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Thank God We Didn’t Flood

We live in a place where it may not rain for a long time and then it rains so much that the White River comes over its banks and floods people out. Thank God the latest rains got close but didn’t flood. If you follow my blog you know we were flooded out in 2008 twice, had to be rescued and lost most everything.

With the help of a lot of wonderful people we have the house raised ten feet and after four years this month, we have the house back in order. If I look for facts as how we did it financially I don’t know how but we did.

They say hind sight is 20/20 and if we had known or been more diligent on researching the area, we may not have moved here, but I believe this is the place we should be for now and if we had known we may not have come. Although I don’t like the threat of the White River, you couldn’t find a more beautiful place.

The most important thing I learned from all of this is trust. I always thought I trusted God, depended on Him but I realized through this that I had a lot of self-dependence. Not to brag, but I’d always been the giver and to be on the accepting side was hard and it is a humbling experience. I learned we can do nothing without God.

Trust comes when we realize we have no power without Christ. When we come to the end of what we can do and all we can do is curl up in the Father’s arms and depend on Jesus to meet our needs.

Some people believe that they are in control of life. They say they are successful by their own merits and don’t need a religious crutch. I pray for people who think they stand in their own power. When they meet the timeline of life they cannot control their end no matter how hard they try. No matter how successful and powerful a person is death gets us all. Tomorrow is not a promise here. That’s why salvation in Jesus Christ is so important.

We all have gifts and we can use them for good or evil. God rains on the just and the unjust so success can be to believers or unbelievers. True success however is not measured in material wealth but in how we have lived the life God has given us, what we have accomplished with peace and joy in our soul.

God does not want us to be failures. Success with Christ at the center is success for eternity.

March Update and Prayers for Tornado Victims

I am praying for all our neighboring states that were hit hard by tornado loss of life and damage. Our little town was hit in 2008 and we are still in recovery mode. The hospital reopened this year and many of the houses have been rebuilt but the effects fo the storm can still be seen in many places. In the woods, some debris still litter the landscape or are stuck in the trees. The path of the tornado can still be seen though weeds and such are coming back, many of the fallen trees are still there.

The sadness of families being separated, whole families killed in the many tornados that hit this week is just beyond measure. I know what it feels like to lose everything in a flood but we had no loss of life and we had a house to rebuilt. Henryville will have to be built from the ground up. Joplin last year was very similar. I know the word says that it rains on the just and the unjust but when you are spared you can’t help but praise God you were spared. We have had several brushes with tornados out at our place with one lifting right before it hit our place and hit on the other side of the river where there were no houses. They say storms are better than earthquakes (years in California) but I’m not so sure. Tornados have a habit of hitting at night or early morning when people are not prepared AND we have bad storms so often it is hard to decide when to take cover or just ride out a storm. Tornados come and go so quickly by the time you decide it is a tornado it is upon you. So, not so different from an earthquake.

I thank God that we can have a peace even in the midst of storms when we know Christ as our Savior. I know many of the ones that have lost homes and lives were believers and ready to go. Our time lines are not decided by how or when we want to go. Our life and death is determined by God. If we have our hope in Christ then leaving this world is just a step over into our eternity with him. Eye has not seen nor ear heard, neither has it entered into the heart of man what God has prepared for those who love Him. My heart goes out to the parents who lost children, children who lost parents and all who lost loved ones because loss for those left is hard but the believer that has died is rejoicing in heaven with the promises of God fulfilled.