Wednesday, 7 June 2017

Grave News...

Dearest friends...
I have very gave news to share with you this morning...
I come to you asking for prayer for our family and for other families in our area...

This morning we evacuated our house and now are blessed to be sitting safely at a dear friend's house in town - our home burnt down a couple hours ago and we lost everything in the fire.

I woke up at 6am to the smell of smoke and a little sister crawling into bed with me as she was frightened by the terrible wind raging around our house.  You see, there was a storm last night...a terrible wind and a farm over the way caught alight.
 
Very soon, it was spreading from farm to farm, coming right our way.  At first we honestly didn't think we would actually have to leave...thus, we slowly gathered some of our most treasured possessions such as photographs and our computers and the sewing machines and put them into the car.  But literally 20 minutes later, we were frantically rushing about putting everything in the cars, loading everyone up and driving out.  The fire spread so rapidly, I cannot begin to actually describe how bizarre it was!  And the wind...it was horrendous and the smoke was so thick.

Our neighbour's driveway caught alight...and suddenly we knew had to get out and fast!  Praise the Lord, we could leave with our animals and a couple bags of items.  We did not think we would come back to no house.  We just assumed it would be there...  My dad dropped us off at our dear friend in town and went back home...but when he opened the door, a tremendous wave of heat hit him and he saw the inside of the house was black.

When he arrived here and told us the news...it was devastating.  Our home is gone.  Everything lost...everything.
Praise the Lord, our family is safe and our animals are with us.
In His graciousness, He moved on the heart of a kind lady at church who offered for us to stay in her holiday house for the time being free of charge.  We are blown away by her generosity...

Dear friends, this is a very painful time for our family...we are in absolute shock and disbelief, but there are many others suffering too...many other homes have been lost and the fire continues to spread.  And our country is in major drought...without water, fighting fire is virtually impossible!

Please, please pray for the Lord to send rain we so desperately need...to protect those fighting the fires...to provide for those without and to give us strength for what lies ahead.

I hope to give you an update soon, dear friends...  I am unable to write to each of you individually at this stage, but I hope to soon...  For now we can do nothing but cry unto the Lord and lean on Him. 

With love in Christ,
Kelly-Anne

"Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee."

~ Deuteronomy 31:6 

46 comments:

Debby Ray said...

Oh my dear Kelly-Anne. I sit here with chills and tears in my eyes as I read of this terrible news. There are really no words that I can say that can even come close to comfort you. First of all Praise God in all of His mercy that your family is SAFE and unharmed, physically...I pray no one in your area lost their lives. My heart goes out to you and your precious family as you face the days ahead. Blessings are already coming...you knew someone who let your family "borrow" their home. God is still good, I know you know that...and He's already working on finding your family a new home. I am leaving you with a favorite scripture... "Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say, Rejoice. Let your moderation be known unto all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:4-7

Hugs and prayers,
Debby

Alex said...

My prayers are for you all: I am so sorry.

Sarah said...

Oh my dear Kelly-Anne! I am so very saddened to read of your loss!! You and your precious family will most definitely be in my prayers!!!! I cannot imagine losing everything. May the LORD comfort and provide for you and your family.

Esther Asbury said...

So sorry to hear this, Kelly-Anne!! Can't imagine what you are going through, but I will be praying for you and your family!

Melinda Wood said...

Dearest Kelly~Anne,

I am truly saddened to hear about what is going on in your area. I sent up a prayer for you and will continue to as the Lord brings you in remembrance to my mind.

Yours in Christ,
Melinda

Laura said...

My heart is broken as I read this post, dearest one...please know that you have friends across the sea who love you and are praying for you, your family, your neighbors, for rain...and please know that God will provide...just trust Him...
Sending hugs, prayers, love...
Mrs. Laura

Stephanie said...

Oh Kelly-Anne, I can barely type for the tears running down my face. I have no words...... I am so, so, so very sorry for this loss and oh, I can only imagine the heartache you are facing. God's Word says,

"When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee." -Isaiah 43:2

He is indeed with you and may you find precious comfort in His arms and presence. Please know that I am on my knees in prayer for you and your family as your take each day as it comes. Praise the Lord ALL of you are safe.

Sending you ever so much love!!

Hamlette said...

Oh, Kelly-Anne, how devastating! I am praying for you, your family, and all the others affected by this awful fire. I'm so glad you have friends who can shelter you while you deal with this.

I wish we didn't live so far apart so I could help in more material ways. And give you an actual hug, not a virtual one, but I'll send one of those as well.

Angel said...

Oh Kelly Anne! My heart broke for you and your family at hearing this news! I am so thankful that you are all safe. You will be in my prayers in the coming days!

Angel

Mary Hutchins said...

I am at a loss for words. My heart is so sad as I read your post. May God surround you with His comfort and guide you during the days ahead.

CherylQuilts said...

