Restoring the Lost Petal

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Lessons I’ve Learned from Loss

Lessons Learned from Loss

August 24, 2012 we lost our home and many of our possessions to a fire that was the result of a car accident.  Ten-years worth of work and memories gone.

I cried the day of the fire, I mean who wouldn’t.  It was a helpless feeling to hear that you’re home was on fire, especially being over 10 hours away in another state.

Easter Sunday I lost this site. All posts, all pictures, all comments gone. Two years worth of work all gone.

I only cried a few minutes when I realized that all I’d put into this site was lost in cyber space.

I know God did not cause the house fire or my site to crash but He is using these seemingly tragic thing to grow me in ways I never thought possible.

Prayer matters

Praying every day, multiple times a day through tragic situations is  really the only way to cope.  God doesn’t care if our prayers are eloquent and fancy, long or short. He just wants us to lean on Him and talk to Him. Prayer releases something in the supernatural that my mind can’t comprehend but I have seen the effects of praying over situations, decisions and circumstances.

In our weakness He is strong ~ not just a child’s song.

You don’t know what you’re capable of walking through until you have to walk through it.  I know that it isn’t my human strength but His supernatural strength in me. I have heard multiple times from different people that they don’t know how we have gotten through this “mess” without a nervous breakdown or kill our mortgage loan officer.  (I did come close to screaming at him a few times on the phone though.) 

Asking for help is not a sign of weakness

I think pride sometimes gets in the way so saying “Hey, I could use some help here.” Whether is’s blogging or money management, marriage or inventorying the remaining contents of your burnt and water-logged house, sometimes you just can’t do it alone.

And it’s okay.

My husband has learned too that it’s okay to ask someone to help you.  People want to help, people do care so don’t hinder their obedience to offering help by turning it away.  You may be actually be blessing them more than you’re being blessed.

We are blessed with family

Within minutes of hearing about the fire we had church family and related family helping us.  Even while in Tennessee with no way of getting home in a timely fashion my some of my husband’s family and our church family were there retrieving items from the house and being our eyes and ears.

Beauty for ashes

The Lord works to redeem, restore and make new.  Nine months (and counting) in a camper isn’t ideal. Loosing posts that you put your heart and soul into is no picnic. But the Lord is in the business of redeeming and restoring and making things new.  The ideas He has given me for this site, the new house that we can use to glorify Him will be far better than anything we ever imagined.

What are you going through that seems messy?  Can you see, through faith, that He is working out things for your good?

Until Next Time,

Be Blessed

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  1. The restoration process can seem daunting, but God sees us through. Thanks for sharing with us. I look forward to seeing you posting from your new house! Linda <3

  2. I am praying for you today.

  3. I’m so sorry to hear about you losing your posts!! This post is wonderful, though, and I’m sure will be an encouragement to many people. *hugs*


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