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Rambling Thoughts on Hurricane Irma

Published on 9/6/2017
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Rambling Thoughts on Hurricane Irma

It’s September 5, 2017 and hurricane Irma is bearing down on the State of Florida. We still don’t know what path it’s going to take, so we wait. A lot has happened in the last week or so.

Rambling Thoughts on Hurricane Irma


(1)  My daughter got married again on August 31, 2017.
(2)  I’m staying with my grand-kids while they are on their honeymoon.
(3)  My daughter and her new husband are out in the waters on a cruise but they tell me she is safe where she is.
(4)  I slipped and fell in the shower on Sunday. I’m bruised and aching and have a huge knot on the right side of my head.
(5)  I’m the adult, responsible for my two grandchildren. I don’t want to be the adult anymore but I have to and I will.
(6)  I so wish my Rea was here with me to help make decisions.


We moved to Florida from Ohio in 1963 and from 1963 until 2004 (that’s 41 years), there were no hurricanes that hit our part of the State.  The year 2004 changed all of that, with I think about six hurricanes in one summer.  Also quite a few made landfall in 2005.  Since that time I believe many people have began to look upon hurricanes as the “elephant in the room.”


I have made some decisions for my grand-kids and myself and I pray to God they are the right decisions that will keep us all safe.


I was born in the Southwestern part of Ohio in 1957 and I was raised in the Pentecostal Church.  I do believe in God and although I have not lived my life totally Christ-like, it was never very far away from my thoughts.


Now that I’m getting older and I see the things that are happening around the world and it scares me. I’ve been doing the best I can to live right and do what I think God would want me to do. I did have a hard time “keeping the faith” as they say but too many things have happened in the last year or two that have made me think differently about faith.


I don’t really know if people would consider me a controlling person or not but I know I’ve always felt that I had to be the one to control my life and that I was the only one I could depend on.  This was never more evident to me than it was after the death of my husband.  I was angry with God because I finally found someone to love and who loved me and he was taken away from me.


I still don’t understand it all but over the last nine years since Rea has been gone, many things have happened and once I slowly started getting over my anger at God, I saw that things do happen for a reason.


I may not always agree with the way things are but I have learned to be thankful for what has been shown to me in different areas of my life.


I could write a book on all of the things that have happened in my life in the last 15 years or so and I may do that.


Take for instance, my slip and fall in the shower on Sunday; I hit my head pretty hard, not to mention my whole right side but yet I did not lose consciousness at any time. I could have died the other morning but I do believe that God saved me for a reason. Maybe it was to write this post. Maybe because there is something yet that I am to do on earth before I check out.


Leaving everything in God’s hands is hard to do. I’ve always felt that “God helps those who help themselves” but it confuses me when I’m told to leave it to God.

Rambling Thoughts on Hurricane IrmaMy family up north wants us to get on the road and head for their house but I just don’t think it’s the safe thing to do.


Please God, let me be making the right decision.  I don’t want to be sitting on Interstate 75 in a long line of cars when/if this hurricane hits us.


A friend on Facebook shared this photo a few minutes ago.  It was taken at 2:30pm this afternoon on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.


I don’t think I’ve ever written a post quite like this before. Maybe God spoke to me and told me to write it. Maybe I’m old enough now to realize what is important in life.


I’ve prayed a lot today for this hurricane to dissipate, die down or move out to sea and not touch any land.  I have many friends and family who are also praying for all of us.  Texas is still in turmoil from the beating they took last week from hurricane Harvey.  If this should turn towards them again; God help them.


I’ll pack my clothes that I brought with me in the morning and I’ll have the kids pack some clothes for themselves. We’ll put the cats in their carriers and take them with us.  We’ve brought in everything from outside that could possibly blow around and now we will do the same at my house.


I will protect my grand-kids the best I can and keep praying that all of Florida and its people are safe, no matter what this force of nature does to us.


Now, I am just rambling on.  In a few days, I may feel foolish for writing this but then again, maybe I won’t. I’ll let you know when things return back to normal here in Florida.


I don’t know how to pray like some people do. I talk to God as if I’m talking to a friend. I know he understands and hears me. It’s about 10:30pm here in Florida and I’m going to make sure the house is locked up and try to sleep tonight.  We’ll get up in the morning and go.


Dear God, please be with us here in Florida.  Keep us safe and we are doing the best we can to have faith and leave it in your hands.



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