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How to Prepare for the Storm

The Sky is clear blue, and the only clouds are the vapors of a passing plane.  No one would ever think that a storm is brewing and headed this way.

It would be easy to ignore the warnings and continue with life as usual, because it just doesn’t look like anything is wrong.

Folding up lawn chairs, cutting tree limbs and securing objects that could fly away to Oz, as Hurricane Isaac crosses our path.  Doc cleans gutters and cranks the generator testing it, preparing for the worst, hoping for the best.

Hurricanes are just a part of living near the coast.  You know they will come, and you prepare.

Sometimes it is easier to expect and prepare for hurricanes or tornados than for the storms of life.

Blue skies with sunshine, and I think we have life made.  I don’t’ see the encroaching storm on the horizon.

“A prudent person foresees the danger ahead and takes precautions. The simpleton goes blindly on and suffers the consequences.” Proverbs 27:12

But God sees.  We cannot see all that is ahead of us, but If we stay in His Word He prepares us for all that we cannot see.

When the earthquake hit Hattie, a woman was trapped in a grocery store with a few other people for five days.

At first many voices were crying out for help, but as the days went on fewer and fewer voices were heard.

Their Storm of Life had hit.

This one woman began talking to a man she could not see, but could hear, and they began encouraging each other by calling out all of the Bible verses they could remember.

Buried alive under debris for five days they spoke the Word into their storm. 

After five days they were rescued and taken to a hospital in Miami where she told her story to the news.

When a storm of life hits it is not the time to prepare. You simply cannot get Prayed-up in a storm.   Prepare means to do it ahead of time!

Latin praeparare, from prae ‘before’ + parare ‘make ready.’ (Mac dictionary)

Memorizing scripture is one way I prepare for the storms of life that come my way.  But I must admit that I’m not as diligent as I should be – because the sky is still blue.

But if we will prepare by knowing His Word, then in the middle of the storm we are to settle down and abide in Him through it.

What are your favorite Bible verses that you cling to in the storms?

Linking today with Graceful, The Wellspring, Multitudes on Monday, In, On and Around Monday, On Your Heart Tuesday.

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Posted by Diane W. Bailey on August 27, 2012
8 Comments Post a comment
  1. 08/27/2012

    I love this application of memorizing Scripture to prepare ahead of time.
    Hope you guys weather Isaac safely!

    • 08/27/2012

      Thank you Elizabeth, we are not worried, but we are preparing. I have enjoyed your blog site! Keep up the good work!

  2. 08/27/2012

    Well, my favorite scripture during any storm is Psalm 91. I love the idea of dwelling in the secret place of the Most High, that even if a thousand fall by my side, it will not come near me. I pray that the Lord has His angels keep charge over me, and that they keep me in all my ways.

    But I have to tell you…. Hurriance Fran furiously hit the Raleigh area on 9/6/1996. That night is itched in our memories, as well as the morning after! God did keep us safe, but it took 2 years to restore our yard from all the damage.

    I will never ignore warnings of a hurricane again. We actually went out for ice cream around ten pm. The eye hit around 4am. Unforgettable!

    Go ahead and prepare well. Praying with you and for all those in Isaac’s path.

    • 08/27/2012

      Barb, parts of psalms 91 are some of the verses I’m trying to memorize. I agree with you, Psalms 91 is a place of comfort and encouragement

  3. 08/27/2012

    I just started seriously memorizing Scripture last week! Started with 1 Peter 1!

  4. 08/27/2012

    Those shots are gorgeous, Di! Love the spiritual application to prepare for life’s storms. Memorizing the Word is the surest defense!
    And I’m praying Isaac just gives you a good, soaking rain.

  5. 08/28/2012

    What a great analogy! You are right, staying in the Word is the key to being prepared for any storm.

    • 08/28/2012

      Thank you Angel for commenting. Right now, we hope that the worst of the storm will not hit here, and praying for those who may receive the eye of Hurricane Isaac. Either way, the Word is the key to prepare.


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