A Wintery Wonderland would be much more appreciated right now. This TX wind is a little overwhelming, especially now that we live on a hill with no trees to block it. The good news is that being on a hill keeps the flooding down and we can see all the storms coming way off and prepare for them. Our home is in tacked, the animals are well and most of our property is holding up, except the poor chicken coop. All the strong winds have managed to reveal the weak spots of an old coop with rotted wood. It's not delightful to see more work to be done but I see it as a blessing too. To have the weak spots exposed gives us the opportunity to repair them and make this place a fortified "city" on a hill. We pray for the safety of our family, animals and home and God answers with His loving protection and revealing the areas that are not safe, in a safe way.
1 Thess 5:18 tells us to give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God's will for you in Jesus Christ. I like that it does not say give thanks FOR all circumstances, because I'm not thankful FOR the damage but I can give thanks IN this situation. I'm thankful we have no hurt animals due to the damage, it's going to be an easy repair and I see how it strengthens our family by giving us the opportunity to learn and work alongside one another. But for now we will hunker down, wait the winds out and make new plans for fixing the coop.