Blackout 2003, The Day The Lights Went Out

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Hard to imagine, but today marks the 10-year anniversary of the nation’s largest blackout that hit eight states and turned off the lights for some 50 million people. Where were you when the blackout hit? I was 21 and away at college. My roommate and I initially thought the power was just out in the surrounding areas near our school but we quickly figured out that the problem was much bigger than we thought. Cell phones wouldn’t work, street lights were out which made it hard to get anywhere and stores, ATMs and gas stations were out of commission. Since we couldn’t cook any food and most food joints were shut down, we went to a nearby female professor’s house for dinner. It was a hot summer day which made for a hot summer night on the second floor of our apartment. We lite candles and tried to study to drown out the heat and silence but it didn’t work. The next morning we were awakened by a glorious voice yelling my name; it was my dad!! My dad was outside my apartment window calling my name, he had come to take us home! We still didn’t have use of our phones and my roommate’s car no longer had any gas so we would’ve been stuck if he had not arrived! Once home, my family fired up the grill and we ate meals and endured the blackout together. It was a unforgettable experience; almost everything was shut down and all we could do was wait.

As I watched the news last night with my husband, experts said even though it’s been ten years since the blackout, the situation could happen again?! That’s sad and kind of scary to know that ten years later the situation potentially happen again, thought they said the probability is low thank God!

So, WHERE WERE YOU THE DAY OF THE BLACKOUT? What was your experience like?

STOP Trippin & START Trustin

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Hey you, YES YOU! STOP trippin and START trustin!! Remember God’s got you. I know it looks bad. I know you’ve been waiting and praying and waiting and praying but so what, keep trustin, keep believing!! I promise you, God hasn’t forgotten you. Even though it may look bad, remember that He’s BIGGER, He’s STRONGER, He’s ABLE and He’s FAITHFUL!! God cares about your needs, He cares about your pain. He has awesome plans for you. Don’t let life beat you down. Get up, talk to God, seek His face, and follow HIS plan. Seek encouragement and godly counsel from those around you. We all need help, we all need support. I just want to encourage you today to know that you’re not alone. This battle is not yours, it’s the Lords! Get up, put your boxing gloves on and get back in the fight. Below are your tools to fight the feelings of fear, failure anxiety today. Read those scriptures, mediate on them and hide them in your heart. Today will be an awesome day and victory is headed your way!! AMEN!!!!!!

Nehemiah 8:10 AMP Be not grieved and depressed, for the joy of the Lord is your strength and stronghold.

Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Luke 12:6-7 Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. 7 Indeed, the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

Isaiah 41:10 So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand