Friday, May 20, 2011

I'm so happy to be back!

      I'm not sure how long it will last, but at least for now my DSL is up and running. It is sporadic, to say the least. I was commenting on someone's blog yesterday, and it went out before I could finish. I barely had time to publish it. The storm really did a number on our lines! Please continue to remember those who lost their homes and lives here in Alabama. We are so very fortunate that our area was just barely missed by the tornado. Just over the mountain, or hill as some would call it, that tornado ripped through. Only a small mountain stood between my home and it. I'm so thankful and sad for others at the same time!
     Of course I watched Joyce this morning and the Holy Spirit quickened to me something she said: "Walk in the Spirit and you will not fulfill the desires of the flesh." She said that you don't have to worry about all the things you do wrong, just start walking in the Spirit and pretty soon, you will not be doing those wrong things. It was profound to me at the time because as Joyce said, people struggle with sin without asking the Holy Spirit to help them. Walking in the Spirit simply means reading and obeying God's Word, knowing that the Holy Spirit is inside you helping you.
      Joyce is offering her Everyday Life Study Bible this week. That is what I use everyday and I love it! Here is a life point in Psalms: "At times we may fall down and must get back up; we may stumble, but He always helps us. We continue on by His strength and His grace, knowing that every time we face a fork in the road (a place of decision), God will guide us." I just love reading this Bible! Try to get one, if you enjoy Joyce Meyer and the Amplified Bible.
      I have some pics I'd like to share with you, but my new memory card has an error on it and will not transfer the pics I just took, so I will have to transfer them at a later time. Thanks for reading, commenting and following!

Picture of a turkey taken inside house.

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

How can I put in words

      What I have seen and heard since last Wednesday? Unbelievable, destructive, deadly, amazing, powerful.... there is no end to describe it. I know that in the midst of it all, God is sustaining people and giving them hope for their future. For many, their future may be a place to lay down and rest for the night. Others may be fortunate enough to have family members or friends to stay with. I pray for all those who've lost their homes and/or loved ones that they might find peace and direction for their lives. I pray that many will be turned to You Father, instead of turning away from You and blaming You for this destruction.
       My home and my family was spared, although we had straight line winds or a mini twister that came through our backyard, turning over huge trees. I was in bed when I heard the loud whistling that lasted only a few seconds. When I got up and looked out, I couldn't believe my eyes! Such huge trees in so little time! Later that night is when the tornado came through, just over the mountain across the street. If the tornado had come across the mountain, I might not be here to write this. The path of the storm was so wide! It came all the way from Tuscaloosa and was no less destructive. It's just that this area is not as populated as Tuscaloosa, thank God! Many towns in this state were wiped out or severely damaged, such as my friends' restaurant, Katie's Catfish in Rainsville. I'm so sorry, Karen, for your loss. I hope you and your family are OK.
      I know that people don't like onlookers driving by and gazing at their loss, but we did and I'm glad because I don't ever want to forget what I saw. Here are some pictures. The first ones are our trees in the backyard.

Nice home in Silver Lakes with no roof.

Cows wandering in Silver Lakes since pasture fence is gone.