January 16, 2014

A Bushfire close to home

Hello & welcome to 2014!

We have only been settled into our new abode for a bit over a month now, and a few days ago it was threatened by an out of control bushfire.  We have had a week of extreme heat with temperatures over 40 degrees plus, that combined with dry storms and lightning our state has had hundreds of bushfires.   Our small coastal community of 8 houses was evacuated early.  My husband was at work so I knew he was safe.  As luck had it I was 650 kms away in our nearest capital city packing up our old house ready for removalists.  It nearly was a case of the removalist truck would be arriving at a house that could have been burnt down.  By the grace of God and the hard work of our emergency services our little community was saved from the fire.

It was a day where my heart was in my throat as we waited to hear if the fire that had burned out of control for 4 hours had been contained.  I feel very very thankful.  As I write this there are still many fires out of control and with extreme heat and wind today it's an anxious time.  Tomorrow I have to do the drive back home, through some areas of bushfires so that may even hinder our travel.  Growing up alongside a volunteer firefighter (my dad) I guess it is all very real to me.

All this has reminded my how quickly things can change in our lives that are completely out of our control.  It has re-inspired me to live for the things that I really want in my heart.  This year I want to give myself permission to thrive and to feel freedom.  These are my two goals for the year.

Photo source: Port Lincoln Times

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