I don't have adequate words right now. My heart is aching for the city of Houston & all of South Texas, who has been hit hard by Hurricane Harvey.
We have been a few of the lucky ones here in my home. We are safe & dry, but there are so many around us who haven't faired so well. Friends who have lost everything. Friends who are waiting to be rescued. I feel helpless because we cannot get out to help due to the rising waters. I have struggled with feeling guilty because we have been some of the lucky few. I've been moved to tears more times than not watching the selfless first responders & volunteers making rescues on the news. I've been on my knees begging God to move the rain, to stop the rain, to wrap His arms around our city & give us peace during this awful time.
If you follow me on Instagram, you saw me share some things that were on my heart yesterday in my Instastories. (Some didn't like what I had to say & they let me know it, but many others of you sent loving messages of encouragement & I thank you! ) Many people have asked on numerous social media outlets of why Texan Christians aren't praying this storm away, and if our God was as great as we claim Him to be, then why isn't He rescuing us from this disaster. Maybe you are doubting God's goodness during this time or asking yourselves these questions too.
Here is what I know....God is good. God is merciful & He loves us dearly. When Jesus was hanging on the cross the guards mocked him saying things like, "If you are who you say you are, then get off the cross yourself. Call on your God to have him get you off this cross." But we read in the scriptures that Jesus does cry out to God asking him to take this burden from him, if it was His will. It wasn't God's will though. It wasn't His plan. Now, I don't know what God is up to with this storm, but I know that people all across the state have been praying for this storm to move from us, yet it hasn't. God is up to something. We don't have to know what, we don't have to know why, we just have to trust Him & know that "He works all things for the good of those who love & trust Him." - Romans 8:28
Throughout this storm, we've seen God at work. We have seen volunteers come from all across the US to help in the relief efforts. We have seen these volunteers work for hours on end in the elements to rescue people from their water filled homes. We have seen 15 year olds drive boats to evacuate people from the flood waters. We have seen people that have little donate what they have to the shelters that have been opened. We have seen sports figures raise millions of dollars for our city. We are seeing humanity at it's finest. We are seeing people be the hands & feet of Jesus, whether they are meaning to or not. We are showing our country that race, ethnicity, occupation don't matter. We are showing unity in the face of trials. And we are showing how amazing Texas truly is. Now I'm a proud Texan, but I've never been prouder than I am today.
The waters will recede. You'll stop hearing about us on your news. Don't forget about us. Once the waters recede we have months & months worth of recovery ahead.
So what's ahead for SFD?
Once we are able to safely get out of our neighborhood we plan to gather donations & deliver them to local shelters here in our community. As well as get into those shelters & love on those that are there & pray for & with them.
I am currently brainstorming other ideas of ways we can help this city rebuild.
The SFD Summer Market with Grace Grey Designs has been postponed for the time being. Leslie & I can't imagine hosting this event right now when there is so much heartache going on in our city. It just seems frivolous. We will keep you updated on the new date once we have it on the calendar.
My current clients--in the next couple of days & weeks, I'll be reaching out to all of my current clients to see what their needs are & if they are ready to move forward in the design process. Some of the homes I've been working in may have water in them right now. It will be a few weeks before I sit back down & start working again.
If you are interested in donating to the Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief there are so many organizations out there that you can donate through. Below are 2 businesses that I love & our home church, and they will all be responsible with the donations that they receive. You can click on the pictures below & it will take you directly to their sites.
#1 Oliver & Otis- I love this company. I'm a tee shirt & jeans kinda girl most days & I have roughly 10 of their shirts & this will be the newest added to my collection. 100% of the proceeds will go to flood victims.
#2 Cami Monet Watercolor & Calligraphy-I met Cami in the Spring at a business conference. 100% of the proceeds she makes from her gorgeous "Texas Raised & Filled with Grace" print will go to Austin Pets Alive, who will help all the 4 legged friends that have been impacted my the floods.
#3 Houston's First Baptist Church-This is the church that I call home & I love so dearly. Our church will use the money they raise to give back to the victims of this horrific flood. Food, supplies, basic needs. Houston's First will also be housing a couple hundred volunteers who are coming into town from the North America Missions Board to help rebuild in the weeks to come.
I cannot thank you enough for your thoughts & prayers. To those who have called, texted, & to the strangers that have messaged me via Instagram---THANK YOU! We feel your love & prayers We know that God is working & we trust in His plan.
Be a blessing,