5 Things You Need to Know When the Storms Come

If there is one thing we can count on in this life….storms will come. Some of you are in a storm right now, and you’re struggling to see any good that will come from it (I’ve been there but Jesus is faithful!).

Sometimes it’s a financial storm, it can be a health issue like finding out you or a loved one has cancer, maybe you’re marriage is struggling, or maybe you have a child that has gone wayward.

Hear me when I say this, WE ALL HAVE STORMS. Mark 4:35-41 shows us a storm the disciples were facing with Jesus.

Later that day, after it grew dark, Jesus said to his disciples, “Let’s cross over to the other side of the lake.” After they had sent the crowd away, they shoved off from shore with him, as he had been teaching from the boat, and there were other boats that sailed with them. Suddenly, as they were crossing the lake, a ferocious tempest arose, with violent winds and waves that were crashing into the boat until it was all but swamped. But Jesus was calmly sleeping in the stern, resting on a cushion. So they shook him awake, saying, “Teacher, don’t you even care that we are all about to die!” Fully awake, he rebuked the storm and shouted to the sea, “Hush! Calm down!” All at once the wind stopped howling, and the water became perfectly calm.

Then he turned to his disciples and said to them, “Why are you so afraid? Haven’t you learned to trust yet?” But they were overwhelmed with fear and awe and said to one another, “Who is this man who has such authority that even the wind and waves obey him?”

Here are 5 things we can learn about storms from this passage of scripture.

1. Storms are inevitable. Ladies, we all have them!

2. Storms are unpredictable. We never know when they’re coming, but if we are breathing, we are going to go through storms in this life.

3. Storms are impartial. It rains on the just and the unjust (Matthew 5:45).

4. Storms build our strength. I don’t know about you, but I’m stronger because of the storms I have been through.

We can rejoice, too, when we run into problems and trials, for we know that they help us develop endurance. And endurance develops strength of character, and character strengthens our confident hope of salvation. And this hope will not lead to disappointment. For we know how dearly God loves us, because he has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with his love. Romans 5:3-5

5. We need to be in the boat with Jesus. The passage in Mark reminds us when we go through storms we need to cling to Jesus. He is our only HOPE!

I’m so thankful Jesus uses broken people and I can face whatever today holds with confidence.

Have a blessed day!

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  1. Thanks Cyndi! So true and a good reminder. Our pastor always says don’t waste a good valley (storm) – learn from it 😊

  2. Thank you Cyndi, no one prays for valleys, I want to remember to at least try to hold tighter and ask for guidance in my next storm. Even at my age, I still cry out “why” when mine come. Thanks also for the Sanctus Real link, what an amazing and uplifting sing, I want my worship leader to bring this to our praise team soon.

  3. Thanks Cyndi, this is spot on. I really have been trying to hold onto Jesus with my storm. Thanks for taking time to share on your Sunday AM. Have a good chili lunch with your family. Sounds yummy.

  4. Thank you for today’s post – I’m in the middle of making our first pot of chili to kick off fall, too!! Super excited, and it’s a Whole 30 recipe I found on Pinterest last year :)!
    Seize the day – Amber

  5. Thank you for your words of encouragement. My storm keeps tossing me around and at times I don’t see the end. It gets to me some days but Romans 5:1-5 is my go to verse. I write it and say it over and over. Then look up and get up; breathe in and breathe out and MOVE on! My story is not over. 67, a widow with a uncureable disease, living alone and caring for my mother who has dementia. God keeps showing up .

    1. Kathy….broke my heart when I read your story. I am praying for you. You have a lot on your plate by yourself. I too know what its like to have a mom with dementia, I have chronic migraines almost daily, but I have my husband to help. God is there with you, so you aren’t alone. Cling to HIM and know He will get you through each day. Sometimes I just cry out to HIM when it all seems to unbearable and He’s faithful to encourage me with His word or a call or text from a friend just at the right time etc. etc. Bless you.

  6. Thanks so much for this. I feel like I am finally emerging from a 2 year storm of loss and sorrow. Faith and prayer have been my strength.

  7. Amen sister! Keeping our eyes on Jesus through the storm is the only way o endure! If you wouldnt mind saying a prayer for my 20 year old son. He was injured in a rugby game yesterday and had to have emergency surgery last night. He’s doing better today. Hopefully he will be discharged tomorrow. Thank you so much. Have a blessed Sunday.

  8. Thank you Cyndi for such words of encouragement. I too have become stronger as a person and in my faith, for storms I’ve faced no matter how small or large they are. God uses those storms to teach me and to strengthen my faith in him. I couldn’t imagine facing those storms in life without Jesus to get me through them:)

  9. Thanks for sharing the song Confidence by Sanctus Real. I’ve listened to it over and over until I think I know all the words! Love it! I’m going to share with someone dear who is going through a storm right now.

    Keep doing what I believe God has called you to do especially with your BFTH.

  10. Thank you Cyndi! A very timely reminder. My storm has lasted almost 3 years with no end in sight. Mom’s dementia progresses, and it gets harder with each visit for all of us. Money is running short, and without divine intervention I just don’t know what will happen. Keeping my eyes looking up!

    1. Tracy…..praying for you. I too have a mom with dementia and I know how those days go, truly I do. I am the one who does her finances also and I pray her money last. She needs to be in the assisted living that knows how to care for her. God knows and I worried for nothing on each step of this journey and I have to say HE has taken care of EVERYTHING. Its one day at a time and pray, pray, pray.

  11. Thank you for your faith filled words. The Loss of Ellen my daughter in-law has been the biggest storm of my life. I pray everyday how our Lord will guide me to assist my Son and his three little babies ( Liam 4 and the twins 3 years old). I know we were so blessed to have Ellen in our family for this very short time on Earth.

  12. Hi cyndi
    I’ve been through many storms but I’ve been in a storm going on three years that is some days almost unbearable. I shared with you before that my daughter has been estranged from our family because of a controlling husband. Along with her are our two grandsons whom we were very close to. Our hearts are so broken asvwe miss them more than you can imagine. I will never give up hope! When I read the days you have your grandson, I just dreamed of that day again.
    Thanks for your encouraging words.

  13. Thank you so much Cyndi – Thank you for another right on time message today. God been faithful through my storms as well.His goal is to make us more like Christ. It’s not easy but He is our Peace and Safe Harbor. Blessings to you and family.

  14. I needed that! Especially the part about how ITV affects us all. “The just and unjust”. May we all be strong in our storms and hold onto Christ.

  15. Thanks for this post. I’m going through a storm right now, but I’ve been through many storms and I know this too shall pass. I know you have had storms too. God is good and holds us in His grip through every storm. Thank you for reminding us all. I love Sactus Real and confidence is what I always need. God Bless1