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Melissa Zaldivar is a social in the world of academics and an academic in the world of socials. She's an author and podcast host with a BA in Communications and an MA in Theology. She loves a good sandwich, obscure history, and wandering around New England antique shops.

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  1. Excellent analogy, Melissa, and the perfect verse to pray each morning as we start our days! Thank you!!

  2. As a weatherman’s daughter this brings back fond memories! Way before cable & internet we could watch 5, albeit fuzzy, weather reports from NC, SC & GA by rotating the antentae on our back patio. Dad was fascinated by what was effecting our neighbors in the neighboring states. I was more interested in how it effected MY day! The connection to my behavior effecting others is a much wiser, mature perspective. May I be more attentive to the storms rolling in in my heart! Thank you for this wonderful post, Melissa! Blessings!!!

  3. Thanks for this Melissa! I’m embarrassed to admit that my heart is awfully stormy lately and having a fair amount of trouble trusting that God loves me. Would you (and fellow readers) please pray that I find some peace and maybe a little bit of grace? Thank you so much.

    • Dearest Lord, meet Cheyla where she is in the midst of a storm. I don’t know what would touch her most but You do! Give her eyes to see & recount Your faithfulness in the scriptures but also in her own life. Use those stones to build her trust in You. You are peace & You are grace may she see You in tangible ways to weather this storm. Bring someone alongside her to be her cheerleader toward You and not the feelings & things trying to fill the space that only You can fill. Be magnified in her journey that not only Cheyla but others watching will praise You. In the Name of our precious Savior Who sees & hears our cries, Jesus, Amen! (((0)))

    • Cheyla,

      Abba Father,

      Come near to Cheyla in her storms. Give her a calm spirit & shower her with your love. Remind her of your love & faithfulness. Allow her to see your goodness towards her. Take away the storms in her heart & give her rest & peace in her soul. AMEN

  4. I too realize when I’ve not spent time enough time with God. It does feel like a storm brewing inside me. Jesus truly calms the waves.

  5. Thank you Melissa for reminding me that “my” storms can sometimes pour all over someone else!
    …and thank you for sharing this blessed morning prayer
    “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23-24 NIV).

    Have a blessed and calm day sisters \0/

  6. An insightful analogy, Melissa. And those verses from Psalm 139 do provide a wonderful prayer to start the day. Unlike the thunderstorms of nature, we CAN avoid thunderstorms in our spirits. Thank you for showing us the way.

  7. Melissa,

    I come from the lightning capital of North America- outside Tampa, FL. It would storm every day around 3pm for about 1 hr. or so. Knowing that you paid attention & were inside at that time. Lately I’ve had a super stormy heart. Things happening, stress & not much sleep add fuel to the fire. Today (8/7) at church right before taking communion I prayed this prayer “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.”

    Blessings 🙂

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