Feature photo from Greene County, Indiana, Courtesy of Nick Schneider, a faith-based social media blogger and photographer. “Morning Greetings” on the Times is a column featuring his recent and past devotionals and inspirational photos. Follow Nick Schneider on Facebook where he posts his newest devotionals early in the day.

Greetings on July 18


There are are times in our lives when we simply have to stand firm, not waver and believe.

Those are the days that it's difficult to understand God's plan.

Instead of standing and waiting for clear direction, we get anxious, our patience wears thin and we want to step out and do what we think God is telling us to do.

We proceed to do our own thing. How many of us know that usually leads to trouble, disappointment and unnecessary detours?

There is a solid Rock we can turn to when storm clouds fill our lives and it looks like everything is crashing down.

I know it sounds simplistic and hard to understand, but those are the days, weeks, months and sometimes years we just have to pray without ceasing.

If we listen, God will speak.

When he speaks there will be a peace that passes all human understanding. We will know that we know that we know.

There are days when we want to move forward, but we can not.

But know that you don't have to move backward either.

Many times in the Bible we read about people who were simply commanded to stand.
Christian teacher and author Joyce Meyer tells us to be on guard about 'passively yielding' to the enemy.

When that happens, she tells us to say, “This is the ground that I have gained and I am not giving it up to the devil. You are not driving me back into the hole God pulled me out of.”

Are we standing on the promises in the midst of our life storm or challenge?

Are we standing on the promises in the good days and the bad?

Blessings will follow, if we just stand.

Be blessed.