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Robin is the author of For All Who Wander, her relatable memoir about wrestling with doubt that reads much like a conversation with a friend. She's as Southern as sugar-shocked tea, married to her college sweetheart, and has three children. An empty nester with a full life, she's determined to...

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  1. These storms were devastating. My little state of North Carolina was effected as well. They hit major cities such as Raleigh. I was just so thankful that God protected us from these storms that rolled through at night and some during the day.
    It was a scary time, but God brought us through. He is good all the time, and all the time He is good!

    I just pray for a speedy clean up process for all of these people so they can get their lives back on track.

    Thank you for listing ways to help Joplin! This is awesome!

    Love always,
    )(ope*

  2. Thanks, Hope :).

    The Salvation Army link actually helps ALL the affected areas, though the landing page is featuring Joplin right now. Because the needs are vast, they’ll determine and prioritize neediest areas. What a difficult task….

    (and thankful y’all were okay after the storm!)

  3. Well said;)

    On my blog we have a way to help- working with a church/mops group in Joplin. The girls are posting necessary items to an amazon wishlist- it’s amazing what god has already provided!

    Read about it here:
    http://traceysolomon.wordpress.com

  4. As a widow who lost her husband and the father of our six children 3 years ago (suddenly) I can tell you one thing for certain: I no longer ask God, “Why?” because I realized a long time ago that what His answer/reason would be ….. it would never be a good enough reason for me. He does indeed work everything for good and His ways are not mine, nor are they understood by my finite human brain. But He is there …. in the dark, in the Valley of the Shadow of Death (where I spent a couple of years), and He will never leave or forsake us.
    And He grieves when we grieve.
    And He smiles as we slowly learn to dance …. again.

  5. I have been to Joplin twice over the past couple days. Once, to help a family member compile a list of items lost in their house for insurance purposes; and, the 2nd time for a funeral. My heart stayed there.

    Praying for those who cannot form words to pray because the hurt hurts too much. God is right in the midst of the tragedy, and rebuilding. Amen.

  6. Thank you for this post, Robin! I posted something similar on my site recently, after the devastation in Chattanooga, Ringgold, and Tuscaloosa – all places very near and dear to my heart personally! Praise the Lord for His protection of you and your family! And thank you DaySpring, Holley, and (in)courage for reaching out this way!

  7. “So, my very dear friends, don’t get thrown off course. Every desirable and beneficial gift comes out of heaven. The gifts are rivers of light cascading down from the Father of Light. There is nothing deceitful in God, nothing two-faced, nothing fickle. He brought us to life using the true Word, showing us off as the crown of all his creatures. ” James 1:16-18

    I am so praying for the devastation over there! I can’t even fathom the pain of losing children, sisters, brothers, husbands, parents, grandparents, etc… However, I encourage you to remember that this whole world one day shall pass & there will be a day with no more pain & sorrow for those who persevere in times of trial & serve our Lord. 🙂 I’m praying that in the midst of what seems so much darkness, that God’s light pours in to your lives & you can’t help but praise Him through this storm! *hugs* to everyone affected & to everyone out there serving on the missionfield!

  8. Well said. While my area was spared, others around us was not. I send prayers up daily for all those involved!

  9. Thank you so much for this post, it has brought me to tears. Good tears, loving tears. I’m from the St.Louis area and we’ve been blessed to have only had some minor damage from all of the tornadoes that have plagued us this year. Other members of my family have not been so lucky. Their whole street was destroyed during the Good Friday Tornadoes that hit us. Those images will never leave my mind, never. Devestation on television is hard to handle, but to experience it… Thank you for your work and for everyone who has donated time, money, supplies and prayers. Thank you.

  10. Even as I grieve with those who have lost so much, in some cases everything but Jesus, I rejoice to see the gospel going forth through people like you as they respond to it. May His name and goodness be glorified even through this, and may we who believe in Christ respond with the love and faithfulness of our Savior.