I just wanted to share what the Lord has done for us in 2011 in the area of protection.
In January 2011, in your message of the year (God Has Crowned You With Glory And Honor!), you mentioned that we needed the Lord’s protection in 2011. I listened to that message over and over again, and confessed that were crowned with the Lord’s glory and honor.
On 28 April 2011, my two daughters and I went on a road trip within the United States (from Georgia to Virginia). This was the day of one of the biggest tornado outbreaks in US history. A few days before we left for the trip, I had the urge to just read Psalm 91 and Psalm 23 again with my children. We read the scriptures and quoted verses out loud, and then I read it again to my girls as they drifted off to sleep.
On the day of the trip itself, we encountered horrendous storms with awfully dark clouds, torrential winds and hail as we drove through Virginia and Tennessee. In my heart, I felt that I needed to just drive through the storms and did so by God’s grace.
We stopped to eat in north Georgia. I wanted to hurry and eat so that we could get back on the road quickly. But in my heart, I felt the Lord telling me to slow down and let my girls eat and relax, and not to rush them.
When we left the restaurant, I felt the urge to get gas at the gas station next door. I didn’t know why because my gas tank was already more than half full. But I did it anyway. Then, we got back on the highway and continued our trip.
After travelling less than a mile, the traffic came to a complete stop. We waited for a while and then realized that something serious had just happened right up ahead.
A large tornado had just torn through the town directly in front of us only minutes before! It had traveled and caused destruction on the very section of the highway that we were going to travel on. By God’s grace, the Lord had us stop and get food and gas, slowing us down enough to keep us from the destructive tornado! We missed the tornado by only three to five minutes.
We were stuck on the highway for five hours as emergency crews began to emerge from everywhere to help the victims of the tornado. We prayed in the Holy Spirit for the victims and sang praises to the Lord for His saving grace. Although we were in the car and couldn’t move for five hours, we had enough gas in our car to keep the DVD playing (for the girls) for most of the five hours. The Lord had prepared us without me even knowing it. When packing for the trip, I had packed extra water, food, blankets, DVDs and more for the girls.
While we waited in the car, another storm arose and traveled over us. It shook our SUV violently and all those on the radio said that another tornado was imminent. We were stuck on the highway with no way to exit. The exit up ahead had been torn apart by the tornado.
I began to confess Psalm 91 over us and told my daughters that the Lord would keep us safe no matter what the storm looked like. The Word of God calmed our hearts. We turned off the bad news on the radio and just sang praises to God for His protection, and He protected us. The second storm didn’t produce another tornado! The Lord kept us safe and I am so thankful!
In another incident, on 23 August 2011, my girls and I were in a hair salon in Virginia. They were playing on my computer while I was in the salon chair. As I was about to be done, the building shook violently. We all looked around in confusion but my children began to laugh saying that it felt like an amusement park ride. It was no amusement park ride. It was an earthquake!
Everyone was safe in the salon and we were also not fearful or terrified. Some people were in the mall or at work during the earthquake and some of them ran in terror. Some were in stores where parts of the ceiling began to fall.
We did not experience anything like that because the Lord kept us safe and free from fear as well. We had never been in an earthquake before and we were so grateful how the Lord kept us safe from all mayhem, fear and destruction.
The devil intended to cause destruction in our lives in 2011, but the Lord’s amazing power, love and grace made sure that we were always held safe and warm in the secret place of the Most High.
Thank you so much for preaching the true gospel of Jesus Christ. God bless and keep you and your family!
Renee Barnes | Virginia, United States