home sweet home

JOY STORY #27

Home! It’s the place where we live. It’s the place where you live! You really don’t know how blessed you are to have a home if you suddenly don’t have one. I’ve shared how we lost almost everything we owned, during two storms. Those storms took away most of our material possessions.

When storms come, you can be assured that it will pass. I’ve never heard of a storm or Hurricane making permanent residence in a location. It always comes and then it goes! TJY!!!

Looking back at how things were then, the storms didn’t take my home. My home was moved to a small camper on the side of our property. What we had cleared out was now just a house; an empty building. There’s a big difference.

home sweet home

While camper living was comfortable, I couldn’t wait to get back to normal. Being flooded twice is two-times-too-many! You have to deal with what comes your way, and my way of doing this is to PUSH! pray until something happens. The insurance company said if our home was flooded one more time, we wouldn’t be able to have it insured. This was being told to so many families.

Then the blessing came. News of grant money available to families, for elevating their houses. That means lifting your home 4 to 10 feet in the air. Our home was on a cement slab, so we weren’t sure if that was even possible. The letter came. Approval to elevate, all expenses paid. TYJ!!!

We were back in our home 2 years with everything fully remodeled. The paper work was filled out and the company put us on their schedule to begin the elevation. This happened in 2011, the same year Phil had his pancreas transplant. They arrived at our house the day before we returned from the hospital. It was amazing to watch the workers as they dug under the slab, jacked up the house and secured it with huge cement-filled pillars 9 feet up. If we were to face another hurricane, bringing in flood waters, it would be safe to say, “not this time!”

I thought you might like to see the pictures of the elevation. It was quite amazing!

ELEVATE 1   ELEVATE 2
ELEVATE 3   ELEVATE 4
ELEVATE 5   ELEVATE 6
ELEVATE 7   ELEVATE 8
ELEVATE 9   ELEVATE 10
ELEVATE 11   ELEVATE 12

Our house is now our home, again! It’s a place where life is cozy and comfortable. We can relax and just enjoy each other’s company, stay in our PJ’s on Saturday mornings. Friends and family feel welcomed. The door is always open. We don’t have the biggest and best of everything. What we do have is ours, overflowing with God’s blessings! And that makes our hearts truly thankful.

In saying all of this about our home, I know that it is temporary. For the Bible says:

“For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.”
Hebrews 13:14

We all know that Jesus said He was going away to prepare a place for us. That means He will come back for us. We don’t know the day or the hour, but we know that He will return. We must make ourselves ready! You do that by keeping your relationship with Him alive! It’s not hard. It’s not complicated! If you have questions, leave me a comment. If I don’t know the answer, I’ll find someone who does.

Jesus. Is. Coming! Are. You. Ready?

Living in HIS Joy!
Eva Raye

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