“He directs the snow to fall on the earth
and tells the rain to pour down.
Then everyone can stop working
so they can watch his power.” (Job 36:6-7)


It has been quite a week with the storms shutting down roads around here.  Despite our modern age, there are times when weather can beat our best plans and preparations.

The snow was nice, but the ice this week placed thousands in the the South in harms way.  People had to abandon their cars and walk to the nearest shelter for warmth. Children were separated from their parents and keep in schools overnight for their own safety because school buses were not able to maneuver icey roads.  For some of these children, spending the night at school was the first time they slept without their parents near.

Steam rises as my wooden spoon chases potatoes and carrots around the stock pot while watching the news reports of heros opening their homes to total strangers for warmth,

or setting up coffee stands for those determined to walk all the way home.

One Chick-fil-A manager offered food to those stranded in their vehicles.

Some locals cranked their  4x4s, and Jeeps to rescue family, children and friends stranded on road side, bringing them home.

“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” 1John 3:17



Our spirits are always lifted when we hear of people stepping out of their of their comfort zone to help those in need.

I have always been please that I am a Southerner, but never as much as I have been watching my fellow Southerners this week during this ice and snow crises.

“It’s really a wonder that I haven’t dropped all my ideals, because they seem so absurd and impossible to carry out. Yet I keep them, because in spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.” ~Anne Frank


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Diane W. Bailey is the founder of The Consilium – an online community of wisdom and purpose for women over 45 years of age. She is a published author. Her books include String of Pearls – From Tears to Treasure, and 30 Days To A Better Stepfamily. She creates her own line of precious metals bracelets. Diane lives in the Deep South with her husband Doc. Together they have created a stepfamily, each having two stepchildren and two birth children, and share three grandchildren, one black lab named Charlie and one long haired tabby cat named Lil Girl. Diane’s passion is to encourage women to be all God has created them to be by pressing past fear and daring to live life as an adventure. Some of her life adventures include traveling to Israel, speaking, entrepreneurship and backyard farming with Doc. She loves Gumbo, fried shrimp and seeing all sunsets across water.

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