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Storm: Walking Through Life’s Storms

Windmill and stormy sky

It’s so good to be blogging again! I missed connecting with you all these past couple months. Our family had some crazy weeks, with family things needing my attention in May. We spent the better half of June on the Takenaka 2016 Road Trip. Which was great fun, filled with wonderful memories, many glimpses of rural America, time with friends and family, and time together in the car. And a whole lot of crazy in the mix. Thanks for your patience while I was on my break. I’m looking forward to reconnecting with everyone again. 

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My heart always thrills at the thought of a road trip. My husband. Our boys. All in one car, seeing our country’s amazing beauty. Me taking pictures out the window like a crazy woman And I love it. Well, most of it.

Rain spattered windows

The one thing that scares me is the thought of tornadoes. Living in (or near) the midwest, tornadoes and summer seem to go hand in hand. The blessing of having weather-related phone apps is that you can anticipate any severe weather. The downside of a weather-related phone app is . . . you can anticipate  any severe weather.

Whenever I see those yellow and red cells moving across the roads we’re driving on, my heart tightens and beats a little faster.

Rain running sideways

Have I mentioned I don’t like tornadoes? And the thought of being on an open plain—in the middle of nowhere—when a storm strikes, leaves me clutching the side door handle, with white knuckles.

My husband does most of the driving on our trips. And he’s a great driver. But something in me snaps when we hit a storm. It’s all I can do to not tell him to slow down, to keep more distance between our car and the semi in front of us. Wearing a calm exterior so our boys don’t pick up on my fear happens through gritting my teeth and forcing calm into my voice. It’s almost beyond me to wear a calm exterior so my boys don’t pick up on how scared I am.

Gods power protects us copy

Somehow, when we’re driving through torrential rainfall, with lightning striking the fields nearby, I tend to forget the One who created storms. I forget that the same power that pours into lightning is used by our Father to protect us.

Life-storms seem to come in a similar way. Sometimes, we skirt along the edges of the storm, hoping it will pass off to the perimeter of our lives.

Sometimes we see the storm crossing our life path, and we drive straight through it, because we can’t stop somewhere to wait it out.

Weather Channel screenshot
Courtesy of the Weather Channel app

Other times, in all their roiling red power, the storms find us, and rock us to our core.

The question is, will we try and avoid the storm?

Or, will we choose to trust God as we navigate our way through it?

Am I the only one who still struggles with the reality that I am not in control? When rainstorms hit where we’re driving, we need to remember that the One who has guided us safe thus far on our trip is still watching over us. (Click to tweet)

He’s protecting us, and He’s with us in the storm.

Rain pounding fields

When a storm blows into the middle of our life—whether it’s a chaos storm, a relationship storm, an illness storm, or another sort of storm—God sees the radar. He knows when the reds are going to cross our path, and He’s right there with us.

Our role is not to white-knuckle our way through. Our role is to trust Him. Does He promise to veer us away from the hard things in life, or maybe to allow only the perimeter of the storm to cross our paths? No.

But, He does promise to walk with us through said storms. He promises to be there when we need to lean on Him, to give us comfort when we are discouraged, or—let’s be honest—scared spitless. He promises to never leave us or forsake us.

Each storm we encounter will be unique. Each one will bring rain, snow, high winds, and even the occasional tornado. God’s word tells us the rain falls on the just and the unjust.

Misty clouds after storm

When we can walk through storms trusting that God will bring us through to the other side,

When we realize we don’t have to be the only strong one through it,

That’s when we can go forward with confidence, knowing we are not alone.

When we walk with Him, we can take comfort in the reality that God sees us. He is with us. And He loves us.

What about you? What helps you get through life’s storms? What Bible verse gives you courage when you’re walking through a difficult season?

Today I’m linking up with Holly Barrett and Kelly Balarie at #RaRaLinkup.

