Prayer brought healing to
my soul. It can bring healing to yours, too.
In the summer of
2001, one of a series of personal storms hit. I was in a
hard place and had some painful decisions to make…no
back door, no easy way out.
No one seemed to be able to hear what I was saying or
understand what I was going through. I felt alone and
forgotten. I strained to hold on to any sense of personal
significance and purpose. You know…one of those
In days past, I needed scripture prayer for ministering to
others. This time I needed some recorded scripture prayer
to minister to myself:
To sooth my hurting, discouraged soul,
To keep my wild thoughts in check,
To fuel my trust in God’s faithfulness,
To restore my stability and self-confidence.
I said, “Lord, You intend to bring good out of what
the enemy intends for evil. We could work together, Lord.
We could bring good out of my hard place by writing
scripture prayers for this occasion. I really need
Months of scripture
research adds richness and power to this prayer
At the time, I was involved in scripture research training
provided by Arthur Burk of Plumbline
Everything I learned from Arthur got applied to
Storm Too Great! The end result was scores of scriptures
(including Psalm 91, of course) paraphrased using:
• the Theological Wordbook of
the Old Testament
• the New International
Dictionary of New Testament Theology
• study helps and commentaries available from
With the help of these research tools, I was able to bring
to my paraphrased scriptures:
• the expanded meaning you find in the
• the contextual richness you find in
…..while maintaining the integrity of The Word.
Now I was certain that the finished product would be a
great resource in the retreat work I do.
Let the healing power
Storm Too Great! touch your deep places of
By December 2001, the manuscript was finished and I had a
sinking feeling that perhaps this had just been for my own
healing, not a resource for others.
A young friend came to visit. She is a therapist who has
weathered plenty of storms of her own. In her honesty, I
knew she would tell me if this project had any significance
beyond my own need.
I left her for a while to read alone. When I returned, she
was weeping. I responded, “OK, give it to me
straight! Am I fooling myself in thinking that God is
ministering to anyone here other than to me?”
She dried her tears and said, “It’s like the
Lord took the finest coffee beans and brewed them into a
perfect cup of coffee to be savored.”
Isn’t it wonderful the people who God brings into our
lives? If it wasn’t for this young woman, No Storm
Too Great! would be turning yellow in my filing cabinet.
With that encouragement, I sent portions of the
manuscript, No Storm Too
numerous people around the country for review. The glowing
feedback kept me going.
Two different people called to tell me how the script had
spoken directly to their hearts and circumstances. But, in
both cases, they cried so much, it took a while to be clear
on what they were saying. It was so encouraging!
gives you a quality product.
My next hurdle was to get a good quality recording. I had
purchased some software and a book…all of it Greek
So I called Joseph Gonzalez, a musician/composer of some
renown, who also does recording. Could he help me figure
out this software? We met.
I took a 30-minute homemade recording of a couple of
sections of the manuscript. Joe listened to the whole thing
while we were traveling from LA to Bakersfield. As the tape
ended, he pulled into a service station for gas. He had
said nothing. He pumped gas, in silence. In that silence, I
began to panic.
A couple of minutes after Joe got back into the car, the
silence broke: “Jeanie, you’ve really got
something here. This needs to be professionally
recorded.” My panic-stricken heart began to beat
There was no way I could manage to pay for professional
recording, so Joe said he would help. He was busy with
professional assignments, including music for
Boulevard. We fit in
bits of recording here and there in Joe’s Simple
Music Productions studio. I learned to edit sound
files…..me!....Grandma Moses. Under the graying
hair, my mind raced with excitement.
Storms may continue, but
God is a ready shelter. His Word is tested and
About then life changed…again. My daughter developed
an extremely serious case of postpartum
depression…one more storm. It took both my
son-in-law and me to keep the household afloat during those
two years. All energy went into making it from one day to
I wondered if normalcy would ever return to my life.
Storm Too Great! sat in dry-dock while we struggled with
our difficult emotional climate.
Joe and I worked a bit when we could. Then…he was
moving south…and I was moving back to the mountains.
We scrambled in those last few days to finish this project.
Just after midnight on the last work session, we held this
full-term baby in our hands. I cried.
Our recording of this project had spanned two years!
What I thought would be a small collection of prayers on
various themes, turned out to be No Storm Too
• 2 hours and 20 minutes of prayer
• a CD professionally recorded with state-of-the-art
equipment and software
• a CD with ambient music background composed by a
wonderful praying professional.
No Storm Too
• Countless numbers of scriptures were researched and
paraphrased into a tender conversational style of prayer.
• Heart-musings on God’s faithfulness and love
• Ambient music background and the sounds of nature to
help provide the calming atmosphere that is so helpful for
prayer and for personal peace.
• The tone and style for times of stress or trauma,
times of chaos and change, times of physical, emotional,
and spiritual healing.
God’s Word ministers
peace to your spirit and your soul.
Finally the CD’s were reproduced. Slowly, I got
copies out for review. We began working on a website from
which to distribute them. Progress was painstakingly slow.
But, the feedback from the review copies of the CD was
great. Folks were impressed with:
• The power of God they sensed as they prayed
No Storm Too
• The rich
depth of content
• Deep peace and strengthened faith as they prayed
• A sense of greater intimacy with God
• Improvement in sleep patterns
• Increased ability to block out negativity
• Improved control of destructive self-talk
The Storm called
Storm Too Great! minister to your every
Late September, 2005, was target time to begin
marketing No Storm Too
Then, we watched in prayer as Katrina came bearing down on
the Gulf Coast. We were gripped, as was everyone, with a
sense of anguish for the suffering and the loss.
I regained my senses enough to remember my anguish over the
World Trade Center…and how I longed to
provide No Storm Too
Great! at that
time to those who were suffering.
I really believe that God held back the release of this
project for the Katrina and Rita aftermath. In times like
this, we need tools such as No Storm Too
encourage ourselves in the Lord,
• to strengthen our faith,
• to maintain focus on God bringing good out of what
the enemy intends for evil.
• to stay firmly rooted in a divine reality that does
not shake or fall apart
• to maintain hope in the face of devastation
• to recover from wounds of trauma
• to rebuild and press into living a full life
But No Storm Is Too
Be strong in
the Lord and the in the power of His might!
(Ephesians 6:10 paraphrased)
We maintain the position that no storm is too great to take
down those who know that the Lord is a solid refuge from
• He raises
us up and steadies us on higher ground.
• He clears our spiritual vision to give us sight of
something more, something better.
• And…in the process we are bettered,
…..like silver that has been refined, …..like
gold that is purified
We are strong and valuable.
Peace for Your Personal
Order No Storm Too
your own peace and healing. Let it help you strengthen
yourself in the Lord.
This 2-hour, 20-minute collection of prayerful scripture
meditations is available …..to help bring calm to
your troubled waters, …..to bring you the
Lord’s words of hope in the face of devastation,
…..to be a balm of peace over shattered nerves,
…..to keep your self-talk aligned with the
life-giving power of God’s Word, …..to help
keep you on the path of an overcomer.