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Chance Craven  God Always, Family First • Problem Solver, Dream Chaser and Fire Fighter • How can I help you?

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I'm really proud of Elijah! For three and a half years he was the center of our attention. Over the last six weeks all of that has changed. A lot. But, he's learning how to do all of this just like me and Katie, and he's adjusting like a champion. — As a simple way to encourage and thank him, we made today a spontaneous "whatever he wanted day" when I picked him up from school. He chose playing at the park and ice cream. #thatsmyboy

The first time I ever went to a disaster, @bryancameron826 let me borrow his truck. I asked to use it for a day and ended up staying in Atlanta and using it for five weeks.
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During the entire time I was there, Bryan never said a word about bringing it back and only asked if there was anything else I needed. That's the kind of friend Bryan is.
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Eight years later, 30+ disasters, a lot of life lived and lessons learned... I asked to borrow Bryan's truck again when I went to Florida last week. It's no Ford, but still a much newer and nicer truck than I borrowed in 2009. — He didn't hesitate to say yes, again.
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Bryan, thanks for always being there. Thank you for being there more than anyone else ever has been. Thank you for serving and loving in a way that challenges me to be better. Seriously, you are one of the greatest examples I know of serving others like Christ serves us. I love you, bro.

Cooler weather means more walking with the family. — Fall is almost here!

I'm happy to have spent a few days in Florida helping family and friends but I'm even happier to be home now and spending time with my wife and boys. — Thank you to everyone that helped me in Florida and thanks to my mother-in-law for helping Katie! #ittakesavillage
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I have known @boydbettis and @brittanybettis for more than a decade. I've watched them grow together as a couple, then as parents, and now pastors. I've been the recipient of their generosity. I've watched them serve others. And I have always been inspired by their commitment to live Gospel first lives.
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Today was no different.
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At 8 o'clock this morning members of @thedistrictchurch showed up to go serve their city. From running chainsaws, raking yards, cleaning out homes and serving families... A few dozen people showed up and together they made a difference.
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None of that would be possible without Boyd and Brittany.
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Sure, people might have still volunteered somewhere. But if you were there this morning and didn't know who Boyd and Brittany were, you would have never known they're in charge. You would have never guessed they started the church. And you might go all day without figuring it out. Why?
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Because they care more about God getting the credit than either of them.
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That means this morning @andy.starling stood in front of everyone and led with confidence. Team leaders were put in charge of specific jobs. Volunteers happily did what they were told, which included Boyd and Brittany. And somewhere in the city, someone's life was changed! Someone experienced the Gospel in a very real and tangible way.
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So to both of you, keep up the great work! Keep interrupting people's lives with the Gospel. Keep loving each other and out of an overflow of that love your children and church will reflect Jesus Christ. — I love you guys and I'm honored to watch all that you're accomplishing! I'm proud of you.

This is Buddy. She's my 82 year old grandmother and she might be a whopping four and a half feet tall.
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Even though she's little, the impact she's had in my life is unmeasurable. This little young lady has done more for me than I'll ever know and what I do know, I can never thank her enough for.
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Buddy is the main reason I drove to Florida today.
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A few of these pine trees fell in her backyard this week and even though they didn't hit her house, her spirit took a direct hit. She lost her favorite swing that even I have great memories in and her yard is a mess. She has been really discouraged and felt a little overwhelmed. So that's why I came down!
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And... After helping her drag a few limbs, cracking a few jokes, getting her some Taco Bell, and one really big hug, she's feeling better and the trip down was completely worth it. Long, but worth it.
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Now I'm going to fall asleep in her house for the first time in who knows how long, on a bed that's way too small, in a house filled with a lot of great memories. — #FamilyMatters

I have never missed doing disaster relief more than I do right now! As I watch the city I grew up in for more than 25 years fill with water, everything inside of me wants to be there. I'm struggling.
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At the same time, I have never been as proud of the fact I grew up in North East Florida than I am right now! People from around the world are watching Jacksonville love their neighbor and take care of one another. People are seeing what Jacksonville and the surrounding cities are made of...
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When someone needs to be rescued, a good ol' boy launches their boat. When someone is stuck, we show up in a lifted truck. When our neighbor's house has been smashed by a tree, we grab a chainsaw and get to work. Happily. And when it really matters, no matter what, we're there for one another like a brother should be.
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That's the kind of city I'm proud to be from. And that's the kind of city that'll recover from this, stronger than before. — Jacksonville, I love you.
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** If you know who took these photos, please tag them so I can give them credit.

