Change the world? Really? I’m sure at some point or another, we’ve all thought about what it might look like to change the world. It is a bit overwhelming, actually. It was once said by Paul Shane Spear that “As one person I cannot change the world, but I can change the world of one person.” If several of us try this, we will change the worlds of many!
So, just how are we going to tackle this feat? Start small. Buy a Christmas gift made by an artisan in a developing country. You see,
1620 Pilgrims seeking religious freedom set sail for a new land. A year later only half the crew had survived the journey. Those survivors celebrated their first “Thanksgiving” praising God. This Thanksgiving many of us in America have much to be thankful.
Did you know, Thanksgiving was not considered a national holiday until 1941? We love this holiday of gathering with loved ones on the fourth Thursday of November feasting on a spread of delicious food. Most often the main course consists of
The Birth Mom. A key player in the world of orphans and adoption. One could argue, quite possibly, the most important. If you have the fortune to meet her, and look deep in her eyes, you’ll see a story. Rest assured that every single birth mother has a story.
I have to confess, when I entered the world of adoption as a serious contender, I was shocked to find out how many orphans actually still have a living parent. Both in the US and abroad. I was quickly reminded that it is not my job
We read the miracle of Jesus feeding five thousand in John 6 because one boy had 2 fish and 5 loaves. We’re impressed with the multitude Jesus fed that day, even the disciples were too busy with their eyes on the crowd. Can we just take a second to think about the boy? A little boy who gave a little thing to God’s Son. As a mom of boys … I am so proud of him!
What little thing can you give?
Tuesday mornings I drop off one boy for homeschool classes and take the other straight to a drive
The first time I saw her. I remember the first time I saw my daughter. It was April 10, 2010, Ghana, West Africa.
She was sleepy. She had just woken from a nap. My husband and I were on foot from our hotel to her foster home. We were told to prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Reality can sometimes be clouded by magical thinking about meeting your forever child. That moment. This moment. This is what I had been praying about for years. I was SO excited! Or was I anxious?
I am always trying to find unique opportunities for my boys to serve. To be honest, I usually get caught up in the overly detailed big planned events. You know, one special day on the calendar when we put on our matching church shirts, smiles, and head out to help others.Our serving can feel mechanical, somewhat robotic. The heart is removed from the situation and the service opportunity feels more like something to check off my "to do" list. Maybe we can overthink serving?I notice every time
The older I get, the more I learn to appreciate quiet. And I thought I was doing a good job of this! But, lately, God is showing me that in our culture today, we don’t even know what quiet means. Sure, I have a quiet time, but am I really quiet? Do I really listen? I find that many times, my mind rushes off to be sure I have my busy schedule worked out or trying to remember what I might be forgetting. I am sure there are those out there who can relate!
I recently moved into a
I want my children to be grateful. I believe we all do. "Say thank you", we remind little ones often. I have seen some ungrateful children, and it breaks their parents' hearts. After seeing first-hand some selfish bratty responses to unwanted presents, I would prep my boys on birthday party day, "Even if you receive a pink Little Pony horse – say thank you."The story of the ten lepers is shocking to little ones. Jesus heals these outcasts and they go off celebrating. Only one returns. Only one
We all know that thankfulness begets joy. As we celebrate 10.7(.15), we are joyful. We have so much we are thankful for! We want to share 107 Things We Are Thankful for with YOU! Enjoy!
The lessons we have learned over the past year.
Our super supportive husbands.
The willingness of our mentors to spend time teaching us.
The impact of the purchases on the lives of our artisans.
The education the children of the artisans will now have.
The food the families of the artisans now
One mom can pack school lunches 20 times in one month. Most times when I am packing lunch I am not thinking about anything but the time, other student's peanut allergies, and if I managed to put some form of fruit among the prepackaged snacks.What would happen if we started using our lunch packing time to pray over our children? To pray for their teachers? To lift up friends and the school? What if we prayed one simple lunch box prayer every day during one month?Lunch Box Prayers:1. safety