New Mercies I SeeĀ 

A little over a week ago I stood at the 3rd gas station to find gas in Houston TX before Hurricane Harvey was to hit. 

Witnessing people cursing and name calling for taking the last bit of gas or cutting in line. All this was after braving the HEB and hundreds of people panic stricken grabbing stuff.

 I zoned out and was wondering about my Hometown of Rockport Texas and our home there. Thinking of my mom and sister that felt the need to evacuate early before they even called for a mandatory evacuation. 

So in classic storytelling fashion – I want to share with you all some of the back stories.

In 1970 a horrible Hurricane named Celia hit Rockport just 7 days after my twin sister Melissa and I were born two months premature. My daddy was a deputy sheriff in Rockport working the hurricane. I grew up hearing the horror stories of Celia from my parents. My dad had to wait out a tornado in a drainage ditch as he chose to get out of his patrol car checking on things. 

Spohn Hospital in Corpus Christi lost power and went on back up generator. My dad couldn’t get to hospital to check on us and at first had no clue it was twins since back then they didn’t do sonograms and my mom had all big babies for a tiny little petite woman so she didn’t expect twins either. 

My mom recently said she could not get back to see us for 3 weeks! I just could not imagine leaving your babies and dealing with a hurricane clean up too. She had 3 other babies at home and she said the longest hardest drive her and my daddy took was from Corpus to Rockport wondering if my brothers and sister and other family survived the storm. She said the devastation looked like a war zone. 

I know many friends that have recently made that same drive to check on their homes and families. Some with unimaginable relief gratitude and joy while many with unbelievable sorrow unknown futures and heartbreak. 

My momma just a week before Harvey was relaying stories of Celia as we spent a week down there vacationing and talking about a possible storm coming. 

No one imagined then the landscape of our close knit paradise like town would be forever altered. Long time landmarks and memory makers washed away or tangled up in the rubble of destruction Harvey produced.  

Some thought my sister was kind of crazy to leave so early and evacuate but she listened to the Holy Spirit – that still, small, but mighty voice in her knower to leave and get my mom and her to safety early. 

Some didn’t leave because some couldn’t evacuate or like so many times before the storms fizzled out. I don’t judge anyone for their choices to stay. I rode out a lot of Hurricanes in my life growing up inRockport Tx too. 

So as I shared before … when I was witnessing chaos around me and the cussing scared people all around I just started to pray. Asking God to forgive me for judging them. 

We are all hurting and scared and so I just kept standing at the gas tank praying until the gas thingy clicked. I looked at the monitor and it was $32.06. I told me daughter to quickly look up Psalm 32:6… I felt God was giving me a message. 

Therefore let everyone who is faithful pray to God immediately. When great floodwaters come, they will not reach him. ~ Psalm 32:6

I got an instant peace and knew as I shared in my post last week on this that God would spare us. That whatever we had to face He would be faithful to His promises. 

I ain’t gonna lie… the fake stories and hate circulating Facebook and the many horrific images made me lose my biscuits a few times and snap at some folks.

 But I kept saying to God – I will pray and I will not panic. Show me who I can help now. Forgive me for judging and not loving well. 

So I prayed and I warred and I declared this promise and many many more over my family and friends. And although many got more damage than others and my heart breaks for them… my immediate family and I suffered minimal damage in Rockport and no damage to our home here in Houston or our Country home/Ranch outside Victoria / Halletsville area. 

I am so grateful to my faithful loving God even when He answers prayers differently than I had hoped He would. 

I don’t share this to boast at all- know my heart- I share this to say that God is faithful and my only boast is in how awesome God is. 

My dear friend Annie shared with me years ago when I lost my Dad suddenly just two years after my brother Toby-she said Great is Thy a Faithfulness Michelle- His mercies are new every morning. 

I clung to that promise and those words and some days I did not believe that He was faithful and that how could anything good or better come tomorrow. 

But it did and it has and it will! 

As you listen to this song-read the lyrics below, I ask you to look at your landscape and circumstances differently. 

Rejoice with those that Harvey spared and Mourn with those that lost lives and homes and livelihoods.  

Don’t compare tragedies. 

Don’t think of all your belongings in the rubble-think of the breath in your lungs to survive another day. 

You were spared for a reason. 

I have stared at piles of rubble in floods and storms before holding tightly to the things of this world tighter than to God. I cried out and was mad at God for many things before and wanted nothing to do with Him but I found that when you are flat on your back hurting and clinging for a life line or glimmer of hope you can only look up. 

So …Look up!grab a hold of Him and trust Him. It is so much better than living without Him. 

Each and every one of us can make a difference. Some of us are gifted carpet ripper outters- Some are tree trimmers – cookers – hospitality Peeps that open homes -intercessors- comforters – encourages- babysitters-shoulders to cry on – Go getters – connectors – monetarily blessed to give – 

You don’t have to give like everyone else- you can help and give whatever way God has gifted you. 

I also pray that the wind and rains and high water we have experienced have also washed away every bit of division and hate in our land. 

May we unite as a strong and compassionate people truly loving our neighbors as our brothers and sisters and ultimately ourselves.  

May judgement be forever be removed and only mercy be our first response. 

May we hug our families and even strangers a little tighter today as we all start the rebuilding and restoration process. 

I ask the Lord to specifically restore my heart first and foremost before we start the rebuild or restoration of the minimal damage we experienced. 

I am grateful.
New mercies I see all around me!

 I am praying for you all from California to Rockport to Houston to Israel to every inch of this world in between that we are so beautifully connected somehow via Blogs or Facebook or Twitter in this great big world. 

We are ALL in this together. Let’s show the World we are who God wants us to be. 

Declare this song below with me today! 

            ~ XXOO Michelle Bollom 

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In the breakers that storm my faith

God my Rock and God my Hope

You will prevail

You’re the constant in a sea of change

What You’ve done and what You’ve said

Will never fade

What You’ve done and what You’ve said

Will never fade

Great is Your faithfulness

Great is Your faithfulness

Always and forever

Always and forever

There are memories that seize my heart

But they will never steal or tear our love apart

There are victories yet to come

They are certain as the rising of the sun

They are certain as the rising of the sun!

Great is Your faithfulness

Great is Your faithfulness

Always and forever

Always and forever!
Lyrics: Faithfulness – Iron Bell 
A prior blog featured this song for #SongSunday – listen here  The Only Constant