Believing the Promises of God - in His Word

Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed… Without weakening in his faith… Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what He had promised. ~ Romans 4 [selected 18-21]

Friday, July 6, 2012

Storm of the Century

This was the storm of the Century here in New Jersey. We counted 87 rings on the oak tree that fell on my house. Another fell on my shed as well along with 21 other trees on my property - a Total of 23 Trees.
The large Oak that fell on the back of the house

Side view out my back door

This is the entrance to my house and front porch - 
"Welcome to the Secret Garden"!

My daughter, Becky, visiting from Haiti, surveys the damages.

Partial view of the back of the house

The tree that came down on the shed and the decking and fence underneath

The TREE fell from the back of the house to the front and completely covers my front porch and front door.

The TREE was removed on the 4th of July leaving the stump [which the insurance company does not cover to have removed. Nice lawn ornament, huh? Did anyone notice the GROW sign on the back of my house along with the wire butterfly?

My grandkids climbed up for a picture last night!
Left to Right:
Ethan, Evan, Justin, Drew, Braden, Malachi, Tessa, Jyden, Collin, Jossara

This verse was given to me this morning:

Psalm 42:11
Why are you downcast, O my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?

Put your hope in God,
for I will yet praise Him,
my Savior and my God.

Living IN the Fullness of JOY,
Psalm 126: 3
The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.
Because ... Anguish and JOY dance together!


Sonja said...

You are an amazing and precious friend!! Those pictures make me sick, and I am pretty sure I would not be seeing the joy in the view you are looking at! BUT... you have chosen JOY and you are ministering even now in the midst of the big mess!

I just love you Stephanie!! :)

Beth.. One Blessed Nana said...

oh, my sweet Stephanie! I am so sorry that this had to happen to you! My daughter and husband who are working in Illinois, were in those bad storms last week and were hit pretty hard. Thank goodness they are ok and I am so thankful that YOU are ok!

You have some beautiful grandbabies my friend. I am catching up! #8 will be here in 3 1/2 weeks!

I am praying praying praying for you!

Crown of Beauty said...

How sad to know that 23 trees were felled by the derecho windstorm, and that some part of your house and shed were damaged. Maybe some of those trees will still grow back?

I have missed you, and praise God knowing you are safe.

Your grands are beautiful!


Unknown said...

Oh Stephanie...I am sooooo sorry! May the LORD give you HIS grace in the midst of it all. I am praying for you today.....

It's lovely to see you back here in the blog-world.

I agree with the above commenters...your grandbabies are gorgeous! :)


Unknown said...

Ooops...I was signed out of google. It's Camille from Flowers in HIS Garden. :)


Thanks so much for all the thoughts and prayers from many of you and others who sent emails to me as well! God is faithful and He is making ALL THINGS NEW!

I am having trouble accessing my blogger account because of something I did last night! UGH!
The new format threw me for a loop! I have to figure out how to undo something! Until then....

Living in the fulness of JOY,

Camille said...

Trust all is going well with the rebuilding and clean-up Stephanie. Hang in there and enjoy the journey!

Many Blessings,

Diane Ronzino said...

Truthseeker, this is the first time at this blog. I'm so sorry for the devastation to your home and property. My gosh! I don't even know what to say...

God bless you. I will be praying for you - for total restoration.

What a blessed family you have...

By the way, I live on Long Island! We are practically neighbors!