Storm on Clearwater Beach, FL

I’m now home from our 25th anniversary celebration in Clearwater Beach. Pondering storms and focus. Three of us four Rickers have been long-battling a fairly serious physical storm, even as we intentionally focus on the Son.

Storms feel confusing. They don’t make sense. They’re a test. How do we get to the other side? What should we do? What now, what next? The list goes on.

Here are a few short lessons I’ve learned from our storms. As always, I pray you’re somehow encouraged and blessed.

When you start to feel overwhelmed, meditate on the Word and the good that can come out of your storm.

Remember you’re never alone. Your loving God is with you and wants to partner with you in your storm. Has he given you keys or tools? Ask Him what He thinks about the storm, and dwell on His thoughts above your own. Thank Him for understanding you and your situation even when others don’t get it. Thank Him for an opportunity to trust Him and His love like never before.

Take authority over the storm. If you know it’s from the enemy, treat it as such. Never stop asking for healing. Jesus said, “greater things than these will you do.” Persevere. Ask Him for faith, and respond to the measure He gives you. Trust Him for the healing process, whatever that uniquely looks like for you. Thank Him for doctors and the ability to make choices toward healing every day.

Focus on loving the Healer more than loving your healing. As laid down lovers before Him, our lives are not our own, and He can use us mightily, no matter what we’re going through. Receive His love.




  1. Danny Richardson |

    Great advice, Sis
    As you meditate on God’s Word also begin to speak it. Remember God’s Word is voice-activated.
    The Centurion said “but speak the Word only and my servant shall live” per Matt 8:8. The mouth has an important role in salvation as Paul said in Romans 10:10. It still plays a role throughout the believer’s journey here on earth.
    You are more than a conqueror.
    Love you lots, Sis

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