Friday, April 29, 2011

Praise You in this Storm

Over 260+ people have been killed in the past few days from devastating tornadoes. Dozens more are missing and hundreds more have lost everything. Houses and businesses have been demolished. Lives have been changed in seconds. 

I know that most people will be blogging about the Royal Wedding today...and that's fine. I wanted to share some pictures with y'all of the devastation that has struck our neighbors. Whether y'all live in these states or not, we are neighbors. These people are our coworkers, our friends, and our family. We are connected to them in ways that we do not even know. 







all pictures via

During my short life, I have been involved in multiple tornado warnings and watches. Only once can I remember the tornado touching down where we lived. I was young. I remember hiding in the bathtub. I remember that my mom was at work and we were home with a babysitter. I can picture the trees falling over and the houses across the street with their roofs ripped off. I can see the panic in my mom's face as she ran down the street, frantic to reach us even though the road was blocked with fallen debris and limbs. I can feel her arms around me, nearly choking me as we both cried desperate, scared tears. I remember that for months I had nightmares about tornadoes; I would wake up screaming, thinking that we were all about to be swallowed up by the massive spiral that is a tornado. I was so young, yet I can remember all of this so vividly. 

It was life changing. Thank goodness for a God who brings comfort, hope, and restoration in times like this. I pray that these friends and neighbors find some hope and peace for their hurting hearts. We cannot fathom how this can happen or why this happens, but we have to cling to the Lord for restoration and comfort.

I have been listening to Casting Crowns "Praise You in this Storm." I urge y'all to listen to it. 

Are y'all wondering how y'all can help? I sure am. 

- First and foremost, pray. 
- Learn from this and appreciate this precious life. 
- Donate to The Red Cross if able. 
- Give blood. 
- Volunteer. 

I'm thankful today for life. 

Love, love. 

PS: I'm guest posting today over at Britt's on something a little bit lighter. Basically, I call her kids dogs. : ) 


56 comments:

cyclicalunemployment said...

this post touches my heart so. seriously, I got an email from my sorority sister that some students at University of Alabama have been found dead and it breaks me. I cannot imagine what that would be like. Prayers go out to all who have been impacted

Holly said...

Wow - I cannot imagine living in one of those homes that have been destroyed. Even though I've just been affected by two major earthquakes, my house is still standing, and most people I know are safe and well. The concept of losing absolutely everything just isn't something I can wrap my head around.

Some things are more important than weddings.

Chelsea said...

Royal wedding is on my mind today, but yes i blogged about this disaster yesterday since i feel so connected to it.

I went to the University of Alabama and it breaks my heart to see it like this. I urge anyone to try to help in any way possible! I am hoping to head over to Tuscaloosa sometime soon! Please keep those affected in your prayers!! xo

Olivia Grace said...

Those pictures are unbelievable, hard to believe that so many people have been affected! Wonderful post and great reminder to remember what is really important during these times!

Rissy said...

great post hun.

Those pictures are heart wrenching. I can not imagine what that would be like, and my heart goes out to everyone suffering.

I can't believe you went through one as a child... we had a teeny one where I live, but nothing significant. Scary things.

Looks like this is a time to band together and help one another.

CarissaExplainsItAll

Jessica said...

Tornado warnings frighten me for all of the reasons illustrated in these photos. I can't even begin to imagine the devastation.

Casey Martinez said...

Thanks for bringing attention to what matters most today...not the royal wedding though it is a special thing and a fun thing don't get me wrong..but, being here for our fellow neighbors and supporting them in this storm. Beautiful post friend!xo

Jennifer said...

We're moving to an area that got hit bad. its so scary to look at the homes and trees just completely obliterated and wonder what happened to the people living in those trashed homes =( I dont even know where to begin with all this =( it just sucks

Young and Fabulous said...

My family and I were on our boat one summer leaving Martha's Vineyard and we turn around and see a water spout. It literally was one of the scariest things I have ever seen...it was whipping water up, buoys were getting turned over, etc.

Seeing this post, makes me just realize how small that was and how devestating things really are down there. I hope you are all okay. I can't imagine going through this and I pray for all of you!

xoxoxox it really is important to recognize these disasters and not just on what's buzzing in the world right now. Love you! <3 <3

chloƫ. said...

Thanksk for posting this -- it's a great reminder to live past ourselves.

Ashley said...

"Thank goodness for a God who brings comfort, hope, and restoration in times like this." - I love this line you wrote! It could not be more truthful. You are so right in saying all we can do is pray if we can't do anything else. Prayer is soooo powerful! I continue to pray and think about the people who have been affected by these storms across our country.
Hope you have a good weekend lady!

