One Year Ago

I was getting dressed to take Kyle’s parents out for dinner when I was called from my room, shoeless with wet hair, to see the flames that were about to crack the kitchen windows and the sparks that were already raining into our beloved study.  In some ways, it seems like that just happened and in others, it feels it was an eternity ago.  We are still recovering and healing and that is a process that is far from over.  There’s lots that’s up in the air and uncertain about our lives like where we’re going to live (a great brand new house and a practically new pool and mission house are probably going to be on the market soon) and where we’re called to worship (we are still visiting lots of places and have really enjoyed bumping into some of you as we have).

But this Saturday–one year to the day after a three alarm fire burned down our home–we want to pause and remember what happened.  We want to celebrate that God didn’t allow any person (including the many wonderful firefighters who were working in temperatures well over 100 degrees to put out the fire) to be hurt.  We want to call God our Savior and Redeemer and the Lover of our Souls.  We want to say we trust His goodness and that, with His power, we take authority over the evil one who has pulled out the stops to steal, kill, and destroy our family.

On the morning of August 13th, we are going to Oliver Circle and the home that is in the process of being reconstructed.  We are going to pray and have communion.  And, like I said in my previous post, we would sure love it if you would pray for us, too.  Anytime is great but we’d especially appreciate your intercession on Saturday.  If you don’t mind, leave me a comment so we can celebrate all our friends who are joining us in seeking God.

Lord, You have been our dwelling place in all generations.
Before the mountains were born
Or You gave birth to the earth and the world,
Even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God.

Do return, O LORD; how long will it be?
And be sorry for Your servants.
O satisfy us in the morning with Your lovingkindness,
That we may sing for joy and be glad all our days.
Make us glad according to the days You have afflicted us,
And the years we have seen evil.
Let Your work appear to Your servants
And Your majesty to their children.
Psalm 90:1-2; 13-16

But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob,
And He who formed you, O Israel,
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
I have called you by name; you are Mine!”
“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
And through the rivers, they will not overflow you.
When you walk through the fire, you will not be scorched,
Nor will the flame burn you.”
Isaiah 43:1-2

Quilt made with love by Amber Littler and the rest of the Soulspring gang--it was enjoyed for many years as it hung in our entry hall.

My sweet baby girl seeing what was her room. Notice the sky above her head where the ceiling used to be. That's a happy birthday sign I made for her 20th birthday that she'd kept hanging on her door.

Kyle's Senior Boots From TAMU


13 thoughts on “One Year Ago

  1. On Saturday morn, I will be on my knees for you, Kyle, and Torey. Praying for strength and committing to praying that for your family over the next year. Much Love. xoxo.

  2. Oh, sweet McDaniel family, we will be praying for you tomorrow. We praise God for the healing God is bringing and will continue to bring.

  3. Terra, I will be praying for you, especially for direction following a season of loss and uncertainty. I love the Isaiah 43 scripture. He prepared the way before you with those words!

  4. Be not silent, o God of our praise! Hear the prayers of the saints as we intercede on this day for a family that we love so dearly….yet no more than You.

  5. The Baker’s will consider it our joy to come alongside your family and pray. May the fullness of His healing restore all things to wholeness and beauty. It’s just a matter of time. He makes all things beautiful. All our love to your family.

  6. We are praying for you guys here at Impact, and thanking Him for the healing and restoration he brings and will continue to bring for your family. We are covering Torey with prayer and encouragement, and giving her lots of love while she is here! Impact Prayer Team is fighting for you!

  7. O sweet Tara I am rejoicing because what was intended for evil God is turning into your good….the praise of His glorious Name. Enemy will try to silence, mute, steal, kill, and destroy, but God is our Victory! Let praise fill your heart and mouth and his promise : “I will repay you for the years the locust have eaten” Joel 2. Love you all. Mimi Ayele

  8. A verse that I have really been moved by this summer and what I am claiming this year for my 4th grade classroom is Joshua 3:5. “Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the LORD will do wonders among you.”

    This is exactly what you are doing- setting yourselves apart to allow for God’s power to move in mighty ways. This stage is hard and sad, but tomorrow is here and the LORD is already doing wonders among Kyle, Terra, and Torey!

  9. Reading back over your words, and the beautiful prayers of your friends brings me to tears both in sorrow over your sadness, and also tears of joy for the Hope that is your future! It was an absolute blessing to be with you last Saturday and remember what God provided last year in the way of protection and how He continues to provide all that you need, at just the right moment! He is certainly not finished with your family yet!!! Love you very much!

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