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Charlie Brown’s Sally says “I can’t fold, or cut, or paste!” (Me neither!) Here we go anyway.
The evening ended with good food, good friends, and a project to give away on Valentine’s Day.No Comments »
Posted on Sunday, December 23, 2012 in Compassion International, Seasonal, Shopping Guide, Smart Giving
As a child, Christmas never seemed to come. When we pieced together the plastic tree after Thanksgiving – it seemed so long. The most torturous wait – Dad reading the true Christmas story before tearing into presents. Sometimes getting what I wanted, sometimes not.
My most cherished present was in middle school. I begged…..begged…..begged… for a brown leather jacket. It was a stretch to the parents’ budget for that jacket. And after that “long” wait, it finally came.
As an adult, I don’t usually have my heart set on much, but there is something this year. There are 3 kids on the Compassion International website who have been waiting for a sponsor for at least 388 days. I can’t fathom how long 388 days seems as a child.
And they aren’t waiting for a cool leather jacket. They are waiting for hope. For an education, for health care, for spiritual training, to be the first member of their family with a vocation.
Would you consider this? Would you consider another one if you already sponsor one? Blessings multiplied?
In the darkness of days following the Connecticut tragedy, we turned off the news reports to not be entertained by someone’s pain.
Let us not mourn only in spirit, but resolve to prevent childhood tragedies. Especially to invisible children. And the beauty prevails. Despite population increases – child poverty is down 20, 30, 40% in developing countries in the last two decades.
Love works, love pushes back the darkness.
UPDATE: All three children were sponsored within 24 hours of this post!No Comments »
wants to be a chef is a chef-in-training. His knife set is so much better than mine that he brings his own. He has an apron and a culinary hat. He gives advice about kitchen gadgets I need to replace.
A friend with food allergies hired in-home help. She pays an hourly wage as the helper works through a binder of recipes and prep work. Bells went off in my head… yes, it’s time.
Time to be real about what I could and couldn’t do. I love to teach, write, and make music. The repetition of cleaning and organizing feels like good therapy. But cooking and home projects are beyond my energy. So once a week Isaac cooks while his sister learns piano.
For a decade I had tried to “pull it together” (New Year’s
Resolutions Fails) to cook and what I really needed was help. Even if it means working a few more hours to hire the work out. I needed the accountability of getting the menu and ingredients for the week. What Isaac doesn’t finish is easily conquered a little bit at a time later. I also finally accepted help from my friends Rachel and Candace who ask insist on helping batch cook and finish home projects.
A year ago my pride would have said no. But Julie described this to me as a dance. The give and take as a waltz -each person giving and receiving in the music. We are both givers and both receivers all at once and my life has a new freedom and beauty that it didn’t have before.2 Comments »
Last week, I found myself shopping for a friend’s baby shower online sorting through baby wear, gear, and nursery items. With the cool new gadgets, I am not sure I even noticed something as simple as a baby blanket. I often take for granted what seems so prevelant – simple necessities and prenatal care.
When UNICEF called for more information to new mothers in impoverished countries, information blanket responded.
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Posted on Wednesday, March 7, 2012 in Simple-Practical
So much stuff. Full carloads to the donation center. And I feel the anchor, the world-love grasps my heart. “I might need that garden hose. I remember buying that vase.” And the cord winds round through my heart, tethering me down. The weighted swaddling comforts.
There were excuses to make. Lack of time. Doing better things. Polishing the outside image but leaving my inner life untouched. But Creator Father wants all of me. Even the dark corners. He wants me for himself. He wants me free.
I cut the cord that keeps me numb as I gather all these things back to him through the donation tunnel.
Good rest comes in the sun sprayed window with coffee and book – The wind that sweeps the clouds clear of sun, breathes round new heart-skin. And the patio umbrella outside the window lifts her curls.3 Comments »