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It came out of nowhere, just when I was getting ready to go on my laptop to check some e-mails. The lights in our home flickered and then went completely dark at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. We had encountered a freak blizzard that dumped over a foot of snow in our area. It took everyone by surprise and left our home without many of the amenities that we had become so accustomed to. No lights, no heat, no power.

Being the “man of the house,” I immediately went into action in case we should remain in that powerless condition throughout the night. I found candles, flashlights, and blankets. I drove our family van through the blinding snow to purchase gallons of drinking water, flashlight batteries, and lattern fuel. Overkill? Maybe, but not if the power wasn’t restored immediately. In a blizzard that can be a very real possibility, and I would rather be safe than sorry.

Being Prepared

As I precariously negotiated our vehicle through the drifted snow I was reminded of how important it is for us to be spiritually prepared to meet the obstacles of life. Living isn’t easy, and sometimes it takes everything we have just to get through one day and into the next. Keeping a fresh supply of God’s promises can aid us in slogging through the tough times. Here are a few verses of scripture that we can tuck away for the unexpected life-storms that often take us by surprise:

“Be strong. Take courage. Don’t be intimidated…your God is striding ahead of you. He’s right there with you. He won’t let you down; He won’t leave you” (Deuteronomy 31:6).

“God will never walk away from His people, never desert his precious people” (Psalms 94:14).

“Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you; we can boldy quote, 'God is there, ready to help. I’m fearless no matter what. Who or what can get me?'” (Hebrews 13:5-6).

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