Monthly Archives: July 2015

No Safe Place To Hide

Dear Readers,

     There is no safe place to hide…

 

     NO SAFE PLACE TO HIDE-  Journal Entry, May, 2015 

     I’m just discovering, at age 71, that there is no safe place to hide.  If a tornado, or a tsunami, or lightning hits, if God decides it is time for you to be with Him, no matter where, when, or what you are doing, it’s final!

     Recently a tornado storm raged through Kansas, Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Missouri, dropping 51 funnel clouds!  Very few people died but the devastation was enormous.

     One story that came out of our area really made me think a lot about running into a shelter!  A woman in the last squall went into her shelter where she thought she would be safe.  One tornado dropped seven inches of rain in her state, in one hour, which triggered flooding and waves of water across the plains.

     Her refuge was an old well she had converted into a storm shelter.  The wave washed over her land and over her dugout where she drowned in her safe spot.  This tells me there is no such thing as a "Safe spot!"  We can be sitting in our livingroom, our car, our church, our school, anywhere, and as the woman discovered, there is no place to hide when it is your time.  The water came so quickly that there was only seconds to escape.  And, to be honest, it was God calling her home!

     My daughter Shelley visits from Massachusetts every couple of years.  The last time she was here, while visiting with her big sister and her two nieces, the Bolivar City’s tornado sirens went off.  She freaked and shouted, "Shouldn’t we get in your shelter?"  They all ran to the center bathroom where she nervously commented, "I don’t feel very safe in here!  Don’t you have a better place?"

     "Auntie, calm down!" her nieces told her, "These storms usually pass very quickly!  It will be all over in a few minutes!" the girls chuckled.

     Severe storms have always been my greatest fear.  But I have discovered there is no safe place!  Why has it taken me so long to realize this?  Did God just open my eyes to my lack of faith and trust in Him?

     Mark 4:40+41 says,  He said to his disciples, "Why are you so afraid?  Do you still have no faith?"  They were terrified and asked each other, "Who is this?  Even the wind and the waves obey him!"  (NIV)

 

                             Love in Christ,   Claire xoxo 

 

 

 

 

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The Tragedy

Dear Readers,

     Amazing little signs happen every day in our lives to wake us up to God’s presence…

 

     THE TRAGEDY- Journal Entry, February, 2015

 

     A tragedy in my son-in-law’s family happened this week.  His 17 year old cousin was murdered in a teenage gang fight in California!  It involved drugs, selling, and turf.  The gang went to teach a boy a lesson but he surprised them, pulled out a knife, cut a few of them, and ran! 

     Two boys ended up going to the hospital where one died from stab wounds.  The boy they attacked was not charged.  It was ruled that he acted in self-defense.  Two boys were charged with murder and remain in jail.

     My daughter and son-in-law flew from New England to California for the funeral.  On route they had a spiritual awakening!  As they were trying to find their way to his cousin’s house, out of nowhere a heart shaped balloon suddenly floated up in front of their car window!  Written on the front of it were three words, "I Love You!"  It hovered over the front windshield for a while as they continued to drive and then suddenly disappeared before their eyes!

     I have been praying for almost 20 years for my son-in-law to accept Jesus and get saved.  I so desperately want him in heaven with my daughter!  They love each other very much, but still remain unevenly yoked.  I hope and pray this obvious sign from heaven will open his eyes to God being real!

     My daughter loves and believes in Jesus, but her hubby does not believe in any higher power, life after death, any of it!  I’ll continue to pray for his eyes to be opened by this event, and for God to send more awakenings.

                             

                                   Love in Christ,  Claire xoxo 

 

     Phil 4:6+7, " Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God, and the peace of God which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus."   (NIV)

 

     Jeremiah 32:17, " Ah, Sovereign Lord, You have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm.  Nothing is to hard for you."  (NIV)

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