The Red Sea Rules

Posted by  | Friday, March 11, 2011  at 4:17 PM  
The Red Sea Rules: 10 God-Given Strategies For Difficult Times
This little gem of a book was recommended to me numerous times as we've walked through a tough time over the last six months. (Regarding what I wrote in this post, but the story continued when we found more tumor on my other ovary...then found ourselves pregnant in October and faced surgery to remove my last ovary in January while I was 18 weeks pregnant!)  

I purchased it for our Kindle right before my second surgery and I'm so glad I did! The Red Sea Rules by Robert Morgan is definitely one I'll recommend to others. And I'd even recommend it to someone just facing everyday anxiety and worry as well. (Because ALL Moms face those fears at some point, right!?) 

The author of the book uses the story of Moses, the Israelites and the parting of the Red Sea (Exodus 14) to illustrate how (as the subtitle goes) - "The same God who led you in will lead you out." He has written ten "rules" or strategies for facing fears, anxieties or difficult times specifically.

1. Realize that God means for you to be where you are.
2. Be more concerned for God's glory than for your relief.
3. Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the Lord.

4. Pray.
5. Stay calm and confident, and give God time to work.
6. When unsure, just take the next logical step by faith.
7. Envision God's enveloping presence.
8. Trust God to deliver in His own unique way.
9. View your current crisis as a faith builder for the future.
10. Don't forget to praise Him.

Many of these seem obvious and simple, but when you're in the midst of a struggle these are often the first things we forget! It was wonderfully refreshing to read these truths spelled out in practical ways. He uses tons of scripture, antecdotes, quotes and more to teach and encourage us how to trust the Lord in all kinds of situations. 

I urge you to check out the amazon link here to find the first chapter. It includes a journal excerpt from a South African pastor, Andrew Murray, that sums up the book very well. Included in that excerpt is this quote:

"So if you find yourself in a difficult spot, remember: you are there by God’s appointment, in His keeping, under His training, and for His time.
And all evidence to the contrary, there’s no better place to be."

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