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Update – Our Family Is Safe!

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Sunday  in our neighborhood – just a normal rain shower

I am back online – our internet had gone down for awhile. We have power and the boil water advisory has been lifted. All of my family and extended family are safe. Our homes are safe so far with no damage to my knowledge. The rivers are still rising – there are still dams that may break on the other side of town. In fact, one large dam will probably break tonight and flood thousands of homes. 🙁 More flooding will be happening in some areas in the next few days. A bridge near our house just suddenly collapsed tonight. At this point, I don’t believe our homes will be impacted, but there are many whose homes will be. And there are many roads and bridges that need to be inspected that may not be safe.

Thank you for praying!!

Soon after I asked you to pray for us, the storms began to divert around our part of town and around my extended family member’s parts of the state. The forecast for us suddenly changed and the rain totals that were supposed to be up to 18 inches for us began to decrease. Storms that were coming straight for us suddenly split or veered another way. We received only about 10 inches of rain instead of the 19 inches other places received.

My brother had to be rushed to the hospital Sunday morning during the storm with appendicitis. The surgeon couldn’t get to the hospital for a long time because so many roads and bridges were closed. But he was persistent and found a way eventually – or more specifically – God provided a way. I am so thankful that my brother was able to have his appendix removed before it ruptured and is home and recovering well today. I am also extremely thankful that some of our family who live near the coast were spared severe flooding and are all safe and their home is intact.

I had left my family, our homes, and our possessions in God’s hands, trusting Him and clinging to Him and holding everything else loosely – resting in His peace. What an unspeakable blessing to get to experience God’s peace in the midst of the unknown and during our trials. How grateful I am that He has spared us so far. May we live our lives in a manner worthy of Christ and may we be a blessing in the midst of great distress.
Many, many of our neighbors in our city and state are suffering greatly. There are still hundreds of roads and bridges closed. So many homes and businesses and whole towns and neighborhoods destroyed. Please pray for God’s greatest glory among us. Pray for Him to use this disaster to draw our state to Himself and to bring many to Christ. Please pray for God to mobilize His church to meet the needs and to share the Gospel here and around the world.

His kingdom come. His will be done on earth as it is in heaven!!!!

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Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders, let me walk upon the waters, wherever you would call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander, and my faith will be made stronger, in the Presence of my Savior.

Love this song! May God greatly increase our faith and our trust in Him to levels we can’t begin to imagine.  May He be greatly glorified in our lives even during our suffering. The video contains many pictures of the devastation that has happened in my area and around the state of South Carolina.

21 thoughts on “Update – Our Family Is Safe!

  1. Glad you are safe and your brother got all sorted with his appendix as well. My hubby had his removed and it was very painful.

  2. Oh, April,

    I’m in tears over this news, but so thankful you and your family are ok. It’s so hard to understand why bad things like this happen. I know that faith is tested, love is so desperately needed, and the whole meaning of why we are on this earth comes to light during these times. It shows how we need to keep ourselves from becoming in-dwelt.

    I do not watch the news….I’ve been too busy, so I realized how much I have been ignoring about the world from your video. I knew you guys were in for some storms, but I have been so preoccupied with my own household that it just shocked me to see the very roads we traveled on during a family vacation last year wiped out.

    I live in Michigan. I weathered our part of the storm in relative safety. But ignoring the problems of the world is no way to serve God either. I know I am still pretty new as a Christian, but your video fell on me with conviction. Thank you for being an instrument to adding another layer to knowing God and plugging back into life.

    I am praying that all of those affected by this storm find safety and peace. May God look after his sheep and bring them to higher grounds. My heart is with you all. Thank our merciful Lord that He was able to lessen the storm some as well. It could have been so much worse. Much Love.

    1. LMSdaily115,

      This is a very concrete reminder that God is sovereign. We are not. It is also a reminder that we depend completely on God for all of our supplies, clothing, food, air, water, shelter, jobs, electricity, gasoline, roads, government and all of our provisions. We can’t supply these things for ourselves. He provides for us. And He can take away. May we seek Him far above all else and praise and honor Him! He alone is King of kings and Lord of lords!

      So many of the pictures in that video are of places where we drive frequently – places where I have worked, or where we go out to eat, or where friends live.

      Thank you for praying for my city and my state. We have no idea how extensive the problems will be or how many months/years it will take to build back the infrastructure – God-willing.

      Thank you so much for sharing, my precious sister!

  3. April, I am so glad that God saw you through it all, and you have been spared! Great to see the testimony that God takes care of His servants 🙂
    “A thousand may fall at your side,
    ten thousand at your right hand,
    but it will not come near you”. (Psalm 91:7)

  4. So glad you and yours are doing well. I really like that song too! The eye of the storm is the safest place to be. I am also enjoying God’s peace, expectant of His wisdom and hopeful. Bless you.

  5. Hi April! I am so glad to hear your family is safe and sound. Where are you from? I am from Florence. We had around 16″ of rain here I believe but you would never know it by looking at our yard. We had maybe 3″ of water standing in some spots of our yard. That’s it. I am so thankful the Lord chose to spare us. Many across town have lost everything. I am sadden by the devastation our state is facing but God is still faithful!

    1. Summer,

      We are in the midlands area. That is a LOT of rain!! I am so thankful you are safe!

      So many in Columbia have lost everything. And the threat continues because there are some more dams that may break in the coming days.

      I am very sad to see the destruction – but so thankful to know that God is with us and that He will accomplish His good purposes even through disaster.

  6. Thank you all SO much for your prayers! My city and the entire state need prayers – and we will need help as we rebuild. But most of all, how I pray that we might be willing to humble ourselves before God, acknowledge that He is sovereign, and repent of any sin – then move forward living fully for Him!

  7. I am the Lord, and there is no other;
    apart from me there is no God.
    I will strengthen you,
    though you have not acknowledged me,
    so that from the rising of the sun
    to the place of its setting
    people may know there is none besides me.
    I am the Lord, and there is no other.
    I form the light and create darkness,
    I bring prosperity and create disaster;
    I, the Lord, do all these things. Isaiah 45:5-7
    (God speaking to Cyrus, the king He called to do His bidding to restore Israel back from captivity in Babylon.)

  8. God Bless! I hope you and your friends, family, and neighbors are as well as you can be during the storm and its aftermath.

  9. Dont worry Robin,
    Gods symbol of the rainbow still holds true…. and he will never flood the earth again… God was only crying very hard, because of some very foolish children of God whom believe they can take his symbol and use it as their symbol for an Abomination to God…He weeps for all the Gays and Lesbians, and weeps for us all. we are all a bunch of Filithy Rags… It is truly the End of Times, so sleep lightly and keep your clothing near, so you won’t be caught naked, When He Returns… Joe

  10. Sorry, I meant to say, dont worry Robin… and i also wanted to add this, God will protect those who are faithful to him and his words… he is with out a doubt coming soon, no one can know the day or hour, so be prepared and not scared, for in his kingdom there is no more pain or suffering, only JOY for eternity…. Joe

  11. God bless you my dear sister!

    I am so encouraged by you trusting in our Lord and holding everything loosely. May He reward you abundantly!! He is faithful and worthy of our praises.

    Much love
    Your little sister Estelle

  12. Beautiful song and sad images. I’m praying for your state whenever I hear about it on the news. It’s reaching here in Australia. Bless you April.

My grandmother is on hospice and won't be with us much longer (11-30-16). I will get to comments when I am able to but I need to be with family right now. Thanks for understanding.

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