Oh, Kelly-Anne! My heart just ached as I read through this post, and I (we) are praying for you. I shared this with my dear husband, and we are praying for you and the entire family. Praise God that you are all safe, but we know it will be a long journey for you. May God give you all comfort and strength for each moment and day ahead. I understand that you are not able to reply in any way, but I look forward to seeing more updates and how we might help. Much love! xoxo

Daniela said...

What a devastating news, my cherished Kelly-Anne, my eyes are shiny with tears thinking of you and your beloved ones, that's a real tragedy ... anyway I'm glad to read that you and your animals are safe now, I'm praying the Lord, may He solace you and give you what you need, spiritually and concretely ...

SENDING BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL ❤

Until next time

XOXO Dany

Nancy Vance said...

So sorry for your huge loss. Praying for rain, for comfort and courage, and for provision for a new home. God bless you and your family!

Creations By Cindy said...

Dear Kelly-Anne, I am here to today because the lovely Stephanie told us about your post and seeking prayers for you and family. I am so very sorry to hear this sad news. I want you to know that as soon as I read her post I stopped and prayed for the comfort of our Lord to be so very near to you all at this time and to show Himself in a mighty way. Oh the words ring to me right now that God will take our mess and turn it into a message and sweet girl, this is indeed a mess right now for you all. It's a loss. It's experiencing a death of a dear loved one. We lost our home in 1984 due to a fire and lost everything. I was expecting our 2nd child at the time. I can look back to so many years ago and see the hand of the Lord as He is carried us through that devastating time in our lives. . Proverbs 3:5-6 has been a great comfort to me: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” And Romans 8:28 says, “We know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” The kicker here sweet girl is the Word says, He works for the good of those WHO love Him and it's obvious that you love our Lord. God sees the big picture in our life and all we can is the little picture. But sweet girl, cry and mourn because it's okay to do so! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Oh my dear, I am so sorry for your loss...I just can not imagine losing everything. Of course I am very thankful that you and your family are safe and I will keep you all in my prayers. We love you and care about you all! God bless and keep you. Sweet hugs, Diane

Michelle Palmer said...

Sending love and prayers from England.
I am so sorry.
Fondly Michelle

Cheryl said...

Dear, precious friend, Words fail me. All I could do is cry as I read your words. It is SO hard to understand why things like this happen to God's people. Surely, He was so merciful to protect all of you and your dear animals. Oh, to think of how much worse it could have been...it is just unthinkable. My heart goes out to all of you, dear friend. Please do keep me posted, as you can, and let me know that you are okay. Wish I could give you a big hug...please hug your dear mother for me. I can't imagine the grief in her heart today, also. Sending all our love to all of you and many, many prayers.

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

I am so terribly sorry about your home, dear Kelly-Anne, but ever so grateful that all of you got out in time, and have a place to stay. Prayers will be with you, for you and your family, and for rain, that you need. Love and God bless you.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I am so sorry. May our Great Lord comfort your hearts, provide for your needs, and even bring you some bits of joy in the midst of sorrow. "The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and rescues them." ~Psalm 34:7
Love,
Lisa <3

Paige said...

Oh my sweet friend, I am so sorry to hear this news. I can't imagine what you must be going through. It is so good to hear that your whole family is safe and you were able to save your animals and some possessions. I'm glad you are okay. Praying for the Lord to comfort you as only He can. May he send rain soon. <3

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Stopping in from Stephanie's blog post to wish you and your family the best and to let you know that prayers are being said for both you and the other families affected. Be safe.

Lizbeth Amanda E. said...

I'm so sorry! I'll be praying.

Anonymous said...

Kelly-Anne I am so sorry for the loss of your home. I will keep you and your family and neighbors in my thoughts and prayers. Thank God everyone is safe. God Bless you and yours.
Marilyn

Moriah Simonowich said...

So sorry to hear of this!! Praying for you and your family, Kelly-Anne.

God's Grace Overflows said...

Oh my goodness Kelly-Anne, this is so awful to read. I'm so sorry, but glad to here your are all safe.
I'll be praying for you, your family and your community.
Hugs, Amy

Glory Hedquist said...

So sorry to hear, will definitely be praying for you and your family and others.

Mari said...

Oh Kelly Anne - I am so sorry to hear this. I'll certainly keep your family, your neighbors and your country in my prayers.

Ida said...

Kelly I am so very sorry to hear this awful news but thankful that you and your family and animals made it out safe & sound. I can't imagine what you are all going through. Would you please send me your mailing address again. I'll be praying for you and those who have lost homes from the fire.

Parlor Room Ponderings said...

Oh Kelly-Anne my heart is so sad for you and the other families. I will be praying for you all. I know your Heavenly Father will look after every little detail for your family. Sending prayers from Canada. Much love, Diane

jeanniemc said...

Lifting your family up to our Father who will provide all you need...Hebrews 4:16..Philippians 4:19..Big hugs from the Arizona desert..

