Wednesday, January 27, 2010
The last day to buy them is February 1 and they will get here in time for Valentine's Day!
So....$25 for a really cute shirt with the "Simply Love" Ethiopia theme. 2 different styles, in men, women, and children's sizes.
Support an orphan.
And wear them on Valentine's Day to show this great LOVE God has poured out on us.
You in? Me too! Click on the link below to order one!
Friday, January 22, 2010
I have to admit that it's been hard for me to find the glimpses of hope in the news reports, videos, and blog posts about Haiti. I have been up late praying for the people, and I feel that God is doing a work that goes beyond Haiti. This brokeness and ache I feel is for the people of this world. But the Lord has been good in showing me HOPE. The tears will not stop after watching this video. So many emotions flooded through me as I watched it. However, as my heart breaks for the hurting people and suffering orphanages, it was impossible not to see the HOPE as children were reunited with their parents. It makes my heart ache for the day when that moment will be mine and I will give a child a home as they are. Someday. For now, though, I wait in HOPE for Haiti, HOPE for the orphans, and HOPE for this world. It is here now, and even through the trials we have a Cornerstone to stand on. In the trials, we know that ALWAYS we can rely on the fact that Christ still sits on the right hand of God. We are still forgiven and redeemed. And Jesus still loves us. That is all the HOPE any of us or any of the Haitians will ever need.
Wednesday, January 20, 2010
Tuesday, January 19, 2010
I sat down on Sunday morning before church and flipped on the news for the first time since it'd happened. I lasted about 10 minutes. I just can't handle it. Could handle seeing all of the children from the orphanages laying on the dirt. I couldn't handle seeing the faces of these beautiful people crying out in agony. Couldn't handle seeing the hands and feet of people sticking out of the crushed buildings. Couldn't handle seeing those left behind trying to search through the rubble.
I just can't watch it. These are people with living, beating hearts whose lives have been literally ripped to shreds before their eyes in a matter of seconds. These are orphans, now homeless. These emotionally traumatized kids now have no family, no home, and in some cases, no food or water. There are babies who were on IV's whose lives are threatened if help doesn't come soon. I've heard of at least 2 orphanages that collapsed in southern Haiti killing 180 kids.
This morning, as I write, 133 children (60 under the age of 3) from one of the orphanages are walking 2 kilometers to the US Embassy. There will be no food, water, or facilities for these children while waiting to be processed at the Embassy. I think of the Israelites and how they had to walk and travel out of Egypt, through the Red Sea, to get to the promised land. I do not understand why oh why these precious children have to make such a long hard journey. It sounds like something out of a movie, making 2 year olds walk 2 miles to go sit in the US Embassy for a day while waiting for a plane to take them somewhere safe. I do not understand this crisis in Haiti. But I do know that these children are coming HOME. God IS showing His goodness even in the midst of suffering. In the end, each one of us, even the Haitians, even these children, can say that God IS good. He is faithful. And as I sit here in my house pondering, praying, wondering, and worrying I can trust that He will provide.
Please join me in prayer today for the nannies, babies, and children who are making this journey. Pray for GRACIOUS workers at the Embassy. Pray for FAVOR on these children, that all the appropriate documents would go right over the desks and into the hands of people who can get these children home. Pray for the nannies that God would give them supernatural strength and patience as they care for these children. What a HUGE calling God has given them. Pray for the children, that their little hearts would be protected, that they would not be tired and hungry, that their minds would erase these few days, that He would make them brave. These children are courageous.
I've been doing some research on different organizations trying to figure out what would be the most efficient use of resources. The most reputable one I've found and one that I KNOW will help children is: http://compassion.com/helphaiti
Will you let the Lord break your heart for the people of the world today? Will you let Him burden your heart for the hurting, orphaned, starving, and sick? Pray for that today and join with the Body in prayer for these people.
Sunday, January 10, 2010
But...I wanted to do a quick post. In the midst of my craziness.
Tommorow marks the first official day of my last semester of high school. Ever.
This whole journey has been so different than I ever imagined it to be. But I wouldn't trade it for an easier road.
All the changes, all the frustration, all the decisions have brought me to a deeper surrender and trust in God. And this is priceless.
So as I step into my last semester of being a senior in high school I am determined to finish this race strong.
"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us. Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."
Time to hit the books!
Thursday, January 7, 2010
I feel like I have let the Lord beautifully break me this week. He has brought me to tears more than once, and then has reminded me that there's more. I have found myself convicted, challenged, but not despairing. Rather, I feel like there is hope.
A Place Called Simplicity, Sharon's Page, Hope Now, I Am One, and The Oatsvall Team have all written about the orphans and changing the world. ONE child at a time. Through prayer, sponsorship, fundraising, adoption.
There were moments during my time with Jesus this week that I could hardly bear sitting in my warm, comfortable basement. Living my life of plenty. Living my life of comfortable routine. Knowing there's a team of kids from my town down in Guatemala serving the orphanage. I was like, "Lord, WHAT am I doing?!!! WHAT am I doing with my life?!"
And I really don't know. Again I am stuck at this place where there's not alot I can do but wait on the Lord and serve Him here. I think this is where the majority of American Christians are right at this moment. We have jobs, families, homes, mortgages, kids, friends. And you know what? That's OKAY. Really. We're really not all called to go and live in some foreign country. Granted, some people are. But I really do believe that God does call some to stay here and work and raise a family. After all, who else is going to parent the orphans that come home from these foreign countries or foster homes? And for us teens, we have a part here too! We are called to care for these children as well. One at a time. We can pray, we can sponsor a child (which is so rewarding), help fundraise for an adoptive family, or even help our families adopt.
And so....I don't have profound quotes or thoughts. But only the reminder that I am ONE person. You are ONE person. BUT we are part of ONE BIG church. Who serves ONE BIG GOD. And together, if little me and little you each pick ONE child. Just ONE. And the church joins in?
Well that my sweet friends will be ONE big revolution. One BIG change to get the 143 million into families.
Will you join me?
Tuesday, January 5, 2010
Sunday, January 3, 2010
Really ready for this crazy journey called life?!
I really don't think we ever are. I don't think we ever will be. And I think God made it this way so that we would rely on Him and not our own readiness or independence.
So with that being said I am as ready as I'll ever be for 2010. I don't like making New Year's resolutions because I never keep them and get disappointed when I don't. But I do have some goals. And I'm getting excited for a really great year.
The next 12 months will hold alot of new seasons of life...graduating from high school, my last summer at home before college, going off to school somewhere...there's alot to think about. There have been times when my brain gets overwhelmed thinking about all that is to come, and my heart starts to tremble. But I look back on the journey so far and I see how God has refined me. Refined my heart, soul, and mind. He has provided in every way, more than I deserve. And so it is in this that I see hope, joy, peace, and contentment to come in Christ alone. For the next year, for the next season, for these goals I would like to meet. In Christ alone, I have been given everything I need to fulfill His calling and plan for my life.
Here's the goals...
1. Daily be digging into God's word, this precious gift that I take for granted of all too often.
2. Read......I have a whole list of Christian books I want to get through. Piper, Beth Moore....
3. Get back into journaling and poetry writing.
4. I started guitar over Christmas break and I'm determined not to forget what I've learned.