Follow Me!

It's Life

Don’t let the Storms of life bring you down

September 1, 2017

First let me say that my prayers go out to those in Houston, Texas. I have done more than pray I have also donated. There are reputable places where you can donate. Please make sure you are give something!

I can’t just post about my life and not have a heart for those that are not as fortunate as myself right now. I remember when I was little and I went through Hurrican Hugo in Charleston,SC. I don’t think we had it this bad back then at least to my knowledge. I was a little kid so my mom made sure we had everything we needed. We didn’t evacuate but we stayed together in one house. Back in the olden days they use to jar cans of food and my grandma and mom always kept can goods. I forgot how old I was but I remember watching the news and I told my mom that we needed to run to the store and buy everything, better yet we need to leave. My mom said we are always prepared for the storms of life because God is on our side. She also said that if you stay ready you never have to get ready. I had no idea what she was talking about but now in my adulthood….I get it.

The storms of life can be harsh. Almost as harsh as a hurricane that leaves a city on it’s knees.

Almost as harsh as losing family members back to back for various reasons

Almost as harsh as loosing your job, then your car, then your home in real life because you can’t pay your bills

Almost as harsh as begging for food and gas money because you can’t afford to pay everything due to job cuts or low pay

Almost as harsh kids who have no parent and have to go from foster care to foster care

We all go through storms. My late husbands sister called me last weekend to tell me that her grandmother which is my kids great mother has cancer. They don’t know how bad yet or what stage it’s in but it’s bad enough because if she called me…..(they rarely speak to me) it’s bad. My heart went out to her and I somehow felt the entire rush of life go out of me because I remember when my grandmother died and then my mom and then my aunt and then my uncle…back to back to back. The harsh storm of hell that I went through back in 07-08.

Next she informed me that my kids grandma (the hubs mom) was losing her memory. You see she is severely depressed. I can only imagine because she lost a son and then had to turn around and find out she has a tumor in her throat (not cancerous.. but she slurs her words) and then to find out that there is no one to take care of her 24 hours a day because everyone has to work and she has to be put into a home. Now she is losing her memory and to top it off her mother has cancer. The facility that she stays in makes my skin crawl and I won’t wish that type of living on anyone.

My Aunt on my side of the family called me to inform me that my Aunt…(my mothers sister) tried to take her life and they had to subdue her so now she is a home. How do you go from working at the pentagon to a life where you are considered harmful to yourself…..I have the answer….the storms. The harsh storms that we go through.

No one is immune to storms. Maybe your storm hasn’t hit you yet (its coming) maybe your storm is in pieces…you get a little wind here, a little rain there, then boom the hurricane comes and you aren’t prepared. So how do you prepare for the storms of life? For me I get on my knees daily for others they put plans in place but truly there is no way to prepare for storms because you won’t know how to deal with until you walk through it. If they say a storm is coming to Atlanta and the news tells us to prepare for it we can but what it becomes to much for us to handle? What if the storms are supposed to be a mild one but it hits us like a Tsunami?

I have been through enough storms in my 30 something odd life to know that

  • Storms don’t last always
  • you can never be fully prepared for any storm but you can have faith and hope in something to help ease you through
  • No one can go through a storm alone. You need God and someone here on earth to talk to and get you through
  • There is sunshine on the other side but you have to learn the lesson first….you won’t see the sunshine until you learn the lesson and this goes deeper than what I just wrote
  • You will never not have a way to escape a storm…sometimes you have to look hard and listen even harder

The storms of life prove the strength of our anchor.

Please donate to Houston and help others because while your storm may be not have come or already passed you by there is something to say about people who hold out their helping hands to help someone else get through the storm.

  • Reply
    Alli Smith
    September 1, 2017 at 12:00 pm

    I can’t even imagine all the pain the people in Houston and the surrounding areas are going through! Yes to praying for them and to donating! When we all do our part – little or big – it makes such a difference. Yes, the storms of life come – we can’t stop them, but I’m so glad that God is my shelter and strength. Praying for Houston!

  • Reply
    September 1, 2017 at 12:16 pm

    We have been through several floods in our area and the clean up and support is so important. We donate through our church which has sent several semi trucks down already and will continue to send trucks down to all the areas not just Houston. Pray for all the people of Texas and those coming in to help.

  • Reply
    Amber Myers
    September 1, 2017 at 12:22 pm

    I’m in San Antonio, so I hear about what is going on often. Luckily San Antonio is doing all it can to help out. There are donation stations everywhere and people have actually gone to Houston to help.

  • Reply
    September 1, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    I know what you re saying! We have been through many storms in our lives and I know with God on our side I knew we would get through them. Houston is such a terrible situation and I hope that we all find our own way to help thees people!

  • Reply
    Sarah Bailey
    September 1, 2017 at 1:11 pm

    I can’t imagine how it is for the people of Texas right now – it is awful they are having to go through so a time.

  • Reply
    September 1, 2017 at 1:46 pm

    We’re already sending prayers up to those in Texas. We went through Hurricane Irene 6 years ago and it was devastating to so many people. I will also add you to our prayers. Sounds like you have a lot on your plate right now too.

  • Reply
    Tomi C
    September 1, 2017 at 1:49 pm

    Thanks for sharing info on ways we can donate to help those in Texas. It’s so important that we help them and keep them in our prayers.

  • Reply
    Sheena Steward
    September 1, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    Prayers for you and your family! You’re so right we all go through the storms of life. Great advice at the end. We did need others to get through storms and there’s always light at the end.

