God, You, Prayer and Hurricanes

Hurricanes: Getting A Reputation

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Matthew 8:23-27

I am a man who sincerely believes God still rules the winds and the waves, even in Hurricane Season; therefore, as they start coming our way, I start praying. In the 2004 hurricane season, I did not do so, and we were soaked badly with 4 Hurricanes: They are named Ivan, Charley, Jeanne and Frances. I simply said, “I don’t feel like praying about this.”  BIG Mistake!  I have learned my lesson! Last year, when we were threatened by a particular hurricane, I produced videos teaching people how to pray during a hurricane. Many people were amazed how God responded, and the hurricane responded, to the way people sincerely prayed. This week, I prayed a few brief prayers regarding Isaias, and it has responded to the very hand of God. I am fairly certain, I am not the only one who prayed; nevertheless, I have gotten a bit of a reputation, given I have been practicing this spiritual practice since the late 1980s, and because of the results; yet, I can assure you, I have very little to do with the outcome. It really is a God thing.

How To Pray Regarding Hurricanes

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Mark 4:35-41

Here is a question. How may we best pray during hurricane season, especially when one is bearing down on us? Well, a hurricane needs warm water (at least 80 degrees fahrenheit.)

  1.  So, pray that a high pressure system will move the hurricane north and out to sea. It will weaken quickly in the cooler water. I have seen this happen a lot.
  2. Pray for upper level disturbances. This weakens the storm.
  3. Pray for dry air to move in. This too weakens the storm.
  4. Pray for high level vertical wind shear. This tends to weaken and break the storm up.
  5.  Finally pray for it to hit low populated land masses that are already in the storms track. My preference is no population land masses. Contact with land keeps the water out of the base of the storm, and it really can weaken the storm.
  6. Pray in “Jesus Name.” For it is Jesus, who is Lord of all, and who has been given all authority in Heaven and on the earth. 
  7. Finally, remember that God is in control, and He knows the big picture; therefore, I always acknowledge, “Lord I understand you can tell me no. May thy will be done.” So far God answers these prayers in the affirmative.

Your Challenge

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Luke 8:22-25

 I challenge you to pray with me this hurricane season. I challenge you to believe that God does indeed rule the wind and the waves. Let’s do our part and trust God to do HIS part: I challenge you to use the prayer guide above. I challenge you to be serious in your praying and pray effectively and fervently.  Then, see what God does. You will be glad you did, and so will a whole bunch of other people.

Keep on praying Saints. Work with the Creator to be a Hurricane Chaser.

God Bless You.

Chaplain Al McGowen
Aka SoJourner

The Miraculous Adventurous Life:

R.E.S.T. 
(Rock-solid Eternal Spirituality Today)

“A Problem Free Life?”

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     If any of you have followed my Facebook posts, you will know that I keep sharing about all the miracles Vicki and I have had happen, and still do  have happen, in our lives. It occured to me that some may think we have a problem free life.  Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Each miracle, that I shared with you all, occurs when we might be having a crisis occurring in our lives; otherwise, why would we need a miracle? I don’t know about you, but experiencing a crisis is really NOT a lot of fun.

Blinded By A Rock

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For example, when I was blinded by a rock, coming out from my lawn mower, We were told by the Opthamologist, at the Eye Foundation, to be grateful I have one good eye. Take a moment to think about how you would feel if you lost your eyesight, in one of your eyes, and you were told this. Consider the pain felt in that eye continually reminding me. Consider, not being able to see, continually reminding me.  It could be a bit nerve racking, if we would let it be; however, rather than get all upset, I listened, and a verse came to mind.  It was Romans 8:28. While on the way to the hospital, and as I was in the hospital, I simply kept repeating this verse over and over again. When I asked a group of people to pray for me, it was well past the initial experience of losing my sight. Throughout this time, I was in perfect peace, especially once I could get things into focus (pun intended.)

