Thursday, January 26, 2023


It came, It destroyed, It Left

One - Two - Three

My heart is broken by the horror this tornado did to my small part of the world.

The roller rink where my children and grandchildren have spent hours having fun.

The Walgreen's where Mr D picked up his meds, just a few days ago.

“In the storms, winds and waves, He whispers, “Fear not, I am with you.”

The nursing home where my Momma lived for 15 years.

The UPS store that we have used numerous times.

The Catholic Church that friends attend.

Draw closer to the Lord with prayer and know that His presence is near. Be still, God will comfort and provide for you. You can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.

What was once MeadowCrest Church, the chuch my son-in-law pastored.

The animal shelter, home to 70-100 dogs and cats.

This tornado was 1/2 mile wide and was on the ground for 18 miles, it was rated an EF4, with highest wind measured at 140 mph.  It was the strongest tornado in this area since 1992.

Thankfully I have heard of no deaths, Thank You Lord for that, only a few minor injuries through it all.

I saw on the news that only 2 dogs were injured at the shelter, that's amazing.

My daughter Tracey saw where a train was derailed at 2 different spots and 18 wheelers laying on their side.  She saw this on her way home from work.  Thank you Lord that she is safe.

My heart and prayers are with everyone that was involved, their homes and their businesses.

It's so hard to look at it all.

Mr D and I are okay, we had high winds and heavy rain.  All of my children and grandchildren are okay and to my knowledge all my friends are okay.  I'm so thankful for that.

Brick and mortar went down, but Praise God, people survived.

Heavenly Father

We know that you are with us in every time and place. In all things, you are faithful. But when winds are raging, we may find it hard to hear your voice. When skies are dark, we may struggle to see your face. When all around is chaos, fear and destruction, the peace that you promise seems worlds away. 

And yet, we continue to seek you in the morning.  Lord, please surround us with the certainty of your loving presence; and remind us that there is hope to be found even in the midst of so much destruction. 

In Your Precious Name


Until Next Time


  1. Just terrible. I went thru an F5 as a child. Took out several towns. My prayers are with the area. I hope it never happens ever again.

  2. So frightening, Mary. I'm glad you are safe.

  3. Mary, I'm so glad you and your family are safe! We didn't get hit, thankfully! It was dark and stormy and we got the alert that there was one in the area, but it missed us. Buildings will be replaced, but praise God all the people are safe.

  4. Oh Mary! I am so glad you and your family are well and your friends too. So much destruction, but no lives lost. Truly a miracle of God's protection.

  5. Prayers...tornadoes and hurricanes...have lived through them and not easy. Prayers for all of those involved.

  6. Oh no! Praying for you and your community.

  7. Horrific! I'm thanking God you and your family were (physically) unaffected by the storm. Living in what some people call "tornado alley", I never take weather warnings lightly. Your prayer is wonderful!

  8. Oh Miss Mary. How devastating but so thankful you and Mr. D are okay. Tornados show no mercy and only God can protect. So glad He kept you both under His hedge of protection. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  9. So scary and horrifying. Mary, I am so glad you and your family are okay and that you didn't have to leave your homes. The damage you shared with us is devastating for those who have to now deal with the clean up and the coming back. Thankfully no deaths. Praise God.

  10. Mary, Being in Oklahoma, for 26 years, we have come to accept tornados as part of life...doesn't make them any less scary, though. I am so thankful ya'll are ok. Praising God there was no lives lost! Buildings can be replaced but a life is precious and your memories of those places will live on.

    Grace & Peace,

  11. Oh Mary, I am so sorry to see the pictures and hear about all of the destruction and devastation in your part of the country. So thankful no one that you know was injured or killed, but just seeing all the destruction is hurtful enough. My heart goes out to all of you and praying for the recovery of so many special places. (((hugs)))

  12. Oh how awful. Sure glad to hear you and your family are okay.

  13. How scary it must have been with winds that strong. Such devastation and yet no lives lost is amazing. I'm thankful you and your whole family were spared. gM


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