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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Write an INSPIRATIONAL or DEVOTIONAL piece (04/26/07)

TITLE: Dancing with Hurricanes
By Connie Russell
04/28/07


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“Dancing with Hurricanes”

“You turned my wailing into dancing, you removed my sackcloth and clothed me with joy; that my heart may sing to you and not be silent. O Lord my God, I will give you thanks forever.” -- -------Psalm 30:11 {NIV}
My husband and I retired and moved from Ohio to Louisiana a couple of months before hurricane’s Katrina and Rita hit the state. Thousands of evacuees began pouring into our parish. These people needed food, clothes and shelter.
I just knew that this was what the Lord put us way down here for, far from our friends and family, because for years before we retired, we had decided that the beautiful state of North Carolina was where we wanted to be. I knew that God had a Mission for us to do. But first, God saved my husband and got him into His will.
I started to get nudgings from God. I called these nudgings my “Brainstorm Blessings”. So, I got right on my e-mail and put out the word {my SOS] to my ole church friends and family up North, that we were in deep need. I sent the lists that the newspaper published, of all the needs and with it a personal challenge. I wasn’t surprised when they met the needs on the lists, but I was in awe of how they answered the challenge. They mobilized the whole town and published my SOS in the local paper. Soon they had collected all the things on the list many times over. But they needed a way to get it all down here. Two Christian men volunteered their truck and trailer and others donated the gas money to deliver the goods 1,000 miles south to our Big House. They wanted nothing but a glass of southern sweet tea before they headed back up the long trip home with a promise of more to come. We set up a distribution center right here in our home and the families started coming. They filled up their cars and trucks with the things they needed to survive, along with bundles of love from the Ohio people. The promise of more to come did come, in the way of love offerings [checks and monies to meet more needs]. Yes, we did fulfill the command of God to feed and clothe and shelter His sheep and the blessings just kept flowing. When we got the word of a second hurricane [Rita] coming, another nudging [Brainstorm blessing from God] materialized. We opened up our home and gave food, shelter and love to the people. Yes, we had been blessed through two hurricanes. We will never forget how we felt and what God did, through us, by helping our neighbors with our “Big House and our Big Friends!” Oh what a purpose and plan God had for us, by uprooting from the familiar and moving south!
Life is too short to dance with hurricanes, but sometimes you don’t have a choice. Just make sure that God is the “Lord of the dance.”


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Jan Ackerson 05/06/07
Isn't God's timing perfect?

A few suggestions: use parentheses ( ) instead of brackets { } or [ ], and hit an extra "enter" between paragraphs to create that blank space.

I love your last two sentences!
valerie chambers05/07/07
I loved the last two sentences as well. very appropriate for this piece.good job
Amy Michelle Wiley 05/08/07
Your title caught my eye. Great testimony. Isn't God wonderful?!
dub W05/08/07
Your title caught my eye. Others have noted the small problems, so I won't repeat. We too live in the huricane zone, having sat through many I know the concerns. Our church participated in the relief effort, and are still sending work crews to help in Mississippi and Lourisiana. God Bless your family.
dub