Oklahoma Strong

Psalm 119:28, NASB

My soul weeps because of grief; strengthen me according to Your Word.

As we all know, earlier this week, our state was rocked by deadly tornadoes.  Moore and some surrounding areas were devastated. Thankfully, my family and I live in the Tulsa area, so we were not affected physically. However, I, like so many others, watched the live news coverage helplessly. We saw the mile-wide tornado forming and traveling, finally tearing through the community of Moore, leaving only destruction. We saw the lines of cars in its path, with nowhere to go. We saw the shots of the elementary school, and we held our breath and prayed, hard, that the loss of lives there was less than it seemed. 

I've hesitated to write about this. One, because I was not physically affected. Two, because can really be said in the wake of this disaster? But all day yesterday, my heart was so heavy. Though Moore is not my home, Oklahoma is. I love this land. My last post was about how thankful I am for my home, and it's hard to imagine it being torn apart. It is important to remember that these things can be rebuilt and replaced, though sentimentally, it's hard to do so. However, it will take time. It will also take money. Here are a couple of ways that I have contributed, and I will continue to look for opportunities to do more. Please join in to show your support! 

This tank top by hello merch is really cute, and all of the proceeds go toward relief efforts. 

This shirt was designed by J.D. Reeves, an awesome graphic designer and also the husband of one of my best friends, Megan. It's a great design (also, he is local - doubly great!), and, again, all proceeds will go toward relief efforts. I'm so proud to be friends with these two - love their hearts! 

Of course, just donating money is always helpful (be sure to do the proper research, so you know where your money will go!). Also, in the weeks to come, once things are more organized, the community will be able to utilize more volunteers and donations of supplies. 

Most importantly, remembering this community when we pray is so huge. I strongly believe in the power of prayer, and I hope we each make the effort to pray for relief, comfort, and strength for these people in the coming days. 

I've been so inspired to see the amount of love and support between Oklahomans, as well as that which has been pouring in from outside of the state. I couldn't be more proud to call this place home. To those affected: It's not much, but my thoughts and prayers are with you. 

Love, Bekah

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