Inspiring Hope in Children During a Storm

Raising children requires a lot of responsibility and patience. These qualities are especially true if you plan to introduce children to practice God’s word.

If you happen to be in a middle of a storm, here are some practical tips to inspire hope in your little ones.

1. Assure them with God’s word.

Assure your children through God’s word. Parents can do this step by opening the bible or providing colorful storybooks based on the bible to them. During this step, let them know they are not alone because many of God’s believers also suffered similar circumstances!

2. Ask them about their fears and feelings.

Children are vulnerable. The sounds of roaring thunder and howling winds could inspire fear in them, which could lead them to cry. If that happens, comfort your little ones and keep them safe and warm in a secure place. Talk to them through their fears and worries and ask them to articulate their feelings once they have calmed down.

3. Lift their spirits with songs and stories.

Many people have lived through hard times by finding something to celebrate. If the power is out and you hope to save some energy, try lifting their spirits through song and stories. You can even play word games to help pass the time!

4. Encourage them to pray and talk to God.

Teaching your children to establish a relationship with God through prayer is very important. This lesson teaches them to relay their fears and worries to God. You can also guide them through prayer or pray with them, so they become more confident talking to God.

Nurturing your children to be faithful can be incredibly rewarding. Once you have taught them the power of prayer and faith, you’ll find they eventually gain the strength to weather through more storms (literal and personal) in the future!

How to Stay Hopeful During Troubled Times

Troubled times can be anything, whether it involves a storm or a personal struggle. It can be hard to stay hopeful when these events happen because it almost seems like the misery never ends!

Fortunately, you are not alone. Here are some gentle reminders to stay hopeful during troubled times.

1. Pray to God.

Suffering and pain are temporary. Like Jonah trapped inside a giant fish—when darkness consumes us, we need to turn to God for help. His strength and wisdom are the only answers to what is best for us.

2. Seek companionship.

I found refuge with my neighbors during Hurricane Katrina as we waited for rescue. Despite the troubles that have plagued the neighborhood, we managed to find joy even during troubling times.

If you are in a similar situation, sometimes it helps to venture out and talk to someone. Whether it involves phoning your mom or talking to a neighbor, you’ll find that companionship can be incredibly healing.

3. Read His Word.

The Bible is a manual to life and a great map of reference. When we feel lost or need to seek answers, God has provided us with a key to these questions. Some helpful verses include:

  • “The Lord is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. Those who know your name trust in you, for you, Lord, have never forsaken those who seek you.”—Psalm 9:9-10
  • “For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us.” —Romans 8:18
  • “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”—Joshua 1:9

Personal struggles can affect one’s hope. Fortunately, these troubles are not permanent. After all, God is there with you.

What are some of your favorite verses to read during challenging times? Consider leaving a comment so others can find it as well.

Bible Verses to Read During a Storm

Storms are terrifying events that inspire fear and doubt. In the bible, numerous events and verses speak of storms and the like.

If you are going through a storm right now (a personal one or a literal one), here are some great verses to help you live through it:

1. Suddenly, a furious storm came up on the lake so that the waves swept over the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!”

He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.

The men were amazed and asked, “What kind of man is this? Even the winds and the waves obey him!”—Matthew 8:24-27 (NIV)

This verse is a classic when it involves the theme of storms. As you can see, fear overtook the disciples’ faith because of the great storm. Instead of believing it would soon pass, Jesus had to demonstrate his great power over the storm.

While it’s easy to judge the disciples, the truth is—it’s almost effortless to fall into the trappings of fear. So, when that happens, we must also do what they did and turn to Jesus for help.

2. “God’s voice thunders in marvelous ways; he does great things beyond our understanding. He says to the snow, ‘Fall on the earth,’ and to the rain shower, ‘Be a mighty downpour.’ So that everyone He has made may know His work, He stops all people from their labor.”—Job 37:5-7 (NIV)

Job, the central figure of the book of Job, is a good, prosperous family man. God allows horrendous disasters to take away the things he treasures as a test of faith. Despite Job unable to understand why he remains devout.

