Monday, June 27, 2011

Storms of this Life

'You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast because he trusts in You.'  Isaiah 26:3

We have had several evenings here lately that have produced severe thunder storms.  I'm not talking about the pretty one's that just blow in, dump some rain, display a little lightening, and then move on.  No, these things are monsters.  They've brought 100 year old trees down like they were saplings.  One night after another, we wait and see where these storms are headed.  We don't want to be caught off-guard.

The same can be said for me when I face the storms life blows my way.  I don't want to be caught unaware.  Unfortunately, most of the time, I am just that--Surprise!  Why is that?  I know to expect trials here on this earth.  I get moving along with the good times and take for granted there's a storm brewing around the corner getting ready to blow in.  I take my focus off God and put it onto myself, that's where I go wrong.  I should always keep my head lifted towards Him, never take my eyes off of the Word.  Grace Fox gives 8 great tips on focusing on God, not on fear:

*Write Scripture promises on index cards and put them where you can see them
*Memorize and meditate on Scripture
*Fill your home with praise and worship music
*Seek silence in God's presence
*Make an altar of remembrance to celebrate (remember what He's brought you through)
*Take problems to the Lord rather than to a friend
*Talk to the Lord throughout your day
*Read material that directs your thoughts towards God

I can guarantee you storms are going to come, but if you keep your focus on Him you will be prepared when they blow in.  You will not be caught unaware, instead you'll be armed and ready to stand your ground.


Eileen said...

I've been in storms that have ripped huge trees out of the ground too. They are very scary. I love the list. Great tips.

My daily walk in His grace! said...

Hi Allison. this is really a great post. I love practical advice. And you are so right - there will be storms - why are we so surprised. I will definitely be copying down that list of tips to keep focusing on the Lord
God bless

Lisa said...

Great analogy between severe thunderstorms and the storms of life. I want to be prepared for life's storms by staying grounded in the Word. Great post!

Jenifer said...

Great post! I am going through some storms right now and I am so thankful I have Jesus to lean on.

Phather Phil Malmstrom said...

These are great tips Allison! I'm thankful that in all the storms that blow through, we have Jesus to call on for strength and fortitude.

Have a Blessed Day!