On Sunday we had a strong thunderstorm with hail. A few minutes after my husband left for a tennis match in a sunny part of town, I heard a horrible crash (figures.) Once I regained some composure and found courage, I went to check it out and found this.
We are so thankful that the only casualty was our swing, which took the brunt of the load. There is a hole in the deck, but I am not sure we would have much of a deck anymore if the swing hadn’t been there. Now we just have a massive tree that needs to be cut down before more limbs fall.
Anyways, a great friend of ours offered to come move the branch off the house for us, so another branch didn’t fall on top and cause more damage. I called the girls down to show them, since I knew they would hear his chainsaw. Lauren wasn’t scared and wanted to help. I told her the best way for her to help would be to distract her sister. Kaitlyn said she was going to have nightmares and was afraid the thunder was going to make another branch fall. (For the last hour, we had had a constant stream of thunder and lightening, as the radar showed this thin storm was pretty much only over our nieghborhood.)
I sat Kaitlyn down and talked to her about how we were safe and it isn’t the thunder, yada yada. You know what actually helped her? She recited the verse we learned a few weeks ago. “Do not be afraid. The Lord your God Himself will fight for you.” Deuteronomy 3:22
THAT is why we need to memorize verses! I was so excited she understood. Being able to recall something at the right time takes effort, but it is so worth it. We were scared and knew God was with us. He would fight for us and keep protecting us. We knew it but needed a reminder.
It is never too late to learn verses from God’s word. We definitely seem to do better as kids, but I memorize as an adult too. My strategy is to say the verse out loud 5 times each day for a week. If I am doing a passage, I say the verses I have already learned, and then I add a new one on each week. Some great passages I have done on my own are Philippians 4:4-13 and 1 Timothy 6:6-12, 17-19.
The key to continuous peace is having the Bible in our heart so it can flood our mind when we need it. Do you have God’s word ready when you need it?
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