Tuesday, March 13, 2012

March Has been Eventful to say the least

"The March wind roars
Like a lion in the sky,
And makes us shiver
As he passes by.
When winds are soft,
And the days are warm and clear,
Just like a gentle lamb,
Then spring is here."
- Author Unknown

March roared in for sure, in the land where I live. Friday, March 2nd I woke up, still trying to get used to the 8 to 5 I am working temporarily. I get to work and very early in the day comes the beep-beep-beep on my phone warning of a Tornado.

We go back in our large metal building to an office to wait. The wait proves to be a scare I'll never forget. As we sat and tried to get info about what was going on we see it's hit very close to my house on a path I've seen before back in time. Then very soon the faces of my co-workers tell a story that requires me to remember who holds my life, my loves and all I care about in His hands. The Facebook that is not coming in on my phone, has told my co-workers my neighborhood is hit and search and rescue is looking for survivors. I try repeatedly for what seemed like hours but was really 5-10 minutes to reach my children who are at home with my grandchildren in this neighborhood. I remember the tears, I remember the prayers I tried to utter, I remember thinking Lord take everything I own, but please not my babies. Well, He was faithful! The EF3 tornado that touched down did demolish houses, but noone lost a life. To God be the GLORY! My end of the neighborhood was just wind blown- my babies were terrified but unharmed. My daughter had just recently moved to my end of the neighborhood, and her old house was demolished. That weekend we saw neighbors helping neighbors and a community come together for each other. The businesses near my home were hit, a church had part of it's roof blown off. About 12 homes in my neighborhood have complete or significant damage. We were without power for almost two days, but all of that is replacable. Human life is not. This could be a rough spring. I'm so glad I know who holds my future in his hands.
Speaking of knowing who I belong to, brings me to the second weekend of March.
I spent it at the Opryland Hotel in the Magnolia Ballroom at The Pearl Event II, where two hundred beautiful ladies sat underneath the glistening chandeliers and heard some of the sweetest ladies in the world tell what God has done for them and what He wants for each of us. I met two ladies I have followed for years, who felt like friends before I met them.Edie was so beautiful, baked us all The BEST Chocolate chip cookies, and shared how God has taken care of her family , even through a fire. I was blessed to finally meet her.

Paige is as wonderful as I imagined all the years I've read her blog. I have tried to meet her on several occasions when I went to Atlanta for Market. She introduces you to her life, her family, and her relationship with the Lord in such a way you feel like friends. Seeing her and her sweet family meant alot , but hearing her say God wants us all to know we have a significant story touched me.

Sibi is the lady who planned, prepared, fasted and poured her whole self into making this day become a reality. I had not read her blog as long as the other ladies, but when they both showed up on their blogs saying she was planning this shindig and they would be there-I started reading her blog and could not stop. I would read her posts and think ~she's a modern day Mother Teresa. What a special heart she has. Now, after meeting her and hearing her amazing story -you know she is the testimony of Jeremiah 29:11 fleshed out. God had plans for her all her life and he brought her into her hope and her future. She taught us that we are God's beautiful pearls. I'll never look at pearls the same again. I felt so blessed to be there and to hear all the ladies speak. Each one shared what God has done in their life. We had wonderful praise and worship music. It was a day I'll never forget. I just wish I could have taken more people with me to recieve the blessing.
For I consider that the sufferings of the present time are not worthy to be compared to the glory which shall be revealed in us. Romans 8:18
Yes, March has been eventful!
Thank You Lord for all of it!
Be blessed!


Jennifer said...

I have chills as I read about the tornados. They are all to common here in TN...especially the warning where we all sit in fear of what is about to happen. thankfully that you and your family and those precious grandbabies were all safe under our Makers protective hand. Glad to have found your blog. Once I saw your picture from the Pearl Event I realized I was sitting only 2 rows back from you. We will have to meet at the next one for sure!

Cha Cha said...

So happy your family was safe during the storms, tornados are the worst. I love that you called Sibi a modern day Mother Teresa. She is one of the most amazing women that I know. So glad you got to go the event. Maybe next year we can meet.

Cha Cha

Kathie Truitt said...

Okay, the picture of that tornado gave me the heebie-jeebies. We used to get these all the time when I lived in Missouri and Mississippi, but not so much here in Virginia (thank God). I have followed Sibi's blog for a while and that's how I just found you! Love you to pieces - can't wait to read more.

Design with Grace said...

So glad you had a wonderful weekend Lorie! Blessings :) XOXO

Sibi said...

Sweet Lorie,

I am thankful too, that you all are safe after such horrible weather! The week before TPE I was hovering over all five of my babies in the bathtub....praying that the sirens would stop and that it would pass over us. The pictures you posted make my heart sink...

I wanted to thank you for taking the time to drive up for the event...It was so wonderful to meet you and talk with you. I loved reading your thoughts and experiences from the day....and I thank you for your kind words. Your words ministered to the deep places inside. Thank you beautiful friend. That is most definitely the nicest thing anyone has ever said to me.

We are planning on holding a third event next spring and I hope you can join us again!!

Big Hug,