Tuesday, September 5, 2017


Good afternoon Folks ~ It is Tuesday. After all of the coverage of Harvey, and seeing all of the devastation, which has been heartbreaking,  now FL is watching Irma, and then possibly another storm right behind.

I am trying to not ‘freak out’, and God keeps sending me verses about His care in different devotionals. All coming when I need the encouragement.

I miss my dear husband something awful. One day when I came home from work when he was sick and bedridden, he called out to me, “The verse of the day is, “Cast all your cares on Him for He cares for you.” That verse is found in 1 Peter 5:7. Wonderful, loving words of wisdom from my sweetie that I remember in times of stress.

This from Grace Gems was really good, from 3 Sept. was called “He Cares.”


The object of God's tender, perfect and ceaseless care!

(James Smith, "Divine Care!" 1865)

"Casting all your care upon Him--for He cares for you!" 1 Peter 5:7

Our cares must be cast upon our God, or they will prove a burden too heavy for us--they will depress, bewilder, and make us wretched! (My underlining.)

WHO is it that cares for us?

It is the Lord Almighty--the high and lofty one who inhabits eternity, whose name is holy!
It is He whom the angels obey, the seraphim adore, and all creation glorifies!
It is the Lord--who is so great, that we have no adequate conception of His greatness!
It is He who is so good--that it is impossible fully to set forth His goodness!
It is He who is so glorious--that no sinner can see His face and live!
It is He who created all things with His Word!
It is He who governs all things by His wisdom!
It is He who upholds all things by His power!
It is He whose resources are infinite!
It is He whose compassion is exquisite!
It is He whose patience is without limit!

But though He is so exalted, so happy, and so unspeakably great--He cares for you!

He cares for you--as base as you are.
He cares for you--as sinful as you are.
He cares for you--as depressed and discouraged as you are.

HE cares for YOU!

May I pass through the present world under the impression, "I am the object of God's tender, perfect and ceaseless care!"

"Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall." Psalm 55:22


“Wait on the Lord, be of good courage and He shall strengthen your heart.”

Friends will be helping me board up Plum Cottage once again, and I’ve places to stay, either with family or friends. I have 4 feline girls to think about too.

Keep us 5 girls in your prayers and I’ll keep you posted.

Thank you ~ FlowerLady



Sallysmom said...

Thinking of you & lifting you up.

Nancy J said...

Sending a heap of care and love your way, that you and all the girls stay safe. Hugs, XXXXX

lil red hen said...

The minute I heard about "Irma" I thought about you in your tiny little home. I feel relieved to know you have somewhere safe to go if needed, and hope the plum cottage bears up under the storm. God be with you!

M.K. said...

I've been watching the forecasts and tracking and "spaghetti models" over and over for the past 2 days. And thinking of you a lot! Glad you have some help with the cottage. May God keep you, body and mind. Let's hope it skirts around your home, and leaves you intact.

Ruth Hiebert said...

I pray that you will be kept from harm. Thanks for sharing that devotional, it is fitting in so many circumstances.

Debbie - Mountain Mama said...

Praying you will be safe, Lorraine xo

Dewena said...

I thought of you as soon as I had word from my sisters in Orlando this morning and a friend near Miami who is already evacuating, and then my daughter texted from J'ville beach area to expect them back this weekend if they evacuate. And my dear 92 year old mother there in Orlando, near my sisters, is in a nursing home. My heart has been fluttering with worry, and still will but your verses are a comfort and inspirational reminder.

I'll be praying for you too, dear Lorraine,

Ilene Jones said...

Me too, prayers going out your way. Take all the precautions you can. Love and hugs

Deb @ Frugal Little Bungalow said...

I thought of you today seeing the Irma forecast and came over to see if you were 'freaking out' as you said :)

In addition to your prayers you have many in Blogland to surround your little cottage with a vision of angelic light and protection in their own prayers.

You have weathered many a storm there and you will weather this one as well.

We'll watch Irma with you and please keep us up to date / you are surrounded by thoughts and prayers :)

susie @ persimmon moon cottage said...

Thought about you as soon as i heard about Hurricane Irma. It is good to know that you have help to board up and elsewhere to go if the storm heads toward Plum Cottage.

You and your 4 feline girls are in my prayers.Take care.

Susie D.

Jane said...

Praying for you.


Cheryl said...

Praying for you now, Lorraine! May His grace surround you!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Thinking of you and sending prayers your way. It must be so difficult to be along during all of this...Wishing God provides you safety and comfort.

Terra Hangen said...

