When the whirlwind passes, the wicked is no more, But the righteous has an everlasting foundation. (Proverbs 10:25)

Of all the words that could describe several areas of my life right now, whirlwind would be pretty accurate. It feels as if I’ve been tugged here, thrown here, and slapped in the face with that. There have been points where I’ve cringed anytime my phone made a noise with either a phone call or text message or email received. It seemed for a period that each one was filled with worse news than the one before it.

I can’t tell you how many times my heart’s been broken over the last several months. Not necessarily with things done to me, although there are those things; but rather with watching people go through and deal with things that I’d never thought in a million years I’d see. These things have once again called me to reevaluate my life and the ground that I’m standing on. I’m crying out for God to strengthen where I’m weak, to put out any embers of sin that could cause a fire to rise up within me to burn up the things God is producing, and to shore up any thought that could lead to action contrary to His word. I’ve also been surrounding myself more and more with people who will hold me accountable in word and deed.

I’m not telling you all of this to brag on myself, because Lord knows I’ve seen my share of slips and falls lately. I’m just sharing my heart, and giving the things I feel the Lord is showing me. I don’t think it’s any coincidence that Daniel has been preaching about the power of words lately; it’s something that has gripped me as well. I am heeding the truth in the following scriptures.

Watch over your heart with all diligence, For from it flow the springs of life. Put away from you a deceitful mouth And put devious speech far from you. (Proverbs 4:23, 24)

I never want to be a source of cringing when your phone rings. I want to always stand firm in the midst of the whirlwind and know that my foundation is everlasting. My heart and prayers are with you all. I am thankful for each and every one of you who are there to help lift me up and always point me to the Father. I hope to have given and continue to give back as freely as you’ve given to me.

A final thought for this post which could turn into a full post on its own later on. In almost every prayer I’ve prayed recently, I have been moved to pray God’s Divine providence over whoever or whatever it is I’m praying. I can’t get away from the word providence. So if you’re reading this, you’ve most likely had it spoken over you.

Once again I want to thank you for reading this. I am humbled to know that you care about me and what I have to say. Contrary to this post, never hesitate to call, text, or slap me in the face any time you’re going through something and need someone to talk things through with. Just call, text, and slap me in the face with the good things going on in your life as well. I love to receive the good news and rejoice with you. God bless and keep you all and continue to interrupt your lives with His Divine providence.

8 Responses to “Lately”

  1. Dara says:

    I definitely don’t cringe! I know it’s always something encouraging or hilarious when you contact me! 😉

    • philip says:

      Thanks Dara, your contact isnt cringe inducing either. I want to make sure that I stay growing and never get to the place where my loved ones get messages that make them think what the heck is he doing…. Thanks again! 🙂

  2. floyd says:

    Funny, I thought about you the other day as I was going to breakfast. I saw the newspaper and how your man Ernie won that open. I had been out of town and away from any real media influence, but knew I wanted to touch base. Glad I did.

    The fear that comes from the world robs us of peace. I know, I’ve been in the same place; dreading the phone call or text. It is a season of testing for us. I don’t believe our circumstances will change until our perspective does… God’s like that I think, don’t you? He’s got plans for us. Thanks for the encouragent. And yes… I’ve been contemplating His providence over the last week or so… There are no coincidences…

    • philip says:

      Floyd, I was extatic to see Ernie win. He is such an awesome person. I certainly agree with your thoughts. Just been a rough patch of watching people walk through some very tough things. There has definitely been good news in the mix, but here for a while there’s been some real hardship. Really hate to see people I love in such hard places, you know? I know God can use it and work on them through it, but it doesn’t make it that much easier to watch. Thanks for thinking of me and coming by to share! Blessings my friend

  3. We definitely need the good along with the bad from people or it gets to be too much. You can’t carry it all for them and it just leaves you depleted. I’m with you. It’s been amazing to see a whirlwind of both good and bad stuff happening. Thankful for the good and trusting God that He will redeem what’s lost in the bad. Thanks Philip.

  4. God appreciates a contrite heart and so do I brother…let’s me know that I’m not alone in that category. Bless ya!

    • philip says:

      Thanks Jay, there’s strength to be gained from knowing God has given us others to lean on in our weak times. Not to mention Himself. Blessings brother!