Turning Chaos into Joy

Debbie Allen Ed.D is the author of Turning Chaos into Joy. This book points to Scriptures and Jesus, Himself, the lifter of our heads. He is the One who gives joy in the midst of chaos. He is the One who takes away the sins of the world and sets the captives free.

Turning Chaos into Joy provides essential stepping-stones for readers to choose joy, as a life-long foundation for overcoming the fears of present day chaos and unforeseen perils within our future.

Below is an online version of the first section of my book. It is updated periodically throughout the process of its writing. Please be patient as I proofread,write, and make updates along the way.

6/17/22 Chapter Seven. IT’S A JOURNEY. Chapter Seven will conclude Section 1

Next step: Smooth out Sections 2-5

CHAPTER ONE

Chaos Enter our World

In AD 2020, chaos revisits our world and claims a steadfast gruel. Upon arrival, division sets the tone and penetrates our republic with an impeachment trial, a pandemic, and a constant pull between political parties. All spun by a divisive media. This is followed by civil upheaval, a hijacked election with no concession, and civil oppression for some. People have grown angry and unsure because of it– it is never ending. As one thing leaves, another proceeds.

If Americans could agree on one thing, our world turned upside down in 2020. The Coronavirus plus more thrusted our way of living into new norms. Education and businesses were put on hold and strange new norms were put in place. Mask mandates were encouraged, and vaccines were mandated and enforced for anyone who worked at the federal level. While subtle in its wake, the strongholds could not have been more relentless and continue today as we have grown past several morphed versions of Covid and are now into a new virus called monkeypox. 

I remember its beginning as sullen — No, peculiar and recall, others, felt that way, too. While waiting outside a local, pizza shop, an acquaintance stepped in line. Her eyes stared off, forlorn. 

That look was familiar. A blank stare, crinkled forehead, and lifeless personality led me to think that she, like so many others, were under duress, unsure of things to come, feeling lost — shaken. 

“Everything is so different,” I said. “How are you?” 

Our eyes met, and compassion introduced another topic. She responded with a light hearted smile, shaking her head, she said, “Chaos.”

How true? Haven’t we all been through so much confusion? It’s one catastrophe after another. After all this time, there is a constant reminder that life is not perfect. 

That look she had was in response to all of this torment. It was a little frightening; yet, more revealing. She was afraid for her future.

It was that look, plus a passage from the Bible in Matthew 24, that led to this calling. When prompted to write a book, I have to admit it is a pretty daunting task, but like the message of my story, everything must be done with the Master’s touch, and so my story begins.

I felt a connection, and it brought back memories. No, fears of not knowing what to do when your whole world seems shaken. The pain of not knowing what to do makes you feel hopeless and broken. 

As a youth, I knew about brokenness. I lived through it as my mother and I were traumatized by the abuse of her second husband. On one particular day, this man literally choked the life right out of her. Thankfully, we survived, but her story speaks of horror and death.

She recalls the weight of his six, foot frame as he sat on her chest. The grip of his bare hands clenching her throat. Nothing could get in and nothing could get out. My Mother was dying. She fought, but her strength held no comparison. She describes the darkness of his angry assault as black eyes shifted into judgment. She said, “I will never let another man control me.”

Her limp body lay there for who knows how long. As it gave way to a pulse, she opened her eyes and in utter shock, his hate turned to fear. With eyes wide open, he gasped, jumped to his feet, and ran out of there. Later, he was found and sentenced to prison. 

After so many battles like this, we had finally won. It was as if relief was scattered throughout many painful wounds. However, the damage had already been done. Our trust and security were always in question. Through time, this damage from his constant assaults would try to gain control to deplete us, giving way to that notable blank stare held by my friend at the pizza shop.

During that time, my Mother tried her best to protect us, but fear held a tight grip, leaving us with caution and a lack of trust for mankind. This fate encompasses panic, defeat, and a constant agitation from the trials we face. Mistrust is an inner conflict. It is always awaiting one more trauma. One more fight and flight risk. 

Just like his personality, things would quickly shift. One minute, everything would be fine and then pow, all hell would break loose. We would once again, find ourselves circling back into another chaotic mode. He was going to get out of jail soon. When would it ever end?

At times, life seems hard to overcome, and hope rarely appears. Maybe, just maybe, that could be us. But during that time, it was as if hope was on the other side of the veil, hidden from our view. It didn’t exist for us, but surely hope was held by others. Not for me but others had it because you could see it all over their faces. Hope shined brightly in their eyes and their laughter contained joy; something I didn’t understand. 

Coming into the kitchen, I would see a mother rinsing freshly cooked spaghetti one minute; while the next minute, my eyes would see images of her tangled body beneath a chair with the fullness of his weight and the spaghetti piled in on top of her. 

As a child, I felt alone and incapable of knowing how to stop this vicious cycle. In looking back, I realize I could not see a clear path to gain control of the chaos surrounding me, but for some reason, we found relief. We found hope and everlasting peace. 

At the time, I didn’t know God, but it was God who came through for us. He removed the darkness and brought a small glimmer of hope. In one final blow, God took our assaulter away permanently. 

Out of jail, this evil man swore vengeance to finish what he had started by sending my mother to her grave. Driving in fast pursuit, he was decapitated when he rolled his BMW on a major highway in our hometown. 

In that moment, I felt as if all of our problems had vanished. I knew that something greater than me was watching out for us.Who it was, didn’t matter because all I needed to know was that we were safe. Whoever that was standing behind the veil, hidden from view, was watching out for me. Hope had finally found me, and I was not alone.

He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty.
PSALM 91: 1

CHAPTER TWO

Anchor for Our Soul

This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.

