Sunday, November 29, 2009
There are numerous stories of people doing small, selfless service for others. For instance, pay for the car behind you in the fast food line and ask the cashier at the window to hand them a little card with your church's info,or maybe it just says "God loves you." There are stories of handing out free things to homeless people. It doesn't take an organization to do this, just do it yourself! So, here is what my Mother and sisters and I dreamed up while eating breakfast Friday. We are going to buy big boxes of diapers at Sam's and separate them into stacks of 30. We will tie them up with Christmas ribbon and place a little card on them that say something about how Jesus loves them. Then, we are going to park in the WIC(Women's Infants and Children govt aide) parking lot and hand them out. That's it, no strings, no gospel presentation with tracts---just people giving them a free gift and saying that Jesus loves them and so do we! I'm so stinkin excited I can barely stand it!!!!! I'll update you guys after it happens. We have big plans for next year's Black Friday madness. We are going to set up a table in Wal-Mart parking lot and give free hot chocolate and donuts to shoppers. We will have our church's connect card to hand out too. Yippeeee! How fun.
Now your turn. I challenge you to serve others in a practical way. Take a load of NEW(don't give away your old junk) hats and gloves to an intersection in the city and hand them out. After you've done so, email me or leave a comment to let me know what you did.
Saturday, November 28, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Listen to this lady's testimony. You will be so encouraged. As a momma of a child with special needs, I am super pumped to keep praying for my Dillon. Like her, he has a thick file of testing, diagnosis, evaluations, and educational goals. No matter what those files say, God has a great plan for Dillon and we believe He will use his life to bring great glory to Himself! Watch the video and then re-read Psalm 139 verse 14.
Sunday, November 22, 2009
Lukewarm people are continually concerned with playing it safe; they are slaves to the god of control. This focus on safe living keeps them from sacrificing and risking for God.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
All of my kids were obsessed with unrolling the TP. I don't really get the fascination, but apparently it is super fun! This little man is so funny. He is a parrot and copies everything Dillon does. Today Dillon said something about his backpack and a little voice piped up after that saying "Ba pack". He loves to "honk" my nose, give slobbery kisses, open and close the cabinets five billion times, sings constantly, and always wants to go outside. Hudson loves his daddy now and runs to him. This Sunday at church is our parent/child dedication. It will be really precious.
Here is the verse we are using.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
I will bring your children from the east
and gather you from the west.
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Saturday, November 14, 2009
Here is the link to copy and paste in your browser bar.
I look forward to many families receiving a wonderul gift because of you!
Phillipians 4:19 And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
My sister blogged about this a few days ago. My mom, sisters, and buds are all into this series. It is Christian Fiction and it is wonderful!! I know, it sounds ridiculous to say that a fiction series changes you, but this one has changed how I look at my "religious" background, how I view other races and their worship styles, service, and prayer. There are 7 books in this series. I highly recommend them, especially if you are white, middle class, raised in the church! Gonna step on some toes here(ya'll know I love to do that anyway), but growing up white, middle class, in the church kinda gives you permanent blinders to the world beyond, know what I mean?? Anyway, read the series. Please leave me a comment if you've read them and how it changed your perspective!!
Quote from book 4
"Funny thing about miracles though--they're uncomfortable; they upset the natural oder. One hardly knows what to do with them; they don't come with instructions."
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
As for Hudson, he is a funny little booger. I worked Saturday 7a-7p, off Sunday, worked yesterday 7a-7p. This morning when he came toddling into the kitchen, he went straight for daddy. He would not come hug me and even closed his eyes at me when I'd try to talk to him. Seems that he was punishing me for being gone so much! I'm thankful he bonded with Daddy though. I'm off til Friday, I'll re-establish my reign as favorite parent!
We have decided that Hudson is most likely allergic to milk. He had been drinking soymilk since coming home because it is very common for Asian children to be lactose intolerant. I'd just gone ahead and started him on it. Well, we ran out early last week and I thought I'd try regular milk. Immediately the thick congestion came back and he had diarrhea, and a scalded bottom. Guess we will stick with soy a while. Funny thing, yogurt doesn't bother him.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Facts taken from the website cryoftheorphan.org
Over 140 million orphans and waiting children under the age of 18 have lost one or both parents.i
Over 13 million double orphans under the age of 18 have lost both parents.ii
Sub-Saharan Africa, with 48.3 million orphans, has the highest proportion of children who are orphans at 12%
Asia has the largest total number of orphans with 73.7 million orphans, which represents 6% of all children
Latin America and the Caribbean has 10.7 million orphans, also representing 6% of all children.iii
Over 15 million children have lost a parent due to AIDS, and that number is expected to rise to over 20 million by 2010.iv
Without AIDS, the total number of double orphans in sub-Saharan Africa would have declined between 1990 and 2010. AIDS, however, will push the number of double orphans in the region from 9 million to more than 10 million by 2010.v
Orphaned children are much more likely than non-orphans to be working in commercial agriculture, as street vendors, in domestic service and in the sex trade.vi
Orphans are more vulnerable and at risk of becoming victims of violence, exploitation, trafficking, discrimination, or other abuses.vii
More than 500,000 children are in United States foster care.viii
Over 120,000 children in foster care are waiting to be adopted.ix
Only around 50,000 children, or 18% of those waiting in foster care, are adopted every year.x
On average, children in foster care wait over 2 years to be adopted.xi
Over one-third of Americans have ever considered adopting, but no more than 2 percent of Americans have actually adopted.xii
Friday, November 6, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Instead of begging on the streets for food, Carlos now enjoys playing sports with other boys his age in his new home. With newfound hope, Carlos says he wants to be a pastor when he grows up.
Through a new monthly program established by the South Florida-based Christian charity, we can all learn more about Carlos Daniel and other children Food For The Poor helps by participating in “Child of the Month” — a new giving program beginning November 2nd
I cut and pasted the above picture and article piece from Food For The Poor, an organization we support monthy. It is a pitiful 12.00 a month that we have deducted from our checking account. Twelve measely dollars that we dont even miss. Heck, last night was 1.49 kid meal deals at Sonic and we spent 10.50 just in one night on kid burgers.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
As for an update on the little fella, well, he is amazing. He is so darn cute and kissable. His cheeks are probably calloused from me kissing them all the time. He sings and jabbers from the minute his eyes are open in the morning, to the minute they close for sleep. He copies big bro Dillon. He has added the sign for "eat" to his sign language vocab. The only troubling issue is his eating. He will shove every bite on his plate into his mouth until he chokes or vomits. We can only give him a few little bites at a time, check to see that he has swallowed the food and then give him more. All the while he is furiously signing "MORE." I am writing a letter to his foster mother and birthmother today. His foster mother must miss him terribly. She will enjoy the pics I'm going to send her. As for Hudson's birthmother, she may never get the letter or pictures. But, I my heart says that I must send them to the agency in Korea. If she never comes to read his file, at least Hudson will grow up knowing that we respect her and love her and realize the huge sacrifice she has given up.