I ended my last post with these exact words,
"I hope to have power to be able to come back on my usual Wednesday post and update after we have "weathered" this storm."
And I'm so glad to be here to give an update!
Yes, Hurricane Irma came to visit us in Central Florida.
was NO lady!
She did not politely knock, ring the door bell or even introduce herself! She just barged right on in and proceeded for hours on end to spew her wind and rain all over the place!
Up until she rudely interrupted us, Brian and I were comfortably settled in our living room switching back and forth from watching the latest weather updates to watching old reruns!
At this point we were still under the impression Irma was going to hit down around the Florida Keys, then proceed to ride up the Western coast of Florida impacting us with possible tropical storm force winds maybe for a few hours!
Irma was a hurricane who DEFINITELY had a difficult time making up her mind!
Kind of like myself when Brian asks where I'd like to go on our truck date and I must choose between several different places. We start out in one direction, then I change my mind mid-stream, so we quickly head in a totally different direction. That's EXACTLY what Irma did!
She slammed into The Lower Florida Keys as a Category 4 hurricane, then made landfall, once again, in Naples and Marco Island with winds of 142 miles per hour!
However, instead of riding up the Western Coast as predicted, she decided at the last-minute it would be much more fun to trek right on up into the center of Florida! Right into where we live!
Winds were clocked at 92 mph here in the Clermont area!
YES, to say I was a bit "unnerved" is quite the understatement especially coming from the lady who doesn't even care for the almost daily summertime Florida afternoon thunderstorms!
BUT, at the same time I had peace, and I can say without a doubt it was the peace that can ONLY come from the Lord!
I kept repeating to myself this simple but very POWERFUL verse,
"What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee."
When our INSIDE patio doors began to shake around 1:15, I decided it was time to head to the closet!
We didn't realize, until our neighbors recently told us, that when our house was built many years ago, the closet in the master bedroom was actually built as a storm shelter!
The eye wall hit our area around 1:30 a.m. and lasted a little over one hour. It sure felt MUCH longer than that!
The winds howled and gusted ALL morning long, up until around noon!
We praise the Lord we did not lose our power, which is a huge answer to prayer, because due to my illness, I don't handle the heat nor the dark very well.
We have tree limbs down, tree debris scattered throughout our yard, and will need a new roof due to loss of shingles.
Others did not fare as well. As I write this, many are still without power and had substantial damage done to their homes.
People may ask,
"If God is so good and in control of all things then why would He allow something like this to happen?"
"I don't have an answer to that question!"
All I can really say is the BEST way to be prepared for a hurricane or any major disaster, or for that fact, the next day of your life, or let me break it down even more, your next breath, is to know Jesus as your personal Saviour.
We never know about tomorrow.
We need to be ready to go out into eternity at any given moment.
As I was growing up, I knew about the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ. I knew Jesus died on the cross for the sins of the world BUT I never made it personal. I just couldn't see myself as a sinner needing a Saviour!
I never did anything "that bad" which would label me a sinner in my own mind. I was a good and kind person, so how could I be a sinner?
The Bible teaches that we are ALL sinners and that one sin is just as bad as another sin.
But there is no sin so great that it cannot be forgiven.
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;"
None of us can measure up to the Lord's standard of holiness and that is why we NEED Jesus to be our Saviour.
“Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."
If being a good person, giving to the poor or even attending church could have forgiven us of our sins, God would have NEVER sent His only Son to the cross to die. But God loves us so much that He wants us to be with Him in Heaven forever and the ONLY way that was possible was for His perfect, sinless Son to die on the cross and to rise again the third day.
And I, for one, am SO VERY THANKFUL that He did. Jesus not only took the punishment for my sins and opened the way for me to be with Him in Heaven one day for all eternity, but as my Saviour, He is with me every single moment of every single day, and for that I can never thank Him enough!
Trusting Christ as your personal Saviour is so very simple.
It's just a matter of realizing that Jesus died, was buried and rose again for YOU. If you had been the only person living at the time, Jesus still would have died just for YOU because He loves YOU that much and wants YOU to be forgiven of YOUR sins and spend eternity in HEAVEN with HIM.
You simply pray and ask Jesus to be your personal Saviour. But please remember it's NOT the prayer that saves you, it's your FAITH in Jesus that saves you!
You could pray something like this,
"Dear God, I am a sinner and need forgiveness. I believe that Jesus shed His precious blood and died for my sins and rose again the third day. I am placing my faith in Jesus and Jesus alone to forgive me. I now invite Jesus to come into my life as my personal Saviour, Amen."
It’s that simple
If you have any questions or would like more information about trusting Jesus as your personal Saviour, PLEASE don't hesitate to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If I don't have an answer for you, I promise to get you one from a very reliable source.
to be obeyed,
to be believed."
quote by Harry Ironside
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