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.