Surviving the Storms and Sinuses!

After a harrowing Friday night of an intense band of severe storms, I am pleased to report we and our sailboat faired just fine. Despite the whipping winds and nearby tornado warning in the wee hours of the morning, the storm wasn’t as bad as some others we have encountered since dwelling on a sailboat. Thank you, Jesus! Unfortunately, several others in the South and Midwest were not afforded another day. We realize though the Spring storm season is rapidly approaching (Spring seems to arrive in February in our area) so we will leave everything tied up and stowed away unless we get the urge to go sailing.

In the meantime, I am also delighted to report I finally saw an allergist to address my ongoing heightened allergies and consequent sinus congestion. I was worried perhaps I am allergic to our boat, being boats generate mold quickly in humid environments like the Houston area and seem to be magnets for dust too. My mind swirled with nagging questions like, Am I allergic to my boat? Will I have to stop cleaning yachts for a living? So upon making my selections for the allergy test on Friday, I carefully selected items I suspected I may be allergic to. Each item or unit of the test cost $9.50 so I picked a few totalling around $114. Amazingly, the attentive and wonderful allergist I saw said she wanted me to know for sure what the issue is so she offered to do the entire 60 plus panel of items that should have totalled over $600 for just the $114! What a blessing… All glory to God! As it turns out, I did not react to all the things I was allergic to as a kid: cats, mold, dust, oak trees, etc. In fact, she tested me for 16 different molds and I did not react to any of them. Wow! So either I was miraculously healed or the allergy shots I took as a kid actually worked. Awesome! I did react, however, to some outdoor allergens I figured out in time I must be allergic to like Bahia grass found in southern coastlands, pine trees, as well as a few others I had not known I was allergic to such as cotton wood and elm trees and some prairie sage and pigweed, two common weeds.

Overall, I feel very much relieved to know some allergens I deal with on a daily basis don’t seem to be effecting me and won’t sink me or my cleaning business, but outdoor allergens are certainly challenging. Nevertheless, knowing the problem is half the battle, right? Thankfully, the doctor prescribed me some medicine that we hope will break up the congestion. Thus far, it seems to be better than before so we are on track to actually sounding normal again soon! I look forward to not sounding like I have a cold and hopefully, being able to sing with my guitar again in the near future.

Thank you for your prayers as we overcome storms and sinuses!

Pray For Southeast Texas

On August 14th, I penned about a dream I had of a storm coming. Then 10 days ago I blogged about a storm is brewing…Even so, I did not expect Tropical Storm Imelda would actually manifest let alone drop 40 plus inches of rain despite the prophetic warnings. I suppose somethings you hope will not unfold.

Imelda went from being just an invest with only a 20% chance of developing into a cyclone to a tropical storm in 3 hours! Talk about “rapid intensification”! The first two days of the three day ordeal was no big deal other than lots of rain, but after ongoing rain and then thinking she moved to the east, Imelda released her wrath on Day 3 causing catastrophic flooding in the Houston, Galveston, and Beaumont metropolitan areas. I am in the process of uploading a video capturing our experience. For now, I wanted to publicly report we are fine. Afterall, our “home” floats! But many have not been so blessed. Tonight, as you rest in your dry homes, pray for those with with wet homes and cheeks.

I also found it interesting this verse of Isaiah 43:2 is 234 backwards, the number I have consistently seen since moving to Texas. A prophetic YouTube subscriber emailed me this same verse a few weeks ago on August 7th pointing out the 234 in this ominous verse. The numbers…the dream…the verse…the timing of the dream and emailed verse and then the storm. The Lord speaks in mysterious ways…if only we’d pay attention.

Hurricane Dorian Prayers

As Hurricane Dorian approaches the Southern East Coast, may we earnestly intercede in prayer to Abba (Father God) to show mercy! In this short episode, Carrie shares some insights on intercessory prayers and implores viewers to do so on behalf of all those in Dorian’s path – especially the Carolina’s, where Carrie & Jerry recently moved from.

Opportunities To Love In The Forecast

230852-Through-It-All-My-Eyes-Are-On-YouIf you are paying attention, you know there is an increase in earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, fires, floods, temperature extremes, the planets aligning, etc. Through it all, God’s sons and daughters are being beckoned to listen and to be aware as we are about to be matured in love.
 
Soon, life as we know it is about to change…Our kingdoms, idols, false security, and things we all too often find our identity in will turn to rubble (I Corinthians 3) exposing our hearts and it’s motives. When we are comfortable, we are complacent – meanwhile too many are perishing forever lost to the love of Jesus Christ and too many sons are daughters choose to remain in the nursery failing to grow up in Him.
 
We all think we know best, without adhering to our parent’s instructions. We all want resurrection without the experience of death. We all want to be gold, without enduring the forging fire. We all want the glory, without trusting in and cooperating with the process of sanctification.
 
I don’t believe any of us can comprehend nor say for sure what the undoing…the cleansing…the laundering of a white dress (Ephesians 5/Book of Revelation) will look like, but we do know God cannot be mocked, we all reap what we sow (Galatians 6:7-8), and yet, He is merciful should we humble ourselves and turn our hearts and lifestyle to Him as God wants no one to perish (1 Peter 3:8-10).
 
The ever-increasing birth pains as the physical manifestation of The Son (Jesus/Yeshua) is about to be brought forth once again and these trials and tribulations are designed to invoke His kids to **not just embrace the love God has for us, but to love Him back by obediently loving those around us fearlessly** no matter what the cost.
 
Each tribulation we encounter in our lives provides unique opportunities to love Him by loving others…to bring heaven to earth…thy kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven for this is the Father’s heart and will (Matthew 6:10) all the while uttering, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”
 
Soon and very soon, God’s sons and daughters will be forced to move from a place of “God loves me” to a place of “and because of this relationship of love, I choose to sacrificially love others..” on earth as it is in heaven.
 
Shalom.
 
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