Ike update and cover to cover – week thirty-seven

Tuesday afternoon update: We’re still without power, but God has kept the air beautifully clear and cool. We borrowed a generator, but not before we cleaned out two refrigerator/freezers and a deep freezer. Our yard is still quite the mess. Remember last week’s post where I complained of our neighbor’s tree that messed up our pool from Sept. to March? It landed on our fence Friday evening. I kind of feel guilty for wishing it were gone, but nobody tell me God doesn’t answer prayers. I’ll show a picture of it as soon as I am sure I won’t run down my car battery playing on the internet. 

We’re all fine, but you know it’s a strange day in Houston when adults are fighting the kids for the swings at the neighborhood park. I’ve met more neighbors in the last 24 hours than I have in 20 years prior. There’s a lesson in here for the taking. Thanks be to God, we are all doing fine without all the technology we thought we had to have–except one internet junkie sitting in her car updating her blogpost.

Just a few notes from my cover to cover today as we are still without power and we are going to be rather busy today. Three refrigerators to empty and some serious yard debris are on the agenda today. God saw fit to send a cool front and that is very good news for our area as most are without air conditioning, a necessity in Houston this time of year. We had a wonderful weekend away (and actually have a real knack for planning vacations around hurricanes we joke. However, our neighbors who help us might not be as thrilled this time as we went out of town again!) I’ll post soon about our wonderful weekend trip away, and maybe some pictures of the Houston area as we arrive home today. Mike’s office is closed through Wednesday at a minimum until we see if there is power and fresh water. Please pray for those caught in the path of Ike. It’s the worst Houston has seen in quite a while. Many blessings to you, 

Give Careful Thought to Your Ways

Haggai 1. Why are you successful but feel like nothing is enough? There is no satisfaction if you are not doing the Lord’s Will.

The Lord stirs the hearts and they begin to work again, after God reminds them that He is WITH them. Haggai 1:13-14 “Then Haggai, the LORD’s messenger, gave this message of the LORD to the people: “I am with you,” declares the LORD. 14 So the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and the spirit of the whole remnant of the people. They came and began to work.

Zechariah 1:3 “Therefore tell the people: This is what the LORD Almighty says: ‘Return to me,’ declares the LORD Almighty, ‘and I will return to you,’ says the LORD Almighty.”

Zechariah 2:4-5 “’Jerusalem will be a city without walls because of the great number of men and livestock in it. 5 And I myself will be a wall of fire around it,’ declares the LORD, ‘and I will be its glory within” To be a fortified city, to withstand attack, a city needed a hedge of protection. The Lord Himself declares He will not only be Jerusalem’s fortress of protection but magnify His glory within the city. In our hearts, it is the same.

Zechariah 4:6 ” So he said to me, “This is the word of the LORD to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the LORD Almighty” When we can’t, He can. God accomplishes His work by equipping us with His Spirit.



17 thoughts on “Ike update and cover to cover – week thirty-seven

  1. I am so glad you and your family are ok.
    my heart goes out to you and everyone in Houston . Hoping you get your power soon “)
    I know the Lord is with you all( he brought in the cool air for you all “)) marina

  2. Sorry to hear aboutyour storm damage, but wonderful to see that you’re seeing the blessings within. (too funny about the tree). Did you dislike the fence, too? ha! Be safe.

  3. So thankful your home is all right, considering. Praying that the electricity comes back on very soon.

    We lost power for 4 days last winter due to an ice storm. Wern’t no one fighting for the swings at the park then. 😉

    Blogging in your car . . . . Ha! Ha! How funny! I understand the power ability but where are you getting WiFi? Do tell!

    Blessings to you, sweet Annie. You have many sisters praying for you at this time. Stay strong in Him.

  4. Dear Indiana girl,
    just wanted to say that you are on my mind and heart and hope the clean-up is going smoothly and F A S T. And no power—whoa! That’s like living a century ago…love your attitude!

  5. Dear Internet Junkie –
    You def. deserve an award for blogging:) I’m so happy your home is still standing although realize you still have lots to deal with.
    Thanks for letting all of us know. It’s been a worry. So sorry for the folks devastated.Love J

  6. Annie,
    I can picture you sitting in your car with your computer. I can imagine myself doing the same thing. I’m praying for ya’ll over on that side of Texas and the recovery process that seems long and tedious. I pray that the power is restored quickly. Little known news as too many others are taking precedence–the Rio Grande is flooding from TS Lowell. Presidio in the Big Bend area had a dam break. We’re not affected as we dont live along the Rio, but the lake rose about 4 feet in just a few days. Glad you can post. I hope you can get gas as I saw the long lines at the stations. Just wanted to let you know I’m glad to hear that you’re well and I’m praying for you. Lots of love!

  7. Thanks for keeping us up to speed. You are being prayed for. We prayed for the entire area at Womens’ ministry this morning. Praying for you to get power all sorts of power as soon as possible. Stay safe….
    Mary Lou

  8. What a great post..I did some yard cleaning myself today..we got the winds way up here from the last one just this week….

    Thanks for your kind words on my blog. May God bless you! I am enjoying reading your blog

  9. When we can’t… He can! I hope your power comes back soon. It’s just not the same up here without my buddy!
    Love you,
    Angie xoxo

    p.s. I’m so impressed that even though you have no power you can still do your cover to cover! 🙂

  10. so glad that you are OK!! just found this update …our prayers for quick return of power and water are with you ALL!! this was all so much like waiting and watching Hugo come in on top of us in Charleston. just hang in there together – love, Kathy

  11. I am so glad that you and your family are safe…and that you can even find some humor…you are a delight! Praying for you as you all recover from that Ike…bless you for taking the time to post…I am sure you delight Him as well.

    Love to you dear one,


  12. I’m so happy that you are safe and I have been, and still am praying for everyone affected by Ike! I loved the verses you shared from Zechariah. There was a lot of powerful stuff in the reading this week!


  13. A hurricane savaged city gives thought to Haggai stepping in to say what have we built all this for…and who are we fasting for? You posted well for no power—how’d you do that? Generator? Praying for you in no small task today of clean up and stock up again and again. I flooded my kitchen this weekend–ouch. Have thought about you so many many times especially with the hurricane. Have thought how much you mean to me that God would direct someone (like He did in book of Esther) to my life. Cannot thank you enough for your obdience and heart wrapped around His kingdom, not your own.

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