(Hebrews 6:19)

There are a few verses in the Bible that explain how I felt as a little girl. The veil I mentioned earlier was a comforting place because it led me to believe that someone hidden from my view cared about me. Through the years, I had wondered who it could be, but I didn’t find out who He really was until I was a teenager.

Who are you? I thought. 

Those answers led me into a real relationship with God. All along, God was watching me, protecting me, and drawing me into the knowledge of His Son, Jesus. Hope was on the other side of the vail, and He was my hope. 

God’s Word tells us that “This hope is a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain into God’s inner sanctuary.” (Hebrews 6:19).

In looking closer, we can see its significance. This verse adds strength to who we are in the present tense. Is happens now, so right now He is a strong hope for our souls. Our inner most being has an anchor that holds us in place in spite of stormy seas surrounding us. This hope will not allow us to sink.

These words are powerful for people who lack trust because we learn that God has the ability to become our stronghold during times of trouble. This is the hope that will anchor our souls throughout the chaos. This is the hope that will lead us “into God’s inner sanctuary.”

Jesus said, “No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him;” .

(John 6:44)

Ephesians 1: 4-5 tells us that “He chose us in Him before the foundations of the world… He predestined us to adoption as sons (and daughters) through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will.”

This good news is for everyone. It does not exclude anyone because He chose us. He draws us closer to Himself and sees us as we are, deep in the pain of our sins; yet, he still pursues us.

I don’t know about you, but this provided me with a foundation that held me throughout the toughest times. It gave me stability and assurance and hope at a time when so many people feel hopeless.

 Later, as an adult, I felt God’s peaceful call to return to the land of the hopeless and share my good news with others. For nearly thirty years, I taught and offered hope, compassion, and kindness to at-risk students who noticeably had this same empty stare as the young lady I was describing earlier. 

Vivid memories grip my mind as I watched struggling students who were trying to find an anchor, just to get themselves through the day. The unknown assaults faced by some are unimaginable. Yet, like everyone else, all they want to do is find stability. Some type of leverage that will hold them together for good.

She was an extremely mature girl for her sixth grade stature. Noticeably taller and more sensual than all of her peers and most of her teachers. She displayed dysfunctional behaviors as indicated by her SED (serious emotional disturbance) label. Agitated over minimal tasks, she would often drift to the back of my classroom and sit in a cozy chair right next to my 100 gallon, fish aquarium. 

Back there, she could breath, soothed by the parrot cichlids who were patrolling. Each, looking at her, looking at them, formed a relationship and offered solace.

From my perspective, calmness penetrated the entire room. It truly was mesmerizing watching everyone’s demeanor change. Her previous irritations, which led to our distractions moved from a very intense moment to one of peace and tranquility. 

One can only imagine the assaults of her lifetime. Talk therapy would reveal quite a few “cousins” spending a few days but not really knowing who they were. 

“What do you mean by cousins spending a few days?” I asked.

“Oh, it’s just different girls spending a lot of time with us. It happens every now and then. My mom wants me to keep them company.”

 This girl was a drifter, moving from one community to another, so I was never able to investigate the why’s of her struggle. However, one thing is for certain. Much like the fish in my story, there is a God who sits in His sanctuary, watching over people who are in the midst of pain. This God I know, the One in my story, is completely mesmerized by the people within His view. 

CHAPTER THREE

The eyes of the LORD are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry.

Psalm 34:15

God Feels Compassion 

God sees us.

Right in the depths of our pain, His eyes are watching us, and His heart is waiting and wanting us to catch a glimpse of Who He is.

Like any parent, He longs to gain our attention and listen to our voice. He wants us to seek Him and find Him with our whole hearts. 

Many men and woman today follow the routine of knowing God and doing what’s right, but do they really know Him? Sure, they go to church and sing to Him in worship, so they must be close. Right? 

To this day, my heart flutters at thoughts of God’s grace. My thoughts rejoice as I consider  how His love and His mercy abounds. 

Without really knowing who He was as a little girl, my heart shouted, Thank you! Thank you! Thank you! when our assaulter met his wake. To me, that could have been worship. After all, I was free from worry and assault. 

Victories like that make one’s heart sing. Some call these victories fate, some call it karma, but I call Him, God!

My worship back then was not directed to anyone I knew, but I was extremely thankful for the outcome. Maybe there was a connection or maybe it was just one more instance of God pouring out His love, showing mercy and extending grace.

The Bible says, “Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.” (Psalm 149:6). However, worship is a hard thing if you don’t know who to thank. As an adult, most know there is a God, but do we really know Him? Do we really understand that He wants to hear from us?

Especially, if He is still behind the curtain, hidden from our view.  There must be a reason why He is there, and of course more importantly. Why won’t He come out, so we can see Who He Is?

Those were my thoughts before I became a believer. Perhaps, it was before the development of my faith. It was the path I took to get me to where I am today. I guess that is where faith kicks itself into motion and sends us relief. This path reminds me of a beautiful passage in the Bible. I hope you will join me as I relay the treasures found within because they are crucial.

Just hitting the surface of knowing God exists and watches out for us is really good stuff, but we have to press on and move past the veil. Similarily, it would be like obtaining the best meal ever, only to look at it, keep it in your memory, and then walk away without tasting of His goodness for our souls. I want to encourage you to pick up your fork and dig into the meal that God offers the main character of our story with delight. His Word— The Bread of Life is our meal. Let’s begin.

STORY TIME

This story takes place on a desert road, heading toward Gaza. One of our main characters, the Treasurer of Ethiopia, was traveling to Jerusalem for worship. 

