Change and Devastation: Were You Affected by Hurricane Harvey or Irma?

Last week brought about some changes for me that I’ve been hesitant to make for the last few months. I left my job after reaching my two year mark, and I’m pursuing things that have given me a renewed sense of excitement. Change is inevitable and, often times, uncomfortable, but it’s also necessary.

The new chapter is shaping up to be a good one. I’m thankful to feel burdens lifted in my life, and I’m taking time to focus on all of the reasons we have to be thankful.  I’m also sad for those in states surrounding Louisiana who have lost everything. I know that most of them will experience new chapters in time too, but life is hard for many of our neighbors right now.

Two of my aunts lost their home and all of its contents, their cars and boat, etc. They have their health, which is obviously most important, but they’ll spend the coming months and years rebuilding their lives. I know that they’re grateful for that opportunity, but I can also imagine how much stress it has caused as they near retirement.

It’s hard not to feel overwhelmed with helplessness in times like these, when friends in Florida are sweltering in their homes without power. I’ve experienced that, and it’s as awful as you’d imagine. We can pray and donate, both of which are important. My church is offering easy ways to give, and they’re incredibly transparent about where the money goes and how it’s used. If you want to donate, you can do that here.

It’s also important to take a few moments to be thankful for everything we have.

Were you or people you love affected by Hurricane Harvey or Irma?

What are you thankful for today?

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    Nancy
    September 11, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    I am thankful that I was able to cross off some items on my to-do list! I am also thankful that no one in my immediate family had any damage from Harvey and I will continue praying for those who were affected. Good luck on your new chapter in life!

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    Maryfran Clingan
    September 17, 2017 at 7:36 am

    I am thankful to have love freely given to me and to be able to offer that love back to someone! In my old ‘chapter’ that was a foreign concept! And yes…I’ve closed lots of chapters and begun new ones in recent years and amazingly….the new chapters are better than I ever dreamed!!!

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    Emma
    September 26, 2017 at 4:34 am

    I am thankful that you have kept writing this beautiful blog through thick and thin. I was tired, and came here looking for beauty and inspiration and gentle humor today, and found them here. I’m thankful for your writing this blog, Kenlie.

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