Preparing Your Kids For Storm Season

Welcome to Springtime in Oklahoma, land that I love! If your heart is like mine or if your family is like mine, there are already questions about what the next few months will hold for us. Last week, my kids were given helmets in their classrooms at school, bringing on a new wave of conversations in our home. The weather folks are reminding us to prepare our storm shelters, and while I want to make preparations for my home, it’s also an important time to make preparations in our hearts and in our children’s hearts. Here are a few simple truths from scripture that you can share as a family heading into a season of uncertainty.

Jesus is our safety
The name of the Lord is a strong tower, we can run in and be safe. Proverbs 18:10 

There truly is peace in just speaking the name of our King. When we are afraid, we can take refuge in Jesus and His love for us.

God cares for His kids
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7

My son has expressed to me that his greatest fear is that we would lose our home. We find great comfort in knowing that God cares for the birds and the flowers. He gave us the house we have, and we can trust Him to make sure we have what we need.

Rain comes from God’s hands.
Job 5:10 says that it is God who commands the rain to fall and the fields to be watered.

Rain shouldn’t frighten us but remind us of God’s provision and care. Genesis 2 shows us that God’s design even before the fall was that He would send rain to cause plants to grow. When God sends rain, he’s sending nourishment to the earth to care for it and for us.

Thunder can be a reminder to us that God is in control.
He thunders with His majestic voice, and does not restrain the lighting when His voice is heard. Job 37:4-5

The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. Psalm 29:3

Many times in scripture, we see that thunder is a reminder of God’s strength! When we hear thunder today, we can remember that God is in control of waves, wind, and storms.

Jesus sent His Spirit to be with us and comfort us.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:26-27

Jesus promised to send us another Helper when He left the earth. The Holy Spirit of God is inside of us if we belong to Him. God is with us!

If we belong to Jesus, nothing can separate us from Him!
Read and be comforted by the words of Jesus in John 10:1-18. He is a shepherd to us, He cares for us, and nothing can take us out of His care.

Jesus will make all things new.
Romans 8 says that all of creation is groaning and longing for the day when it will be set free from the bondage of corruption. And we are too! We wait for the time that is ‘not yet’ while placing our hope in Jesus who has “already” paid the price for this redemption.

The place we live is broken and won’t be fixed completely until Jesus comes back for those who love Him and have put their trust in His work on the cross. The promise we have in the mean time is that we can trust Him. Many difficult things will happen to us while we live here, but none of them can separate us from the love and hold of Jesus. Not sickness, not tornadoes, not even death.

“Be of good cheer, I have overcome the whole world!”—Jesus