Historically, this happened 2,000 years ago during a time when the Holy Spirit was overflowing within the Christian movement. Pentecost is one gem of a story found in the Book of Acts, and this story is nestled in the 26th verse of Chapter 8. It contains a detailed adventure of a man who traveled far to worship the LORD. After leaving Jerusalem, he was sitting on the side of road in his chariot, reading from the Book of Isaiah.  

At that time, this Ethiopian eunuch, no doubt, felt like he was on top of the world. For good reason, this guy had power, prestige, and wealth. He was granted full authority over the Queen of Candace’s treasury. At that moment, however, he did encounter one problem. 

Do you know what that problem was? He could not understand what the Scripture was saying to him. The Bible doesn’t say how he handled his dilemma, but it does say how God solved it. In addition, it shows how He cares. Perhaps, as a means, the Ethiopian thought What does this mean? Maybe, he prayed God, please help me. Whatever the case, God saw his need and masterfully solved it without delay. 

This is an important concept. It validates the fact that God sees, and it also shows us once again that He supplies our needs, right where we are, performing miracles along the way.

Before his problem was solved, we have to look at another man named Philip, who was located nearly ninety-four miles, North at a place called Samaria (Google search: How many miles from Samaria to Gaza Strip?). Philip was praying for and preaching to the multitudes. Let’s read.

6 And the multitudes with one accord heeded the things spoken by Philip, hearing and seeing the miracles which he did. 7 For unclean spirits, crying with a loud voice, came out of many who were possessed; and many who were paralyzed and lame were healed. 8 And there was great joy in that city.

(Acts 8: 6-8)

Stay with me and try to focus on “the multitudes with one accord,” hearing and seeing the miracles which he did,” and “there was great joy in that city” as we make a shift back to the first part of this great awakening. As you read this, I do hope you catch a glimpse of the power found in this passage. If you don’t understand it, you may want to ask God for help.

Christ Is Preached to an Ethiopian
26 Now an angel of the Lord spoke to Philip, saying, “Arise and go toward the south along the road which goes down from Jerusalem to Gaza.” This is desert. 27 So he arose and went. And behold, a man of Ethiopia, a eunuch of great authority under Candace the queen of the Ethiopians, who had charge of all her treasury, and had come to Jerusalem to worship, 28 was returning. And sitting in his chariot, he was reading Isaiah the prophet. 29 Then the Spirit said to Philip, “Go near and overtake this chariot.”

(Acts 8:26 – 29)

Wait a minute. Did you notice anything out of the ordinary? “An angel of the LORD spoke to Philip”, telling him explicitly to “Arise and go” approximately 94 MILES AWAY. Of course, the Bible doesn’t tell us how far he had to travel, but reality does. Philip was holding a revival in Samaria. The Ethiopian sat in a chariot on a road to Gaza. Implications, such as, make sure you make it in time to see an Ethiopian man who is reading the Bible were imperative.

I realize this account was written without the element of exact time references, but listen. How is that possible for a man to be in the exact spot who is 94 miles away from the person who needs an explanation from the passage of a book? 

Does that not boggle your mind? It boggles mine.

To me, that’s just the beginning of God’s many Wow moments. Did I mention Philip was 94 miles away and yet Philip met him at just the right moment? The timing in that has to be perfect for him to be in that exact connecting spot. But, then, the God that I am talking about is perfect. There is nothing too hard for Him. After all, isn’t He the creator of time? Read on.

30 So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?”
31 And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him. 32 The place in the Scripture which he read was this:
“He was led as a sheep to the slaughter;
And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.
33 In His humiliation His justice was taken away,
And who will declare His generation?
For His life is taken from the earth.”
34 So the eunuch answered Philip and said, “I ask you, of whom does the prophet say this, of himself or of some other man?”

(Acts 8:30-34)

Let’s dwell on this spot for awhile. Notice, Philip is not huffing and puffing from running all the way from Samaria to the Gaza Strip. That previous part still boggles my mind; however, if we keep reading, I believe his travels will jump off the page and grab ahold of your heart, leaving you with awe and wonder.

In this particular spot, the one thing noticable is the fact that the Bible says for Philip to arise and go and Philip ran. This is a mini lesson on obedience and models the inner workings of a well played moment. This is rather impressive because when God tells me to do something, I don’t think I have ever ran to get it done. This man has got it going on, for sure. We could learn from this moment.

Let’s continue reading this God directed, powerful message because it changed this man’s life forever. Philip’s message provides the grand finale for the whole purpose of this encounter. It’s a demonstration of what God does when He sees somone needing Him. In addition, this passage allows us to see the results of God’s actions. This man “went on his way rejoicing” (39). That’s significant, so let’s read more with the adventure of seeing the possibilty of hope and joy rising in you.

35 Then Philip opened his mouth, and beginning at this Scripture, preached Jesus to him. 36 Now as they went down the road, they came to some water. And the eunuch said, “See, here is water. What hinders me from being baptized?”
37 Then Philip said, “If you believe with all your heart, you may.”
And he answered and said, “I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God.”
38 So he commanded the chariot to stand still. And both Philip and the eunuch went down into the water, and he baptized him. 39 Now when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more; and he went on his way rejoicing. 40 But Philip was found at Azotus. And passing through, he preached in all the cities till he came to Caesarea.

(Acts 8:35 – 40)

CHAPTER FOUR

13For I, the Lord your God, will hold your right hand, Saying to you, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’

(Isaiah 41:13)

When Jesus was here, He felt compassion toward those who were distressed and dispirited. He said they were like sheep who had no shepherd. Through the Book of Matthew’s writings, Matthew simplifies Jesus’s actions as He brought healing and food for mind, body, and soul. Jesus came to bring life and to help people escape from the clutches of their own bondage.

The Compassion of Jesus

35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people. 36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

(Matthew 9: 35-37)

Matthew 14:14 states, “And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude and was moved with compassion toward them, and He healed their sick.”