( Jeannie--A new reader)

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Oh Kelly-Anne, words fail at this time to share just how sorrowful I feel for your family, and this loss that you have suffered! I know your strong faith in the Lord will get you through this difficult time, but it must be so very hard right now to comprehend all that you've lost! I've just posted on my blog about your family's situation, and have asked people to pray! We will be praying and believing that the Lord will send comfort and direction for your family in the middle of this devastation!

I have to say, it seems the Lord was preparing you for such a horrible event earlier in the week! I read your last two posts, and oh my! The very words you wrote were so prophetic! You wrote: But in the midst of difficulty, pain or trial, we need to maintain an Eternal perspective and embrace what the Lord is teaching us and lean more on Him... Our fight is not against flesh and blood (Eph 6:12)... And this is just our temporary home...

"Just our temporary home"... what an incredibly powerful statement you wrote there, and not even knowing what lay ahead of you in just a few short hours! Truly my friend, the Lord is going to be with you and your precious family through this... the Lord was preparing your heart for such a thing, even as unthinkable as it was... and He has a perfect plan in place for putting the pieces back together too... somehow! I will be praying and lifting your dear family up in prayer, praying and believing for the Lord to take care of you in miraculous ways, and to comfort your hurting hearts. With love, prayers and hugs!!!!

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

Oh, Kelly-Anne, my heart is broken for you and your family and neighbors! How devastating but thank the Lord you are all safe. Dear Lord, we pray for rain, for hope, for comfort, for shelter for all those affected by the fire. Keep Kelly-Anne and her dear family in the palm of your hand! Amen!

Simply Linda said...

Hopping over from Marilyn and Stephanie's blog...keeping you in prayer.

magnoliasntea said...

Oh my, I am praying you and your family and neighbors, Kelly-Anne. I read of your tragedy with tears and a grieving heart this morning. Our area of Tennessee in the Great Smoky Mountains experienced the same type of devastation just last November, and while we were not affected ourselves, many were. We know how completely, without sufficient words to explain, just how tragic it is. We will continue our prayers for all affected in your area. I do have a question though: Do you have a GoFundMe account set up?

Anonymous said...

Dear Kelly Anne
I am so sorry to hear this news. Of course we will pray for you all.
I do not have internet at home but will check at the library to see how you all are.
Please know we send our love to you and we know that in time healing will come. Jesus is with you precious Kelly Anne, and your family. I am thanking God for the lady who is sharing her home with you. One day at a time dear one many blessings and treasures will rise from these ashes. Please hug your mom and dad and family. I praise God for all of your lives safe and sound.
Love Shirley and Ashleigh Cox

Elanor said...

Oh, Kelly-Anne! I am so, so sorry about everything that has been lost.:( I will certainly be praying for you and your family and friends in this time. Continue to trust in God for He will work all things for good.

Love & prayers,
Elanor

Anonymous said...

Dearest Kelly,

You and your family are heavy on our hearts and in our prayers. We are so sorry for your loss. Please tell your parents that we are praying sincerely for you all. We are also trusting God to carry you through this time as you process this trauma. Please could you email me the address you are staying at now. My email is annelies@pro-visionit.com

Much much love,
Annelies

Emily vanRijn said...

That is awful! Thinking and praying for you and your family.

Emily vanRijn said...

That's awful, I am so sorry to hear. Thinking and praying for you and your family.

se7en said...

Oh my friend... I am sending you all the love in the world. Our family is praying for your family at this terrible time. I cannot imagine what practical thing we can do from so far away, but I want you to know that our hearts have drawn alongside you in prayer.

Red Rose Alley said...

Kelly-Anne, tears are coming to me as I'm reading this. I'm so sorry, my dear, that you lost your home and most everything else. But you were blessed to still have each other and your farm animals and a few beloved treasures that you were able to take with you. Please keep us updated, and I will surely say a prayer for you and your family and the other families who were affected by this enormous fire.

Thinking of you, Kelly-Anne, and sending comforting thoughts and love.

~Sheri

Victor S E Moubarak said...

Praying.

God bless.

1234andmore said...

Oh Kelly-Anne I am so very sorry! I just saw this now. We are praying for your family and would like to help. Will email you. Xxx

Conniecrafter said...

Oh my Kelly Anne I am so very sorry to hear your news and all that you, your family and fellow neighbors are dealing with. I thank God that you and your family were able to leave safely and that you had time to gather some of your memento's to take with you. Also thankful you have a place to stay in the meantime and God is providing through all of this. Praying for rain for everyone very soon!

living from glory to glory said...

Dearest, so very sorry to hear of this tragic fire and your loss of home! I will be praying for all that you have shared with us! I am inspired to hear your courage and strength in this time! Because He lives, we can face tomorrow! I am so grateful that your family is safe and the blessings of a place to stay for now!
You are on all our hearts and minds! We love you and your whole family!!
Love, Roxy

Lauren @ My Wonderfully Made said...

I cannot even imagine. I know that it is a blessing that you were able to save some of your precious things and you and your family and animals are safe but there is still pain at losing your home and possessions so I pray for God's comfort and wisdom to guide you through the steps needed to begin rebuilding.