Exhausted. Anxious. Heartbroken.
You see, just last year our very first home flooded 3 weeks after we closed. So as you could imagine, I experienced a bit of PTSD. This time, we didn’t hesitate at all, packed up the kids, and crashed at our close friends home in anticipation of the storm. Oh how the anxiety kicked in when our neighbors reported of the high water in our area!
Harvey was extremely devastating to so many different areas of Texas. But, when it flooded my hometown and it’s surrounding areas…..that’s when it hit me hard. This is so much bigger than me. It was God’s way of getting everyone’s attention. It blew my mind to think about how selfish it was of me to be concerned about the water that flooded my home when there were people who lost EVERYTHING. I was in a constant battle with feeling sorry for myself and my family to have to deal with this again and then guilt for the families torn apart.
“For I know the plans that I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 MSG
The beauty that I found in this disaster was for one minute, no one saw color, asked about religious beliefs, or financial status. People came together to save and help their neighbors. There is truly a long road ahead of all of us, but God….
He saw fit to bring us all togother to show the world what it means to be one body, working as one. God has a greater story in store for all of us and I pray that all of us that were affected will continue to push forward and keep our eyes on Him. It’s not easy, but can be done!
Wherever the river flows, life will flourish – great schools of fish – because the river is turning the salt sea into fresh water. Where the river flows, life abounds.
In no particular order: Beaumont, Houston, Galveston, Corpus Christie, Rockport, Sargent, Seadrift, Brazoria, Dickinson, Groves, League City, Port Arthur, Cleveland, Galveston, Baytown, Cypress, Kingwood, Humble, Winnie, Vidor, Conroe, Alvin, Texas City, Mont Belviue, Port Aransas, Aransas Pass, Lumberton, Santa Fe, Portland, Orange, New Caney, Simonton. We see you, and will continue to pray for you!!!!!
*Charge my mind and not my heart if I missed anyone.
**Thank you so much to the wonderful Hurricane Harvey 2017 – Together We Will Make It; TOGETHER WE WILL REBUILD group. Every single photo used in this post was submitted by a member from this group. They courageously shared their heart break and devastation to help me tell this story. You all have not only encouraged me, but also provided countless resources and updates for us all. From the bottom of my heart, I am grateful for each of you!!! TOGETHER WE WILL REBUILD!
***Jaime Cooling, Carlos Rodriguez, Kinsey Parisher Solleder, Susan Britton, Andrea Brice, and so many others, thank you for sharing your stories and photos with me and the world!!!