Matthew 15:32 tells us that He had compassion for them because they stayed with Him for three days, so He fed them. In another verse, Jesus had compassion toward them, so He taught them.
Again, Psalm 145:8 says, “The Lord is gracious and full of compassion, Slow to anger and great in mercy.

Notice, people haven’t changed much. In today’s times, we still struggle, but I believe Jesus came to shake things up as if to reset our calamities. The problem: Evil is profound and continues to wreak havoc. Jesus came to destroy those choatic holds that grip the very people God created. He came to set the captives free.

We are held captive because we wander throughout life without direction, or we refuse to surrender to His way. Maybe, in our inner self, we think that He wants us to figure things out on our own. He made me, so I can get this done without Him. No! He wants to show us, lead us, and help us find our way behind that veil. (Luke 4:18).
God loves us. We know this by reading John 3:16; however, much more is revealed if we read further.

16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him. 18 Whoever believes in him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because they have not believed in the name of God’s one and only Son. 19 This is the verdict: Light has come into the world, but people loved darkness instead of light because their deeds were evil. 20 Everyone who does evil hates the light, and will not come into the light for fear that their deeds will be exposed. 21 But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light, so that it may be seen plainly that what they have done has been done in the sight of God.

(John 3: 16-21, NIV)

God’s Word is deep. It opens our eyes and brings clarity. However, like the Ethiopian, we need spiritual eyes to guide us. This passage let’s us know that God has a plan for our redemption. Since the beginning of time, people have needed a savior for our rescue. Sin was established in the Garden of Eden, and it has run rampant and is not any different, today. People continue to do wrong. Everyone sins. No one is perfect, and we all continue to walk around like sheep without a savior. When mankind was kicked out of paradise, God planned for a savior.

19 For just as through the disobedience of the one man the many were made sinners, so also through the obedience of the one man the many will be made righteous.

(Romans 5:19)

Jesus is that Savior. Remember, Matthew said, “Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom.” Gospel means good news! His kingdom is good news because it will reopen paradise for those He loves. God loves the world, and He loves you! (Matthew 9:35).

To conitinue with our passage in the Book of John, we can glean a few more facts. God did not come to condemn. If that is true, and it is, then why do you condemn yourself. Stop! You are a chosen and created work of God’s kingdom. If you don’t believe me, read the New Living Translation of Psalm 139.

1 O LORD, you have examined my heart
and know everything about me.
2 You know when I sit down or stand up.
You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.
3 You see me when I travel
and when I rest at home.
You know everything I do.
4 You know what I am going to say
even before I say it, LORD.
5 You go before me and follow me.
You place your hand of blessing on my head.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too great for me to understand!
7 I can never escape from your Spirit!
I can never get away from your presence!
8 If I go up to heaven, you are there;
if I go down to the grave, you are there.
9 If I ride the wings of the morning,
if I dwell by the farthest oceans,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
and your strength will support me.
11 I could ask the darkness to hide me
and the light around me to become night—
12 but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.
To you the night shines as bright as day.
Darkness and light are the same to you.
13 You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body
and knit me together in my mother’s womb.
14 Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!
Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
15 You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,
as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.
16 You saw me before I was born.
Every day of my life was recorded in your book.
Every moment was laid out
before a single day had passed.
17 How precious are your thoughts about me, O God.
They cannot be numbered!
18 I can’t even count them;
they outnumber the grains of sand!
And when I wake up,
you are still with me!
19 O God, if only you would destroy the wicked!
Get out of my life, you murderers!
20 They blaspheme you;
your enemies misuse your name.
21 O LORD, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you?
Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you?
22 Yes, I hate them with total hatred,
for your enemies are my enemies.
23 Search me, O God, and know my heart;
test me and know my anxious thoughts.
24 Point out anything in me that offends you,
and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

CHAPTER FIVE

Who Does God See?

My first thought is Oh no, LORD! God sees me.

He knows me. He knows my sins.

Yes, He knows yours.

If you are like me, I’m sure that doesn’t set well.

I don’t like that. I don’t want Him to see all those things that I want to take back from who I am. Some of it is really very ugly, and I want set free from my choices. I don’t want Him to hate the wicked because truth be told, there are times when I feel wicked. What can I do? Where can I go? Is there freedom in knowing who I am? Is there resolve?

We as mankind have addictions, hurts, wounds, and many other things we seek to hide — Adultery, murder, in thoughts or deeds and rebellion. Bitterness, hate and envy— strife. We have selfish motives and sometimes there are problems so big we can’t begin to figure them out. There are times when people grow angry and some are wandering around like sheep without a shepherd. All of this can be emersed in pain and sometimes numbed by distractions of self gratifications, drugs, or alcohol.

This is the reality of who we are as a nation. Since Roe vs. Wade, over 60 million babies have been removed from expectant mothers’ wombs, and fathers also have been traumatized throughout the struggle with this choice. Hate hits center stage and people are at times filled with rage over these issues and more, sometimes pointing the finger in our self righteous pious as if to say you are unworthy. That’s wrong to judge others.

Now, look who’s hiding behind a veil. We may be thinking, LORD, give me a veil so I can hide myself from your eyes. I have really messed things up, but that is why He came. Everyone has mess things up at one time or another.

We have to stop doing those things and ask Him to forgive us. That is not who we are as a nation. That is not who He wants us to be. Our God is Holy and we must be imitators of Him and walk away from the sins that entangle us. They weigh us down.

Just breath in that hope mentioned earlier. God sees more. Don’t shrink away from this place because of things you have done. You’re the love of His life, and hope is just around the corner. This place is exactly where you need to be because God has some exciting plans for your future. Remember, He is the hope of our salvations, and Scripture is about to roll it out in full display.

