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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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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