What are you storing?

storing up

Perhaps you have read or heard how we are to store food and survival items to prepare for some disaster that may lie ahead.  While I am not against storing up, I do have extra items on hand since we do live in an area prone to earthquakes and active volcanos.  Not long ago, we had a power outage that lasted 22 hours, so for us, having extra essentials is a must.

In the spiritual sense, I believe that there are things that we should have an abundance of, to help and encourage others.

The word says in 2 Timothy 4:2 to be ready out of season.   So what can we store up when we are hit off season?

The first thing that comes to mind is faith.  We need faith that if anything does come our way, may it be some form of natural disaster, job loss, family breakup or illness, our faith is full to trust in the Lord to get us through.

We should have the word in our spirits to give to others to encourage, uplift and exhort, and  to come up against any type of warfare that we may need to do.

We must know our authority in Christ. Who we are in Him, what He did for us, and that we are seated in heavenly places.

We should not have any fear, doubt or unbelief in our pantry.  These are true killers to our faith, and will paralyze  and cause defeat.

How do you stock up?

Romans 10:17 says  So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Spend time stocking your pantry with the right ingredients, the word of God,  and when disaster strikes you will be ready.

What other ingredients can you think of that we should have in our pantry?

Mention them below in the comments, I would love to hear from you.


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What have you lost?


Recently my husband went to a men’s meeting at church, and the guest speaker shared his testimony of restoration.  He grew up as a pastor’s son, and from a young age he experienced loss.  He lost being the firstborn and the only child receiving all the attention, later his dog, then friends when his family moved and so on.  Because his life was one of a missionary status, they had frequent moves.  He grew up angry and resentful, and thus did not get along well with his pastor/missionary father.

As the years progressed, he began using drugs and alcohol and his marriage failed.  It wasn´t until much later that he returned to the Lord, reconciled with his father  and was able to make amends and turn his life around.

I love these testimonies because it is filled with hope.  Hope that yes, we do have a God that sees our pain and failures and we have a God that restores.

This man had to recognize he had a problem and allowed the Lord to work in his life to bring restoration once again.

It wasn’t easy. Habits had to be broken, and he had to intentionally change in many areas of his life.

It took discipline.

But he had something inside of him.  He had the word of God.  He also mentioned that his mother never stopped praying for him.

It isn’t easy to recognize failure and to apologize and come clean. It takes a strong person to do that.  This man had the backing of his current wife, and most importantly, the backing of the Lord.

What was the result?

A new and better life.  Reconciliation with his father just before he passed away.  A growing ministry, and a heart of compassion and anointing to reach those that have experienced loss.

All of us can learn something from this story.

Allow Father God to turn your failures and weakness into triumphs.  He will surprise you, and only He can turn things around and restore  what the enemy has stolen.

As the example in this story, it took a strong man to admit his pain and failure, and it was there that when he  humbled himself,  the Lord raised him up again.

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