God’s vision is so far from our view of who we are and what we have accomplished. If I am like you, there are days when I think I can do nothing wrong. While others, I am slumping it out filled with guilt from choices I have made, wallowing in the mud, thinking how am I ever going to get this right. Somewhere in between, there has to be a happy place of peace and tranquility.

Where is it? The Book of John captures rich moments. Here is one of them. This New Living Transalation is written in red to let us know that Jesus is speaking, but you probably already know that.

1 “I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener. 2 He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more. 3 You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. 4 Remain in me, and I will remain in you. For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me.

(John 15: 1-4).

“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. Automatically, I am thinking, no I’m screaming, Yes, LORD! I want that. Please, give me all that You are because I want to be connected to YOU!

(By the way, if you are with me on that. Tell Him). He is only a whisper away from your truth. He knows what your are thinking anyway.

Second thoughts drift to this. Once we figure out who this Jesus is, we had better stick with Him because He is the one who makes everything right. It shows how He wants us to keep plugging away, seeking and following after Him, so for now, let’s find out who He really is by staying connected.

Within our next passage, it appears God wants us to take a deeper look at those things which unravel us. You know, the darkness that dwells from within. How do we let that go?
Let’s see who Jesus is and learn how He handles those deeply, embedded strongholds.

Who Is Jesus?

Thus far we have read, Jesus is the man who the Ethiopian was reading about in the Book of Isaiah. Jesus is the the Lamb who was led to the slaughter. He is the one who “opened not His mouth” and did everything the Father in Heaven asked Him to do. Isaiah 53 states the following.

He was led as a sheep to the slaughter;
And as a lamb before its shearer is silent,
So He opened not His mouth.

Isaiah 53:7

Jesus is the resurrection power of the cross. Yes, He died, but His blood was shed to cover all of our sins. That abortion we talked about earlier. It’s covered. It’s covered because He is a powerful, resurrected God. After three days, Jesus came back to life. When He was raised from dead, He spent much time here on Earth teaching His disciples how to live this new life called Chrisitianity. Then, He ascended to God in Heaven and lives at the right hand side of God’s throne in Heaven. At this moment, He makes intercessions for us to God on our behalf.

We have to believe this was God’s plan for us all along, and there are more levels of Him as we look at Him through His Word. We learn so much in how He dealt with individuals. How He dealt with others who were just like us.

Another Bible Story

Let’s look at how His conversation with an aduterous woman leads us into everlasting truths. Keep in mind. Everyone at this time thought that the Samaritans were a gross and disgusting portion of the Jewish nation. Even worse, she, the Samaritan woman, was one of those women who couldn’t seem to get anything right. You know, she was one who the good people of Jerusalem really should not associate because she was not of a reputable group as found in John 4.

This passage begins with Jesus looking at the Pharisees who happended to be one of the religious sects of that time. They, along with others, were among the Jewish leaders whose accusations later nailed Him to the cross. Notice, with this introduction, Jesus is thinking about them and purposefully diverts His course toward Galilee. It’s interesting because He leaves them, only to find Himself, talking with a Samaritan woman who is in fact a direct descendant of the Patriarchs. Turns out, she is ralated to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, just like Jesus.

Jesus and the Samaritan Woman
1 Jesus knew the Pharisees had heard that he was baptizing and making more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus himself didn’t baptize them—his disciples did). 3 So he left Judea and returned to Galilee.
4 He had to go through Samaria on the way. 5 Eventually he came to the Samaritan village of Sychar, near the field that Jacob gave to his son Joseph. 6 Jacob’s well was there; and Jesus, tired from the long walk, sat wearily beside the well about noontime.
7 Soon a Samaritan woman came to draw water, and Jesus said to her, “Please give me a drink.” 8 He was alone at the time because his disciples had gone into the village to buy some food. 9 The woman was surprised, for Jews refuse to have anything to do with Samaritans. She said to Jesus, “You are a Jew, and I am a Samaritan woman. Why are you asking me for a drink?”

(John 4: 1-7)

How distinct for this woman to take on other people’s beliefs of her. She seems to assume their view points as hard earned facts when she said, “Why are you asking me for a drink?” She probably thought. No one else does? Not even other women in the villiage who get their water in the early part of the day. They don’t want to be around me, yet, you do. Why?

Interestingly, Jesus disagrees with her logic, and she senses His resistance to accept everyone elses’ beliefs. For one, He has gone out of His way to talk to her. I mean, after all Jesus was a Jew, and Jews don’t talk with the Samaritans. Another thing, He left the religious sect and traveled into the forbidden zone of Samaria, just to be a part of this conversation, right? Why?

Could it be, like you, this woman actually is someone of great worth? Let us continue.

10 Jesus replied, “If you only knew the gift God has for you and who you are speaking to, you would ask me, and I would give you living water.” 11“But sir, you don’t have a rope or a bucket,” she said, “and this well is very deep. Where would you get this living water? 12 And besides, do you think you’re greater than our ancestor Jacob, who gave us this well? How can you offer better water than he and his sons and his animals enjoyed?”
13 Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.
15 “Please, sir,” the woman said, “give me this water! Then I’ll never be thirsty again, and I won’t have to come here to get water.”

(John 4: 10-13)

At this point in a person’s spiritual walk, I am thinking once again that this person is ready and is willingly saying, “Yes, LORD! I want You.
However, as we continue to read, we see Jesus is withholding Himself. Why would He do that? As a Christian, I see this woman realizing that He has something of value. He said it was water that rushes into everlasting life. But, at this point, does she really know who He is? Let’s find out.