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31 thoughts on “Storm: Walking Through Life’s Storms”

  1. How wonderful to see you here, Jeanne! We’ve missed you! Love the thoughts, and the photographs.

    Storms, well, yeah. I’m beginning to think that God must be a homie, because this life is starting to feel like a gang initiation (and please don’t ask me how I know how one feels). It’s a beasting, and getting through it is merely focusing on the next minute. Hopes, dreams, plans, they’re all dust on the wind.

    And yet, I have not lost my belief. Maybe this is all happening for a reason. Maybe not. Maybe it’s just the excess energies that come with a world of Free Will, made manifest in savagery.

    But what I do realize is that my ability to even ask that question comes from something that was placed in me. It’s not something ‘natural’. Natural would be sacrificing everything to medicate myself into oblivion. This is something else.

    And the only rational explanation for that ‘something else’ is God.

    Probably not surprising that I don’t have Scripture upon which I can rest. Instead, it’s a T-shirt –

    “Never run from a sniper. You’ll only die tired.”

    Hey, a smile’s worth something, right?

    http://blessed-are-the-pure-of-heart.blogspot.com/2016/06/your-dying-spouse-173-when-caregiver.html

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    1. Andrew, you more than most, know about life-storms. And you’re figuring out how to navigate through them. God has placed within you a fighter’s spirit, life-giving, hope-fueling words that draw others closer to our Father. Thank you for living these out in your words and actions, daily. Thank you for being real…that’s what draws people closer to Jesus.

      So thankful for you, friend.

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  2. How lovely to see you back again, Jeanne. I’ve missed you! I’m so glad you had a lovely time away with family.

    Oh how I empathize with what you share here. Control…”Am I the only one who still struggles with the reality that I am not in control? ” – no, most definitely not. Ever since PTSD therapy, I’ve had my eyes opened to my strong desire to control everything…it’s this fear that everything is going to fall apart. But it’s become a habit, an automatic pilot response…and I feel it coming on as my body tenses and teeth clench. Feeling it big time right now with a sick family to care for…I feel like I’m “losing control” and keep having to draw back to a quiet place physically or in my head to pray and speak God’s truth into my heart. My jaw is getting a good work-out! Thank you for your encouragement: words that have lifted me up.

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    1. Thank you, Anna. It’s good to be back. It’s a crazy time to get back into blogging, with the boys home for summer. But I’m eager to connect with all my online friends again. 🙂

      What an enlightening thought. Often times that desire control is the outgrowth of fear driving us. I’m so sorry your family is sick. It’s miserable to be sick in summer. And challenging to be the mom caring for the sick ones. I’m praying for you today. I’m glad you’re wise enough to find breathing space in the midst if this season. Turning to God’s word is always a wise thing to do.

      Thank you for stopping by here today.

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  3. Jeanne, sometimes I forget that God is with me in my storm. My go to verses are Psalms 23 and 1 Peter 5:7 . Scriptures that remind me I’m not alone God sees and He knows bring me great comfort. Thanks for your post and I am praying God’s protection on you and your family. Be blessed! – Kia

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    1. Kia, isn’t there great comfort in knowing that God sees us? In the middle of the storms, He sees us. He knows us. He is with us. I’m glad we can cast all our cares on Him, and His shoulders are big enough to carry them. I so appreciate you stopping by!

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  4. Our family also did a road trip 6 years ago: Maine to Seattle, down the Pacific coast and back home via Texas, D.C., etc. It becomes a better memory every year! You’ll be so glad that you did it!

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    1. Now THAT’S a road trip, Michele! I’m sure you guys have many amazing memories!

      We added nearly 4300 miles to our vehicle on this trip. And my youngest, just the other day, said, “Mom, we should drive through all 48 interncontinental (contiguous) states!” I think he might, just maybe, have been bitten by the road trippin’ bug. Such great memories are made on these trips.

