Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Before and After Shots

What a difference a day makes. I've been posting random pictures of the updates on James' little home that was flooded. It was even hard for me to figure how it looked before and how it looked after the repairs have been made with all the unorganized shots I had.

First of all, before we got involved, James had worked hard! He had torn out and replaced the lower inside walls and insulation. He had ripped out the rotten floors and put down subfloors, so he had already done a lot on his own despite having a severe kidney and bladder infection from ingesting some of the nasty water when he swam from his flooded house to his boat. He ended up spending a few days in the hospital and hasn't felt 100% since. It was all so overwhelming, he was at a loss of knowing what to do next.

So many people have helped financially, but some physical labor was also needed. That's when some men, including the pastor, from Waxhaw Baptist Church stepped in. In one day, this is what five men accomplished:

Before and after (front of the house)

Before and after (back of the house)

Before and after (left side of the house)

Before and after (right side of the house)

Before and after kitchen (beautiful floors!)

It's pretty amazing, isn't it? There is still some work to be done like underpinning and cleaning up. We're going down Monday to take a few things and try to figure it all out. James is extremely grateful! And from all I've heard, this project has been just as big a blessing to everyone who has contributed to it as it has for James! It sure has been for us. God Bless!


  1. Glenda, God has blessed everyone who has been involved in helping James. Thank you for writing about his situation and putting the blessings into motion. Thank you to Henry for all his hard work.

    1. Pat, as I posted one of my favorite quotes on my Facebook author page last night, I thought about how true the quote is. "But words are things, and a small drop of ink, falling like dew, upon a thought, produces that which make thousands, perhaps millions, think.”

      As we've studied in the Letter of James this past month, our words can be powerful. Much good can come from them but equally much bad. We always need to be mindful of how we use them. I'm humbled to think that those first words I wrote about James touched so many hearts to make all this happen. I've found that when we use our words to glorify God, they seems to have a domino effect; like gently touching the first one and looking on as a fascinating chain reaction continues to knock down each domino as it touches another.


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