Avoiding the Storms

September 28, 2016 - Category: family-blog
Avoiding the Storms
Dark clouds appear on the horizon as you embark on a road trip with your family. Typically these menacing clouds mean a storm is coming.  As your vehicle continues into the direction of the darkness, rumblings of thunder and flashes of lightning elevate your concerns. You pull over to check the weather radar on your phone and confirm the chances that you are headed for severe weather. The choice is up to you; prepare for the storm or change direction to avoid it. Under the same circumstances StormWarriors™ evaluate the conditions and determine we are right on course. However, when coaching and encouraging families, we want to equip them to avoid the storms of life.

When we talk with families after a storm has hit their homes and communities we hear a common statement.  They say that if they had just paid more attention to the warning signs and had a plan, the outcome could have been much different.  It’s the same with the storms of life.  When a marriage or a family is in the midst of a storm it’s hard to see clearly, but after the storm has passed, many say that the storm's destruction could have been minimized or even completely avoided.  

There’s a storm coming! Take cover, run to your safe place! Take your family to shelter!  During many of our storm chases, we have arrived in a community just ahead of the storm to find families completely unaware of what is headed their way.  In addition to notifying the weather service, many times we roll down our window while honking the horn and literally yell at the bystanders that a tornado has just touched down and is coming right at them.  We are always amazed at the unpreparedness we encounter as we enter a community where there has been a tornado warning issued.  

We are equally surprised at the families who are not prepared for the storms of life.  We cannot rolldown our window and yell warnings to parents who are unaware of the warning signs all around them regarding the storm heading their way.

As a part of our KnowWheretoGo™ education campaign, we provide a Tornado Tips handout that is available for free download at www.stormwarriors.tv. We recommend that to avoid severe weather, people should be aware of the daily forecast. To avoid many storms of life, a daily report is also important.  What is on your schedule as a family?  Are there challenges to face? Are there relationships on the verge of blowing up? Spending just a few minutes at the start of each day asking your spouse and children, “What’s on your agenda today?”, can give you an idea of what you can expect in the way of potential storms. In just a short time you can change the atmosphere with an encouraging word or by reminding your family that God is on your side. It may be inconvenient, but we encourage you to set aside intentional time as a family before the rigors of the daily routine begin. You will not only learn the forecast, but may be able to change the atmosphere all together.  It only takes a sprinkle of encouragement to avoid a downpour of disappointment.

Here are a few conversation initiators to get you started on this family-transforming daily routine:

1. You are not alone.  Remind your family that you are concerned for them.  Ask them if there is anything they are not looking forward to today then encourage them that you love them and you will be praying for them. Read Philippians 4:6-7:

2. You are a family. Encourage your spouse and children that being a family is extremely important to you. Ask them if they understand that God put your family together for a reason.  If God’s Son was born into an earthly family, family must be important.  Families are meant to encourage one another and parents have a God-given role to model love. Jesus was raised by Mary and Joseph… in a family. Read Luke 2:52:

3. You are a blessing.  Encourage your spouse and children that they are important to you. Share one thing about them each that blesses you. God intends for families to encourage and love each other. Read Colossians 2:2: 
For more ideas to spark family conversation visit www.c2family.com/familytalk.