Stock Up Your Spiritual Emergency Kit

Winter weather has been an issue in southern Iowa lately, just as it has been in much of the nation. It's been so important to have extreme weather gear when we leave the house. Otherwise, a bad situation like an accident or car troubles can be disastrous in the bitter cold.

But an emergency kit isn't just for poor weather. The idea is to be prepared for any kind of accident, surprise and need. The things you place in it, for your home or your vehicle, will help you survive and stay safe no matter what emergency comes your way.

Here are just a few important items to have in your vehicle at all times in winter:
* knife
* waterproof box
* medicine
* cell phone
* change of clothes
* whistle or noisemaker
* important documents
* emergency money
* gloves
* candle/matches
* towels
* spare batteries
* multi-tool

Your own spiritual emergency kit needs to have some important items in it, too. When the circumstances of the day come upon you without warning, it's a good idea to know where to turn for guidance and encouragement. Imagine being in a difficult season of life and not having the emergency tools you need to survive. The tragic results could change your life forever.

So what do you need to stock in your spiritual emergency kit?
* wisdom (Proverbs 1:5)
* prayer (Hebrews 4:14-16)
* memorized Scriptures (2 Timothy 3:15-17)
* the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:11-18)
* gratitude (1 Thessalonians 5:18)
* compassion (Ephesians 4:31-32)

When you make sure your spiritual emergency kit is full stocked, you'll have the right tools for the job when you're in a difficult situation. Replenish it frequently, and keep learning which items will be the most help when you need them most.

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