Christin said...

I love this post. I just can't get into the Royal Wedding with everything going on right now... Praying as well.

Ashley said...

This is sooo devastating! Working sooo hard to maintain a life and needing to start over.... the pictures alone are heartbreaking! I will be praying for them (from Canada)

Suzanne's Sassy Spot said...

I live in Birmingham, AL and have seen first hand some of the devastation just in our town. It is bad and I hope everyone can find it in their hearts to pull together and help those in need. Thanks for the post and the reminder!

moderndaywife said...

Thanks for sharing, how devastating :-( Praying for those affected by the storms :-(

Lauren said...

My heart is breaking for all of those people. Living in SW Missouri, we deal with tornadoes on a regular basis but we've had 2 actually cause damage to my parents' house in the past 8 years. It's such a scary situation, and everyone feels so helpless. My prayers are definitely going up.

Courtney B said...

So heartbreaking! I just can't imagine. I am DEFINITELY praying!

Ashley @ Life Is Beautiful said...

God does all things well, which during this time is sometimes hard to understand, but He does. I just found out last night that some people that I hold very dear to my heart were affected by the storm in GA. Praise the Lord they are all ok though! I also found out that a place I hold dear to my heart was destroyed. Again though I have to praise the Lord because He does all things well!

Thank you for this post!

Sam {fitnessfoodandfaith.blogspot.com} said...

these pictures are so heartbreaking. my heart feels so heavy and sad. praying constantly.

Teenage Bride said...

I was listening to that song as well and it is so perfect for this devastating situation.

My prayers are continuing for all those in harms way. My heart goes out to those hwo have lost their lives, loved ones, and homes. I pray for safety comfort and hope.

God Bless you all.

Becca said...

I don't watch the news because it's depressing but when my sister in TX called me and told me to pray for Alabama and I asked "why what's going on" I could hear her fist coming at me through the phone. It made me re-think about everything. I can't be selfish and think just because it's depressing me I won't watch. This stuff is important to see and the power of prayer is stronger than anyone things. Thanks for sharing

Nicole said...

They are extremely scary. One that hit a few years ago, a lot of people were on their way to a wedding driving down 43 hwy right at Ivy (I know you don't know where that is) and most all those people died. One guy jumped in the backseat over his daughter and right after that a tree limb came through the windshield where he'd been sitting and drove into his seat. They were both saved! And another family went flying through the air in their bathtub and they found them alive in a tree. It's so scary! I live in Tornado alley but it sounds like the south should be included in that after this crazy weather!

--Amie-- said...

Thank you so much for posting this Megan! I have a friend in Tuscaloosa, whose home is 1 mile from where the tornado hit! He is safe, but many of his friends were not so fortunate! I praise God that he is okay, and continue to pray for those who lost homes and loved ones! It's sad that sometimes it takes a tragedy to remember what's really important!! Praying for all of those affected!

Danielle said...

i've been glued to the TV watching all of this horrible news. : ( it makes me SO sad.

Kaitlin Godfrey said...

I am so glad you posted this!! I was so distraught about Tuscaloosa, Iforgot about the Royal Wedding (and I will be honest...I am mad and I need to see a replay asap) But this is WAY more important! I just want to get there now and help, but I know there is not much to do right now except to donate money, water, whatever we can.

Raven said...

MUCH more important than the royal wedding. This makes me so sad. I could not IMAGINE, esp that picture with the grandma holding that little girl...ahhh makes me wanna cry.

Megan I am praying right now!! SO glad you were safe but so sad but the others :(

But you are right, our God IS good and he can turn tragedy into triumph, some way or another!

Alisha said...

LOVE, love that song!! Can't tell you how much that song has helped me in small storms God has taken me through.

Thanks for the simple reminder of what is really important in life.

Love you, sweet girl.
xoxo

Megan said...

I, too, find it hard to even care (not that I would in the first place) about the royal wedding when there is something like this taking place in our home country. Most of us are lucky to never experience destruction like this, but it must be so heartbreaking for those who do. Lots of prayers to those affected.

Traci said...

My heart goes out to all the people suffering. The devastation is awful.

Tatiana said...

It feels like those people can't get a break.
Such a great post Meg. It's so devastating and heart breaking. I'm adding "thankful for a roof over my head" as part of my thanks for today.

Melissa: Write it in Lipstick said...

your story got me all teary eyed. We had stuff going on here and it just makes me think how lucky we are and blessed

Nicole said...

