When storms comes, be strong and trust in God’s faithful promises and everlasting love for you!
With all the troubling news out there regarding Coronavirus, the flu, and natural disasters such as the recent tornado in Tennessee—we can easily become discouraged and fearful, and even feel helpless. We are all prone to such emotions. That said, we must never forget that God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind (2 Timothy 1:7). He has also given us many wonderful and powerful tools to protect ourselves and our families, both emotionally and physically.
Here are 7 positive, powerful, practical, and proactive things we can do to help us weather life’s storms and overcome:
- Pray continually: Prayer is our life-line to God and helps us experience his comforting presence while the winds are raging around us. Don’t wait to be sick or in trouble to pray. Pray continually and experience the joy of having a continual conversation with God. “Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer“ (Romans 12:12). [Prayers for Hard Times]
- Meditate on God’s Word daily: When we read God’s Word, that is God himself speaking to us. I can’t think of anything more comforting than to know I can hear from an all-wise, all-knowing, good and loving God during difficult times. God’s Word is powerful and his faithful promises can anchor and steady our soul. We are not helpless when God’s Word hides within our heart. “Your word is a lamp to guide my feet and a light for my path” (Psalm 119:105). [Bible Verses for Faith in Hard Times]
- Eat healthy: God gave us all sorts of colorful, healthy fruits and veggies to nourish our bodies. Many foods have specific healing properties. God has given us the free will to make wise food choices. Pray and ask God for the ability to choose healthy healing foods over sugary sweets and junk foods. [16 Foods That Boost and Improve Your Immune System]
- Exercise often: I recognize that not everyone has the ability or opportunity to run, walk, or do some other form of exercise daily. But if we do, it’s important to find time daily to move our bodies, even if it’s a simple walk around the block. Exercise is known to have all sorts of health benefits and can help us stay healthy during cold and flu season. [Physical Activity Can Help During Cold and Flu Season]
- Interact with your pets: Hanging out with our beloved pets can do wonders for our well-being. Interacting with a dog for example has been shown to lower stress, boost the immune system, help with healing and recovery, and generally improve our quality of life. That said, we need to take time to interact with our pets (i.e. playtime in the yard, snuggle time on the sofa) in order to fully appreciate and experience the health benefits they can provide. This would seem especially important during tough times. [The Power of Pets: Health Benefits of Human-Animal Interactions]
- Nurture Relationships: Life’s storms tend to bring people together, and that’s a very good thing. We all need each other, especially during difficult times. We need words of encouragement and all sorts of help when we’re down and out. That’s why having community (i.e. through our church family) is so important. Don’t wait until you’re in a storm to find community. Begin today to build those vital life enhancing relationships within your church and community. [4 Ways to Support each Other During Difficult Times]
- Don’t forget to laugh: I admit, it’s not easy to smile and laugh when life hurts. But it’s definitely worth the effort to find moments of laughter and cheer. Proverbs 17:22 says, “A cheerful heart is good medicine.” Sometimes, it’s simply a matter of turning off the news for awhile, laying aside our cell phones, and refocusing on more cheerful things—like the blue sky, flowers, our family and friends, our pets, an uplifting movie or good book. Meditate on all that is good, rather than dwelling on the sadness and scary things. We can be aware of bad things, but we must not be overcome by them! “And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8-9). [Laughter is the Best Medicine]
I’m sure there are many other wonderful things we can add to this list to help us stay positive and hopeful during life’s storms. Regardless of what’s on our list however, we must never forget to be strong in the Lord and to cling to his faithful promises, for they are our beacon in the night to guide us safely to peaceful shores.
“God is our shelter and strength, always ready to help in times of trouble. So we will not be afraid, even if the earth is shaken and mountains fall into the ocean depths; even if the seas roar and rage, and the hills are shaken by the violence.”Psalm 46 GNT
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Pawz & Pray: Finding Joy in the Journey with God, Family, and Furry Friends! 130 Uplifting Stories and Devotions for Dog Lovers!
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