There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free,
there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Galatians 3:28
Two days later we are all one in Christ, yet some of us have homes, power and our family in tact.  Others do not.  I live about 90 miles from the ocean, there was a vicious storm with lots of wind and rain, the sump pump quit and Andy got the spare installed, power went out for a few hours (which meant the newly installed pump quit! Gotta get a battery back-up pump!!), I have food, shelter and no damage from the recent hurricane.  Yet, I am reminded of the many, many people that have lost something…loved ones, homes, security…or lost everything and I ask the Lord to comfort them.
My trip to visit my parents was wonderful and uneventful.  That is, until most of the flights in and out of the northeast were cancelled, including mine.  I spent Friday morning making alternate travel arrangements…renting a car, etc.  Saturday afternoon around 4 pm we left Little Rock driving home.  We arrived yesterday about 5:40 p.m. after a 7 hour overnight stop.  Andy had done a great job of securing all the outside furniture, plants, etc.
While in Arkansas, I got to see a lot of my nieces, nephews and their children.  I feel older, because they are all growing up, but it was so fun. 

Gracyn, Rebekah, Lauryn, Kristyn, Rowin

Aren’t these kids darling and the Moms beautiful??  Rowin belongs to Rebekah and the girls belong to Kristyn.  I got the opportunity to do something really fun…something I never got to do as a Mom because I had a boy.  Gracyn let me paint her finger and toenails…not sure who enjoyed it more!!

The finished product…(my pedicure is a couple of weeks old!)

Lord, thank you for the time spent with family.  Thank you for giving all of us safe travels…especially John and me as we made the long drive home.  Thank you for the wonderful visit with my parents, thank you for the Christian upbringing they gave me.  Lord, please be with those that are suffering, especially those that lost homes and loved ones.  Please give them comfort and peace.

Today was supposed to be my first day of work, but Hurricane Irene caused power outages and flooding.  Classes were cancelled today and administrative offices (that’s me) are closed.  I have a day to do laundry, clean, grocery shop and catch up…thank you, Lord, for this unexpected gift! 

What is on your agenda for today?

My niece has started a blog and she has some wise words for one so young!


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