It is so heartbreaking to see these photos. I have a girlfriend at the Universtiy of Alabama and I know her world has been rocked. I feel so blessed to have been personally spared from this tragedy, and my heart goes out to those affected. It is so tough to see things like this happen, but we don't and won't ever live in a perfect world. We live in a broken world. A world that won't know true peace outside of Christ. Christ brings hope during these times and He reminds us that there are still joys to be celebrated. People will still get married today. People will still have babies today. People will still come to Christ today. People will still laugh and breathe today. While I know that we should all remember and support those going through these heartaches, we should also praise Him for the good things. Because even on the days hope seems lost, there will always be a beautiful reminder of Him out in the world.

Cori said...

It truly is unbelievable. So much so, that it is easy to turn away and pretend that it isn't happening.

Thank you for reminding all of us to continue praying and supporting them. Time doesn't make things go away.
ILoveLucyJean

Jamie said...

I can only imagine what these families are going through. They're all in my thoughts and prayers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Ashley said...

Okay, so there's a bit of crying going on over here now... these pictures just break my heart. I cannot even imagine the devastation and loss that took place in the tornado stricken areas. I have never been in a tornado.. close to a couple, but I feel for all that lost their homes and had their lives changed by this storm. :(

Jessica said...

This is the first time I was truly scared of a storm, I can only imagine the devastation that those folks have to deal with where the tornadoes actually touched down. :(

Jessica said...

This is the first time I was truly scared of a storm, I can only imagine the devastation that those folks have to deal with where the tornadoes actually touched down. :(

Michelle (michabella) said...

Such a sweet post. Praying hard for those who lost everything and/or loved ones. So tragic.

Have a great weekend lovely <3

Michaela said...

Wonderful post, friend. It's so important to remember these neighbors of ours in this time. I can't imagine feeling like you did when you were younger. I love Casting Crowns. And I love that song so much. One of my favorites. Also a good song- Desert Song by Natalie Grant (:

Lindsey said...

It's so, so, sad and horrible. Thank you for this post.

Bon Bon said...

I.Cant.Even.Imagine. What a crazy world we live in. But what an awesome God we have:-) Restoration and healing and hope...amen! Love you! xoxo

Ryan V. said...

thanks for posting this! So devastating and heartbreaking!! You should link this post up to kellys korner blog. she's doing a prayer request link up today. www.kellyskornerblog.com

Nikki said...

So devastating, my heart hurts. I will be helping any little way I can!

BlessedMama said...

This is a great post, so touching! The storms are horrible and lots of prayers going out !!

Sarah @Newlywed and Decorating said...

It's so sad what happened! Definitely praying!

Mrs. Martin said...

so heart wrenching! i love "praise you in this storm"..perfect song!

Consider The Lilies said...

just two seconds ago I heard the number has jumped to 320 casualties. what a devastating time for so many. i couldn't imagine going through such a natural disaster. i have never experienced any harsh weather like what has happened across the country. thank you for the reminder of such a beautiful song by casting crowns!

a life of color said...

It is nice to see a blog post about something other than the royal wedding. What has happened in Alabama and all over the south is beyond heartbreaking. I feel so small what wish to help so much.

Kelsey @ Seattle Smith's said...

Your post was seriously breathtaking! Praying for AL

Megan said...

just saw the news of this for the first time today (no television, and out of the country with no internet) im totally horrified. and glad you are and your fam are okay.

i missed you. lets chat it up asap.

Our Little Family said...

Wonderful post hun... Thanks so much for sharing. I can only imagine what these families are going through. Sending lots of love and prayers to every affected by the storm and of course to you too! XOXO!

Ashley said...

so sad. i'm glad you are safe but am definitely praying for all your neighbors. hope you have a good day at work sweet lady - thanks for sharing this.

Mr. and Mrs. Smith said...

Thanks for sharing! Lots of love and prayers to all of those affected by these horrific storms!

Dana Cooper said...

Prayers to you in this time coming from Ooltewah, TN (Apison) We had part of the devastation but nothing close to what you did...Still some lost here in that terrible storm... My heart aches for all of you... Keeping you in my prayers

Dana

Michelle said...

I'm sorry, Megan. This is so devastating! My heart breaks for everyone in the South! This is so a great post to raise awareness. My prayers and positive thoughts are being sent to you and the South. XOXO

AE Jones said...

My heart is breaking seeing those pictures. All of the southern states hit by the storms are in my prayers.