Job is the quintessential believer. As humans, we cannot understand God at all times. His reason is not similar to ours. So, when bad things happen, He has his reasons behind them. Whatever the case, we must continue to leave our trust in Him because His power is more significant than any suffering.

3. “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.”—Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Fear is not as strong as God. When we believe that our Lord is with us, He lends us the strength needed to live through it. It’s amazing how He can easily sway these fears immediately!

Storms are terrifying, but they are temporary. When fear clouds our minds and judgment, God expects us to relay these emotions to Him. When we ask God to erase our fears, we become more receptive to His grace and strength.

I pray that whatever storm you are facing now will eventually fade. Keep the faith!

How to Prepare for Future Storms

Storms can be destructive depending on the kind of level they possess. While it’s good to have faith in God, sometimes He wants us to prepare for the worst.

Remember when God gave Noah a warning before he brought on the great flood? If He hadn’t warned Noah, there wouldn’t be any humans left after the storm subsided!

If your area is currently preparing for a storm, here are some handy tips for thorough preparation:

Before the storm:

1. Listen to the news. Check for reliable sources in the report through the TV, radio, and internet. Most channels have weather reporters that offer up-to-date information on an upcoming storm.

2. Make sure your vehicles have enough gas and extra fuel. Certain places may require you to evacuate out of state. When this happens, make sure you have enough power in your car and handy car tools for emergencies.

3. Cover all windows and door openings with shutters and shielding materials. These protective devices prevent damage to your doors, windows, and home interior.

4. Prepare an emergency survival kit. Storms can last for a certain period. Depending on the storm’s level, things may take some time to return to normal. As a rule of thumb, it helps to pack some of these essentials:

  • A tent
  • A first-aid kit
  • Canned goods
  • Car repair tools and cooking necessities (can openers and scissors included)
  • A lighter or matches
  • Flashlights with batteries
  • A portable charger for your devices
  • A portable generator (if you can afford it)
  • A carry cage for your pets. (Make sure to get them microchipped and have their identification labels on their collars)
  • Extra clothes
  • Blankets and umbrellas
  • Water and water filters
  • Extra money
  • Your essential documents (Birth records, driver’s licenses, credit and debit cards, etc.)

5. Put away outdoor furniture and objects like garden tools in your shed or garage. Remember to secure your garbage cans with a rope or a heavy cinderblock.

During the storm:

1. Listen for updates on the radio, tv, and internet. If the power dies down, use your devices for updates but remember to save battery.

2. Follow instructions from local officials.

3. If you’re evacuating, leave as early as possible during daylight. Stay with friends or relatives or go to a public shelter outside a flood zone. If you live in a mobile home, leave immediately.

4. Notify neighbors or family members of your evacuation plans.

5. Keep your pets inside their carry cages. Wrap them in a blanket to keep them warm.

6. If you’re staying at home, ensure you’re staying in a secure building. Check out for any emergency exits in case you need to leave asap.

7. Turn off utilities if ordered by authorities.

8. Turn off propane tanks.

9. Unplug small appliances.

10. Fill your bathtub and large buckets with water for sanitary uses.

11. Stay away from windows and doors when winds become stronger. You can stay in a small room, a closet, or a hallway.

12. Close all interior doors. Secure and brace external doors. You can also push furniture against doors to keep them from breaking into the house.

13. Evacuate if you live in any of the following. These places are more susceptible to wind and water damage.

  • Mobile homes
  • Places near bodies of water like a river, an offshore island, or a floodplain
  • High-rise buildings

After the storm:

1. Keep connected if possible. If the power is out, look for higher grounds and wait for a rescue team.

2. Wait for instructions before venturing outside.

3. Avoid driving into flooded areas.

4. Always stay on firm ground. Do not venture into moving waters. Standing waters can also be dangerous because you risk getting shocked by underground or fallen power lines.

5. Check for any damages inside the house first.

6. Do not drink or prepare food with tap water until you are sure it is not contaminated.

7. Be cautious when using a chainsaw when cutting fallen trees.

Storms can be frightening. Fortunately, God is stronger and more significant than any storm. While keeping your faith and trust in Him is essential, it helps to prepare just in case. I am forever grateful that I managed to weather through Hurricane Katrina, and I hope this will be useful for anyone reading this.

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