Tuesday, September 25, 2018

Updates



Two weeks ago I shared a piece of my heart through this blog. Last Tuesday my family and I came home. Since we arrived home it seems we've been on the go 24/7.
My family is blessed, however. Our house is undamaged. We had a tree go down into our neighbors' yard, inches away from their house, and portions of our fence fell down, but compared to what others have been through our damage was minimum. We were blessed.
Others haven't been so fortunate though. Many in my city - and in my own neighborhood - have had their houses flooded, or trees go into their houses.

In my city trees have fallen, debris is pretty much everywhere, fences down, tornadoes have been through in some places, and etc.. But despite what has happened it’s evident that God has been at work. Hurricane Florence changed to a Cat. 1 before hitting land and considering the damage it cause from that, thankfully it didn’t stay a Cat. 4. There have been many instances where the damage could have been worse, praise God that He has intervened many times. My heart aches for those who have had loved ones die or those who have had their houses destroyed or badly damaged, but I know that God can use this for good.

I've already seen God move in many ways, and I've seen people come together through this. This past Saturday our church had a church work day (we sent out teams to different houses to help) and more than fifty people showed up. While I'm not going to share everything that God has been doing recently in my city I will say that He's been moving.

However, times of discouragement do arise. We get worn out and tired, the road ahead seems long. But God can give us strength and He can encourage our hearts.

These verses from Isaiah 61 have been encouraging to me...

(verse 1) "The Spirit of the Lord God is on Me, because the Lord has anointed Me to bring good news to the poor. He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives and freedom to the prisoners;"

(verse 2) "...to comfort those who mourn..."

(verse 4) "They will rebuild the ancient ruins; they will restore the former devastations; they will renew the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations."

(verse 10) "I greatly rejoice in the Lord, I exult in my God..."


I’m looking forward to see how we continue come together in these circumstances and how God will continue to work. These situations aren’t ideal, but life rarely is and I’m sure God has a reason for what has happened.
That said, I'm going to take a blogging break... at least for now. Knowing me, it could just be a week or two, however it could be longer. I'm not sure yet.


A video my church shared - showing damage from the hurricane and people helping - had the song Beautiful Things by Gungor playing. It's a lovely song talking about how God can make beautiful
things from anything. You can click on the video below to listen to it or click here.




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What about you? What's been going in your life? Were you effected by Hurricane Florence? What's something that God has done in your life recently? What's a Bible verse that has encouraged you lately?


Psalm 9:10, “Those who know Your Name trust in You because You have not not abandoned those who seek You, Yahweh.”

12 comments:

  1. Praise God! I'm so glad that your house wasn't damaged or flooded like it could have been! And although the hurricane was very bad, I think it is pretty amazing to see how people come together to help each other (like your church!) Thanks so much for the update! And even though the storm has passed, I will keep praying for those still effected by the aftermath.
    I will miss reading your posts, but have a good blogging break!
    -Brooklyne <3

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    1. We actually learned, during this whole hurricane thing, that our house is on one of the highest parts of our neighborhood.... many areas of my neighborhood flooded. And one of our pine trees was leaning towards our house but fell into our neighbor’s yard - landing inches away from their house. We’ve definitely been blessed.
      Thank you for your prayers! Many are feeling the after effects of it all, some have just gotten back into town. Many houses are now unlivable.
      Thanks! I’ll miss blogging and try to get back to it in a few weeks but for now I just need a break. <3

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  2. So glad you're doing good! I'll keep the whole situation in my prayers. We've had some of the after effects of the hurricane like tons and tons of rain, but nothing serious. I'm glad you've seen God move in so many cool ways. :) I'll miss you on your break, but be sure to take time to rest and recoup! Thanks for the update!

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    1. Thank you, Mallory!!
      I know right? This hurricane moved so slowly that it just sat and rained... which caused a lot of flooding in some areas.
      I’ll miss blogging but I’ll try to be back soon! :)

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  3. I'm so glad you guys are doing well!!!!! We thought we'd get a lot of flooding but thank God, that passed us by. XOXO

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    1. Thank you! Oh that’s good that it passed y’all! <3

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  4. I'm so glad you're all safe and well, and praise God for the blessings that revealed themselves even through this trial. I hope you're break is refreshing. xx

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    1. Thank you, Jessica!! And yes, praise God! :)

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  5. So glad y'all are safe, Sarah! <3 Still in my prayers.

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  6. That's a lovely song, Sarah! I love how He makes beautiful things out of the dust - us. ♥ And I'm so thankful for the safety and blessings He is giving your family as you grow through this time. Thank you for sharing His goodness, my friend!

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    1. I love that song and the message it has <3.
      While I’m not saying all the circumstances are ideal, God does shine through and I know that He has a plan.
      Thank you for sharing your thoughts, Hosanna!

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