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  5. Great to have you back again. Welcome!
    I am glad you enjoyed the trip save the tornadoes! But we learnt something from that experience too.
    God Bless Jeanne

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    1. Thanks, Ifeoma. Yes, we SOOOO enjoyed our road trip. 🙂 And thankfully, no tornadoes were sighted. Just a few scary clouds here and there. I love that God is with us through all the kinds of weather—physically and in every other way. 🙂

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  6. Hi Jeanne-thanks for sharing your road trip adventures. I’m no stager to weird weather and often it so reminisce of God’s power, strength and presence. We need to have more of these reminders as we place our trust in Him! Thanks, glad I stopped by from #TestimonyTuesday!

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    1. Jill, I’m always in awe of storms. I like watching them best when I’m safe inside my home. Not so thrilled to watch them up close and personal, so to speak. 🙂 But when I see lightning zag to the ground a few feet in front of me…when I hear the loud crack of the thunder, see the churning clouds, feel the buffeting of the wind…that’s when I truly see how powerful they are. And that’s when I have to choose to remember there’s no reason to fear, because God loves me, and He’s ever watching over me. 🙂

      Thank you so much for stopping by!

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  7. Love this. The reminder that He is with us in the storm helps me to keep moving through it. Sounds like a wonderful vacation! Blessings!

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    1. You’re so right. Knowing God is with us IN the storm does help us keep moving through it. 🙂 We really did have a wonderful vacation. The only hard part is getting over the exhaustion that settles in after you get home. 😉

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  8. When storms creep up, I remember to take one day at a time. Living in the moment. Enjoying the good gifts, maybe hidden, but there all the same. Blessings! (And it looks like you drove through my state during a really bad storm!)
    Sarah (www.sarahefrazer.com)

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    1. Taking one day at a time is wise living, Sarah. Sometimes, I find it hard to live in the moment because I start to worry. But, as I/we choose living in the moment, the worry can dissipate, can’t it?

      WVa was BEAUTIFUL. I fell in love with the mountains and the small towns that line I-64. I was so sorry to hear/read of all the devastation that happened the day after we drove through. I’ve been praying.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  9. Welcome back! I’m glad you were able to travel with your family. I’m sure you made many wonderful memories.

    When you started talking about storms, I was thinking to myself, how does Jeanne know me so well. I do not like storms and just recently the weather app was my enemy because it made me more anxious rather than calm. God is the power of the storms and He is our Protector. I do not always think that during a storm. Your reminder today is one I needed.

    I have many verses that I love but there is always something so comforting about Deuteronomy 31:6 – Be strong and courageous. It is a verse that serves me well in many contexts of my life. Blessings!

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    1. Mary! It’s so nice to see you again. 🙂 We sure have a lot in common, don’t we? Tornadoes have terrified me since I was a girl. Yes, those weather apps can raise the anxiety levels. And yet, sometimes, I still keep checking them. 😉 Like you, I’m learning to choose to remember that God is our Protector during storms. I love that He holds us in the palm of His hands.

      I like that verse. It’s such a great exhortation to choose to be strong and courageous. It doesn’t really give the option for wimpiness, does it? Thanks for sharing it today, Mary!

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  10. Welcome back! I’m glad you had a good trip and were able to enjoy time with your family. You are definitely not the only one to struggle with the reality of not being in control! When I know severe weather is expected I become a bit obsessive checking weather apps as if that is going to somehow change things or give me more control but it only makes me more anxious.
    With weather storms and with life’s storms it is so important to trust in God and know that he will see us through.
    Psalm 91 is my favourite Bible passage for these times. The whole Psalm is amazing but I especially love v14-16: “The Lord says, “I will rescue those who love me. I will protect those who trust in my name. When they call on me, I will answer; I will be with them in trouble. I will rescue and honor them. I will reward them with a long life and give them my salvation.”

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    1. Carly, this will sound bad, but I’m so glad I’m not the only one who keeps checking the weather apps when severe weather is coming in. Becuase of course, by checking it, I have the power to change it, right? 😉 Or not.

