Stripped Of All Possessions

Tuesday, July 6th,2010

The morning was rushed. My daughter and my wife were going to see our Grandson and I was to go help a friend from church and then go get Coco's nails trimmed. Coco is our beautiful, 5 year old registered pit-bull.I finished my cup of coffee and headed out. The women were already on their way out to the car. I bid them farewell and jumped into the truck with Coco and we headed our ways.

I arrived at Bob's house to get the truck and trailer and help load some chairs to give to missionaries who had recently returned to the United States. We were just driving away to get the chairs when my cell phone rang. It was my sister-in-law and she was screaming. At first I couldn't understand what she was yelling and then it hit

YOUR HOUSE IS ON FIRE!

I raced across town and when I was about 3 miles from the house I saw smoke. Oh my God! I arrived at the scene and with tears streaming down my face, I watched many firemen running to and fro, ambulance personnel and Red Cross were on the scene. I watched our home and all of our possessions burn up within 1/2 hour- 45 minutes.


The Test

It is said that God will never give you more than you can handle. He must think I can handle a lot. Here I sit in this motel. Red Cross and many good people have helped. My daughter and I went out and started cleaning up the mess. We hauled two loads of scrap metal today.

Everything we had is gone. Well, almost everything.

Yes, we were insured, but not nearly enough.

All I can do is trust God, wait for an insurance payoff and trust God.

I have prayed and feel it may be time to leave Lebanon, Missouri. I'm not going to make a "rash" decision just yet.

Please keep us in your prayers.

God gives and God takes away. As long as God's Will is done, all is well.


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G-Ma Johnson 6 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

So not fair...are they doing an investgation to see what caused this fire? sure seems wide spread from the video? could it be arson? seems this place you live in sucks as far as a friendly town goes??? My Prayers as always...am so sad for you...:O) Hugs G-ma


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bayoulady 6 years ago from Northern Louisiana,USA

Froggy, My heart goes out to you! What a horrific scene to witness as you drove up! The memories, pictures, and heirlooms can never be replaced. I praise the Lord it was not a night with you all in deep sleep!Praise God you took your dog with you when you all left.

May God help you as you go through these next months, and please add updates to this hub, as I am sure your hub friends will want to know how you are faring.

bayoulady in Louisiana


Chasuk 6 years ago

I don't know you, but I'm sorry for your loss, Froggy213.


Chasuk 6 years ago

You mentioned missionaries... are you LDS? The LDS church has always been brilliant at taking care of their own. I hope they make this difficult time a bit more bearable.


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Froggy213 6 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

It has been investigated and it was the coffee pot. Never leave it on.

No Chasuk, not LDS, just a non-denominational Christian church. Many have come to our aid, but still very stressfull.


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fred allen 6 years ago from Myrtle Beach SC

Father in Heaven, lover of this mans soul, make Your presence known as this child of Yours endures this next hardship. It is Your presence that calms our hearts. You are the one that brings peace in the storm. He has stood firm against the enemy and will continue to stand firm as You strengthen him in this battle! Love on him Daddy. Let tears of joy flow as he feels Your love.


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FeniqueS 6 years ago from Home

Froggy, not sure this is in good taste and I do Mean NO harm or Pun in it. But, I kidding you not my doctor just told me today Saturday to stay away from the coffee....Please Laugh from this bit of off set humor...My Prayers are with you and your family. I Praise Our Lord, none of you were hurt.


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Sky321 6 years ago from Canada

My prayers are with you.


askpowers 6 years ago

wow, nice hub, thanks for sharing such information.

Regards,


Tracyfremont 6 years ago

glad to hear your all safe. you can always come back here...you do have some friends here still. call if you need anything.


Kimberly 6 years ago

You are in my thoughts daily and I pray the Lord continues to give you strength and that you continue to find comfort in him.

I love you


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Froggy213 6 years ago from On A Mountain In Puerto Rico Author

Thanks Kim--I love you too


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Micky Dee 6 years ago

I'm prating for you Sir!


revivor 6 years ago

the video made it so real and your attitude is so positive - maybe the Lord is saying leave it all behind - new start, new place.


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breakfastpop 6 years ago

I am so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you.


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Catlyn 6 years ago from Somewhere in the OC

I can't even imagine how this must feel. But I do know that God gives us supernatural strength to bear up under such overwhelming circumstances. Just remain expectant: He will never leave you or forsake you and His plans are for your good.

Prayers to you and yours.


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Kristeen 6 years ago from Michigan

But you didn't lose everything! There was no loss of life and even the dog was spared, as he went with you that day rather than being left at home. My prayers are with you. I know it is a devastating thing to go through.

Each time you look at your family members who live with you and your pet, remember that you are truly blessed and in the days to come,trust in the Lord and you will see more blessings from His hand. He may even allow you to see the fire (although very devastating) as a blessing.

Keep your chin up and move forward. No looking back.

My prayers are with you.

Kristeen


bridgettmiddleton 6 years ago

My prayers are with you in such a time as this...but all glory be to God who allowed you all to be safe even in such turmoil. Thank God no one was in the home. Know that God has given you life....something that even the most valuable possessions could not even compare to. Don't lose faith in the Lord because the Lord will never forsake you. Keep faith and move forward, don't sway to the left or right but keep your eyes straight forward on God and He will direct you....Stay Strong...God Bless.


momofsix 6 years ago

I read the Lebanon paper forum daily. I am so sorry the way some people on there treat you. If I lived in your State I would come work in the heat with you to help you. If it is was me , I would not post on that forum again for some of the mean ones to constantly bash you. The Amish do it right ,they come together and help clean up and built after a fire. They give from the heart ,not to bash you and ruin a person down.


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

Froggy- I have no words for you today. To say I'm sorry just doesn't seem like it's enough. Leaving Lebanon............ fresh start........... I do believe it is beckoning. Maybe this was God's way of saying "time to move on." Keep me posted........ and hold onto your faith. Kaie


'BB Rabozza 5 years ago

Doesn't all we have belong to God and he allows us to use those things? When He takes things away, or allows things to be taken away, God will provide other things you and your family need. Sometimes He allows things like this to happen to push us to move on somewhere else where He needs us to be. That is what we believe has happened for us with the recent floods in our area. My prayers are with you and your family.

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