Happy Sunday friends. Today, the president has declared a day of prayer to pray for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. I can’t seem to get away from all of the television coverage. The devastation truly breaks my heart.
This is a holiday weekend that gives the excuse to take one more trip or host the last barbeque of the summer. Also, this weekend marks the kick off of college football and if you are like me you’ve been excited about this weekend for a while (Go Gamecocks), but that is a post for another day. I love football, fall, and this is the beginning of my favorite season of the year. Life is hard and quality time with family, friends, traveling, or watching your favorite team play can provide some joy and fun in the midst of a difficult week. Life circumstances can be serious and weigh you down and these things are good for the soul. However, while these are good and meant to be enjoyed, it is easy to be consumed and forget that not everyone has it so easy. In fact, for the people in Texas and Louisiana who have lost everything and are living without power and running water — the last thing on their mind is a football game. Currently, they are just trying to survive and figure out how they are going to move forward when they have nothing. They need prayers, comfort, basic necessities, and encouragement that they are not alone.
So wherever you are today take some time to spend with the Lord worshipping and thanking him for the blessings He has given you, and spend time praying for all those in need. Pray for God’s comfort and provision and that God gives wisdom to the leaders of our country to know how to best help, and what resources are needed. Also, pray for friends who are suffering whether it be from a national disaster, health issue, marriage/financial difficulties, or any unsaved family and friends.
First and foremost, above all else, we should spend time with the Lord and love others. By focusing on praying for and serving others, it helps take the focus off of self. Sometimes the best medicine for a hurting soul is to love and serve someone else. By taking that step of obedience, joy and peace will fill your heart even if joy seems impossible in your set of circumstances.
As I finish this post my theme verses are coming to mind from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 which states,
“Rejoice Evermore. Pray without ceasing and in everything give thanks for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
Happy Labor Day Weekend!
Oh and I wanted to add some donation options that I did not mention in my previous post about Hurricane Harvey. These are some of my favorite businesses and I trust that all donations will get to those who need them.
- Milk and Honey Tees – This is one of my favorite brands of tees and 100% of purchases from this tee will go to flood victims. They are sold out at the moment but will restock next week.
Magnolia Market – Chip and Joanna Gaines are donating 100% of the purchases of their Texas Forever tee to Harvey victims.
Turquoise Door Boutique – This is a local boutique in Texas and all proceeds from their Texas strong shirts will be donated. This is one of my favorites. The shirt is available in multiple colors.
Texans Together Hat – These are $40 with 50% of the proceeds going to Hurricane Harvey relief funds. Email Emily at email@example.com to order.