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Sunday, June 2, 2013

this girl is on fire (quite literally...)

My sweet friends...Okay, so I need your prayers and thoughts. If you follow me on Instagram and Twitter you may have seen my pleas for prayer, but here's the deal: you may have heard there's this HUGE wildfire burning in So Cal... well, it swept through my hometown this weekend, threatening my family's home and beloved Ranch. Yesterday evening, in the dark of night, we drove down a bit into the town and I cannot describe to you the heartache of watching the place you've known and loved your whole life just go up in flames. I watched in horror as neighbor's homes became engulfed in flames, and with bleary eyes I wept and could only whisper, "That's someone's home...." 

I spent all last night packing up precious family photos, sacred keepsakes and irreplaceable items. Holding a mug with shaking hands and sipping tea as the police radio blared on and on with reports of homes threatened and streets blocked off. 

snapped this photo last night
Of course, I've kept totally calm and carried on actually, more like panicked and freaked out. This is not my first experience with a wildfire... and you non-Californians may not know how crazy wildfires can get out here in our dry deserty landscape...but back in high school, my family very nearly lost our home and almost all our land was burned. Blackened to the point it looked as though we lived on the backside of the moon. It was truly the scariest experience of my life. So, my heart is definitely concerned and I am certainly a little panicked, honestly. So friend, can you pray? The fire is literally within 8 miles of my family's home, and currently the winds are on our side, but please pray they don't shift. Please also pray for the precious people who have been evacuated, who have lost their homes, and who are afraid tonight. Please pray for the AMAZING firefighters who have worked tirelessly for days to fight this awful wildfire - they are heroes and I am so so thankful! 

I am reminded that God is in control.  I am reminded that Jesus said, "I have told you these things so that you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble, but take heart, I have overcome the world!" (John 16:33)

This morning, I woke up, more thankful than ever to pour a cup of coffee and safely be home. I stood on the porch with our sweet dog in the warm light and thanked the Lord for the little things. I remembered His words in Scripture, "Be still and know I am God." (Psalm 46:10) and I realized afresh how temporary and short this earth is. How eternity is so much bigger and more important, and how things are just things and how they don't last. But souls do. I am reminded to love and to try to love well, even though I often fail. And to embrace this life and live it for Him, living it for the the things that matter and not the material things that can so easily slip away. 






It's a little bit of a hot mess over here (obviously) so if I'm not so on top of things this week, thank you for understanding. But thank you so much for praying for me, and for this little corner of the world. I'll keep you posted as the week goes on. I also want you to know that I know this fire is not the only heartache in the world... that Oklahoma is and has been experiencing such loss of late. And I know that each of you have your own personal losses and heartaches, and they matter oh so much to God... share in the comments below, if you'd like, how I (and we!) can pray for you too.

I am remembering this truth today: "For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor demons, nor the present or the future, nor any powers, nor height or depth nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39

Love and thanks, dear ones. Live for what counts. And hug somebody you love today.

PS - just in case you didn't know, the title of this post is actually an Alicia Keys song I love.... Just so ya know I'm not just being totally inapprop. ;) Tryin' to keep things light in heavy times, friends!

22 comments:

  1. Praying for you girl! Our pastor talked on worry & anxiety this morning so they are fresh on my mind. Hope they are a comfort to you:
    "Rejoice in the Lord ALWAYS; again I will say rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is NEAR; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the PEACE of God, which surpasses ALL understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4-7 <3

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  2. Oh wow that is scary and so heartbreaking.

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  3. My goodness--praying for you right now. And all those in your hometown, & your family. I can only imagine how hard this must be...praying peace for your sweet heart & for the fires to be squelched as quickly as possible.

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  4. Erin..My heart broke as I was reading this. It's just been such a chaotic week. I am so thankful for your friendship, and I know you have prayed diligently for me & my family in the wake of all the tornadoes. I am more then thankful for that. I will be praying for you guys. I know our God is "faithful" but it's also so hard to watch things like this. Lot's of prayer and love for you. Love you! xo

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  5. oh, erin, i can't even imagine what you are going through right now. you have been on my heart and in my prayers. i love you, friend!

    xo
    purposelyathome.blogspot.com

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  6. Praying for you lady. Matt's dad and brother fight fires during the summer and I know how scary it is to have them out on the front line, I can only imagine the fear of losing a family home. Hang in there!

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  7. I said a prayer for you! love you like a sister and I hope and pray that you all stay safe! :)

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  8. Was praying all day for you. Last night I couldn't stop urgently praying for you, your family, and everyone else being effected. My heart and prayers are continually with you, my dear dear friend. I am absolutely heartbroken with all that's happening around you. But just like you said above, "God has overcome the world"!! He has got you and everyone else in His hands, and He cares deeply for you all. He will not let you fall.

    Love you so so much Erin. Praying.

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  9. Oh, my goodness! I am so sorry this is happening to your family. I can't imagine how scary this is.

    My brother is a firefighter and I know how crazy these times are. Hoping the winds stay in your favor.

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  10. I can't even imagine how overwhelming that must be to be able to see the fire. I think one could only truly understand those emotions if you are there--but God is ever faithful! We have that to hold onto!

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  11. Wow how heart breaking. Peace be with you girl and fire be still in Jesus' Mighty Name! Xoxo

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  12. oh no. i can only imagine the hurt those families must be feeling to lose their homes. hope your family stays safe!

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  13. So Cal fires are so scary. I'm praying, friend.

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  14. I love Alicia Key's "Girl On Fire" as well as Glee doing it. Both are good. Incredible song. Hope you're staying safe and all. I know nothing about wild fires or fires period. I'd freak and be in panic mode.

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  15. Praying for you, your family and neighbors.

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  16. Awww sweety that's gotta be sooo terrifying!! I will be praying for you and your family!

    love,
    manda
    http://meandjesus-amanda.blogspot.com

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  17. Praying for you are your family sweet girl!

    xo, Kylie Rae

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  18. Praying for you and all of those homes around you girl!! Oh how I know these wild fires. My family and I actually lost our home when I was a freshman in high school. It wasn't a part of a wildfire, just an isolated incident. But oh how I know the feeling of staring at what used to be your home and only seeing blackened remains. So thankful that God's light shines even in our scariest moments :)

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  19. Ugh, you're that close? Is this the one in Santa Barbara county? I googled it and (thank God!) it's about 80% contained now. I'll be praying.

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  20. I will pray for you and your family! I like your line about how 'things don't last but souls do'. That is so very true. This is our temporary home (lovethat Carrie Underwood song) I recently went to Moore OK to help with the damage and it is so heartbreaking to see homes completely flattened and discouraging wondering where do you even start to clean up the mess!? God has a plan and these natural disasters are a reminder that he is so much greater than us and He wants us to rely fully on him and not perishable items.

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sweet friends, share your heart.

"kind words are like honey...sweet..and healing.." -proverbs 16:24.

xo.

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