Oklahoma

21 May
Tornado that hit the outskirts of Wheatland in June 2012. Although it caused damage and home loss to many, we were all grateful for no loss of human life.
My heart and prayers go out to all those affected by the terrible destruction in Oklahoma. I don’t pretend to have answers for the “why?” questions when natural or man-made disasters hit. I can’t explain away tornadoes, bombings, earthquakes, mass shootings, tsunamis and terrorist attacks.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight – Proverbs 3:5-6 (NIV)
What I do have, is a hope and promise of better things to come through my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I made life’s most important decision to accept Jesus as my savior and to follow him. I am undeserving of his love and forgiveness, but he gives it to me anyway. And I believe that no matter what happens here on earth, his plans for me are good and he has a perfect place waiting for me when he calls me home. A place with no pain, no suffering and no hatred.
“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) 
Flooding on a field in May 2009
Watching the terrible destruction, aching for the loss of life, praying for strength and comfort for those affected –  it’s a somber reminder that this is not our home. Everything fades except the promises, love and hope we have in Jesus Christ.
Do not store up for your yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven…For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also – Matthew 6:19-21 (NIV)
May we all draw nearer to God as we face life’s hardships.
Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Grieve, mourn and wail. Change your laughter to mourning and your joy to gloom. Humble yourselves before the Lord, and he will lift you up. – James 4:8-10 (NIV)
God Bless You & Oklahoma,
Liz
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