There is a cyclone approaching our coastline, predicted to make landfall on Tuesday.
As in years past when these events threaten the town everyone is securing their home and belongings, clearing the yard of any debris, stocking up on essentials should we lose power, preparing safe shelter for pets and livestock and generally making sure that when the time comes to lock the doors and stay inside it is with some form of self assurance that all which could be done was in fact accomplished.
For those in the Northern Hemisphere you would be more acquainted with calling our cyclone a hurricane, and though this one is not a threat on the scale of Cyclone Yasi (2011) which decimated our coastline and even hundreds of kilometres inland, it is predicted to be a Category 4 and that's nothing to take lightly because it will cause a great deal of damage when it arrives.
Impending threats loom often in life, don't they?
Fear of what's ahead, a reaction we're dreading, expecting the worst outcome when all hope has faded, the long and frightening wait for a diagnosis, wondering when the next paycheck will arrive and how to survive until it does - all can fill our minds with fear and uncertainty.
But you know, God is bigger than all that and though we may still have to walk through our valleys or hide out from the storm, HE IS WITH US the entire time.
Hold fast to Him no matter what you face, and trust Him to carry you through.
I'm singing "Blessed Assurance" as I type this...'praising my Saviour all the day long'.
Is there anything better?
Not at all.
I love Blessed Assurance but this week I've been singing Be thou my vision.
Blessed Assurance is a really lovely song, and now I am singing it :)
I particularly love Just a closer walk with thee and It is well with my soul. I often catch myself singing these two as I go about my day.
Mother nature can be very unpredictable at times, and it is definitely worrying for those that need to live through it and come out the other side safely.
Praying that you and your family will be kept safe Jenny.
As the tragic events in London showed us this week, none of us knows what tomorrow will bring. One of my favourite hymns is "Because He lives, I can face tomorrow" and in difficult times I read Isaiah 43. God be with you in the days ahead. Bless you xx
I pray that everyone in the north will be safe. You seem to have a good battle plan. You have faith in the Lord and have made preparations. Such storms can be scary things,
Wishing you a safe time these next few days, we will all be waiting to hear from you that all is well! - Diane from Minnesota
"Blessed Assurance" are the words that I purposed as an anchor long ago and more recently when my mom was dying earlier last year. Although the grief was intense and threatening to engulf me (and still lurks periodically!), the hymn's words remind me of the One Who holds the future and is the Magnificent Creator of ALL things!!!! Peace be still................
Loved the Bible verse on your blog! I'll be praying for your safety. So many special songs come to mind - Blessed Assurance, was one of my mother's favorite.
Stay safe. You will be in my thoughts and prayers in the days ahead.
Having evacuated during a cat 4 hurricane (Katrina) I will pray this storm is less. The cleanup is painstakingly long
One of my favorite hymns!! Praying for the safety of all during the cyclone on Tuesday! I also pray it is the only one you experience this year!! But no matter what comes, He is in control and it is His plan, so we can trust that He will never leave us nor forsake us. We can do anything through Christ our Lord!!
Stay safe Jenny... sending prayers your way xx
I will be praying for you and all in the path of this storm. Last night, a friend's 7-yo boy underwent heart replacement surgery - it took the entire night. He's had 5 heart surgeries before. I know his parents were very concerned and afraid, but they, and all of us praying for him, were putting our trust in the Lord. John 6:68 says it all. "Then Simon Peter answered him, Lord, to whom shall we go? thou hast the words of eternal life." Thanks for these beautiful thoughts today.
Here's hoping some of the storm's strength blows out to sea so the strength is not as strong when it hits shore. Stay safe.
Blessed Assurance is one of my favorite songs. I can't carry a tune, so I sing it in the shower....grin. Prayers for safety!
Great Words and promises Jenny.
Stay safe and be Blessed! Robyne S.A
Thanks for this, Jenny. Blessed Assurance is such a wonderful song. Have you heard the rendition composed by Steve Ivey and performed by Celtic Hymns Singers? I've listened to it on Youtube and really love it. I'm praying as I type this that God will protect all those in the path of the cyclone. Hugs, Nancy
Jenny - your strong faith in the Lord will help this storm in life pass as well. I often wonder how the poor souls who do not know Him or have the scriptures or words of favorite hymns to give them peace make it through the trials. I am going into 90 days of unemployment with no income or assistance and find that trulybhe is with me daily. I share Psalm 91 for you. Reading it Psalm 23 and the Lords Prayer daily.
I'm praying for you in regards to the storm. May God protect you and your loved ones.
Praying for you all and your safety. Get back to us soon after and let us know you're alright.
That song took me immediately back to the small country church of my childhood. Thank you for that sweet memory, Jenny. Be safe.
Hearing the latest news just now on the BBC,hoping that you are safe & that you remain so through Debbie's arrival. We are all holding our breath until we hear from you. Sending love. - Diane from Minnesota
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