A Santa Cause! We are so excited to help the folks out in Florida. Click the link in our bio to find out more. PS. We have a new Christmas track for this project hitting iTunes and Spotify this weekend!!!!!!
Encouraging someone when you’re discouraged doesn’t make it go away for you. Your discouragement is still there because whatever or whoever has discouraged you is likely still there. I do know encouraging someone else when you’re at a low point WILL do this for you: It will lessen your pain…even if a little bit. It will take the sting out of words that someone said to you…even if a little bit. It will lift your spirits…even if a little bit.
Now take that little bit and imagine what more it could do for you if you tried to encourage more than just one person. Those “little bits” add up and begin to chip away. Encouraging others will also give you pause to reassess your own situation.
Choosing to encourage someone is exactly that…a choice. When you’re down…way down…and you see someone else having a low point, you’d think it shouldn’t be so difficult to stop and just say or do something to lift them up. But reality sets in…it’s a voice in your ear that says, “stay where you are, you’ve got too many of your own problems to deal with someone else’s.” So what do we do? We stay right in our own muck. OR…we choose to say a word that might encourage someone else or might lift someone’s countenance by doing a small act of kindness for them.
One more thing to be said about encouragement: Make sure you’re not the one discouraging others…with your complaints, your problems, your words, your actions. Before you let someone else know what problems are going on in your life or what you need from them, stop and ask how life is for them in the aftermath. But please hear me on this: Be very intentional to follow through with this next part…don’t just ask them how they’re doing…listen to what they’re saying. We hear someone start talking to us and we spend most of our thoughts preparing what we’re going to say next or how we can’t wait to tell them about what’s going wrong with us too. Stop and really listen! Truly listening to someone can be just encouraging to someone when they know you have their full attention and you’ve heard them.
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Now that we have pulled out from Panama City, we have been repeatedly asked "How was the panhandle disaster relief?" We drove away from the area, destruction in our rearview mirror and normalcy stretched out in front of us. It stuck me that I felt like we just toured a Hollywood Movie set.
The movie set was under a 30 mile diameter dome (similar to the one in the Truman Show), the storyline about the end of the world. While on the set, we experienced the harsh reality of daily struggles of no electricity, roofs caving in, dangerous trees hanging in the roadways and children freezing in makeshift tents. Christmas joy was replaced with the feelings of abandonment and despair. People struggling to keep thier children from getting cold or getting sick from mold. People walking in the streets with masks covering thier faces. Sounds of chainsaws and generators filled the air. It was hard to imagine there was normal life happening outside of that dome. It was impossible to think that Christmas is only days away.
As we pulled away from the set, we began to see fewer trees snapped in half, fewer blue tarps and the streets lined with rubble disappeared behind us. Suddenly we were out. Normalcy sprawled before us. Small town streets lined with festive Christmas lights. People in stores picking out toys for thier kids and spreading Christmas cheer. Within a day of departing the movie set, I start to question if it was real or not. These two completely opposite worlds can not really exist only mere miles apart. Can they? I want to scream at people in neighboring towns "GO HELP THEM!! Don't you know that they are suffering?" "How can I buy some frivolous gift when people have NOTHING only a few miles away?" I am having a hard time understanding and balancing my feelings. I must turn to my only source of comfort as I struggle with a weird sense of survivors guilt. Only He can bring peace and fully restore the spirit of the people under the dome of destruction.
Please Don't forget the people in the FL Panhandle. They need us not to forget. *photo credit @faithtakesflight
Chez Martinez #hurricanemichael update: After spending too long freezing our butts off camping in what’s left of the house, we’re finally renting an AirBnB for a few weeks. Heat, hot water, and electricity is pretty great. It’s tiny, but it’s the only place we could find at the time. (As you can imagine, housing/hotels are difficult to come by here.) Thanks to a tip from a friend, we’ll be moving to a much larger 3 bed/3 bath condo at the end of the month until March. Our contractor has been incredible and work will hopefully start on the house in a few weeks. Our insurance company, on the other hand, has been...not the greatest. After a week of daily calls and voicemails to try to get reimbursed for our rental fees, they finally called me back. A damn week of being out of pocket $10,000. Not cool. But as always, we’re so lucky that we have insurance, a mostly still standing house, a good contractor, a place to stay, and friends who continue to check in on us and offer help. Even when things are shitty and overwhelming, we just have to look around #mexicobeach to remind ourselves how blessed we truly are. Here’s to 2019 being a better year than 2018. It couldn’t possibly be worse, right? RIGHT?!? #countyourblessings#mexicobeachstrong
We’re trying to raise $10,000 to buy toys for kids who have been devastated by Hurricane Michael.
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Songs are being released 1-by-1: Listen to the first few at https://www.musicrowhideout.com/a-santa-cause. *Please re-post*