|the last night's fire had been on the mountain area just above the neighbor's roof ridge.|
The tornado dissipated before it hit our area, thankfully. And after two more warnings, we finally headed back to bed, praising God for His protection again. The thunderstorm was still raging, and if you've ever been close to lightning striking in a cabin hanging over a mountain ridge, you could imagine why I was quoting Psalm 46 to myself as we went back to sleep. God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble...
This vacation wasn't turning out quite like we expected, that was for sure. We wondered aloud as to what God was trying to teach us on this trip.
I think it was that He takes care of us, no matter where we are.
We saw a ton of deer, but it started raining again before we left. Even with the rain, we had fun just getting out to do something nature-related.
Our last day in Tennessee, Thursday, we headed to the historic Old Mill area:
Oh, we bless His holy name.
Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and all that is within me,
bless his holy name!
2Bless the LORD, O my soul,
and forget not all his benefits,
3who forgives all your iniquity,
who heals all your diseases,
4who redeems your life from the pit,
who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy,
5who satisfies you with good
so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.
and justice for all who are oppressed.
7He made known his ways to Moses,
his acts to the people of Israel.
8The LORD is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.
9He will not always chide,
nor will he keep his anger forever.
10He does not deal with us according to our sins,
nor repay us according to our iniquities.
11For as high as the heavens are above the earth,
so great is his steadfast love toward those who fear him;
12as far as the east is from the west,
so far does he remove our transgressions from us.
13As a father shows compassion to his children,
so the LORD shows compassion to those who fear him.
14For he knows our frame;a
he remembers that we are dust.
he flourishes like a flower of the field;
16for the wind passes over it, and it is gone,
and its place knows it no more.
17But the steadfast love of the LORD is from everlasting to everlasting on those who fear him,
and his righteousness to children’s children,
18to those who keep his covenant
and remember to do his commandments.
19The LORD has established his throne in the heavens,
and his kingdom rules over all.
you mighty ones who do his word,
obeying the voice of his word!
21Bless the LORD, all his hosts,
his ministers, who do his will!
22Bless the LORD, all his works,
in all places of his dominion.
Bless the LORD, O my soul!