I am praying for safety for you and your four "girls" and for Plum Cottage too.

BeachGypsy said...

just checking on you with the weather and all. We are all still waiting.....and waiting....to see where this thing is headed. Stay safe and use all precautions okay

Janneke said...

Hurricanes, a terrible violence of nature. I can imagine how you feel in your house all alone with some cats missing your husband. I lost my husband this spring and pffft so difficult to keep up and live on. I hope the storm has gone down by now and you feel relieved.
All the best for you,

gld said...

I think of you every time Florida is even mentioned in storm warnings. I will keep you and your kitties in my thoughts and hope this storm will not be a bad one. Please follow all the warnings and if you have to temporarily relocate, do it.

Celestina Marie said...

Dear Lorraine, thinking of you and keeping you in prayers. God keep you safe alwaysπŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»πŸ™πŸ»

Melanie said...

Yes, please keep us posted as to your safety! Will be thinking about you and keeping you in my prayers.

Rebecca said...

So relieved to know you have friends to help and a place to go! God IS our refuge and strength. An ever-present help in time of trouble. Praying and looking forward to hear how you are protected and blessed. ♥

Betsy Adams said...

I've been thinking about you --especially when I read that Irma may be coming your way... Yesterday I thought was was going into the gulf and would miss FL for the mot part... BUT now, I'm not sure....

I hope and pray that you will be okay. I have lots of family/friends in Houston and its area... My son (after losing his wife) lost a car in the flooding... It's been a hard month of my family...

Hugs and Love and PRAYERS for your safety.

Stitchy Mc Floss said...

Keeping you in my prayers. :) ((hugs))

Kim said...

Thinking of you and your girls...

Deborah Montgomery said...

I love the site Grace Gems. So encouraging. I will be praying for you and your girls for safety, protection, and peace. Blessings to you, Deborah

Ruth said...

My prayers for you and your girls are being said, dear FlowerLady! God be with you.

Terry said...

Hi Lorraine,

I am praying for you. May God bless you with comfort and safety.


Andrea said...

I will pray ...I hope you are safe. My son and his wife live by Orlando....I am a bit worried! (I have a new blog address now) Andrea

Becky Gepford said...

I'm new to your blog, but really enjoyed both the stunning pictures of flowers, and the devotional. I'm sorry you are facing hurricane Irma. It looks big when they show it on t.v. Hopefully, it will not materialize to be as bad as it could. I live in Oregon, so only have experienced hurricanes through t.v., etc. I'm not sad about that! My nephew just returned from Houston, Texas, where he was stranded during Hurricane Harvey. He was en-route to a mission trip in Nicaragua and the entire team got stuck in Houston and never did make it to their destination, but instead, came on home when they could. The ended up giving up one of their rooms in the hotel to displaced people and using their supplies to entertain children who were stranded in the hotel. A change of plans, but I'm glad he's o.k.

Right now, in Oregon, we are struggling with wildfires. The Columbia River Gorge, along with many other locations, are burning, out of control. Our skies are filled with choking smoke and everything is seen through a haze. Today, the wind changed directions, and it is a little better, but I know the fires are still burning all around the state. So, if it's not one thing, it's another.

I have a blog at https://beckyathome.wordpress.com On it, I just blog about my daily life, garden, canning, and our crazy, crazy life!

Beatrice Euphemie said...

I'll be sending prayers your way, Lorraine and for your sweet little fur-babies and your little plum cottage, too. Stay safe, my dear. Hugs xo Karen

BeachGypsy said...

Thank you for stopping by and yes, I love the morning glories too, they are just so perky and so cheerful. My favorites are the purple/blue ones but I like them all. Please heed the weather warnings and stay safe as this storm approaches okay--you can go back when it's over.

Jeri Landers said...

Been thinking about you and yours since first hearing about Irma. You are in my prayers each day dear lady.

Rue said...

I thought of you immediately when I heard how bad Irma is going to be. You and the girls will definitely be in my prayers, my sweet friend.

Take care!

love and big hugs,

Junkchiccottage said...

Thinking best thoughts for you and prayers for all of you in Florida to be safe.

Nancy Heraud said...

Hope you are safe FL! The Herbal Husband and I have our fingers crossed!

September Violets said...

Saying a prayer for you, your feline friends and your sweet home. May all be well and kept safe. I'm glad to hear you have somewhere to wait out the storm. Hugs,

Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

Been thinking of you each time I see the latest on Irma. Those hearts are truly sweet. Be safe sweet lady.

klaraau01 said...

Thinking of you at this difficult time and sending you prayers and strength