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Tell Me Something Good Monday – On Comfort

Now our Lord Jesus Christ himself, and God, even our Father, which hath loved us, and hath given us everlasting consolation and good hope through grace, Comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.
‭‭2 Thessalonians‬ ‭2:16-17‬ ‭

Happy Monday!  Life has been challenging in Florida, but we are so thankful and blessed.  Last night our power was out, but this morning we have electricity.  We have cool temperatures, strong winds and rain, but the weather we are experiencing is nothing compared to other places in Florida.  My son, who lives in Tallahassee, is without electricity this morning, but otherwise safe. My son-in-law left for south Florida on Thursday.  He’s been in Fort Meyers helping in shelters and with other needs in the area.  The stories he has shared are sad.  Provisions are limited and people are hungry.  We’ve been helping my daughter.  She’s a nurse and college student.  She’s been working midnight shift, so we’ve had a little visitor . . . our sweet grandson.  What a blessing!  We took him with us to church yesterday.  He was very well-behaved and the other parishioners were glad to see him.

Don’t you love that smile! He’s telling me that he is Batman Mickey Mouse and I’m the Flash.

I have heard so many wonderful stories about our community.  Local residents have been donating supplies, money, food and time to our local shelters.  The Wal-Mart parking lot is full of travelers with nowhere to stay.  A local church cooked and served these evacuees food.  The stories I’ve heard warm my heart and should be more mainstream news. Not only did the efforts help those in need, but they taught others, especially younger generations, how Christians should help others in need.  That is something good!

Yesterday was also the first time I taught Sunday School.  I wasn’t expecting to see many people during the storm, but I had about 10-12 people in my class.  That’s pretty good for a small church.   Sometimes God asks us to step out of our comfort zone and do his work.  That is what happened to me.  I was a little nervous, but I learned so much from those who attended my class and had so much fun!  I can hardly wait until next week.  It feels good to do God’s work.

The storm certainly isn’t over.  If you are in the path be safe.  My husband and I always pray for my viewers and followers, and we pray for your safety through this storm, too.  If you are safe, step out of your comfort zone and find a way to help others, as Jesus would do.  God bless you.


Forgiveness Thursday – Stay Calm

He stilled the storm to a whisper.  Psalm 107.29

Good Morning!  This morning I have a message for my fellow Floridians, and others who are in the path of a storm.

It is totally chaotic in Florida this week.  Even in Northwest Florida where I live, there are gas lines and the store shelves are empty.  I have lived in Florida all my life.  My advice is take the warnings seriously, but don’t panic.  Remember that people are more important than things.  Don’t spread fear.  Stay calm and find somewhere safe to go.  Don’t try to stay in a mobile home or camper.  My family did that during Hurricane Opal because the forecast changed at the last minute and traffic was at a standstill on all highways heading out.  It was a mistake and it was very frightening.  We are so blessed that God was with us.  If you are unsure whether you will be affected by this storm, it’s better to be safe than sorry.  Also, be aware that there are people who try to take advantage of others, either out of fear or meanness, during disasters, through price gouging, looting, vandalism and other criminal activity.  Be safe.  Do all that you can do.    Then trust God.

For my friends and family who will be working the storm, be safe.  We appreciate your efforts and are praying for you.

Join me in praying for all people who are affected by storms today.  God bless you.