      I love your verse choice. Psalm 91 is such a powerful one. And knowing that when we call on God, He WILL answer us is a comfort. I am so thankful that He is with us in trouble. And that He gives us blessings when we call on Him. What an amazing love God offers us.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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  11. Hi Jeanne – So glad to see you. I owe you an email too! It can be easy to say “trust” when skies are clear – but storms truly cause us to engage our faith and put some series feet to it. I love your reminder that He promises to never leave or forsake us – He is ever faithful and worthy of our trust in every single season. Now, to remember that in the downpour. 😉

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    1. So true, Tiff. It’s when the storms roll in that we have to choose to engage faith and walk in it. Thank goodness God meets us in those storms and walks with us through them! It’s so good to see you again!

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  12. Jeanne,
    Great analogy and photos. For me, I cling to Isaiah 41:10 on a regular basis. And I relate to your comment about how storms remind us we’re not in control but we can take comfort in God being with us in all of it. And I’m grateful when God lets me see in hindsight how he used storms to help me to grow in faith. Blessings to you 🙂

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    1. Dolly, what a great verse to hold onto! Isaiah 41:10 is one I’ve turned to in many of life’s storms. You’re right. God does sometimes let us see in hindsight what He was creating within us as we weathered a storm. I so appreciate you stopping by!

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  13. Good to see you! I agree with you on the tornado factor. I was born and raised in California then moved to the mid-Atlantic a few years ago. Give me a good ol’ earthquake any day compared to the warning of a tornado. It is comforting to remember that God is in the storm with us. If only the satellite view would have a big cross in place of the tornado, then maybe my blood pressure wouldn’t go so sky high. Blessings!

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    1. Lisa, it’s good to be back. 🙂 It seems like earthquakes are easier to deal with. Tornadoes are so sudden and devastating and . . . see-ably BIG. I love the idea of placing a big cross i the place of the tornadoes on the maps. Think the Weather Channel will go for it? 😉

      I so appreciate your visit here. 🙂

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  14. I have so missed you, Jeanne! Oh, I love storms … when I’m in the safe shelter of my home. But in the car … completely different. I am terrified. I fear driving in rain. I so understand.

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    1. Shelli, you’re so sweet. I’ve missed you too! And I totally get you. When I’m inside the safety of my home, storms are no big deal. When I’m in the middle of a torrential downpour? Different story altogether. 🙂 That makes me so thankful we have a God who sees us, and loves us, even when we’re fearful.

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  15. Jeanne, I so get what you’re saying here. Storms always tempt me to fear and to grapple for control. But in the end I finally relinquish the outcome to God and rest in His control–cause I sure ain’t got any.
    Your holiday sounded like a mix of cozy and crazy(scary weather). This is the flavor of our family life for the last 8 yrs. We have batches of sunshine followed by the tornadoes of living with teens. Overall we’re still moving forward and we’ve each grown more mature.
    Recently, when the winds stirred up again, I wrote out Hebrews 13:5-6 NIV to encourage me through an approaching storm: Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you. The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man (or storms) do to me?
    Blessings on your July 4th weekend ~ Wendy

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    1. Wendy, it sounds like you and I tend to react the same way when a storm first hits the shores of our lives. I strive for control and battle discouragement. Sometimes those winds still come at me, but I’m quicker to turn those thoughts under the microscope of God’s word. Relinquishing control to God is the best thing we can dok isn’t it?

      We’re just a few months into the teen years, but we’re already dealing with emotional tempests with our oldest. WE have moments of sun, moments of angry winds, and times of torrential rains. I’m praying more and more for my boys, way more than I did when they were younger (sounds terrible, doesn’t it?).

      Those verses in Hebrews 13 are some of my favorite, and often come to mind. Thanks for sharing your wisdome here, my friend.

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      1. Jeanne, I also pray even more than before for my young adults. You’re not alone. And God is good to bring more praying people into the lives of our children. I think we’d be surprised to find out how many others lift our children up to the Father.

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