  • Reply
    Joanna @ Everyday Made Fresh
    September 1, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    We live along the Gulf Coast of Florida, and I feel very lucky that we haven’t had to experience anything like what Texas is going through right now. It’s horrible. I can’t even imagine what we would do. Your right though, God is always on our side! Just trust in Him!

  • Reply
    September 1, 2017 at 2:21 pm

    I’m going through a storm myself but I always live by the motto, “It is, what it is.” Some things you can control but you just have to stay positive. Things will always get better. They have to, right?

  • Reply
    Jacqui S
    September 1, 2017 at 2:52 pm

    My heart is breaking for Houston and affected areas right now. It’s insane what they’re dealing with! I’m also going through a storm, but I’m paddling through it. Being laid off going on six months now and while having interviews, it’s rough going. Severance is about to run out. And trying to get my Virtual Assistant business up and going has been a struggle as well.

  • Reply
    Sarah Honey
    September 1, 2017 at 4:47 pm

    Praying for Houston! Heart breaks for them. I hope things start looking up for them!

  • Reply
    Jaime Nicole
    September 1, 2017 at 5:26 pm

    I hope that the storms start clearing for the folks in Houston. It’s going to be a long hard road to recovery. Hope everyone can donate something!

  • Reply
    September 1, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    I loved this post. I really hope that the rains stop so that people can start the recovery and healing process soon!

  • Reply
    Liz Mays
    September 1, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    This is a good reminder. It’s hard to fathom what people who lived in Houston must be feeling right now. I’m glad so many individuals have gone out to help. It may take a while for the pain to go away but it will.

  • Reply
    Tim B
    September 2, 2017 at 1:04 pm

    The great thing about living in Michigan is there rarely are natural disasters that have a large scale negative impact on us. But that doesn’t mean people don’t have personal struggles like the ones you mentioned in your post. Point is we all need to be supportive of one another when people are facing tough times what ever, when ever and where ever these struggles may be

  • Reply
    LeShelle, host of MRTV
    September 2, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    Storms are humbling. They help us put things back into perspective. Storms pull out of us strength for the next unexpected event. We always go thru a storm one way, but come out another. It’s up to us whether we come out better than when we went in.

  • Reply
    Mimi Green
    September 3, 2017 at 12:44 am

    The storms of life… I’ve certainly had several in my life. I got married at 18 and it turned into an abusive relationship. My grandmother and grandfather died within a year or one another from cancer when I was 22. My mother had breast cancer, a mastectomy, and chemo and it rocked my world. A week ago my cousin who is like a sister age 30 was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer in three different places in her body. Oh, I know all about the storm. They help make me into the person that I am today.

    My cousin, I mentioned lives in Columbia, SC growing up I think they were in Ft. Jackson, DC when Hugo hit. I remember visiting shortly after and thing were torn to pieces.

  • Reply
    September 3, 2017 at 2:22 am

    It’s devastating seeing my neighbor city is in this kind of situation. Houston will rise up again. I’m just glad that we didn’t get hit. Kudos to you for being one of those kind hearted people.

  • Reply
    Jilly Fisher
    September 3, 2017 at 3:42 am

    I have family and friends there and it is such a mess. So many memories destroyed. It will be awhile before things are back to normal and some people from New Orleans were affected again. It’s just horrible.

  • Reply
    September 3, 2017 at 4:02 am

    I’ve been following this from the beginning because one of my closest friends in the world lives around there and I worry , of course! I pray that people will stay untied and help each other out throughout the process of rebuilding the cities and their lives!

  • Reply
    September 3, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Life is definitely full of storms. We had a lot of loss over the last year, it’s taken a toll on all of us. I am so sorry to hear about all the illnesses in your family right now. It’s definitely one of the rougher storms to go through.

  • Reply
    September 4, 2017 at 12:39 am

    Oh man, Yes, I know all about storms! I didn’t even know storms until I became an adult. These floods are heartbreaking. I have also donated, but I have been very careful about money and donated some much needed physical items.

  • Reply
    Kirstin Fuller
    September 4, 2017 at 3:56 am

    I weathered the same storms as you in 2007 & 2008 when I lost both parents within in 11 months of each. After that I realize that the other storms of life will continue to make me stronger. Your Mother was so right when she taught you to always stay ready so you won’t have to get ready!

  • Reply
    September 4, 2017 at 11:02 am

    Yes, storms don’t always last, they will pass. I think that’s a lesson that when in the midst of storms we have to remember. This too shall pass!

  • Reply
    Monique Tillman
    September 4, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    I cant imagine how it feels to go through this magnitude of a storm. I was here in Nashville when it flooded, but it was not as bad Houston, Jersey Shore, New Orleans, or SC. I have family in Houston and they are okay. I have not heard how much they lost. This to shall pass.

  • Reply
    September 4, 2017 at 2:43 pm

    On-time post! Sometimes storms really just hit w/o warning. I’ve learned to not question it, but pray. Complaining usually has me in there longer. Prayers for your family. I hope things get better.

  • Reply
    Toiia L. Rukuni
    September 4, 2017 at 2:56 pm

    My heart is going out to everyone in Houston, and prayers to anyone that is going through a storm in life. I believe that God is preparing you to make it through each storm with grace and mercy and the blessings are on the other side of each and every storm.

  • Reply
    September 4, 2017 at 3:12 pm

    We all have to go through the storms of life. I look at it as being cleansed, being prepared for something greater. Whether is is a storm brought about by nature, or a storm that destroys us to the core, as long as we have faith, everything will be fine.

Leave a Reply

error: Are you trying to steal something? Tsk Tsk Tsk