Remembering What Is Important

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Consider all the other miracles I mentioned, and each one could have been a traumatic experience that really could cause some really high powered angst.  Admittedly, sometimes the event would even cause some panic. But the fear would go away when I focused on who God is,  and as I focused on how faithful God is. We like to say, “God is good all the time, and all the time God is good.”  Well, this is actually true!  I don’t know of a time when it was not true. So, given God’s faithfulness, when life is out of whack, and it needs to get back on track, crying out to God brings what is important into focus. We do this because God really is in control.

Life Is An Adventure 

  Yes, we believe in a miracle working God, and we look for God to work things out according to His perfect will. We give our lives, daily, to God. We want our will and God’s will to be one in the same. We follow Him, through Jesus, by the power of the Holy Spirit.  I call this Proverbs 3:5 & 6 ing it. Daily we trust in the Lord, with all our hearts. We choose to NOT rest on our own mere way of thinking. We acknowledge Him, and He directs our path.  This turns life into full blown living! No matter what happens to us spiritually, emotionally, relationally, financially and physically, we walk the walk holding on to God’s unchanging, and extremely dependable, hands.  The result is life turns out to be an adventure. As a matter of fact “Life Is An Adventure” has been our motto for decades.

Final Point

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     Since stuff happens to good people, and since life is an adventure, it is a key principle to know that it is not so important what happens to you and me. What is really important is what we do with what happens to us. We have learned that nothing is out of God’s control. We believe, with the Apostle Paul, that God works out everything according to THE plan, and He brings everything into conformity with THE purpose of His will. (Ephesians 1:11.) We have learned it is not about God having a wonderful plan for our lives, but it is more important that we keep on plugging into THE plan of God, and then our plan will become exactly what it needs to be for the good of the Kingdom of God. We experience all kinds of joys, and we experience, sorrows and other challenges. These are challenges that we cannot face without our Lord leading the way; meanwhile, we find miracles in the midst of walking in accordance with THE plan of God, as we hold tightly to God’s hands, even during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Your Challenge

Your challenge is to live a really big life no matter what:  Why? Because trying to live according to our mere human perceptions really can make the journey far more difficult, and I would add, it may make the journey far less interesting … or small. It makes us self centered rather than God centered. It leaves us thinking about our plan rather than THE plan.  As Jesus tells us, “Seek first the Kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and everything else will be added.” This seeking the Kingdom first guidance really makes life special. It makes life out to be and adventure. And life REALLY is an ADVENTURE; additionally, a big life – a God controlled life –  is a life of miracles.

R.E.S.T. Y’all.

Chaplain Al McGowen
AKA: SoJourner

True Freedom

It’s Not About The Day. It’s About THE Relationship With Jesus The Christ!

R.E.S T Rock-solid Eternal Spirituality Today

Let God Do, Through Jesus, By The Power of The Holy Spirit, What Only God Can Do!

Chaplain Al McGowen Aka The SoJourner

Celebrating United States

Happy Independence Day!

No nation ever sacrificed more for the freeing of slaves (More than 500,000 mostly white males) sacrificed their lives to free black persons during the Civil War. Their only “WhitePrivilege” was to die for fellow human beings 😔 who were of an entirely different race.

No nation sacrificed so much for the liberation of other nations, and received so little in return, while actually rebuilding our enemies home lands. Therefore, I celebrate the independence of this exceptional nation!

HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🎂 America

GOD Bless America 🇺🇸

Chaplain Al McGowen: The SoJourner

Make A Difference

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Rock-solid Eternal Spirituality Today

Help Shepherdless People Find Jesus!
  1. A lot of people are hurting; therefore, please take this daily challenge on, and you may help someone find true life. Yes, you may help them, through Jesus, get their life on track.
  2. You also may find people coming to help you do things you never imagined you could have ever accomplished without them. It may surprise you, as you pray, that they will just show up, and they will do so at just the right time when you need them.

God Bless You.
Chaplain Al McGowen
The SoJourner