More than 1 million people face mandatory evacuation orders in coastal areas of Virginia, North Carolina and South Carolina, as one of the strongest hurricanes to move toward the eastern seaboard in decades – a Category 4 storm that may approach Category 5 strength – nears shore.
Residents along the coast have boarded up their homes, formed long lines at gas stations and emptied the shelves of hardware stores and supermarkets as they prepare for Florence’s arrival.
What’s the best way to prepare for the unexpected hurricanes of life though?
Anne Graham Lotz, facing her own recent unexpected storm of a breast cancer diagnosis, shares,
I’ve been prepared for a long time because I placed my faith in Jesus. I know I have a personal relationship with God through faith in Jesus and God is in charge. I know God loves me. I know His will is best.
In an interview with WRAL in Raleigh, NC, Anne shares that the best way to brace yourself for the storms of life is to have faith anchored in Jesus:
Read the Bible every day. Spend time in His Word.
And when a storm comes, Anne shares,
you take a deep breath, sit back and remember this didn’t catch Him by surprise. He’s allowed it and I know this is part of His plan and purpose for my life and I want to use it to encourage people to be prepared now before the storm hits. You don’t want to wait until Florence comes barreling across the coast, you want to be prepared before the hurricane hits so that you can weather it when it comes. The same thing is true with the personal hurricanes:
- Number one – fix your eyes on Jesus.
- Open the Bible.
- Ask Him to speak.
- Trust Him to lead you step by step.
Read more about Anne’s journey in her recent blog . . . including her request for prayers as her surgery is scheduled for next Tuesday, September 18th.
(To share Anne’s daily or weekly messages of faith with your listeners as a source of encouragement for the storms they may be facing, contact me: Lee@ambaa.com.)