Under His Wings

 We only lost power for a short while.
Thousands of others without - possibly until Wednesday.
First came a rapid darkness.
We had little time to think what to do.
Then, for a few short minutes, trash, shingles, limbs and leaves 
swirled violently around us.
What to do?
Where to go?
I (literally) went to my knees!

Till the Storm Passes By (Gaither)
In the dark of the midnight have I oft hid my face,
While the storm howls above me, and there's no hiding place.
'Mid the crash of the thunder, Precious Lord, hear my cry.
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

Till the storm passes over, till the thunder sounds no more
Till the clouds roll forever from the sky;
Hold me fast, let me stand in the hollow of Thy hand,
Keep me safe till the storm passes by.

Compared to many around us we have relatively little damage and repair to do.
We'll be looking for ways to assist our neighbors, friends and community throughout the day.  
My hubby will continue to saw away at the tree that fell
and will figure out a way to repair the deck.  

He will cover you with His pinions.  And under His wings you may seek refuge: 
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.
Psalm 91:4

Explanation of our storm:  Derecho: "…a widespread and long-lived, violent convectively induced straight-line windstorm that is associated with a fast-moving band of severe thunderstorms in the form of a squall line usually taking the form of a bow echo."


  1. oh my goodness Rebecca, you got a tornado? I was away for the day and have not seen any news...we only got a little lightening and a very small amount of rain. Did that tree get hit by lightening or did the wind blow it over? So sorry this happened, so thankful it wasn't worse. May you be a blessing to your community as you look for those who need help!

    1. Supposedly not tornado--just high winds up to 91 MPH! They're talking power restoration by Wed. night! So many w/o power. We know of one couple whose house was split in two. They're with their parents right now, but will be needing another place to live.

  2. I didn't realize all that was going on till after the storm. Glad you survived with minimal damage. It sounds like it was pretty severe. Tornados? Or just intense wind? I hope this broke the heat wave. I'll be praying that this opens up some good connections as often happens in a crisis.

    1. Supposedly primarily intense wind. It brought temps. down significantly but it rained during the night and is supposed to heat up again. Humid. "Heavy" air.

  3. Oh, love your heart. So glad that there was no more damage than this (which is enough) and that you and your husband are safe!!! Praying that you get your debris cleaned up soon. Is that your car under the tree?!?!?

    1. Not our car, Deb, the neighbor's cap for his truck.

  4. So glad you did not get hurt...how terrifying.

  5. Oh my. How sobering. Thanking the Lord that you suffered no harm!

    How small we are when compared to just a glimpse of His power! We had a ferocious thunder storm last night. Typical amounts of thunder and lightening, some rain. But that wind! I don't know if I have ever heard or felt such powerful wind, even in a hurricane.

    Lots to praise the Lord for today! And lots of people to pray for...

    1. That's EXACTLY what I've been thinking, Cheryl! "How small we are when compared to even a (TINY) glimpse of His power!" I'm glad you were safe, too! Yes. The winds here were up to 91 MPH. At first I was watching. Then I couldn't stand to see any more....The hugest trees were almost at 90 degree angles blowing with the wind!

  6. These summer storms can be intense. I know it must have been frightening to you and your husband, and I'm glad that you and your family are OK. Praying for you and your neighbors as you begin the task of cleaning up after the storm. Continue to take care of you. Hugs and love, my friend.

  7. Morning Rebecca,
    so glad to hear you both are okay. Did the tree fall in your yard? Glad you only had minimal damage. Do you think it was a tornado?
    Isn't it incredibly amazing how much damage can be done in just seconds or minutes.
    Seven or so years ago when we had the 3 hurricanes every 2 weeks, the first one Charlie, spawned a tornado and it touched down right next door to us, at that time it was a wooded lot filled with pine and oak trees, and the storm was at 10 or so at night and of course, the power went out. Couldn't see the damage till the next morning. As soon as it began to get daylight I opened the shade and could just see a big pine tree top was right in front of the
    window, and as it got lighter I was just undone by God's goodness to us.....
    our backyard looked like someone bombed it, and there were pine tree tops
    all over our yard and all the work we had done out there was totally demolished. It turned out we had 12 trees on our house, 3 were big
    pine trees, but our neighbors told us that they watched them fall and it
    looked like someone just laid them on our house, we think our angels were working overtime, anyway, we had a lot of clean up, but we realized if it were not for the hand of God we might not even be here if it had just touched down a few more feet our way. They had to come in with a bobcat and
    take out our whole sideyard to get the trees off, and we had no holes in our
    roof, and those men could not believe it, I told them when they came that their was no leaks, and they said trust us there will be once we take them
    off the roof, but we will fix them, but to their amazement they were wrong.
    Under the shelter of the almighty! God never ceases to amaze.............
    Blessings, Nellie

  8. Mercy, doesn't sound good in your area. Weather is just so extreme everywhere anymore...I fear the weather these days...

  9. I am so thankful that when severe weather hits we have a God more powerful than the worst storm to protect us! Praising Him that you and yours were not harmed!

  10. I'm so sorry for all of the damage Rebecca but grateful that you and Gary are alright. Things can be repaired and knowing your husband the little bit that I do, it will be better than before. Love Di ♥

  11. So sorry to see the effects of the "hurricane/tornado/that was not a hurricane/tornado but caused almost as much damage as a hurricane/tornado in parts of the country"! That's how I heard it on one news report, and, yes, I saw LOTS of damage. It looked like a hurricane or tornado had run through many parts to me.
    Sorry that you were hit too. But it's inspiring to read your grateful heart and your outpouring of sympathy to those who have suffered more. You're a good soul, Rebecca.
    Love and Prayers,

  12. Thankful to hear that you are okay.

  13. It was a bit strange, tracing the path of this storm--long and stretched out. I'm glad for your safety and your willingness to make pies out of fallen apples. You're sowing good seed, friend, seed that makes this world a better place. Thanks for all you do.



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Writing a Song a Week #3
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