16 “Go and get your husband,” Jesus told her.
17“I don’t have a husband,” the woman replied.
Jesus said, “You’re right! You don’t have a husband— 18 for you have had five husbands, and you aren’t even married to the man you’re living with now. You certainly spoke the truth!
19 “Sir,” the woman said, “you must be a prophet. 20 So tell me, why is it that you Jews insist that Jerusalem is the only place of worship, while we Samaritans claim it is here at Mount Gerizim, where our ancestors worshiped?”

(John 4: 16 – 20)

We can’t ever leave our past, can we? It’s always there, haunting us. Even Jesus knows everything about her— everything about us. As they continue, this woman is casual, probably not really knowing who He really is. A prophet, she surmises, wondering, Why in the world do we have to go to Jerusalem to worship when our ancestors worshipped right here on this mountain?

This is good stuff. Why? Was this woman ready to divulge her whole history. It doesn’t appear. Besides, He already knew, but Jesus keeps pressing into her thoughts, revealing Himself exactly where her thoughts are leading.

Jesus seems to be taking His time, making sure she knows that He knows everything about her. Yet, He still cares, giving her the attention of Himself and letting her know who He really is.

21 Jesus replied, “Believe me, dear woman, the time is coming when it will no longer matter whether you worship the Father on this mountain or in Jerusalem. 22 You Samaritans know very little about the one you worship, while we Jews know all about him, for salvation comes through the Jews. 23 But the time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship him that way. 24 For God is Spirit, so those who worship him must worship in spirit and in truth.”
25 The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.”
26 Then Jesus told her, “I Am the Messiah!”

(John 4: 21 – 26)

Chapter Six

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

(Revelation 3:20)

Chapter Six is not ready; however, you on the other hand, may be more than ready.

Jesus is the Son of God, and He hears your voice. He knows your truths. Is He knocking at your heart’s door? It is really easy to open that door.

Talk to Him and call Him by name—Jesus. Tell Him you believe. Know that He is Spirit, and He is exactly where you are. Remember, the passage said those who worship Him, worship Him in Spirit and in truth. That is why you must talk to Him about your truths, and He will tell you about His Truths. Tell Him you want Him to be a part of your life. Ask Him to forgive you of your sins and tell Him how much you need Him. Ask Him to guide you into His way, and then thank Him for saving your soul.

After all, don’t we all need a Savior?

My Prayer for You

Dearest Heavenly Father,

Thank you for my listening/reading audience. You have done a marvelous work, creating each with his or her own remarkable talents. Press into them, that inward place in the dividing space between spirit and soul. Show them Your love and compassion, and help them to know You are present, and you see their hearts. Help them to believe in YOU, the one Who makes all things new. Bless them, forgive them, and set them on a path that leads to Your perfect will. Help them to find a church and plant them in the spot where You want them to grow and where You want them to grow others. Help them to love with a heart mastered by You, each day. Breath over them Your precious Holy Spirit. Help them to Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, and for everything give thanks for this is Your will for all of us through Jesus Christ our LORD. (IThessalonians 5:16-17).

Jesus, I pray, You will create in us a clean heart and renew the right Spirit within us. Cast us not away from Your presence. Teach us to follow You with a faith that will move mountains. Help us to love one another, to be kind hearted, tender, and merciful because our friends and loved ones need to see Your love through us.

In Jesus Name, forgive us of our sins. Teach us to rely on You and to live and display the fruits of Your Holy Spirit.

For all of this, we ask and give You all praise and glory. We thank You for everything You have done to make things rights. You truly are an Amazing God. Your creation is beautiful and Your faithfulness brings newness of life every day. For all of this, we humbly bow before You, lifting our hearts and hands in praise of Who You are.

Amen

Chapter Six

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.

(Revelation 3:20)

Strongholds lie. Stop listening to them. Oh, you know, they really are rather friendly before they become one —before they dig deeply and penetrate a person’s soul. 

Up front, they twist the truth just enough to get you hooked. They might say, after all, it’s only tissue, or he’s a good guy. So what, he tells you a few lies or knocks you around a bit. After all, nobody is perfect. How about this one? Just take it; you’ve earn it, and besides, it’s not really stealing. Here’s another, this person is really sexy, and I need to have him or her. Who cares that it is wrong?

Jesus cares. The Apostle Peter said, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him for He cares for you.” (1 Peter 5:7, KJV).

All of this is wrong. In one’s heart, hate can be the same as murder. Adultery can be formed in one’s thoughts; as well as fornication and other sexual sins, they all stand in darkness. Rebellion, a proud look that says, “I’m better than you,” or “No, thanks, I’m going to do it my way,”  and this one, “does God’s Word really say that?” These are all voices and ideas from the pit of hell.

Of course, everyone is different, and some may be in like manner as the Ethiopian eunich sitting on the side of the road trying to figure things out on his own. He doesn’t really have anything to hide; except, he has no relationship with the Savior. He acknowledges and knows about Him. As a matter of fact, he goes a great distance to worship, and like the Samaritan woman, she has deep concerns about worship and does a great job presenting them to Jesus. However, did they really know Him at the begining of their stories? Do you really know Him? Have you bid Him entrance and have you asked Him to forgive you of your sins?

There is no way around it. At this point in our studies, we know that God sees us. He sees our sins, our doubts, and He wants to know what we are going to do about Him, the Savior. That is why He stood as if behind a veil. Thankfully, He took care of me, but later as I grew older, Jesus was waiting for me to make a decision about who He is. He says to you, “Who do you say that I Am?”

Remember, if we do nothing at all, the plan has already been set. Those who do nothing or do not believe stand as condemed already. (John 3:18).

“A person may think their own ways are right, but the LORD weighs the heart.”

