How to be Prepared for the Storms of Life
A storm is brewing. You can see it in the horizon. The rain is pouring in the distance, and you can hear the thunder crack. It's coming closer...and there's the lightning. Are you prepared?
Life is full of surprises and storms. Whether your storms be a tragic illness, an argument with someone you love, a big decision you have to make soon, or the death of a loved one. Life will always have ups and downs, but it's how we prepare for those storms that truly matter, because if we respond to those situations negatively, our whole mindset will confuse and anger us. But if we prepare properly, we can find peace in the midst of great tragedy.
Today, I want to share with you five ways to be ready for these storms, to be prepared to an extent. Not ways to exactly prevent it, but ways to understand God's plan a bit more and praise Him through it. Because sometimes we just have to dance in the rain.
Think of it as boarding up your windows before a tornado; you're preparing your body, heart, mind, and soul for hard situations in life.
The first thing you have to do is put on the whole armor of God. This is the key to preparing. You must have your weapons before you go into battle. Ephesians 6:10-20 further explains this:
"10 Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.
11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.
12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.
14 Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness;
15 And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;
16 Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.
17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:
18 Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;
19 And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel,
20 For which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak."
Memorize Scripture. I cannot express to you how important memorizing Scripture is. I know it can be hard to find a way to remember bible verses (you can find some tips here), but you'll benefit so much from this! Especially when you don't have your Bible on you and you find yourself in a tough predicament. You can recall on comforting passages such as Romans 8:28 or Psalm 23.
Build a trust bond with God. God wants best for you. There's no doubt that He wants to see you succeed in Him, because He loves you. That is why we have to trust that when God tells us to wait, we wait. Or when He places you in a situation, you pray and trust in Him. He's the deliverer and He will most certainly give the best results, even if they're not what we want.
I know trusting can be hard. We want results, we want things resolved now, but the Bible says that those who wait upon the Lord will mount up with wings as eagles and have strength. It's encouraging to know that when we trust in our heavenly Father, things will turn out best.
Daily Devotions and Bible readings, including prayer. People claim that the Bible is boring, but I completely disagree. In the Bible you will find everything you will ever need for life. Strength for long days. Encouragement for sad days. What to pray when you don't know how to. Answers to uncertainty. And you'll simply find life. You just have to open it up for yourself and dig for those golden nuggets of truth.
I firmly believe that prayer and asking God to open your eyes to understand a bit more, should be included in your daily devotions. Talking with God, praising Him, telling Him what's on your heart, and praying for others will strengthen your relationship and closeness to God. It also shows God that you truly do care and you're thankful for Someone to trust and confide in. This helps grow your relationship with God, and prepare you for the worst storms imaginable.
How we react matters. The thing I want to end on is our reactions. I could honestly write a whole other blogpost just on the topic of reactions. This is just as important as everything else.
If we've been preparing for the storms of life doing the things above, our reactions might be shock at first, but we know we can take it to the Lord and He will work it out. It goes back to trust. But if we haven't been preparing, the lightning hits us hard. We lash out and blame God. We try to take matters in our own hands, but it never works out. Then our house crumbles, because our foundation wasn't secure in the first place. Make God the cornerstone.
If you read the book of Job, you'll never find where Job cursed God or killed himself when he lost everything, and I mean everything, but his relationship with God. It's so important, because God can take our broken, bent messes and turn them into something so absolutely beautiful. Did you read the whole book of Job? Spoiler alert: God blessed Job for staying faithful and trusting in Him!!
If you're in a situation that you cannot change, know that you can change your attitude toward it. You can prepare for it too.
God wants to help you, you just have to reach out.
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Hi there! I'm Katlyn Grace and welcome to the advice section. Here we get real. These blogposts are written from my heart to yours. And I pray that they encourage your heart and bring joy to your soul. I warmly invite you to join me on this journey with the Lord!