The above photo is one I took last week after a microburst hit our neighborhood. We weren’t at home when it happened. When we drove onto our street, we first noticed a downed tree in our neighbor’s yard. We found a large flower pot and the lid to someone’s garbage can in our front yard. I knew we had to check our backyard to see if the winds had damaged the cabinet that holds our outdoor TV. We had a storm that ripped the doors off the cabinet a few years earlier.
When we walked out the back door, we discovered our large table and all the chair that sit around it all piled up against the brick wall that separates our yard from our neighbor’s yard. But the cabinet was intact. Then I turned to discover this.
Our beautiful mesquite tree was gone. Here’s what it looked like a few years ago after an infrequent snowstorm in our part of Arizona.
To say the least, we are heartbroken about the tree, especially one of this size. Trees are a luxury in the desert. We loved the birds that came to that tree day in and day out. Here’s a fun photo I took of a bobcat cub having fun in the tree.
Despite life’s storms, we can know that God will see us through the troubled times. We can find refuge in Him, as this verse from Pslams tells us. “Be merciful to me, O God; be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, until the destroying storms pass by.” Psalm 57:1 NRSV.
The characters in many of my books are living through a storm in their lives. They have to learn to lean on God and rest in the shelter of His love.
In my Front Porch Promises series, my characters deal with many kinds of storms in their lives. Here is a list of those problems.
1. The loss of a spouse
2. Single and pregnant
3. A job loss
4. Learning that your whole life has been a lie
5. Getting stranded in a strange town
6. Accused of wrongdoing that they didn’t commit
7. Dealing with cancer
You can find out more about the books in this series by clicking on the photo of the book covers. I will give away one of the books in the series, winner’s choice, to one person who matches the most books to the storm at least one of the characters is going through.
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