Hurricane Normal - Are You Numb Yet?

A few days ago someone asked me about Hurricane Maria.  I told them I couldn't, I was too exhausted from Irma.  (FYI - Maria is about to strike Puerto Rico as a Cat 5 hurricane.  You need to stop and pray for them right now.)

For the last few days, I have been fielding phone calls about the great need in the Keys.  We've been responding to a need for supplies and food down there.

A question people have been asking me over and over, "Should I take my shutters down now?"  Answer: Yes.  Most municipalities only allow you to keep them up for two weeks after the storm, then they will fine you.

Can you give money for Hurricane Harvey relief?
Can you give money for Hurricane Irma relief?
Can you give money for Hurricane Maria relief?

At some point, your brain will just say, "ENOUGH!"  Then you will feel guilty about not helping.  Then you will get depressed about it.  So, what do you do?

#1 - You are not responsible for fixing everything, do what you can.  I encourage you to do your best, don't be selfish, this recovery effort requires a team, not a superstar.

#2 - Do not be guilted into doing something.  I overhead one fundraiser say, "What kind of person are you if you don't do something right now?"  Don't let people play off of your emotions.
- Choose a local church and/or relief organization to support or work with.
- Don't be afraid to say, "I am working with (insert name of your local church and/or relief organization here) in this matter, thank you.  

#3 - Turn this over to someone who can take care of it.

Psalm 147:5 Great is our Lord, and abundant in power; his understanding is beyond measure.

God knows what to do and believe me, He is doing it.  As one pastor/friend of mine said once, "Find out what God is doing and get on board with it."  You can make a difference!  

PRAY:  Dear Jesus, all of this is too much for me.  Please take over.  AMEN



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