Thursday, April 28, 2011

Our Night in the Storm Cellar

To say our hearts are heavy this morning is an understatement. The storms have destroyed so much. Homes are gone, towns destroyed and families are grieving the loss of their loved ones.

After the girls and I settled in for our basement slumber party last night, we talked a little about what could happen. Surprisingly, they were not afraid. We made up beds and settled in for a long night.

I asked the girls if they wanted to read a particular passage or have a favorite Bible story they wanted to hear. Emma spoke up pretty fast and said "Joseph". So we read about Joseph and his brothers. Verses like "what you meant for evil, God used for good" just about had me in tears last night.

Then we hit the Psalms. I can't even tell you which ones we read, I just kept turning pages and read/prayed them for a little while. The girls were still and quiet and I could tell they were close to sleep, so we prayed.

Chloe prayed first asking God to protect our area, spare us and to "move the storm out of our path".

Emma prayed for the people who had already lost their homes and that God would help her be brave.

We had hardly finished praying when Chad texted me. (He's at Nasa for the shuttle launch) His eyes were glued to the weather channel. His words were..

"Weather channel reporting tornado danger for metro ATL has passed-tornado activity is all but dead!"

God answered our prayers and literally moved the storm out of our path.

This was my view shortly after that text.

We are grateful.

At the same time we are just sick for Alabama, northern Georgia and Tennessee. We have friends and or family in each of these places.

Everything in us wants to get in the car and go help clean up, rock babies, hand out water. But we right now we can't do that.

So we pray.

We pray that Jesus will continue to be near to the brokenhearted.

We pray for restoration. Restoration of property, but more importantly, of hearts.

We thank Him for being greater, stronger and in control of all things.

He is faithful. He is with us on days with blue skies and He is with us on days filled with funnel clouds and hail storms. He is in control.

Our focus verse for yesterday was the last part of Luke 8:25

"He commands even the winds and the water, and they obey him.”

While I pray we never see this type of devastation again, I am so thankful for time we had last night in the storm cellar. It will be an Ebenezer moment for each of us.
So far the Lord has helped us. (see 1 Sam. 7:12)


Patty said...

Beautiful post! Love you!

Carol said...

Amen! I wrote about this, too. This was beautifully written. Love you!

jenmom said...

Beautifully worded...My husband has a brother in Birmingham...he is safe...all of our brothers and sisters and our parents were all in the areas that were hardest hit in MS and AL and they are ALL safe! Praising the Lord who has sustained our families through this devastating weather!

So very thankful you and your girls were kept safe!

P.S. JennaBeth has that same Lady Bug pillow pet :)

Michele said...

Precious. What an incredible testimony that during a violent storm with impending danger, you and your kids were trusting God and he gave you peace. You must be doing a great job parenting them. Thanks for sharing.

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Georgia Jan said...

What a wonderful testimony of your faith and family! I loved reading this. Come read the post I wrote on my blog at Lisa McKay's request. She is still without power and two of their neighbors lost their lives. I am thankful God spared y'all and most others in our wonderful Georgia.

Love much,
GA Jan

ajnrileysmommy said...

beautifully written. i love the comfort God's word brings!