A Refuge from the Storm {Thankful Thursdays}

When you are raised in an area that is susceptible to tornadoes, you grow up being taught what to watch for when dark clouds move in.  Watching the sky, it didn't take long to know something was brewing.

A Refuge From the Storm
It was a month ago when the storm came from the south-west and the sky turned an eerie black with mammatus clouds. Seeing those, I knew something was brewing, so I kept an eye on the radar.  It wasn't difficult to see that our area was in for a doozy of a storm. When I looked out the front door one last time I saw the sickly green and red colors in the sky. I hollered to Jamie to put his shoes on and grab the leash and Mikey. My creative husband was out in that storm shooting lightning pictures, so Jamie and I sat in his room and we prayed that nothing would come of what I saw. Twenty minutes later a tornado drop out of those clouds but in the next town over destroying several homes; thankfully there was no one killed. Our two small towns were in the path of that storm; it was unavoidable.

A Refuge from the Storm

We all experience dark storms in our lives. We face storms in our health, our marriage, our families, our jobs, our finances, and even in our faith. While many of these storms are unavoidable, some happen because of our own devices. Whichever kind of storm we are in, we can know there is a Refuge we can seek and be sheltered from that storm.
No matter how dark the storm is, there is One we can run to and find refuge in.

Throughout the Bible, there are symbols of what and who God is for Christians. A Refuge from the Storm is one of the most comforting reminders we have of Him. When we run to the Lord at anytime, we can rest a sure He will be our refuge. He will keep us safe when the wind and waves are beating round about us. The Lord is a very present help in trouble (Psalm 46:1). He cannot fail us.

a strength for the poor,
a strength to the needy in his distress

Some of us may be dealing with hatred and persecution as a storm. Yes, the evil that spews from another’s mouth hurts. The “cute” children’s saying "Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me", is the biggest lie we can teach our children. Words hurt. They hurt worse than having a broken bone and for many the hurt from words never heal. You know, Jesus and His disciples dealt with hatred and persecution as well. Jesus knows how you feel; He has been in the very shoes you are standing in at the moment. He is the perfect Refuge from the Storm.

a refuge from the storm, a shadow from the heat,
when the blast of the terrible ones
is as a storm against the wall

If it were not for the storms of life, we would never fully realize the value of the Lord’s presence and of His love and power. Storms are scary and hard to face, but with the help of our Refuge from the Storm, we can face anything.

I’ve found a refuge now from every sorrow,
Joy everlasting and sweet;
I see this world, with all its sinful follies,
Conquered at my feet.

Oh, blessed thought, my sins are gone!
I lean on Jesus’ breast,
And while the storm without is madly raging,
I have perfect rest.

I've Found a Refuge - Daniel O.Teasley

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  1. Thank you for today's post Lori. He is our refuge in storms...Amen.
    I am grateful for His Mercies each passing day.
    Thanks for the feature too!
    Hugs and truck loads of Blessings.

  2. I live in a tornado-prone area too, so I relate to what you're sharing here, Lori. I'm so grateful for those safe places to run to when the storms rage strong. But more grateful that God is the strongest safe place we'll ever know or ever need. Thanks for these encouraging words today.

  3. Amen for our Refuge Lori! I am thankful for our Savior's protection and the comfort He provides us. The best part is.. He has been a refuge for me even when I was not searching for Him. What a testimony of His unconditional love. I am trying to be habitual in seeking Him even when I don't see the storm on the horizon. Thank you again for you commitment to sharing your heart and allowing us to share here too. I pray you have a wonderful weekend and continued blessings to you and yours!

  4. Lori, We lived in OKC for a while. I can appreciate those storms. We now live in NC and had two tornadoes go through our neighborhood while we were out of town. We lost windows, needed a new roof, and had 11 dump trucks of broken trees, but thankfully no one was harmed and the inside of our home was fine. Jesus is our very present help! He sent angels to help us clean up. One man supplied the dump truck, others a chain saws and man power. We felt so blessed.

  5. We don't get a lot of a Tornadoes, but those storms come close and we hear the storm warning sirens going off. We know it could happen here, that's a scary time. Thankful the Lord protected y'all, and no one was hurt in Baker. Hope you have a happy weekend.

  6. So true, we have many different kinds of storms in life. I enjoyed the reminder that we have a refuge and source of strength from the Lord. I enjoyed finding your site today!

  7. You're welcome, Ifeoma. I hope you and your family have a wonderful weekend. Hugs and blessings to you too!

  8. Isn't it wonderful to have that special refuge in God? It is comforting to know we can run to Him. Have a great weekend, Lisa.

  9. I love how a community pulls together in a time like this. There were some children in Miles City (80 miles away) who set up a lemonade stand to raise money to send to Baker to help where needed. I loved the heart and compassion those children had in a time of need. Have a wonderful weekend.

  10. Hi Carol! I'm thankful for all the Lord does for us. I'm so glad you found me. Have a great weekend.

  11. Those storms can pop up anywhere. I'm thankful for the Lord's protection too. Have a great weekend.

  12. Horace, He was a refuge for me when I wasn't looking for Him also. I'm thankful for His love and protection even when I don't deserve it. Thank you for your kind words. Blessings to you and your family!

  13. What an encouraging post, Lori. I love the old hymn:

    From every stormy wind that blows,
    From every swelling tide of woes,
    There is a calm, a sure retreat—
    ’Tis found beneath the mercy seat.

    Thank you for hosting today!

  14. Lori, thanks for hosting and reminding us that we have that sure, changeable refuge in all of life's storms! Blessings!

  15. Excellent post! I especially appreciated this quote: "If it were not for the storms of life, we would never fully realize the value of the Lord’s presence and of His love and power." So true!

  16. Thank you and thanks for visiting, Pam.

  17. You're welcome, Donna. I hope you have a great week.

  18. Thanks for visiting, Kathleen. Have a great week!


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