Praise Poems: Lord, help me to bear

May the sleepless night, the pressures of work, the downward trend lift into the light of Christ and this aahcoo.

Source: Praise Poems: Lord, help me to bear


If your dog howls in a storm

photo by Mary Sayler

If your dog starts to howl like sound effects in a scary grade C movie, be ready to act quickly! That howl mostly likely means your pet’s ears hurt from the dramatic change in air pressure.

As Hurricane Matthew approaches, tornadoes will likely be spotted, but before a weather station has time to report, your dog will probably let you know to hit the deck or head for the basement. We actually have one, which is rare in Florida, but then our house is 111 years old.

If you don’t have a basement to hunker down in, hop into an empty bathtub. Or crawl beneath a sturdy bed or table until a tornado passes.

Hopefully, you’re seeing this before a serious weather event. If so, you may still have time to stock your basement, bathroom, or other safe place with a jug of water, large flashlight, snacks, battery-operated radio, and bedding.

For more tips on storm preparations, see the previous post, “Pre-prayer and prepare for a storm.

A hurricane can go on and on for hours – even a couple of days, but a tornado rips through an area and is gone. Other clues besides your pet’s warning are winds whipping trees in one direction then another. But especially look for a greenish-yellow sky, the color of a bad bruise that’s beginning to heal. Should that occur, don’t be shy about copying Jesus’ example and praying, “Peace be still, in the Name of Jesus.”

May God keep your family safe – and mine.

Mary Harwell Sayler, © 2016, Putnam County, Florida
















Pre-prayer and prepare for a storm

If you’ve ever been without electricity or water and nothing to drink but warm cola, you know the importance of preparing for a storm! Having been in quite a few and another on the way, these tips came to mind:


Before a storm arrives, pray for God’s protection over you, your family, neighborhood, and people in its path. If you’re in a mobile home or area prone to flooding, seek God’s guidance and timing on whether you’re to leave before local authorities say it’s necessary.


As soon as you know a storm might come your way:

  • Prune dead limbs and trim back overhanging branches.
  • Check your home for potential leaks or vulnerable areas.
  • Check meds to see if they will last for a couple of weeks if needed.
  • Scan, save, and back up important papers.
  • Back up all computer files or save to the Internet.
  • Stock foods such as bread, cereal, or dried fruit needing no refrigeration.
  • Stock up on flashlight batteries.
  • Have a cordless radio with extra batteries handy so you can keep up with local news.
  • Top off the tank in your car or truck. If electricity goes out, gas stations can’t pump.
  • Remove objects from the yard that could become a flying missile.
  • Fill bottles, pans, and bathtub with water in case your primary water source is contaminated or your well pump loses electricity.
  • Freeze containers of water or get bags of ice.
  • See if you have enough charcoal, wood, or gas for your stove or barbecue grill.
  • Do the laundry before a storm hits. (Trust me! You’ll be glad.)
  • Afterwards, stay away from standing water and falling power lines!
  • Thank God for keeping you safe.



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