Have you ever been in a hurricane, tornado or storm where the winds were howling and were not only frightening but dangerous and perhaps even deadly?

About a year and a half ago, Hurricane Matthew swept through our part of the world with winds between 75 and 95 miles per hour. The force of the storm was so strong it blew down two sixty foot oak trees in the vacant lot next to our property.

As I reflect on that Saturday night. . .I recall another night where the winds were howling and waves were violently slapping the side of the boat.

Mark 4:39 says:

"And he arose, and rebuked the wind, and said unto the sea, Peace, be still. And the wind ceased, and there was a great calm."

These were mostly experienced sailors so you know it had to be a storm of enormous proportion.

The disciples and Jesus were crossing the Sea of Galilee when a storm began to rage. The disciples were frightened, fearful and faithless in the midst of what they perceived to be a deadly situation.

What do we do to be sure we are equipped? Here are seven things we should do when facing the storms that arise in our own life.

1.         When trouble is headed your way. . .do what Jesus did.

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Your comfort zone is an enemy of your future. . .a hindrance to your success. . .a stumbling block to your destiny.

If you stay in your comfort zone. . .you will never leave nor surpass your current reality.

Here are seven ways to get out of your comfort zone.

1.         Realize Why You Are. . .Where You Are

If you’re working the same job. . .in the same position you were ten years ago. . .if you’re still paying off the same debts. . .it’s time for some self-examination on your part.

“We cannot become what we want to be by remaining what we are.” Max DePree

You’ve got to know why you are. . .where you are.

Is it fear? Is it a desire to be comfortable in your surroundings and in the things you do on a daily basis?

If you don’t like where you are … why in the world would you want to continue living where you are?

Words from Harold and Bev

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Harold Herring

Never let your circumstances define your destiny.  Rather create the circumstances that will assure your destiny.

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Bev Herring

Never allow anyone other than God to determine your worth and value.