- You can't expect someone else to take care of the situation. If we all believed that someone else would handle it or do something about it and just sat on our butts then nothing would ever get accomplished. I always figured there were missionaries or other people that had a calling to taking care of orphans. They could do a better job than I could. For that matter.... I never really thought about orphans that much period! (How could I have been so deaf, dumb and blind?!)
- I've shared with others before that before my trip I had the attitude that all those needy children commercials were fake. That the camera crews must have traveled to the far reaches of the earth, found the worst case scenario and spent maybe five minutes filming children, bribing them to look pitiful and then waiting for the donations to roll in to fund their own selfish desires. Wow.... how pitiful is that? God sent me on a trip to open my eyes. Those children aren't bribed to look like they're starving. They aren't bribed to look lonely and desperate. They are. Someone needs to care. I NEED TO CARE! YOU NEED TO CARE!
- My other assumptions included feeling 'misled' (now that I know), that certain parts of my Bible just weren't relevant. Caring for orphans and widows. What does that really mean? No one can possibly be THAT poor.... Being nice to them and praying for them. Even people I would encounter right here in our hometown.... well, I don't know why they don't just get a job. Or, anyone can afford a bar of soap and water is free. Ummm... NO! Oh how lost I was! Thank you Lord for opening my eyes, for opening my heart, for leading my feet. For turning me from the self-righteous person I was. And the saddest part is, I didn't even realize it!!! It's still a normal lifestyle for many of my friends. Good, kind people, that would bend over backwards to help me. But would they help the least of these? They are missing the point of the gospel.
Thursday, February 25, 2010
Monday, February 22, 2010
Sunday, February 21, 2010
The Young Family said...
I have to get this book too!!!!
OK...under crafts on my blog you can find the guide to the Lent tree! Look under Easter in crafts on the menu:). XOXO friend:)
Saturday, February 20, 2010
Friday, February 19, 2010
- Sleeping bag and pillow (begged for an air mattress and I told him NO!)
- Clean change of clothes and his extra hoodie because he's stylish like that.
- TWO ball caps. Because we must be coordinated right? My fashion conscious teen has an OU cap to match his sweatshirt and his Jesus Saves cap for concert night.
- His cell phone (and charger)
- His digital camera (and charger)
- His iPod
- toothbrush & toothpaste
- deoderant (someone will thank me)
- brush (his hair is totally out of control.... imagine a blonde afro, seriously)
- his cooler full of food! Hellow!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
- overlooking a holiday or special moment you wanted recognized
- for spending time with their friends rather than with you
- working too much and leaving you feeling neglected
- yelling at you for something you had no control over
- leaving you alone
- having an affair (physically or emotionally)
An excellent wife, who can find? For her worth is far above jewels.
Monday, February 15, 2010
See my precooked sausage! That stuff is awesome. All you have to do is combine all your ingredients, mix them up and dump it in a casserole dish. VERY simple. I made this up today before I had my errands and such to do so I just had to pop it in the oven come supper time and wait 30 minutes and voila!
See my little garlic keeper?! That's my favorite new splurge for my kitchen. I'm crazy about garlic and usually buy the fresh garlic, spend my time peeling and then some of it eventually goes bad or molds. Well, I found these new packs of garlic at the grocery store. They are all peeled and zip packed about 4 pieces to a pouch and the big bag is resealable too. Once I open a small pouch whatever I don't use goes into the little plastic garlic container and back in the fridge. I love that little sucker! :)
Once you get everything in the casserole dish top it off with mozzarella cheese (I don't measure this because after all, can you ever have too much cheese?) I just use what looks good for us. Pop it in the oven at 350-375 for approximately 20 to 30 minutes (or until it's bubbly and the cheese is melted good).
