Praying & Keeping Calm During Tornadoes & Disasters

Keep calm, are you kidding? Tornadoes, bombings, drive-by shootings. Deadly disease, sickness, lay-offs, kids running away from home. How do you keep calm with potentially devastating events  on your horizon? Stick with me, and I'll show you how you can keep calm by praying when dark things are lurking in the distance.

You've probably seen the "Keep Calm and Carry On" images floating all over the internet. The motto too has become a popular response in the midst of difficult events. It's a great slogan, that's why it's so catchy. But do you know where it came from?

A Glimpse Into the History of "Keep Calm & Carry On"

When the Second World War was in full swing, the British Government commissioned the Ministry of Information to take care of publicity and propaganda. Their job was to design a number of morale boosting posters that would be displayed across the British Isles during the testing times that lay ahead.

The posters were put in strategic places, to be seen by those facing the threat of war. They were placed in the public transport areas, shop windows, notice boards and hoardings across Britain. The most comforting of these posters read, "Keep Calm and Carry On". It was straightforward, to the point, and comforting to all who needed the reminder.

It's amazing that decades later people still find this message so reassuring as we face our modern dilemmas. I have put a little spin on this saying for you, my readers, that will bring you even more comfort in the tough times that may lay ahead for you.

Keep Calm & Pray!

Keep Calm & Pray Pic

During World War 2, German planes bombed London. Houses were leveled. But there was a woman who remained calm amidst the rubble. She read Psalm 121:4 which says, "Behold, He who keeps Israel shall neither slumber nor sleep," she told the Lord, "Lord, since You don't sleep, then there is not point in both of us keeping awake. I will sleep while You keep watch." And she did! While she slept, the Lord protected her and her house.

What Might You be Afraid of?

  • Things that lurk in the night?
  • Things that fly at you like arrows in the day?
  • Disease that prowls through the darkness?
  • Disaster that erupts at high noon?

God protects you from:

  • tornadoes
  • earthquakes
  • drive-by shootings
  • bombs
  • viruses
  • deadly disease
  • a tsunami
  • rape
  • kidnap
  • murder
  • sinkholes
  • bankruptcy

No matter what is on your trouble-list, take comfort in Psalm 91: 5-12 MSG:

Fear nothing-- not wild wolves in the night, not flying arrows in the day, not disease that prowls through the darkness,not disaster that erupts at high noon. Even though others succumb all around, drop like flies right and left, no harm will even graze you. You'll stand untouched, watch it all from a distance, watch the wicked turn into corpses. Yes, because God's your refuge, the High God your very own home, evil can't get close to you, harm can't get through the door. He ordered his angels to guard you wherever you go. If you stumble, they'll catch you; their job is to keep you from falling.

You don't have to fear, God is watching over you 24/7. He never takes a nap or even a break. All so you can stay calm and carry on because you stayed calm, and prayed!

A Prayer Hack That Will Help You Love Your Messy Self

UnknowYou're a mess you say? No problem. But that makes you not love yourself so much. Here's a prayer hack that will help you love your messy self!

Picture This:

You are no longer convinced God hates you. Though you can't stand yourself sometimes, he's all grins when he sees you. You don't like the things you say and do. He doesn't either, but he still loves you. Even when your sin could be nauseating, he doesn't turn away. He's there loving you back to right living. You're loved. No ifs. No ands. No buts. God loves you regardless.

Scripture This:

1 John 3:29 NCV

If our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things.

1 John 5:13 NLT

I have written this to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know you have eternal life.

Colossians 1:13-14 NLT

For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins.

1 John 4:18 NLT

Perfect love expels all fear.

Pray This:

God, when I'm tempted to doubt your grace, wake me up. You love me too much to leave me in doubt. You never keep a list of sins consulting it often. In fact, on your list, there's nothing listed. How did that happen? Oh, yes, your mercy. Your love. Your Son. He covered it and I'm eternally forgiven and eternally thankful.

Say This:

I have been purchased. I have been given freedom and forgiven. I will not condemn myself anymore. The past is in the rearview mirror and I refuse to look back. God has made my heart clean and I am extravagantly loved. I will remind myself today that God loves me regardless of what I've done or who I am. I'm loved.

Share this with your friends and family so they can learn to love their messy selves too. They'll thank you!

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A Picture of God’s Protection & How to Pray For It

A Picture of God's Protection & How to Pray For It

images-1I heard a story about a farmer who was surveying the damage a fire had caused to his farm. He walked all around the farm looking for anything he could salvage. It seemed hopeless as everything was burnt to a crisp. When he came across his chicken coop, he looked down to see the charred carcass of a mother hen. He flipped the carcass over with the tip of his boot, and to his amazement, little live chicks ran out from under it! The mother had died protecting her chicks from the fire.

This mama chicken with big wings and the will to protect reminds me of the way God takes care of us, his chicks! You may have never thought of yourself as a lil chick, but that's how the Bible describes us.

Psalms 91:4

He will cover you with his feathers.

He will shelter you with his wings.

His faithful promises are your armor and protection.

I love that fact that if we are believers in God, we are under his wings of protection. That's something we can take comfort in when life seems turbulent. When the bill collectors are calling, when the doctor calls with a bad report, you can call on the name of The Lord, and he will spread out his wings for you to duck under.

What have you been ducking under lately?

Have you used any substitutes for protection?

  • Maybe you've found yourself in your lover's arms thinking he or she can replace God's. They can't.
  • Maybe you've found yourself in your bottle of Jack Daniels, thinking it can wash away your pain. It can't.
  • Maybe you've found yourself working your way to a bloody pulp hoping to cover your situation. You can't.

Only the blood of Jesus offers access into God's Protection System. So if you want protection, you're covered, but you have to duck under and take cover.

If you'd rather not, and you take cover on your own - well, you're really just out there in the open. Vulnerable and without a chance. Sooner or later, circumstances will catch up with you and they will crush you. Why not seek safety under the shadow of His wings? When you do, you have this promise of protection…

2 Corinthians 4:8 & 9 NLT:

We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are not destroyed.

Like that mother hen, Jesus is the bigger, stronger being that died protecting you from the fire. And because of his death, you don't have to experience the fire of hell or the fire of earthly trauma. All you have to do is believe in what he did for you and you'll be protected.

His feathers are big enough, strong enough, and his wings wide enough to cover you no matter what comes your way.

Here's a Prayer Booster from Prayer Rock-It to help you pray for God's protection...

Picture This:

You have nothing to fear. You feel safe. Though you have no bodyguard in the natural, you have angels all around you that can't be seen. You feel as though nothing can penetrate the barriers of protection God has surrounded you with. You are confident in God's care and because of that - you have not one concern for your life. All is well. You're relaxed.

Scripture This:

Proverbs 14:26 AMP

In the reverent and worshipful fear of the Lord there is strong confidence, and His children shall always have a place of refuge.

Psalm 32:7 NLT:

For you are my hiding place; you protect me from trouble.

Job 11:18-19 NLT:

Having hope will give you courage.

You will be protected and will rest in safety.

You will lie down unafraid,

and many will look to you for help.

Pray This: 

God, you are my great protector. Thank you for keeping me safe and secure. Since I fear you, I have nothing else to fear. You are my hiding place, protect me from trouble. Give me courage as I hope in you. Let me lie down unafraid and sleep in peace. Tonight I want to rest in safety. I look to you for help. Make me confident in you.

Say This:

I am full of hope. I'll relax. I'll be confident again. I look around, sit back, and take it easy. I am without a care in the world.  The Fear-of-God builds up confidence in me, and makes the world safe for my family and me. I am fully protected and safe in God's care.