What Fun We've Been HavingHello! It's been a little while since I've been on here. We've had a lot going on over the past few weeks! We were affected by the storm that moved across the eastern US on June 29, resulting in no access to the Internet or any news for several days. Praise the Lord, though, that we didn't lose power during one of the hottest weeks of the year, though! We watched the storm come through, and it was unlike anything we'd ever seen. After the storm, we drove through town to see how everyone else fared, and it was an astonishing scene of destruction. Massive trees were uprooted and homes damaged, windows were blown out and shattered, debris in the streets, and about 90% of the city was without power. While everyone has their power back, there is still a lot of cleaning up being done. I didn't have to go in to work last week--the town where I work didn't have power until last Wednesday night, and I'd requested Thursday off to go up to Michigan to visit family (more about that in a moment). To sum it up, I ended up with a surprise week of vacation thanks to the storms! I needed it, but it's been really hard to get the motivation to be back at work this week as a result. I wish I had more pictures, but these will do for now:
|Overturned shed in the yard next to my work.|
|Wide view of the house across from where I work. The arrow on the left shows the bottom half of what's left of a pine tree that was about the same height as the one next to it; the arrow on the right shows half of a tree that was destroyed.|
|A closer picture of the destroyed tree.|
Bay City Times July 7. You won't be sorry...unless you're sorry you missed it! I took video, too, but the videos are way too big to load onto here and even YouTube, so I'll just post a few photos for your enjoyment:
And now...onto the Owl Corner!
|Photo from Owling.com.|
Photo from Owling.com, and information from Owling.com and Audubon.org.
...the next post will be post #100! I'll have to come up with something good to talk about. Until then, adios!
Today, Christians are under attack more than ever in this country. While this is not the first time a nation has rebelled against the commandments of God, I think that we are approaching some really serious consequences for our rebellion. I have to believe that we have been under the protection of God for a long time, but probably not much longer. We as Christians are called to be modern-day prophets and evangelists in a world that doesn't want to hear a much-needed message of love and hope. The prophet Ezekiel experienced a world much like the one in which we live today: "He said: “Son of man, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against Me; they and their fathers have been in revolt against Me to this very day. The people to whom I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says.’ And whether they listen or fail to listen —for they are a rebellious house —they will know that a prophet has been among them. And you, son of man, do not be afraid of them or their words. Do not be afraid, though briers and thorns are all around you and you live among scorpions. Do not be afraid of what they say or terrified by them, though they are a rebellious house. You must speak My words to them, whether they listen or fail to listen, for they are rebellious." (Ezekiel 2:2-7) Sounds an awful lot like what we are still called to do today!