I've heard people talk about prepping most of my adult life. Lately, it seems as though there's a lot more talk about it. There are people who also focus on trying to live "off the grid" as much as possible. Some try to live as natural of a lifestyle as they can. Me? I'm just trying to survive caregiving.
This morning, as I was planning the preparations for a huge Arctic front coming through my region, prepping was on my mind. I thought about all the effort I was taking to "prep" my apartment for the coming four frigid days, and then a scripture came to mind. In Psalm 119:11, David said that he hid God's word in his heart so he wouldn't sin against God. But I would like to expand that verse a bit. We hide His word in our hearts so that we can survive our days, right?
We store up verses in our hearts on our best days so that on those tougher days, we have something to draw from, something to remind ourselves of His all-sufficient grace and new mercies. Even in my most frustrating moments, His word is something I run to for hope, peace, and help. It never fails me. Verse 50 of the 119th Psalm says this, This is my comfort in my affliction, that Your word has given me life. The old KJV says Your word has quickened me. Isn't it amazing that in our deepest, darkest, most sorrowful days, His word is still powerful enough to break through and touch our hearts?
Memorizing scriptures is how I've prepped my heart for the storms of life. In my testimony, The Year Orange Juice Saved My Life, I talk about how I memorized Psalm 57:1. It's been a rock for me for years, and I still think about it when any type of trial comes. I know that I hid in the shelter of the Almighty back then, and it's still available to me today! Prepping for the hard days, and there are no easy days, just means having a scripture ready and available to help carry me through the day.
Today, I will remind myself that He's always with me. I'll turn my thoughts to all the storms He's brought me through so far, and I'll remind myself that He didn't clock out and go home yet! My meditation will be on how He continues to be my refuge and will walk with me through this day too. I'll thank Him for being ever present and ever willing to carry me as necessary. I'll trust Him for one more day. Will you join me?