We had garlic toast with it and I was lazy tonight. I didn't make homemade bread sticks. I bought french bread at the store and spread garlic butter on it and stuck it under the broiler for a minute to melt it really good. I was going to take an 'after' picture but everyone gets a little overzealous at our house around feeding time and it was demolished before I could get the camera back to the kitchen.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
As much as I enjoyed spending the day with my hubby and kids for Valentine's Day, it was even more special that it fell on Sunday. The one day we get to devote totally and completely to our first love.... our Lord. My hubby gave me a card and some chocolate (as well as the kids), took me to church, out to eat lunch and then we spent the afternoon at home. Me taking a nap and him watching cars drive in circles. (I'm a Daytona 500 widow....) Although I can't be totally sure he wasn't taking a little cat nap of his own while I was dozing on the couch. He tends to do that on Sundays too! lol ♥
Plus, I'd like to point out that today is Chinese New Year too! Having a new little China doll in our lives is opening up our minds to many new things these days. We made Jia some 'special' valentine's to share with her friends and family. Hope you enjoy!
This poem was shared at church this morning and I just wanted to share it here. I hope everyone had a special day with someone they love. If it wasn't a sweetheart I bet you have friends or children you shared it with. All that matters is that it was spent with people you love and that love you! Sending all my friends, both at home and in blog land virtual hugs and kisses!!!!
Valentine's Day with Jesus
Jesus does not send perfume To linger in the air
Instead He sends salvation, sweet
To show how much He cares.
He doesn’t bring me candy hearts
In boxes of delight
Instead He always lets me know I’m precious in His sight.
He doesn’t pass out pretty cards
Trimmed in shades of red
Instead He gave His life for me
His precious blood was shed.
He doesn’t hand out fancy gifts
Like we would send to mother
Instead He sends a message clear
To always love each other.
He doesn’t give me teddy bears
That whimper, “Please be mine”
Instead He gave His heart to me I wear it all the time.
He doesn’t give me roses, pink
For all the world to see
Instead He gave eternal life
That’s good enough for me.
Author/Written By: Marilyn Ferguson ©2003
Friday, February 12, 2010
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Watch the video and you will understand what I ask when I say, "Do you feel invisible?". =) What will you build today as you are invisible? Scroll to the bottom of the page and turn the audio player off to hear the video clip. You'll be glad you listened! ;o)
10 A wife of noble character who can find?
She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still dark;
she provides food for her family
and portions for her servant girls.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
her husband also, and he praises her:
29 "Many women do noble things,
but you surpass them all."
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Give her the reward she has earned,
and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
Monday, February 8, 2010
Sunday, February 7, 2010
- Someone feels unready for the responsibility..... you were ready for sex, therefore you are responsible. If you're not ready then don't have sex! (that's a whole 'nother discussion too!) If you aren't ready, there's someone who is..... ADOPTION!
- You feel you can't afford a baby..... You know, if you wanted to keep it there are support options available, or you can place the child for adoption. There are plenty of people that aren't capable of conceiving that would give your child a home filled with love and support.
- Has all the children she wants.... hello, then why weren't precautions taken before sex to ensure you didn't end up pregnant again?
- Relationship problems/single parenthood..... again with the pro-adoption route! I'm a person that believes a relationship should be more than sex to begin with and we need to be teaching our sons and daughters the value of a relationship, the value of sex, the value of responsibility. Granted this is never a 100% guarantee but let's give it a shot shall we?
- Feels she isn't mature enough.... I realize this can be a very relevant issue. More children need the support of their parents when an unwanted pregnancy happens. All too often we look for a quick fix. Parenting classes are available, support is there if you are willing to seek it. If you still feel incapable of the responsibility..... ADOPTION! =) (My a-word for the day).
- It interferes with your plans..... seriously? This is just our own selfish desires taking control. If you have sex, there are plenty of things that can happen. A baby is just one. If you have big plans..... then plan better! It's called birth control.
- Your parents or partner want the abortion. This one really boggles the mind. People can be pro-choice but they are letting others make the choice for them. The reality is that more and more teens are becoming pregnant. There needs to be more support systems for them. If there are support systems then they need to be more available or 'advertised' better to assist these young girls with their pregnancies. A parent cannot make that choice for their teenager, anymore than they made the choice for their teenager to have sex.