Of Earthquakes, Hurricanes & Contentment

Today, I am grateful that Hurricane Irene has passed. There seems to be no damage here or at the shore and we plan to return to our evacuated vacation as soon as the roads are passable and restrictions are lifted.

It's been a helluva week.

Beginning with a son being diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, previous water damage to a side of the house still unresolved, then an earthquake that rattled us in a few ways, the hurricane evacuation from our vacation that led to a tornado threat, sending us to our basement, back at our home, (the first time the emergency broadcast system was NOT a test...)during which another son had food poisoning and vomiting....when it rains, it pours.

So much coming at us at once, to rob our peace. And yet, we know we are held in the palm of His hand. Many prayed for us and those prayers do give us a strong sense of resiliency, of faith. Thank you.

Thank you, Lord, that in Your mercy ALL of it was not worse. And today, the morning after, I received this email quoted below. Grateful as I am...still...it could be written about me.

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
-- Philippians 4:12

Contentment! I find it hard to be contented about almost anything. My performance is not up to par. My weight isn't where it should be. My words were a little insensitive in the last conversation. It's even easier to slip into recognizing what we don't have. But before money, possessions, health, or any other thing can be truly enjoyed, we first have to learn that contentment is not based on our circumstances but our salvation.

Almighty and generous God, you are the giver of all good gifts, I would like your help in finding the gift of contentment. Bless me as you choose, for I know deep in my heart that no blessing can compare to being your child. In Jesus' name I thank you. Amen.


I must lift my thoughts and be content in all the blessings, the abundant blessings that I do notice, Lord...the sun, the surf and the storms. "And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose." ~ Romans 8:28


Jamie Jo said...

Prayers coming your way. Thank God you are all ok.

Anonymous said...

Allison~I truly prayed for you last night when I saw how hard Delaware was hit as well as the shore. You were the first person that popped into mind.

I am so grateful to wake up today to just water in the basement. Even made it to Mass. Everyone is safe, we have power and a home...praise God!~Theresa

Anonymous said...

When it rains it pours indeed. God knows your strength to trust you with so much. Praying for you all. Call me if you need a chat.

The Little Way said...

Allison, I will be keeping your son in my prayers. I hope you will be able to resume your vacation without further stress. Peace Joyce

Jenny said...

Have a drink for me...actuallu make that a gulp! Continued prayers for you all my dear friend. Enjoy all He has given you.

scmom (Barbara) said...

Your week was worse than mine, my dear, and I hardly thought that possible. Prayers for a new week!

Patty said...

OH my. You have had such a rough week. Sounds as though there may be some time to capture a bit of R&R before settling back in. Prayers for you and your family!

Lisa said...

I have been praying for you and your dear son since hearing of his diagnosis.

I am right with you! :-) We, too, were evacuated from Ocean City and are hoping to return tomorrow morning. And, my children were also sent to the basement as the countless tornado warnings kept coming in. What a week!

But, more importantly, as you pointed out, what an amazing God we have and no matter what, we are always to be grateful to Him.

God bless,

Sarah Oldham said...

Isn't it nice God loves you so much and trusts you with so many things. I don't mean to be sarcastic, but He knew you would carry these crosses - and not without HIM! I know I forget to ask Him to help me and I try do it all on my own and end up exhausted and lost . . . then, at long last, I look to Him and squeak out a pathetic, "help me, please, I can't do it on my own!" He's always there, of course, but sometimes I forget! Love you, Allison, and I'm so glad you are all okay - regardless of the harshness of the storms.

Jen said...

I was praying for you all so hard. We had it pretty bad here in Maryland for a while. I was up pretty much until 5am because my husband and I live in the woods, so we had to watch for falling trees. And flooding (which happens here a lot). I had intense anxiety during the whole thing, and I think it took a good 48 hours to internally calm down. I went to Mass last night, then grabbed my pastor for confession. These quotes are so wonderful to read, a constant reminder of the Indwelling, who never leaves us.

Mom E said...

Thank God you are all ok! I've been thinking of you all and glad you fared well with the storm. Blessings and prayers your way!

Mary @ Cheerios said...

Praise God you all are ok.
GOd bless,
Mary @ Cheerios

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