BIBLE READING: 1 Tim. 1 12-14 12 I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength to do his work. He considered me trustworthy and appointed me to serve him, 13 even though I used to blaspheme the name of Christ. In my insolence, I persecuted his people. But God had mercy on me because I did it in ignorance and unbelief. 14 Oh, how generous and gracious our Lord was! He filled me with the faith and love that come from Christ Jesus. NLT
BLOG: We're all tired. Category 4. 130 MPH winds. Media frenzy. Gas lines. No water. Hurricane shutters. The list goes on.
The storm is days away, and we're already suffering from hurricane fatigue. It is stress and exhaustion, which can lead to depression.
Isaiah 40:29-31 He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.
What do you do?
Ask for strength, body, soul, and spirit. All three are going to be taken to their limits.
Drink your water. You're working harder and need more hydration, and this helps you think better.
Get sleep. Don't wear yourself out. There isn't anything worth your life.
Start your day right. 1 - Be grateful for something. There's going to be plenty to see after the storm that can cause heartache. Keep your eyes on things that matter. 2 - Pray. Turn your day over to God and ask for His will to be done. 3 - Read. The book of Psalms, especially Ps. 91. The book of Philippians, Genesis, and The Gospels.
Be patient. If there is anything I know about hurricanes is that they will test your patience.
PRAY: Dear Jesus, give me the strength to get through this day. AMEN
P.S. Dear Jesus, please deal with Dorian. Take it out to sea where it can hurt no one. But if it comes on land, weaken it's power, quicken its pace and stop its destruction. Protect your people O God, and may you get the glory for your presence through this crisis. AMEN