People Helping People

Since making landfall, weather gurus estimate that Hurricane Harvey has dumped over 15 trillion gallons of water in the Gulf Coast and South Texas region. The pictures we see on social media and the local nightly news depict astonishing devastation alongside incredible heroics of ordinary people. The City of Dallas is set to house and care for 5,000 evacuees by turning the Kay Bailey Convention Center into a mega-shelter complete with a pharmacy area and other key need components. Dallas expects to receive tens of thousands of evacuees in the coming days as what remains of Harvey has been downgraded to a tropical storm as it continues to an epic flood of rainfall in South Texas and along the Gulf Coast.


There are a lot of people in need of desperate help and many who want to help but don’t necessarily know how. My friend Jeff Chase has been busy in the Sugarland area rescuing people. He says that they continue to need able-bodied people to come down and assist with massive search and rescue efforts. Jeff’s crew is in need of jet skis and small boats.  Another friend of mine, Michael Garrett, CEO of Trusted World, is actively seeking volunteers to help at the Dallas Distribution Center Trusted World recently set up on Dallas Parkway. You can sign-up for a 2-hour shift if that’s all your schedule allows and sort through donations and pack them up to help Harvey’s victims. If you want to donate, they are especially in need of new underwear and socks (all sizes), non-perishable food, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, baby diapers, wipes and formula. You can also make financial donations on the Trusted World website. Both of these men are everyday heroes putting their faith into action.

Matthew West “Do Something”

Like with most problems, it’s not a matter of need or a matter of resources, but connecting the two. You can do something. You can help. You can make a difference. Whether that’s physically going down and joining first responders and emergency rescue personnel like my buddy Jeff or volunteering your time, hands, and feet with a great organization like my friend Michael’s Trusted World, you can help. If nothing else, help me do my part by getting the word out. I know you can. I believe you will.

“Show me your faith apart from works and I will show you my faith by my works.” James 2:18b (ESV)

Your prayers and efforts will not go unappreciated as we help our friends and neighbors devastated by this massive storm.

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Photos via Pixabay.

God Won’t Give You More Than HE Can Handle

I don’t know about you, but sometimes life is flat out overwhelming.  Numerous times I have heard people claim that God never gives us more than we can handle. Which sounds nice and is meant to be encouraging, but unfortunately isn’t true. You may just not have lived long enough.

For the Lord, nothing is impossible. Jesus reminds us all we need is faith like a mustard seed to move mountains. In those overwhelming moments, we must let go and hang on to God. He alone can calm the storms. He alone can still the waters. God is able when we are unable. His strength sustains us and pulls us through difficult, challenging times. And you can be sure, believer or not, you’ll face difficulties in this life.

Life is not for the faint of heart.

Honestly, I’m not sure how people get through life without faith. I know it’s only by God’s grace that I survived to see another year.

Foggy Morning Breakdown

While my virtual technology teammates and I were catching up on how things were progressing with my Mom, one of them shared a story about a man who was walking the desert, when he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand. He determined one set was his and one set was God’s. The man hit a rough patch, and found himself without food and water. In his moment of greatest need,  the man noticed only one set of footprints in the sand. God had him. 

God carries us through the valleys.

Mom and Flowers

Amid our moments of crisis, the world keeps spinning. Unlike sports, life doesn’t come with TV commercial timeouts. We must depend on God and be willing to lean on others. When we do this, we will be rewarded with the acts of loving-kindness from our family, our friends, and our neighbors. We even experience complete strangers showing us the goodness of God through their actions to help us get through a rough patch. With God, we never have to do anything alone. He’s our ever-present helper, especially in times of trouble.

God is our refuge and our strength.

As my late, great friend Pastor Mark Jones would say “Don’t forget in the Darkness what God revealed to you in the Light.”

And it’s true. We can depend on God. He never gives us more than HE can handle.

And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27 (ESV)



Some Days Are Harder Than Others

Life is downright hard some days. You juggle multiple irons burning in the fire at near lightspeed and manage to accomplish the laundry list of to-dos without overstepping your boundaries or hurting anyone. All day, you’ve managed to keep all four wheels between the lines as you truck down life’s highway. And then life deals you an unexpected blow or smacks you in the face with all its force for no other apparent reason other than because it can. You know—those moments where life takes your breath away but not in a good way. As people of faith, we are not immune from these valleys we stumble into along our journey. Life hurts. Yes, Virginia: the Struggle is real. 

What do we do?

As believers, we are called to continue on, faithfully, walking humbly, acting gently, being grateful, and nurturing a spirit of forgiveness. In our words and deeds, we show love, blessing even those who curse us. Even when it hurts. Yes, we mourn, and we grieve. Yes, we fervently pray, begging God for relief from our struggles. But it doesn’t end there. We get up and go on, moving forward, towards the prize, running the race with all our might until the very end.

As redeemed children of God Most High, we are all in recovery, rescued from our shortcomings, no longer bound by the chains of sin, while all the while, day by day, learning how to live life because He lives. It’s not easy. We aren’t perfect. But we are changed, no longer the same. Like new creations learning to find our way, we stumble, and we struggle, getting up after each fall.

God is SO good. Even on our worst days, He shepherds us, providing all we need to maneuver through the trials and tribulations this earthly life brings, from time to time during different seasons. In our plight, we turn to the Lord, showing our dependence on Him to traverse the storms life brings our way.

Jesus Calms a Storm Matthew 8:23-27 (ESV)
And when he got into the boat, his disciples followed him. And behold, there arose a great storm on the sea, so that the boat was being swamped by the waves; but he was asleep. And they went and woke him, saying, “Save us, Lord; we are perishing.” And he said to them, “Why are you afraid, O you of little faith?” Then he rose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. And the men marveled, saying, “What sort of man is this, that even winds and sea obey him?”