Hello, beautiful hearters and Smilers! I'm back today with another #StudyWithMe article. I know it's been a week or so since the first one. I've been crazy busy with school. However, I am now on spring break so I'll be able to post something for the project (and other amazing content) for the next week and a half. With that being said, today's #StudyWithMe is on storms. And I don't mean like weather storms but life storms. So let's get into it, shall we? (Also, like last time, if you aren't a follower of Christ have no fear, there will be something at the end for you as well. I encourage you to read this, though. You never know what you need until you see it :).)


How many of you have been through storms? And not thunder, lightning, or rain storms, but life storms. Be completely honest. I'm sure we've all been through them. And while we might feel alone, we truly aren't.

There are many characteristics of a life storm, but here are 3 we'll be focusing more on today:

  • Lack of Hope and Faith
  • Fear
  • Irrational Thinking

Lack of Hope and Faith

Here's where your Bibles come into play. (Do you guys keep your Bibles by you when you read devotions here in the Whi community? Let me know!) Turn to Job 3. Do you know the story of Job?

Job suffered a great deal. He fully trusted in God but once he lost his family and potentially his life, he believed God punished the good and rewarded the bad. His friends also didn't help him with this. They tried to get him to talk badly about God, even his wife tried getting him to do so. But he didn't.

Question 1: What does Job 3 say about Job's heart towards these drastic changes?
Question 2: What does Job 3 say about his hope?


When things aren't going our way or aren't going as planned, we tend to get fearful of what is to come.

Let's say you get into this huge fight with your friend. You're afraid of when to see them next and if any of your friends will take their side or your side. When this happens, we tend to get afraid and think of horrific scenarios.

Read Isaiah 41:10

"So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous hand."

Now read Matthew 6:34

"Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own."

Question 3: What does God tell us as we go through storms in these verses?
Question 4: So why do we fear what is to come and continue to worry even though we know God has it all under control?

Irrational Thinking

We are all human beings and we all make mistakes. Many things are out of our control. And when fear and lack of faith seem to hold the reigns, it leads to irrational thinking.

We think doing one thing over the other is good, but we really don't know. For all we know, we could be feeding fuel to the fire.

Like Isaiah 41:10 said, we need to trust in God. He has it under control. He is always with us and if we put enough faith in Him, He will help us make the right choices.

Here are some things to help you keep a cool and calm head:

  • Pray: God is there for you.
  • Be Patient: God has a plan for you, so trust Him.
  • Find People Who Will Help Support You: This is a crucial step. If you think God isn't listening or He is just not doing anything about the situation, you always have someone to talk to whenever you need it. You can talk to me or The Smile Team. You're not alone.

Now on the positive side of things, here are some outcomes of a life storm:

  • Strength
  • Hope
  • Joy
  • Faith


By this point, we are just fighting through the storm and finally seeing a hint of the light that is present at the end of the tunnel.

Read Psalm 119: 28

"My soul is weary with sorrow; strengthen me according to your will."

We have just decided to give everything to God, as there is nothing we alone can do anymore. We're letting Him lead the way. We were sad and fearful, but now that we see some of the light, we can let that strengthen us. It's important in these life storms to hear God's voice. He'll tell us what to do.

Also, by putting us through this storm, we are stronger than we were before. This storm wasn't a way of God being angry at us. There are two reasons behind it: God knows we are strong enough and need to face this in order to be where He wants us, or Satan is afraid of our faith and wants us to lose that.

Read Philippians 4:13

"I can do all things through him who strengthens me."


We may have lost hope at one point throughout the storm, but we're gaining it back. At this point, we see the rainbow and God's promise.

Read Hebrews 6:19

"We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure."

That verse clearly says we have hope in God. What do you think of that?

Question 5: Is God currently your anchor?


In the end, after we have reached the sunshiney meadow, we are nothing but joyful.

Think about it this way: After putting your faith in God to help you through this tough time, you'll want to do nothing but be happy and praise Him, as he has helped you through a difficult time and journey.


Going through storms can only do two things:

  • Make our faith stronger

Hopefully, the storm has made your faith stronger because we now see what trusting in God can do.

Here is a quote from Bethany Hamilton that I absolutely love:

"Tough times are inevitable. We have all faced tough days or even weeks and months, and if you haven't, you will. Sometimes it's an illness or someone you love dies, or maybe it's a family problem such as divorce or an unplanned pregnancy. My family and I had some tough times. Most recently, when I was attacked by a shark and lost an arm, and when my grandfather died. The amazing thing is that God promises his children peace right in the middle of tough times." - Bethany Hamilton, Devotions For The Soul Surfer

Ending Thoughts:

  • Going through hard times are never fun. In fact, they can cause many things such as hopelessness, depression, anxiety, etc.
  • But, as we have discussed, they are meant to make us stronger.
  • Imagine if you did live that perfect, happy life. Would it be nice? Sure, maybe at first, but then would you get annoyed with it? Would you think "What is the purpose of this?"
  • God is always there for us even if w feel like He isn't.
  • Storms make us stronger, so don't think your life is over because you're going through a rough time -- something good will come out of it.

Share Your Story

For those who read the devotional or didn't, this is for both of you. We all have stories of how we got through a hard time. Post an article sharing your story. Make sure to use #TheSmileProject. Let's make everyone know that it's okay to go through difficult times. Let's make sure everyone knows that they aren't alone. We're all in this together.

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I'm sorry, I had to.

That's all I have for you, loves. Like always, I hope you have an amazing rest of your day and weekend. Remember to share that beautiful smile of yours. It's changing the world one person at a time.


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