How do you handle the physical and emotional storms of life? Physical storms like the winter storm that hit forty of the fifty states in the USA left lots of snow and ice. For the snowstorms of life, the media reminds you to buy bread, milk, non-perishable food, and batteries for your flashlights and electronic equipment. The media also warns you not to drive in the snow and ice without chains on the tires, blankets in the car, and to go out only in an emergency.

How do you handle the emotional storms of life? What do you do when you must set boundaries with an abusive spouse? A bully picks on your child or grandchild? Your adult children turn away from God? Do you run to the phone in tears or to the throne in hope? Do you sit with your Bible and search for God’s wisdom? Maybe you play praise and worship music and thank God in advance for how he’s going to bring good from an emotional storm.

I once told a client, “You are either in crisis, coming out of crisis, or going into crisis.” Since you’ll have many storms in life, what will you do about them? If you’ve developed a two-way relationship with God, you can talk to him and listen for his response. If you haven’t, it’s not too late to develop one.

When your heart is overloaded with emotional pain, sit with a journal and pour out your heart to God. He already knows how you feel anyway. You will feel better just unloading that burden to God. Then record all the blessings from family, friends, and coworkers. You’ll be surprised at the number of blessings on your list. That will encourage you to trust God to help you handle the new storms of life.

Whether your storm is a physical or an emotional one, you can learn more about yourself. You can develop a stronger character and a solid faith. You can handle that storm and still live the abundant life.

Nehemiah 4:20b: “Our God will fight for us!”

 Dear God, help me remember that you will fight for me in the physical and emotional storms of life. Amen.

Copyright © by Yvonne Ortega I.IX.MMXVII


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