Finding God in the Storm

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by Lisa M. Prysock

Each of us journey through storms and difficult seasons in our lives.  Sometimes we feel abandoned during these times; but the truth is, He is patiently waiting for us in the storms and in every difficult situation when we cry out to Him and reach out for Him.  I have often felt the closest to Him during the stormy seasons.  The truth is, the Lord is a refuge for us, not just in the storm, but in every moment of life.

During times of crisis, I rely on the deepest truths of the Word for deliverance, reassurance, protection, and comfort.  When we can’t trust the situation or circumstances around us, we know we can trust the Lord and His Word.

I looked up the definition of refuge:

The Oxford Dictionary online of Oxford University Press states that one definition of “refuge” is a condition of being safe, or sheltered from pursuit, danger, or trouble.  Merriam-Webster defines the term as shelter or protection from danger or trouble.  I particularly like the third definition as provided by The Free Dictionary online:  a source of help, relief, or comfort in times of trouble.

King David, the Psalmist, often referred to the Lord as a refuge, a rock, and a fortress.  Truly, when we lean on the Lord in our time of need, I believe we will find Him waiting for us with open arms.  It has been my experience that He has shed His grace, strength, safety, deliverance, provision, joy, restoration, and comfort upon me each time I have cried out to Him in my places of need.

Psalm 91:2 offers us great comfort from the storms of life:   I will say of theLord, He ismyrefuge and my fortress:  my God; in him will I trust.

Psalm 94:22 even describes the Lord as our defender:  But theLordismy defense; and my God isthe rock of my refuge.

Joshua 1:9 reminds us that He will never leave us or forsake us.

Jeremiah, known as the weeping prophet because he wished to have a fountain of tears to weep for the slain of his people, writes in chapter 16, verse 19:   O Lord, my strength, and my fortress, and myrefuge in the day of affliction…

I do not know what storm or need you may be facing today, but I hope these words are a refreshing reminder to your soul and bring you a measure of comfort, peace, safety, and joy no matter the size of your need.  We serve a God of great mercy and compassion who truly answers the heartfelt cries of His people.  When we put our faith and trust in Him, though we may not always receive exactly the answer we want, if we wait to see the outcome of each situation, we always find in the end that He won’t leave us alone in the storm, He will hold our hand through the storm, and He knows what is best for each of us.  Just like a loving Father, our Heavenly Father may ask some hard things of us, but He will never let us down.  He rewards us for our trust, patience, obedience, and positive attitude.

Lisa M. Prysock lives in the countryside of beautiful, rolling Kentucky just outside of the greater Louisville area near horse farms and four board fences with her husband of 19 years.  She homeschools the youngest of their five children (four grown).  She and her husband live in an average, two story, Colonial style home they are continually updating– with a funny looking Heinz 57 dog; an adorably dainty lady cat; two teenagers; a vegetable garden; numerous flower beds; and a tree house undergoing a remodel.  When not in teaching or writing mode, she is teaching herself to play the piano and violin.  In regards to that, she laughs:  “It’s a pretty painful process, but I’m truly enjoying it!”

Lisa loves all things old-fashioned and has adopted a slogan of “The Old-Fashioned Everything Girl.”  A few of her interests and passions include doll houses, long dresses and hats, gardening, reading the Classics, butterflies, swimming, walking, working out, cooking, sewing, crochet, cross stitching, arts and crafts, scrapbooking, decorating, and drawing.  Recently, her husband remodeled a room in their home with a picture window overlooking a valley which contains a creek and wooded area, transforming the space into a serene and sublime writing office/sewing room.  “It’s a great source of peace and inspiration for me… and pure joy not to be writing from the busy kitchen amidst the household chaos on a laptop.  Growing teenagers eating every five minutes makes for a constant stream of happenings!”

Lisa is an Amazon bestselling author of To Find a Duchess, an Inspirational Regency Romance; a Victorian Christian Romance Series which includes Hannah’s Garden:  a Turn of the Century Love Story and Abigail’s Melody; and ‘The Lydia Collection,’ which includes The Redemption of Lady Georgiana (a Ruth love story of modern day Regency proportions), Protecting Miss Jenna (an Antebellum Era Christian Romance Adventure), and Persecution & Providence (a ‘Jane Austen-ish’ mail order bride story from the Pioneer Era).  She is also the author of a devotional/Bible Study, Arise Princess Warrior and recently released The Shoemakeran Old-Fashioned Regency Christmas Romance.  Lisa writes clean and wholesome literature that shares her faith in Jesus Christ.  She is a member of ACFW and Louisville Christian Writers.  You can find out more about Lisa at:   www.LisaPrysock.com

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