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Why Your Family Needs This 7-Step Survival Plan

It isn’t hard to see that the earth is groaning. We are living in the birthing pains, truly seeing history happen right before our eyes. As nations grow more and more tense towards one another, earthquakes, hurricanes, and massive wildfires wreak havoc all over the globe, and famine hits every country, it is all so disheartening. But the Bible is clear that this will happen leading up to the return of Jesus. So, while these times may be filled with uncertainty and may even bring on a tinge of concern, we must cling to the hope that Jesus offers us in 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17:For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.In the meantime, before His return, it might be wise to prepare and set down some ground rules with your family in the event of an emergency or when a new calamity strikes. Don’t misunderstand; I am not telling you to prep for doomsday or Armageddon. Instead, I encourage you to ultimately trust God while you seek His wisdom and find ways to protect your family, especially as we see more and more weather disturbances and crises develop, affecting our food chain, finances, morals, and standard of living.The truth of the matter is that these are unsettling times, but God tells us not to be anxious about anything (Philippians 4:6).Keeping that in mind, as we prepare our survival plans, we should do our best to keep fear and anxiety out of the equation. This is merely a safety measure. However, if you tend to bend toward anxiety naturally, these times may add to your already tense tendencies. Having a plan in place will not only give you a sense of security, but it will offer a little peace as well.So, are you ready to unpack and uncover some ways to develop and implement a survival plan with your family? If you are, then let’s get started. Below are seven crucial things to consider and a few ways to prepare. I pray that we never have to utilize these plans, but in the awful event that we do, may we find that our preparedness allowed us to keep our families safe.Photo credit: ©GettyImages/zamrznutitonovi

How to Find Biblical Joy When Our World Is in Turmoil

Meditating on verses like Psalm 46:1-2 can calm your anxious heart. It is too easy to focus on the turmoil and forget about God’s part in it all. This verse helps shift our focus and puts it right back on the One who is in control of it all. He is our refuge, strength, and help. We do not need to fear.

How to Talk with Your Kids about Climate Change and God's Sovereignty

Let's teach our children the truth about God and the environment by searching Scripture for His principles. Take time with your children to listen to the messages of education and media. Together, ferret out the subtle lies and apply God's truth. These conversations will continue over the years of their time in your care.

What Should Christians Do after a Mass Shooting?

The Lord always listens, which might be one reason he is often silent during times of tremendous grief — he is crying with us. And since the Psalmist can lament uninterrupted, he eventually returns to sincere and comforting confidence in the Lord.

4 Hopeful Prayers for Restoration from Natural Disasters

It seems we cannot pass a day without hearing of a natural disaster destroying homes, taking lives, and devastating entire cities or lands. Being at the mercy of natural forces, we can often feel scared or distraught when facing natural disaster.In the midst of stressful storms and natural disasters—and the fear that grips us—we can still rely on a God who has been in the middle of storms before when he walked the earth (Matthew 8:23–27).No matter what natural disasters we see on the news, how much our family or friends have been affected, or whether we’re weathering the phenomena of nature ourselves—we can turn to the Lord and pray for restoration and hope during these times of upheaval and anxiety.For courage during disaster, or peace to withstand disasters to come, we can lift these four following prayers to heaven:Photo Credit: ©GettyImages/wildpixel

Help for Understanding the Hurricane Weary

When a hurricane hits, the world tilts and sometimes turns upside-down—at least it feels that way. The comforts, shelter, and familiarity we’re accustomed to take on a whole new feel. Those of us living far inland simply don’t comprehend what life is like after a hurricane because we’ve never experienced the whipping winds and rising waters of such a storm. We need help in understanding life for the hurricane weary in order to love our neighbors well.

7 Promises of God for When the Storms of Life Hit

It happened 10 years ago. Disaster struck. Hurricane Katrina made landfall near New Orleans, Louisiana, as a Category 4 hurricane. It was the worst natural disaster in the history of the United States. In addition to bringing great devastation to the New Orleans area, this hurricane caused much damage along the coasts of Mississippi and Alabama, as well as other parts of Louisiana.We will never forget. Many of us remember the bleak images, the lives lost, the aftermath of the storm that our nation faced. Droves of people sought refuge in nearby cities. Living in Houston, Texas, we had the opportunity to see first-hand some of the effects of this disaster and to lend support to so many who had been displaced from their homes and their lives. Thousands filled the city’s convention center and Houston Astrodome, seeking relief, looking for help. Row upon row of cots lined the buildings, the now temporary home of those who had lost literally everything.Big storms can roll in fast, suddenly turning blue sky days dark with worry. It can happen with one brief conversation, a diagnosis, an accident, or life-altering occurrence. And we're left, thoughts swirling, wondering how we didn't even see it coming.Hits us hard.Leaves us flat.We can't stop the storms from happening. But we can know where to run...for cover.Editor’s Note: Debbie McDaniel wrote this several years back in tribute to Hurricane Katrina. Her hometown was also wrecked by Hurricane Harvey.Photo credit:©Getty Images/Bulat Silvia

Where is God When the Earth Shakes?

Natural disasters like the earthquake in Japan do not need to be placed in the context of a judgment from God. But if earthquakes are not God’s specific judgment on a specific people, then what is God’s purpose?

God and Sandy (2013)

When faced with tragedies such as the tornadoes in Oklahoma, people tend to ask, "Where was God?" This blog was originally released following hurricane Sandy in 2012.

Are Natural Disasters a Sign of God's Judgment?

How are we to interpret natural disasters? Are they necessarily a sign of God's judgment? For the creation was subjected to frustration, not by its own choice, but by the will of the one who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be liberated from its bondage to decay and brought into the glorious freedom of the children of God. http://vref.me/ro8.20-21

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