“Share with the Lord’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality.”
I immediately teared up when I saw this image pop on onto my computer screen yesterday:
I see so much more than a tired guy on a Tempupedic. I see precious and hardworking hearts. The ones finally getting much needed rest AND the ones who opened their doors and welcomed them in. Knowing that there are folks out there that love each other that well is so incredibly moving, ya know? People that jump in, all in, without a second thought, and help those in need because that’s really all that matters.
The destruction is beyond overwhelming. So many people in danger all at once. So many people distraught and displaced. So many people risking their lives for days on end. SO much to pray about.
I’ve been hearing that most of the folks who lost their homes didn’t have flood insurance, and I can’t even imagine how hard life is going to be for them moving forward. I mean, can you imagine?? Like, for real, play that scenario out in your mind for a moment, and think about what in the world you would do if your house (and maybe even your job or your child’s school) was gone because of flooding and you just had to start over…from scratch…somewhere else. It’s a sobering thought. 🙁
Sometimes things like this happen, and especially if we’re not physically close to the situation, it’s hard to know how best to help. But we can’t not help. The need is too great. So, I reached out to my Texan Instagram followers and asked them directly how we can specifically pray and which organizations would be best to support. Here were some of the prayer requests:
“Pray for the infrastructure, Layla. The asphalt and the roads and bridge. The Earth is so saturated and there is too much concrete here. Thank you for your love.” – @HollyMathisInteriors
“Pray for boats! My friend’s husband is deployed with the National Guard. They need flat bottom boats badly! Pray for those that are dropping everything and headed south to help. Pray for those working overtime, that they would rest when they can so they will be at their best. Most of all, pray that the goodness, God’s goodness, shines brighter than the sun! That even in all the devastation, that Goodness is what is spot lighted! Unity for everyone!” – @ThePaisleyLilyPad
“Please be praying for the men in my family as they will be on day three tomorrow of taking our personal boats out to rescue hundreds. We’re so proud of them but, I’ll be honest, it’s scary to watch them go each morning as well. Per authorities, they have to stop when it gets dark, but every night they know there are still hundreds waiting to be picked up. We have more family & friends than I can count that are either still trapped or have flooded homes/businesses. The road ahead is long & we pray the Lord will amaze us all with His mighty provision! Thank you, thank you for your prayers.” – @wilkins.6,, from NW Houston
“Need prayers for my department, Seabrook Fire. We’ve been at the station since Friday morning. Lots of fatigue, but we are working through it. Lots of people are displaced from their homes, we’ve been doing water rescues for people that can’t get out on their own. Thanks!” –@CourtsPretz
And here are a handful of the organizations that were highly recommended for donations:
“ReachGlobal Crisis Response. The were formed shortly after Hurricane Katrina and have been in New Orleans ever since. They are near and dear to my heart. I have been serving alongside them for 10+ years.” – @TerahBullDesigns
“Amazing places to give: YouCaring.com/JJWatt and HoustonsFirst.org. Thanks so much for using your platform to help us here in Texas! Thankfully we are safe and dry, and our spirits are high, but goodness this city is in physical ruins.” –@SouthernFarmhouseDesigns
“CoastGuardFoundation.org is a great organization. They provide relief to the Coast Guard families that are themselves suffering total loss. Many people don’t know the Coast Guard members stationed in Houston all live in the areas most affected by flooding. So while they answer the call to rescue over 4,000 Houstonians, they leave their families behind to try to recover on their own. They could really use the financial help. My husband is retired Coast Guard and we have firsthand experience with this great organization.” – @DisneyTam
“Foster Village Austin has been working with Texas DFPS offices to see where the greatest needs are for children in state custody who have been displaced by Hurricane Harvey. They are estimating that over 2000 of these children will be moved to shelters and foster homes in Bexar County over the coming week. Many will also be coming to Austin and surrounding areas. These children are in critical need of basic necessities like socks, underpants, and diapers. Please consider donating items from the Amazon list that we have linked on our profile page. Donations will be delivered to us and taken directly to the children displaced by Hurricane Harvey. Tax deductible monetary donations toward this effort can be made through our website.” –@FosterVillageAustin
Another one that was mentioned a by a number of commenters was Samaritan’s Purse:
I was also contacted by folks who shared info about some of the small businesses who are donating 100% of their profits to relief and recovery efforts:
“Our thoughts and prayers are with those affected by the hurricane. We’ve been inspired by the way everyone is coming together to help. We want to donate every penny of our retail profits through Friday night to Hurricane Harvey relief effort.” –@LucysInspired
“I’ve got an instant download sign I’m giving 100% of profits toward relief + recovery efforts.” –@PNPFlowers
“We are gearing up to send 300 blankets to Houston! If you would like to purchase a blanket, it’s not too late to help! Together we can help spread kindness one blanket at a time! And just in case you didn’t know, we are a 501c (3) Non-Profit that donates dollar for dollar, so 100% of what we receive goes straight to helping others in need!” –@Sky_And_Magic
“Shop is back open and ALL PROCEEDS are going to Hurricane Harvey victims. Help us love our friends who lost everything.” – @WoodShopFloral
Last but not least, here are a few more links that you should definitely check out when considering where to donate:
To help children: Texas Diaper Bank
To help animals: Austin Pets Alive
To help those with medical needs and disabilities: Portlight Inclusive Disaster Strategies
To help the homeless: Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County
I’m a home & lifestyle blogger (and human), so obviously when I see homes & lives destroyed, I care very deeply about using my social platforms to help the folks in need. Of course those are just a few of the ways we can get involved, there are SO many more, but I wanted to highlight a few here today in case someone reading felt overwhelmed by the enormity of the crisis and didn’t know where to start.
And to everyone affected by Hurricane Harvey- we’ll keep lifting y’all up in prayer and spreading the word about how we can all help. We love y’all!