(Proverbs 21:2)

Remember, without Him, we can do nothing from a spiritual stance. When God is pressing into your spirit, you are going to know it because you will be or are in His presence.  

Life and Judgment Are Through the Son

24 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.

(John 5:24, NKJV)

Do you remember what Jesus told the Samaritan woman? 

He said He is the Son of God. 

Jesus Comforts His Disciples

1 “Do not let your hearts be troubled. You believe in God ; believe also in me. 2 My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you? 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. 4 You know the way to the place where I am going.

Jesus the Way to the Father

5 Thomas said to him, “Lord, we don’t know where you are going, so how can we know the way?”

6 Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

(John 14: 1-6, NKJV)

This is where the peddle meets the road. If you want to abide in Jesus, you have to speak to Him. That means prayer and that means setting your thoughts toward Him. When your life comes to an end as we know it, you will enter Heaven or Hell, depending on what you decide in the here and now. You will face Jesus in judgement, and He will say either depart from me because I never knew you, or He will say, enter into my Kingdom thou faithfull steward. Choose Him. Choose life. If that scares you, tell Him. Talk to Jesus. He is the way to Heaven and no man comes to the Father except through Him.

Remember, God is Spirit, so your inner spirit must allow Him entrance. How do you do that? Talk to Jesus. Allow His peace to take over and surrender to who He is.

Pray Pray Pray

In prayer, you can close your eyes or keep them open. You can bow your head or do your chores. It doesn’t matter. If you speak out loud or talk to Him inside your head, God will hear you.

It’s that time, or very close to it. 

Just take a deep breath. Call out His Name — Jesus, Holy Spirit, and Heavenly Father, please, come into my life.  I want You. Please keep me from Hell. Help me to be so close to you that I will remain in You for the rest of my life. Deliver me from evil and help me to stay away from it.

Please forgive me of my sins. I am so sorry for doing wrong. Cover each one with Your blood that was shed on the cross. Set me on the path that keeps me forever in Your presence. And, thank you for coming into my life. You are the Savior of the world, and I believe You and what the Bible says. Help me to read Your Word and help me to understand it.

Do you want me to get baptized? If so, where should I go? Can You show me a church that will help me grow? Lead me LORD, so I will no longer feel like I am a sheep without a Shepherd. Be my shepherd. In Jesus’s Name I pray.  

Afterward, you should feel a peace that passes all understanding. If you don’t then ask Him for His peace. Tell Him you need joy, and He will give it, pressed down and filled with all of His glory. 

If you prayed that prayer, you are a new creature in Christ and your name is written in something called the Lambs Book of Life. (See Revelation 3:5-6).

Above all else, keep that relationship alive and talk to Him often. Read His Word, and ask Him to help you understand it. Ask Him to guide you and to help you make better decisions. 

Remember, John 15 tells us to remain in Him for He is the vine and we are the branches. Without Him, we can do nothing. 

That’s pretty awesome because if that happened, angels in Heaven are dancing and rejoicing at the choice you just made. You are a born again believer that Jesus describes in the John 3: 1-7.

The New Birth

1 There was a man of the Pharisees named Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews. 2 This man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that You are a teacher come from God; for no one can do these signs that You do unless God is with him.”

3 Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

4 Nicodemus said to Him, “How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter a second time into his mother’s womb and be born?”

5 Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God. 6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7 Do not marvel that I said to you, ‘You must be born again.’ 8 The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear the sound of it, but cannot tell where it comes from and where it goes. So is everyone who is born of the Spirit.”

John 3: 1-7

For the moment, rejoice in knowing that you are a child of the King of all kings. Know that He is LORD of all and now you belong to Him. 

Now, just in case you were wondering about that woman at the well. Listen to what verses 39 – 42 have to say.

Many Samaritans Believe

39 Many Samaritans from the village believed in Jesus because the woman had said, “He told me everything I ever did!” 40 When they came out to see him, they begged him to stay in their village. So he stayed for two days, 41 long enough for many more to hear his message and believe. 42 Then they said to the woman, “Now we believe, not just because of what you told us, but because we have heard him ourselves. Now we know that he is indeed the Savior of the world.”

John 4: 39-42

Chapter Seven

Jesus Is Coming Back

No One Knows the Day or Hour

36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. 37 But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 38 For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, 39 and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. 40 Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. 41 Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. 42 Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. 43 But know this, that if the master of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched and not allowed his house to be broken into. 44 Therefore you also be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect.

Matthew 24:36-44

As this section of the book comes to an end, I want us to be thinking about several things, tying everything together to give us something life changing. In order to do that, we have to revisit the Ethiopian struggling to understand Scripture and be aware that God is trustworthy, fully equipping us, His saints for any task or situation He sets before us.
In closing, I also want us to look at the miraculous way Philip left this scene because it shows the power that we hold within us as believers. Third, as believers, where do we go from here?
Through the Ethiopian’s struggle, he found truths about Jesus and no doubt met and believed in the Son of God. Having said that, He gained access to understanding God’s Word through the power of the Holy Spirit.

15 If you love me, obey my commandments. 16 And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 17 He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now.

John 14:26

Jesus also told us that if we ask anything in His name, He will give it to us. So, after reading the Bible, we can ask Him what it means. If we struggle with temptations, we can rely on Him and ask Him to help us walk away from it, and if we are concerned about our future or a friend’s salvation, we can go to Him and surrender anything to His care. In essence, we are building a relationship with God through prayer as we ask and He answers through the Spirit of the living God living in us. In order to have this flow of His living water within us, we have to read His Word and follow Him.
After the Ethiopian’s conversion, no doubt he knew what he needed to do next. He wanted to be baptized, and rightly so. Jesus was baptaized, so as believers we follow Jesus in His footsteps and His commands.

