Tuesday, February 10, 2009

The Storm


That's where I think I am sitting right now.  Right smack dab in the middle of some giant storm.  Spawned by Satan himself.

And it is NOT fun.  My heart is heavy.

Last week our friend’s house burned.

Over the last few days we have had one friend die unexpectedly, another friend’s mother die, and one of my dear professors from anesthesia school lost her fight with myeloma.

And that was just Saturday and Sunday.

None of those people mentioned were over the age of 58.  Lives taken seemingly too soon, yet part of God’s plan.

Today my sister’s house was broken into and all of their electronic equipment was stolen— including my brother in law’s laptop with his work on his dissertation!

Thankfully, nobody was at home and her neighbor spotted the men, called the police and gave them a pretty good description of the idiots criminals and their car.  And they’ve put out the information to all the surrounding pawn shops.  

My husband just found out tonight (while at the funeral home) that one of our “old” friends is being worked up for a tumor in his brain!


I want throw my head back and scream like Charlie Brown after Lucy pulls the football away for the bazillionth time.


My thoughts are filled with prayers and my eyes with tears.


I cling to God’s Word in my heart:


“Trust in the Lord with ALL your heart, lean not on your own understanding;

  In ALL thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”    --Proverbs 3:5-6



And I have a song in my head:






Queen B said...

I'm so sorry that you are having to go through this. I always think of storms as a good indication of the magnitude of what God has planned for you. Obviously, Satan is trying to rock your world...but when God is the foundation upon which you are standing, you'll be alright.

Praying for you.

Deanna said...

I understand your feelings. 2008 was a hurricane for me. I felt like I was going to crumble under the weight and that same Casting Crowns song was one I played over and over.

Don't be afraid to LEAN... on God, on friends, on family.

Jules from "The Roost" said...

OH my word I have never heard so much tragedy in my life! I love how you steadied yourself in God's word. It is the only place to run!

a Tonggu Momma said...

Oh, Tammy. I am so very sorry. Storms in life are never fun. And remember, it's not that God never gives you more than you can handle... it's that God never gives you more than HE can handle. Praying for you.

blogging nut said...

You picked a perfect song for the occasion! The best thing I can offer is that I've been in the middle of those kinds of storms before too--I can empathize. Thank God He is always bigger than our circumstance. Will be praying for you and all these folks this week. :)

jennifer said...

I'll throw my head back with you and we will scream together... but mine will be like Michael Jackson.

That is a lot of bad news in a short period of time. But Satan knows his time is short and he prowls around like a lion. We however live under VICTORY. When times are bad like this I take comfort in the fact that JESUS Himself said that there WOULD BE TRIALS... and this is just one more example of God's Word being true. So if this is true all of the promises and all of the Hope is true too.

Hang in there Tammy.

Leigh said...

I cry with you. I feel the same right now. And I have read on Susan (Colrful Ife) she feels the same for losses. Just know that I am praying for you and your friends. I pray for your sister and for the friends whose home burned. God is a great healer. Put faith in His hands. HE will sustain you.

Big Hugs to you, my friend. Big hugs. It HAS been a rough week.

Carolina Mama said...

Oh sweety, I am so sorry. I was thinking of you and looking for your tweets and then stopped over. Praying for you sister. God Bless!

The Source said...

Doesn't that song just put you right where you need to be? It's one of our favorites around here.

I'm sorry there's so much bad going on right now in your lives. Keep your eyes on God and hang in there. I'll be praying for you and for those who are hurting as well.

Lots of hugs...

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

I'm so sorry, Tammy. I have a couple of these situations going on, too. My humor in my posts often belies what I'm feeling in the everyday.

Valarie Lea said...

I have this verse up on my desk...

Genesis 50:20

You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good to accomplish what is now being done, the saving of many lives.

Kirby3131 said...

Goodness, that's a lot to take in.

Shannon (muzbeecrazy.com) said...

When it rains it pours! Just stay strong in your faith and you will get through it. God bless.

Jennifer Raack said...

I am so sorry to hear that you are going through so much pain and sadness right now! I am definitely lifting you up to our Father right now!!!

If I have learned anything from all of our hard times, I have learned:

1. Satan ALWAYS kicks you where it hurts and he continues kicking you while you are down on the ground. His main goal is to break you.

2. God is ALWAYS there in the midst of your trials. Sometimes it feels as if He has turned His back on you but, rest assured, HE is there and He hurts when you are hurting. The good thing is, He can see the end results and the good that will come out of these bad situations....I think that is the only way He can stand to allow the painful things to happen in our lives!

3. God is molding you and shaping you during this time. I always take comfort in this thought....how wonderful to think that the Creator of the Universe cares enough for me to mold me and shape me into His beautiful creation. Sometimes I may feel like I am spinning out of control on His potter's wheel but He is the only one skilled enough to keep me centered and mold me perfectly. Somehow this knowledge helps me trust Him.

4. It's okay to be upset and even struggle with questions of "Why would God allow this?" as long as you are taking those questions to God and allowing Him to help you work through it all!

I pray the Holy Spirit will gather your tears and hold you until you feel nothing but peace....peace that passes all understanding!

Philippians 4:5-7
.....The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

littletoesandcheerios said...

Wow, this is beyond just a tough week. I'm so sorry for all the losses in your life. It's very hard for us to understand these illnesses that take our loved ones or make them suffer. But, with that said I'm so glad we have God in our lives. Could you imagine what it would be like if we didn't?