Looking Back>Katrina 10 Years Later; Jeanette Everett

He has a plan for me; I need only to follow….

A few months after Katrina blew through, mission teams started rolling in to the Coast, providing numerous types of assistance, everything from a simple meal to outreach programs to restoration efforts……

Crochet AngelWith one of the teams came a very sweet and humble lady. She brought homemade clothes-pin dolls to share with a few. The doll was a small homemade creation intended to remind its recipient of the promise of God’s presence, and His plan. It was a simple creation, a small crocheted dress fashioned onto an old-style clothes pin.

While she and her mission team spent the week with us, hosting Vacation Bible School and working on some of the many restoration jobs, she tried to spend time with me. This proved to be a challenge. With work, kids, our own restoration activities and the daily routines of life, I had little time to socialize. On the last day of their visit, however, she and her husband stopped by our home and she handed me one of those sweet dolls. On the bottom of the doll she had written a scripture reference: Jude 1:24-25. I must admit that I took me some time to stop and look up the scripture. But once I did, it was just the “God promise” that I needed, as my body, mind and spirit were spent:

“Now all glory to God who is able to keep you from falling away and will bring you with great joy into his glorious presence without a single fault.  All glory to him who alone is God, our Savior through Jesus Christ our Lord.  All glory, majesty, power and authority are his before all time and in the present and beyond all time! Amen.” (NLT)

It was in that moment that I was reminded, even though I went about my daily routines, doing things my way, HE had an even better plan for me.

He still has that better plan for me…. and while there are days when I do not fully understand His plan, I do know, because of the promises found in His Word….. He has cut a path in the wilderness for me and He will guide me through all of its twists, turns, and distractions. I need only to follow.

Jeanette Everett, wife of one, mother of four, and passionate for “abundant living” resides in South Mississippi. Her life has been an incredible journey, providing her opportunities to learn, love, and experience life to its fullest, which she enjoys sharing with others.

Katrina was a brief stop on her journey. Many things changed for her when Katrina blew into town, but the truth of God’s love, mercy and grace didn’t change. She has been guided in every way by His abundant wisdom!

Her MOTTO: Live with passion, love with all your heart, laugh often. As Jesus said, HE came so that we can live ABUNDANTLY!!!

Grace & Peace


About Jill English Johnston

God writes His story on every heart, if we only pause to read it. My heart has lived in a fantasy world since early childhood and am delighted that God has finally brought me to the place where I can bring the fantasies to life through story. I am currently working on a fantasy trilogy (of course) but I also post thoughts, reflections and (hopefully) inspiration to my website: tabletsofhumanhearts.wordpress.com I am a follower of the Rabbi Jesus, married to my best friend and inspiration, and the mother of three incredible children, one daughter and two sons, a son-in-love, a daughter-in-love and two adorable granddaughters. When not writing, I passionately pursue prayer, reading (never enough time to read them all!), and the outdoors. My husband and I both served in the US Navy and have lived/travelled through many states and all over Asia. We both still enjoy travelling, but we really love our home in New Braunfels, located at the Texas Hill Country.
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