Upstate friends: Chainsaws are fueled and ready! If you need help with any storm related tree removal today or tomorrow, please let me know and I'll be glad to help for free.
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Florida friends: I'm praying for you guys and I wish I was there! If there's something specific that I can help with from SC, please don't hesitate to ask. And if you're not following @thedistrictchurch, start following them now!
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They'll be mobilizing teams when conditions are safe so they can serve the city. It's who I'd be serving with if I were in the 904!
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To everyone, be careful and stay safe. 🙏🏼

See those little black things in my ear? They're a pair of @jabra headphones that a friend gave me after Isaac was born. These things are amazing!
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They're great for all of the normal things you'd use headphones for. Things like running, working out, making phone calls, and letting a fussy baby sleep on your chest for two hours while watching @JimCantore provide #HurricaneIrma updates on The @WeatherChannel. You know, typical stuff.
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I can't thank you enough, @heathwhaley & @lnswhaley. Katie and I love you guys!

1. People Will Die — I know it sounds dramatic, but its the truth. Whenever there is a disaster, there is death. It’s part of what makes it a disaster. So let someone outside of the disaster zone know where you’re staying and what your plans are. Let them know you’re ok. And I hope and pray it doesn’t happen, but take the time to check on your family, friends, and neighbors because it could happen to them.
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2. Generators Kill —One of the common reasons of death during power outages is carbon monoxide. If you’re using a generator, keep it outside. If it’s raining, cover it with plywood, outside. Even in your garage, especially with the door down, people have fallen asleep with their generators running and never woke up.
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3. Floods Are Shitty — Literally. When water rises, everything that floats… Rises too. I have walked into homes and found feces (fancy word for shit) on top of refrigerators, ceiling fans, and stuck to the wall. So if your home floods, 90% of what the flood waters come in contact with will become trash. Take time to put your most valuable possessions as high as possible in your home.
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All ten wouldn't fit into one Instagram post. Click the link in my profile to read the other six and let me know if you have any questions.

Afternoon shenanigans.

I'm about to post some raw truth and share what some people might disagree with, but some people may relate to. — This post is for any parent(s) that may be struggling.
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First, the part some people might disagree with... I can understand how some people get so frustrated with their baby that something bad happens. They shake them, they drop them, or they squeeze them too hard. No, I'm not justifying the harming of any child or saying that I'm going to do anything crazy. I am saying that I understand how someone can reach that point.
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Parenting isn't easy.
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When you haven't slept for more than four hours at any given time in over four weeks, that's hard. When you do finally fall asleep and your woken back up in less than ten minutes because the baby is crying again, that sucks. And when you've fed the baby, swaddled the baby, burped the baby, changed their diaper, rocked them, walked with them, given them a bath, given them gripe water, fed them again, changed another diaper and (insert a million other remedies) the baby still won't fall asleep... You reach a breaking point.
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This is where I can understand bad stuff happening.
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The fact is we all struggle at some point and that's why I'm writing this. I want to encourage you to reach out and ask for help if you're close to that breaking point and avoid doing something that you'd regret for the rest of your life. Be patient. Be the parent that God has called you to be and do what's best for your child(ren). Don't try to do this by yourself!
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It doesn't matter if it's your first, second, third, or thirteenth child... It's ok to admit that it isn't easy. No person worth having in your life is going to judge you for admitting that either. Again, it's ok! Reach out to someone in your family, a close friend, a neighbor, or even a local church. Share your story and explain what's going on... Ask for help!

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