Monday, May 23, 2011

After the Storms

Last evening, there were some terrible storms quite a ways south of us and some severe ones that went through here, but without significant damage where we live. Our hearts go out to our fellow Missourians who were hit by the devastating tornado that went through Joplin, and please join us in praying for everyone there. As well as for those elsewhere across the state that were affected be these storms.

In such difficult and frightening times, what a comfort it is to know that even in things such as this, we are not out of the Lord's hand. His love and care are still sure . . . and through it all, may the fruit borne from it be hearts that are drawn to the Lord, that come to rest and trust in Him as their Savior, as their solid rock and their refuge and strength, a "very present help in trouble." (Psalm 46:1)


20 comments:

  1. Sarah,

    Your family has been on my heart ever since I heard about the tornado last night... I am so glad that you are fine!
    It was very frightening for us, because we have friends there. God protected them though, and they are alright!
    The city of Joplin is constantly in our prayers!

    Love In Christ,
    Jenna

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  2. Sarah, I am so GLAD you all are alright. You were the first to pop in my mind when I heard about the storms. We have been watching news footage of the damage. Our hearts, hugs, and prayers go out to all families.

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  3. Sarah---the photos from the storms are very sad...so much damage.
    Indeed your are right...we are never outside of the Lords' hands, even through trials.

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  4. Thank you, Jenna, for your sweet comment and for your concern for us! I am so glad to hear that your friends in Joplin made it through the storm safely. It would be frightening to hear about something like that and not know whether loved ones are safe or not. Thankfully, your friends were all right! I am sure you were relieved to hear that news.

    Thank you again, Jenna!

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  5. Thank you so much for your kind comment and concern for us, Angie! We had some bad storms here with very strong winds, quarter-sized hail and heavy rain, but nothing near what took place elsewhere. Like you, our hearts and prayers are with all of the families in Joplin who were affected by this!

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  6. The photos are so sad, Ellen . . . this hits close to home which makes it seem much more personal. How our hearts ache for those whose lives were so quickly changed by this storm! Though as you shared, even through trials, we are never outside of the Lord’s hands and in that is great comfort.

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  7. I am so thankful your family is unaffected by the storms. I was horrified by the images I saw of the tornado damage. It is beyond comprehension. I am praying so earnestly for those whose lives have been impacted so significantly. May they find hope and peace in God during these dark, difficult days.

    I do hope you and your family are doing well.

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  8. It was very sad to here about the storms down in Joplin, but we also praise Him. We had some very good friends driving through that town a little before it hit. They had stopped at a gas station because they needed gas, but the power was out. The wife thought they should wait and see if the power would turn back on; but the husband was getting nervous, thinking there might be a tornado very close -- they told us that the light poles were shaking very badly. Praise the Lord, that they left that gas station when they did, because a little later, the tornado went right through there.

    Blessings and Greetings, my dear friend!
    Bethany Joy

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  9. I am so thankful that you and your family are safe... and we have been continually praying for those who have lost their homes... and those who have lost loved ones. It is such a joy to know, that in the midst of all the trials of this life, that we have a loving Savior who holds us all in His hand.

    Love In Christ,
    ~Shannon~

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  10. Hi Sarah,
    Glad to hear you and family are safe.
    We had storms at our house, but thankfully no damage.
    We had gone to West Plains for shopping and lunch yesterday, and my son, daughter, DIL, and I got locked in Wal-Mart as a tornado was 12 miles away and headed our way. It was a little unsettling, especially after Joplin and everyone around us talking about how the WM in Joplin was destroyed. No cell phones were working and my husband and oldest son had headed back home. After a while, we were let out and we made contact with my husband who said to get out of town asap, which we did and all got home safely. The tornado turned to the southeast, went across country and missed West Plains.
    I'm staying home today close to my root cellar. :-)
    Blessings to you,
    Miss Anne ♥

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  11. When I first heard that a tornado had gone through Missouri I first thought of your family, Sarah. I am so glad to hear that you are all well, but my heart aches with yours for all those who were caught in the storm. And I heartily join in the prayers that they will find the Lord a true comfort now and always. Living in Vermont where we get practically no tornadoes it is so easy for me to say this in some ways, since I have never experienced the pain of a situation like this. May the Lord turn all of our hearts to feel His heart for those who must face these storms without Him.

    Praying that the Lord will continue to protect you and may you have a blessed day!

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  12. Thank you for your caring comment, Miss Linda! We are thankful as well that thus far, we have been unaffected by the storms. The tornado damage in Joplin is pretty incredible . . . when looking at the photos, it doesn’t even seem like it could be real. How powerful a tornadic storm can be! Your prayer is ours as well . . . may those who were affected by these storms find their hope and peace in the Lord during this time.

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  13. It is very said, Bethany! Wow, that’s pretty amazing about your friends . . . I am so glad they made it out of there before the storm hit and that they were all right!

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  14. Thank you for your sweet comment, Shannon . . .and thank you for your prayers for those who lost loved ones and their homes. As you shared, there is indeed joy in knowing that we have our loving Savior who holds us all in His hand!

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  15. Thank you for your comment, Miss Anne! My, that would be a scary experience for you all when you were locked in Wal-Mart with a tornado nearby. I am so glad that it didn’t go near you, and that you were safe! It looks like we have more severe weather in the forecast for today . . . staying close to home wouldn’t be a bad idea!

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  16. Thank you so much for your sweet comment, Anna, and for your prayers! It really brightened my day to see this note from you and to hear from you again. :) Thank you also for your concern for us! Thankfully we are all right, but like you, our hearts ache for those who were affected by the storms. As you shared, may they find true comfort in the Lord for now and always!

    Thank you again, Anna, and may you have a blessed day as well!

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  17. Thank God we have no more storms . Yes our people need our prayers. Come on over.

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  18. Thank you for your comment, Savories of Life, and welcome to my blog! :) Yes, it is indeed a blessing that there is a break from the severe weather now . . . and prayers are continuing for those who were affected by these storms.

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  19. So glad to know that you are safe. We were very close to the storms that came through Tennessee. It affected a few clients but thankfully everyone is still alive.

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  20. Thank you for your comment, Nabila, and I am so glad that you all made it through the storms safely as well! Though, I am sorry to hear that some of your clients were affected by the storms . . . as you shared, though, I am so thankful that everyone is alive!

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Thanks so much for your comment! Each one is read and enjoyed. :)