November 14, 2005

Praise Report - THROUGH THE FIRE!

Early Saturday morning like at 1:00 a.m. I was awakened to screams and banging on my door only to open my eyes to a room full of smoke. I was a bit disoriented but knew to go straight to the door where I could hear the constant pounding. When I opened the front door, I met two firemen with oxygen masks in the hallway filled with black smoke. One fireman immediately began to ask if anyone else was in my apartment and told me that he had to get me out the building immediately. The smoke was so thick in the hallway I had to grab the fireman's hand to be led out the building. I get outside and it's like five or six fire trucks outside and people everywhere with concerned looks on their face. Because of all of the smoke everyone assumed the fire was in my building but it was actually in the house next door. The house next door to me, unfortunately was destroyed, but God...

Let me stop here and send out a praise shout -

The house next door was destroyed, smoke filled my apartment building and my apartment, our smoke detectors did not go off, but NO ONE was hurt or injured.


No one was hurt! Possessions were lost. Clothes and belongings in my apartment are smoke stained, but everyone walked away with their lives - no one even needed emergency medic services!

Of course we were all shaken. I had to sleep at a neighbor's house two doors down until the smoke smell decreased enough for me to come back into my apartment and start the cleanup and airing out of the apartment. I think for the first day or so on Saturday and Sunday I was in somewhat of shock because I realized that I could have just died in my sleep from smoke inhalation, but GOD!


I am so thankful for my life? There are so many other reasons why I should be and am thankful, but I this weekend I experienced thankfulness on a whole new level.


"He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, 'He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.' Surely He will save you from the fowler's snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart, You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked.

If you make the Most High your dwelling - even the Lord, who is my refuge, then no harm will befall you, no disaster will come near your tent for he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread upon the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent.

Because he loves me, says the Lord, 'I will rescue him; I will protect him for he acknowledges my name. He will call upon me, and I will and answer him; I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him and honor him with long life and I satisfy him and show him my salvation." Psalm 91

I believe it and receive it! HALLELUJAH!

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