Thursday, August 28, 2008


"Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and he brought them out of their distress. He stilled the storm to a whisper; the waves of the sea were hushed. They were glad when it grew calm, and he guided them to their desired haven." ~ Psalm 107:28-30 (Emphasis, mine)


I live about 2.5 hours inland in Mississippi. For those of you who might not know, Gustav is a tropical storm that is projected to become a category 3 hurricane in the Gulf early Sunday. It's a little early to tell, but projections for landfall have it heading more toward N'Awlins (that's New Orleans to those who don't speak Southern), which we are also about 2.5 hours from.

This week, I am thankful that God is ABLE to still Gustav to a whisper, if He so chooses. My full confidence is in God. I know that He will do His will, and although I am praying hard that the storm does turn to a whisper, I am waiting with anticipation to see how He, in His sovreignty, will act.

I am also thankful for the lessons Hurricane Katrina taught me. I will be better prepared at home in case we do have power outages and aren't able to get many places easily. I will have full tanks of gas in every car, more ready-to-eat food at home, and not complain when I have to sleep outside on air mattresses under the carport because it is so hot in the house.

Because we had no power, we had no idea of the devastation sustained down on the coast. We saw some of it on our way to check on some family members an hour south of us, but we really had no clue. And I complained, I grumbled, I moaned and whined. I was hot! Hot, I tell you! Miserable. But I had a home to live in, I had my loved ones around me, I was safe. I have learned not to complain.

I'm also thankful for the little things in life that we sometimes take for granted...air conditioning, ice, gasoline, a cold deep freezer, electricity, clean water, cold sweet tea, shelter from storms in a sturdy home...I could go on and on.

I'm mostly thankful this week for the complete trust I have in God, knowing that He is able and He can do the impossible.

"Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God."

~ Luke 18:27 ~

Please join me in praying that He does the impossible with this storm. Pray the storm fizzles and doesn't build up strength in the Gulf. Most of all, pray that God's will be done, and if He chooses not to still the storm, that He will provide for those in its path.

Finally, please visit Iris, the hostess of Thankful Thursday to read what the she and other participants are thankful for this week. I hope you'll participate, too!

18 comments:

Dawn said...

Oh girl I so understand your post today! Even though I don't think we'll have another Katrina I'm right there with you. I filled up yesterday and will do so every other day, going to make sure we have cash on hand, more food, gas in the grill and by tomorrow or Saturday if that one still looks like it's headed our way Patt will go fill a 50 gallon drum full of gas for the generator (which by the way I'm soooo thankful to have and not have to hunt!) So many don't realize that even so far inland that Katrina scared the mess out of us little southern gals! (and a few men too!) Have a great day!

Marsha said...

Be safe!

My husband worked in NOLA for 6 months after Katrina as part of the clean up. I went down there 3 times. It was one of the saddest sights I've seen.

I'm praying for that whisper as well.

Stay alert and be safe!

LAURIE said...

Laurie Ann,
Thank you for sharing your grateful heart with us today. What a powerful reminder to us that we are blessed people! Unfortunetly we often times take the basic things of life (like food, shelter, AIR CONDITIONING) for granted. I am praying for Gods shelter over you during this storm and may you feel His peace and protection today. -Blessings, Laurie

LauraLee Shaw said...

What a beautiful perspective! While many are worried, you are trusting. I admire you so much and pray that I could have the same attitude if I were in your situation. Will be praying for you specifically as I pray for the storm and people in general.

Thankful Thursday: thankful for perspectives such as these!

genny/entry here said...

maybe you are always in safe with God's umbrella of safety. praying for you...

Front Porch Legacy said...

I'll be praying that God will indeed still Gustav to a whisper. God bless you and your family. (And I'm definitely giving thanks for cold sweet tea!)

Cheryl said...

Laurie Ann,

You live in hurricane land. Me, tornado land. You have a little more warning. Both can be so devastating. But, we both have a God that will take care of us whatever we face in life.

I'm praying that hurricane fizzles out!

Love you!
Cheryl

Jenileigh said...

Joining you in prayer. Have a blessed Thankful Thursday.

Tracy said...

Know that I'm praying for you, dear friend. Your grateful and humble perspective touches my heart.

Blessings,
Tracy

Princess said...

Prayers for you and with you, Laurie Ann. You are so right about those little things that because they are right in front of us are taken for granted.
A great TT to you and stay blessed always.

Rebecca said...

I have prayed for all the families there this morning. What I love most is how you acknowledge God is able to still the storm to a whisper, but above all ask that His will would be done and that if He chooses not to, ask instead that He would provide. What an example of trusting in who He is completely. A great example for how I can pray in my situation as well! Thanks for your prayers for us too. Blessings, Rebecca

Denise said...

I stand in prayer with you my dear friend, love you.

flmom said...

Sending prayers for all of you in Gustav's path. (We're having to watch Hanna now.)

It is hard to really fully fathom the devastation such a storm leaves. We dealt firsthand with Frances and Jeanne in 2004 and the images of the aftermath all around me are unforgettable.

Kristi said...

I'm joining w/ you in prayer. Please, keep us posted when you can.

Earthmommy said...

I can't say enough about storm prep. I lived in Wilmington NC for eight years and sticking out the way we did we got beaten up by every storm that wound its way up the east coast. Even tropical storms can do enough damage to knock out the power, so you really have to be prepared. Prayers coming your way that the Lord will still Gustav. Oh and your "N'Awlins" had me cracking up as I am totally a Southern gal.

Cheryl said...

I pray for your safety during this storm. You have a neat thankful post. Happy Thankful Thursday. God Bless- Stay Safe!

Serendipity said...

Reading this has made me realised how blessed I am to live in a place where we don't have storms and tornadoes. Although of late, due to global warming (I think), we are having increasing occurrences of floods and even small freak storms.

Keeping you in my prayers. God bless!

mama meji said...

Oh God, you are living in a place that storms love to visit. :-) But you have a great lesson to share and that is to appreciate every little thing. Thanks for reminding me. And I know God will take care of you and your family - as He always does- when a storm comes , be it Gustav or some other storm.