Are you prepared?

Storms are going to be rolling into Middle Tennessee tonight. The weather app alerted us last night that there is a potential for strong storms that will make its way through the area that may produce straight line winds and tornados.

Growing up in West Tennessee, we saw our fair share of tornados that swept through the area each year. We have known people whose life was taken and many that were spared. These storms are predictable but the path it takes can’t be predicted. Once it is on the ground, it takes it own route at its own speed and can’t be contained.

When storms like this are predicted, people begin to prepare quickly. We go outside and take down our canopies and grab anything that may blow away and secure them inside. On the inside of the house we get our ‘go-to’ spot situated. Some people grab a mattress and place it in their bathroom if they do not have a place to go. Other people have closets they get in or stairs they get under. Either place, they have all their necessities for their entire family to be safe.

Then when the storms arrive….Everyone runs to their safe place; their storm shelter.

In our Christian life, we deal with storms each day as well. When we go to work, we face obstacles that are put in our way to disrupt our life. Each time we go out to a place that involves a gathering of people, there will be something present that will try to tear our world apart.

Do we prepare enough for our spiritual trials as we do for our earthly ones? I think that if we are diagnosed with a disease or suffer from an unexpected health problem, we do tend to prepare ourselves like we do when there is a storm coming. In our everyday life, I feel that we tend to put our preparation for eternity on the back burner. There are a lot of people who go through life without following God’s commands fully.

There are many storms of life that we will encounter as Christians. We must be fully prepared to face them. The only way to get fully prepared is to get into God’s Word and follow His commands. Lean on other members of God’s family and grow close to them. When you surround yourself with people with the same goal of eternity, the easier it is to fight off the devils army when they try to attack you.

God is with us always. When we are faced with tribulations that we think will be tough to overcome, we need to pray. If we are prepared, we will already have that direct connection with Christ and He will listen to us. Our faith will be strong and He will guide us through our storm. ‘

If you aren’t a Christian or you have quit trying to prepare yourself for eternity, you can still come back to Christ. He will welcome you back with open arms but it is up to you to make that choice. God is a loving God and wants you to be with Him in Heaven. WE want you to be with us for eternity!.

Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you.

God is Good.

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