We are all reeling from the impact of Storm Sandy. Jeremiah 5:22 is an interesting Scripture to read at this time, "Fear ye not me? saith the Lord: will ye not tremble at my presence, which have placed the sand for the bound of the sea by a perpetual decree, that it cannot pass it: and though the waves thereof toss themselves, yet can they not prevail; though they roar, yet can they not pass over?"

God gives boundaries in nature for our safety and blessing. Until we came to USA I lived by the ocean and have always been amazed to watch the pounding waves break upon the shore and yet only come so far. God has divinely set their boundary. What stops the waves, except God? We are aware again of this miracle when we have a storm such as Sandy that rebels against the boundaries and wrecks such devastation and loss. And yet, even in a monster storm the waves can only go so far.

Just as we need boundaries in nature to keep us safe and secure, so we need boundaries in our personal lives, our families, and in the nation. Our boundaries are God's principles and laws which He has given for the safety of our lives. When we keep within His boundaries we live in freedom and blessing. The psalmist confessed in Psalm 119:71, "It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes." Many times we reap the consequences of moving beyond God's boundaries where we no longer have His covering and blessing. We need to return to the fold again.

Some parents don't like to put boundaries upon their children. They want their children to think they are nice! However, they will not enjoy true freedom in a home that has no boundaries. They will instead experience frustration and can be led down a path of destruction.

Embrace your boundaries in your own life. Teach your children the blessing of boundaries. Boundaries give peace. Boundaries give safety, And boundaries release us to freedom. We are free to enjoy life to the full in the midst of safe boundaries.

Love from Nancy

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