and marvel at how God brought us through. Each time we survive, we become a little bit tougher. Each experience gives us the grit to hold on just a little bit longer than the
storm before.

Now, flip the script and imagine your life was the storm, and the reprieves were few and far between. This is the life I describe in the following story.

Even in those dark moments, God was present in my suffering, just as He is in yours. It can be difficult to picture God in such a dark place, yet we know that nothing can separate us from His love (Romans 8:38). His love is right there with us.

As you journey with me in this story, keep your eyes open for His provisions. They may seem small, but they meant everything to my survival and ability to hold on just a little bit longer.

What are some ways He has provided for you and sustained you that might have seemed insignificant to an outsider, but meant everything to you? What are ways you can share little moments, little things, that might mean the world to someone else?

“Love your neighbor, all of ’em.” -Christine Clarity McDonald

We hope you will join us on the journey of getting her story on film. To book Christine for a public speaking engagement or purchase the CRY PURPLE book, click on the link below.

http://www.christinesvision.org/

https://crypurplemovie.com/

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Paul Lehr is a Speech Pathologist and home health provider. The majority of his work focuses on swallowing disorders in neurologically impaired patients. He has been a business owner for the past 20+ years. Paul earned his BS in Speech Pathology and Audiology from Oklahoma State University. His MA was completed in Speech Pathology at Oklahoma State University. When Paul’s son was born prematurely in 2003, there was lots of support from family and friends. Keeping up with phone calls was too much. So he provided e-mails with updates on health and well-being. In time, his son was healthy and came home. The e-mails stopped but Paul was encouraged to keep writing. Three years later, Paul was asked to assist in writing a Sunday school curriculum. The lessons were well received by the local body and on the church website. Again, he was encouraged to keep writing. Next, Paul taught a Sunday School class for junior high and high school students. He would share notes with others from the class he was teaching. In 2010, a young man at a local church encouraged Paul to start a blog. The website focuses on topical studies such as creation, God’s Appointed Holidays and Feasts, the Gospel of Jesus Christ, end times prophecy, ancient Hebrew cultural customs, the Prophet Isaiah, and various topical studies. Three years later, Paul’s 10 year old son told me, “Dad, you need to do updates on how the news is tied to the Bible.” The “Trend Update” was born. In the spring of 2016, a friend and fellow Boy Scout father encouraged Paul to start a YouTube channel. His friend thought it was a natural fit considering the content and subscribers from the website. God’s prophetic words have reached millions in over 190 countries. Isaiah 55:11 So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; it will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it. That same Boy Scout father would later introduce Paul to the movies of Trey Smith and the God in a Nutshell Project… Guest speak and presenter duties have focused on the topics of the Gospel of Jesus Christ in God’s Appointed Spring Feasts, Mystery Babylon, the antichrist, Ezekiel 38-39, and current events related to Bible prophecy. At this time, Paul would like to encourage each individual to learn about who God is. Because one way or another, we are all eternal. The issue is our destiny. Welcome to PaulthePoke and www.paulthepoke.com
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