RE Verse reading–Matthew 7:1-27 (day seven) “And the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall” (vs 25) I am more philosophical about problems these days. Earlier in my life I was anxious and offended by every appearing crisis. Now I know that storms come. I know that God selected the path of pressure and pain for His son and for all who follow Him. “Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal among you. . .as though some strange thing were happening to you” (1 Peter 4:12) My prayer these days is for courage, for faithfulness. I no longer expect every day to be sunny and calm. I do expect a foundation of strength that is more than a match for the challenges that come. I expect His “grace to be sufficient”(2 Corinthians 12:9). I expect peace and joy and resolve that will allow me to stand in the wind. What a great gift!