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Calming the Storm – KarenO

Calming the Storm


I’ve just been through an experience that I hope you will take to heart.

I’ve been born-again for over 47 years, & God has always “been there” for me. My cries to him have hardly been more than my personal angst, even though there have been times my prayer has not been much more than “Really, Lord? Will You please do something about that?” and “I love You, Lord! Thank You for taking care of us, Thank You for our future.”
I’d been to “prayer vigils,” & some will certainly relate, they were rarely more than duty calls.

Storms we get usually tend to separate, & the worst of the storms head south of town and north of town.

Tonight, I watched in horror as two severe storms merged into one on radar, & headed straight to my home. The promise at the least was penny-sized hail.

Those of you who live in the south have seen much worse, I’m sure.

I began praying in tongues & prayed for an hour until the storms passed. I watched in relief as the storms weakened, but still strong enough to cause damage. Our home would have fared much worse if I had not been alert to the storm – and prayed. We did not even get the penny-sized hail in my area. The plants, grass, & trees were well-watered!

The Lord spoke to me, & said, “You know now what it is to be cared for and what I will call you to do. You’ve never been in a vigil where you kept praying until the danger passed. Bigger threats are coming, & you will pray for longer. You are stronger in Me than you have ever been.”

The storms that threaten us usually do not go into early summer, but our cold weather lasted until just a few weeks ago. Our garden centers are still open, instead of “on clearance.” (at which I usually buy on sale flowers & greenery for my hanging pots).

Our unseasonable heat (which usually arrives mid to late July & through August) has put to truth what is happening and the seasons appear to have “sped up.”

School was cancelled early due to Covid-19 & plan to open earlier to allow students to get a head start (They also seem to be preparing for a need to close again with the fall season & a resurgence of the virus according to past pandemic behavior).

There IS no time left. Right now, our world has already lost 3 months of the year.
Not the way we envisioned the fulfillment of the prophecy of “if those days had not been shortened, no one would survive,” (Matthew 24:22) is it?

Be discerning of the times, dear ones. Be ready, because He will call you to tasks – some to prepare you, some to teach others, & some to witness to His power. And He’s coming very soon.

Blessings to you.


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  1. Harold Lee Dye

    Amen and thanks for sharing

  2. McKana

    Thank You Dear Karen.
    It is good you shared your experience and saw the goodness of the Lord.
    Let us keep praying not in time of need alone but always. The communication with the Lord
    and the power gave to us is through our prayers.
    The Lord spoke to you!! How wonderful. He is what we have.
    Praise the Lord you are safe and let us be thankful.
    God bless you

  3. KarenO

    Thank you both for your encouragement.I believe in praying as often as He gives me the thought of Him, but had never seriously gone into a vigil that was so constantly focused on one situation & one only (most of the prayer vigils that had been set up had “helpful” lists of prayers to cover!}

    The warning I received afterward was apt, as there are things that (I understand from what He said) will directly threaten us in the future & there will still be things that must be done. We already know from our Lord’s warning of people turning against us, and in some cases, we may not realize that the Lord Himself is reaching out to them through us.

    It helped my neighbors, too, as the news of our whole community only had a few tree limbs down & some momentary power outages, and the people living very far south side did receive some hail.

    When Our Lord told me that he was using it as a preparation for me, I felt strongly that there were some people who were more familiar with prayers of rote than of action prayers.

    I know, right now, an unnamed brother or sister in the Lord is in mortal danger. Right now, an executive decision can occur that considers a brother/sister in the Lord “expendable.” Without a corporate prayer, those situations don’t get covered.

    But, as vigils go, without having that personal urgency or threat, praying together is rarely (extremely rarely) as long or as heartfelt.

    Please join me in praying that when that more urgent situation arises, that we are not met with something so nebulous as: “Pray for brothers/sisters in Kenya who are in mortal danger right now…” and it gets maybe a minute or two of our time.
    Pray that He puts us there in the Spirit instead.


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