18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Matthew 28: 18-20

Guaranteed, our future will need the Helper, the Holy Spirit, “will guide you into all truth… and will tell you things to come.” (John 16:13, NKJV).

Today, as economic woes take control of our pockets and the news breeds negativity, fears lume and tries to remove our joy. Think of this verse and place your name in it, found in Genesis 8:1. “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your exceedingly great reward.”

The Bible has a lot to say about fear. As a matter of fact there is one verse for every day of the year. God’s Word contains 365 verses, telling His people to not be afraid. Instead, He wants us to trust Him. He wants us to establish deeply in our hearts that He is our rock and just like He removed our assaulter, He will uphold us with His righteous, right hand. He will carry us through the pain of any trial.

10 Fear not, for I am with you;
Be not dismayed, for I am your God.
I will strengthen you,
Yes, I will help you,
I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.’

Isaiah 41:10, NKJV

There is much to say. We have to be ready. In the twinkling of an eye, Jesus will return in the clouds, and we believers will be caught up to meet Him. Jesus tells us to be ready because no one knows the hour upon His return.

How do we get ready?

You have to know God’s Word. 2 Timothy 2:15 reads, “Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth.” This is the NLT version while the King James version states study to shew thyself approved.

The Book of Psalms tells us to hide God’s Word in our heart, so that we will not sin against thee. It also says that God’s Word is a lamp unto our feet and a light unto our paths.

Not in a leagalistic manner, but growing in God’s grace, God speaks to us through His Word. Our light shines when we follow and do what it says. In addition, through prayer and supplication, we can make request unto God to assist our walk with Him. If we struggle, we can go to Him in prayer and ask Him for help.

As a new Christian, I have to admit that I struggled to live right. On many occasions I would resemble worldly reactions, rather than biblical ones. Today, when I struggle, I am more apt to accomplish His way by leaning on Him through prayer.

Okay, Lord, what reaction should I have here? Through prayer, I ask Him to guide me, and He promises to help me. Somtimes the Holy Spirit will pop a Bible verse from memory. Other times, He will convict me of wrong doing. Well, that was harsh. Couldn’t you have been a little nicer?

No matter the case, I have learned to rely on living my life in the Spirit of truth. Remembering to be patient with others as they learn to walk by faith and not by sight. People who have been traumatized often have overt reactions. When provoked, trauma warehouses a plethora of responses.

As a Christian, joy does not always take hold. Especially, when our reactions line up with the world’s viewpoint. Hate, judgement, vengence, and retaliation are all examples of dark forces and may be considered normal for some. Their remedy to overcome is vastly different from God’s way. That’s why we have to be transformed by the renewing of our minds through God’s Word, prayer, and fellowship with other believers. (Romans 12:2).

As we move closer into the end times, chaos will become more demanding. Read 2 Timothy 3: 1-7 to catch a better glimpse.

Perilous Times and Perilous Men
1 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! 6 For of this sort are those who creep into households and make captives of gullible women loaded down with sins, led away by various lusts, 7 always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.

2 Timothy 3: 1-7

You, on the other hand, have come to this truth. If you haven’t and still doubt, then you may want to read the remainder of this book. Please be patient and pray that it gets published because you will most likely want to read it as people may be caught up in the clouds right before your very eyes.

15 We tell you this directly from the Lord: We who are still living when the Lord returns will not meet him ahead of those who have died. 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God. First, the believers who have diedh will rise from their graves. 17 Then, together with them, we who are still alive and remain on the earth will be caught up in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. Then we will be with the Lord forever. 18 So encourage each other with these words.

I Thessalonians 4:15-18, NLT

By the way, I’m not sure if you “caught” the ending of the how Philip left the Ethiopian. “Now, when they came up out of the water, the Spirit of the LORD caught Philip away, so that the eunuch saw him no more, and he went on his way rejoicing. But Philip was found in Asotus.” (Acts 8: 39-40, NKJV).

For others, you may want to catch up with some Bible studies on the book of Revelations. Never before in history have we seen a world-wide shut down. Is this all part of God’s plan? How can we know if we are in the end times? Read the Bible. Study it. Live it, and remain is Jesus.

If you are interested, Keepbelieving.com contains indepth study of the book of Revelations, entitled Beginning of the End video. (See link in credits).

Throughout this book, several Books have been on full display. If you have never read the Bible, a good start is the Book of John, Romans, and the Gospels, which is Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John are all a great start. Likewise, Acts and the rest of the New Testament depict life after Jesus while the Old Testament was written before his birth.

Turning Chaos into Joy came to fruition after reading Matthew 24. As a plea for those who may not be ready, I asked God what I could do. He very clearly said to write a book. Of course, I had to rely on God’s Word and many, many conversations with our LORD and Savior.

Please be in prayer as I continue my journey. I pray it speaks to hearts and points everyone who reads it in the right directions. Thank you for participating and may God bless you in your own journey. I pray it is one filled with a reliance on God, His love poured out in your spirit, a faith that flows through your heart and reaches a multitude of others in Jesus’s name.

Like me, if you know anyone who may be feeling a little lost, scared, or slightly shaken, let them know about Turning Chaos into Joy. You never know, it may introduce them to the Savior of the world, but don’t forget to pray for them before you do.

Credits

Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2015 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Keepbelieving.com video link https://www.keepbelieving.com/video_course/revelation/

Oh, LORD, You’re Beautiful lyrics © Universal Music- Brentwood Benson Publ., Birdwing Music.

Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

4 thoughts on “Turning Chaos into Joy

    1. Thank you, Teena. I am humbled by your comment. His love is so refreshing, and I know you have felt bitter heartache with unbearable pain, but His love really does supply all of our needs in His riches and glory.

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