Hopewell Missionary Baptist Church in Norcross, GA is throwing this wonderful event to benefit those affected by the recent slate of natural disasters. Come out and support this great cause with live music and it's FREE!
"After a heavy rainfall, water saturates the ground to a deeper depth. This causes a tree’s moisture-seeking roots to follow the water and therefore plant themselves down deeper into the earth as well. It’s also believed that the stress of storm winds cause the outer layers of a tree’s trunk to grow faster, helping it to thicken up in a shorter amount of time.
It’s not just one storm, though, that helps a tree grow deeper and stronger where it stands. It’s several storms over time, a series of torrents and gusts. All of this rooting and growing in the face of heavy weather protects a tree from simply blowing over. And, it prepares a tree for the storms yet to come.
Just because a tree remains standing, however, doesn’t mean it isn’t damaged. Lightning strikes, for example, almost always leave scars. A tree may be alive and well—a survivor—yet bear marks that never fully fade. But if some injuries never heal, do scars speak to survival, or to death? Perhaps both, if we think of scars as small parts that died in order to save the whole.
I think we as humans can relate. Dark times can damage us so deeply that even though we’re still physically here, we can’t imagine a time when we will feel fully recovered. After the storms of our own life, we may wonder if our bodies, minds or souls will ever be the same again.
Some storms pass quickly; others take years. Waiting for a long storm to pass takes a toll on the spirit, even when you know those skies will eventually clear. Often we aren’t even aware of a storm’s full impact until after the fact, when we have the visibility to sort out all the damages.
If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain!" ~ Alexa Boehringer
@idratherbewithmydog is raising money to help out all the animals that were affected by the hurricane! They've already raised thousands of dollars and donated tons of supplies to rescues/shelters that need it the most! Go check them out, the link is in their bio! Thanks to @lift__laugh__love for the adorable pic!
Come out and support the cause! Join fitness trainer Hayden and the HIP Fitness crew this Sunday for a fun, uplifting full body workout that will consist of 30 minutes on the Megaformer and 30 minutes of kickboxing drills and circuits. 🥊 $35 per person. Limited to 20 spots per class. 🥊
HIP owners Lubna and Mohamad will match sessions sold. All proceeds will go to Rebuild-TX Hurricane Harvey Relief Effort led by Jim McIngvale of @galleryfurniture.
If I'm being honest, working in communications and social media for Harvey relief has been emotionally draining lately, but I'm so glad that I get to do it. During the storm, there was one woman from Iowa who DM'd us on Facebook asking for assistance for her elderly friend who was too scared to leave her flooded home in Houston. Fortunately, I was able to contact the woman's local church who rapidly dispatched someone to rescue her.
I've heard a lot of heartbreak lately, but I've also seen a lot of hope. I'm so thankful for all of the amazing work happening in our communities, and I hope that I can keep telling those stories well. 🖤 ( x Sydnie Mares for @txumc)