Nov 15, 2009

I'd like to introduce you to Apisit.  He lives in Thailand.  Our family adopted him through  Compassion International just two years ago.  Isn't he completely adorable??  We absolutely love getting letters from him, written for him since he is only 6, and his drawings.  I especially love his innocence.  He requests often for us to come visit him.  Oh how we wish we could!  Maybe someday in the future we could make a trip to Thailand.  What a blessing that would be!

I was honored to volunteer at a Compassion table at the Michael W. Smith concert last week.  It was fun to talk with other people who sponsor children and see the excitement in their eyes when they talked about it.  I also loved introducing people to the miracles that Compassion International is doing in the lives of so many children.  This year they surpassed a major goal of having one million children sponsored all at one time!

If you have never sponsored a child before, I want to really encourage you to take a leap of faith and do it.  It only costs $38 per month.  We spend that much on one trip to the mall!  This simple gift can completely change the life of a child and their family.  If you can't swing that amount monthly, consider giving a one time gift to Compassion.  Especially at this time of year, they can use any monetary donations to give Christmas gifts to many Compassion children who do not yet have sponsors.

Go to Compassion International to sponsor a child.  You can select by country, gender, and age.  Your heart will be touched by the beautiful faces that you see.

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves, for the rights of all who are destitute.  
Speak up and judge fairly; defend the rights of the poor and needy."  Proverbs 31:8-9


Too busy.....

Nov 5, 2009

As I continue to reflect on my convicted heart about selfish desires, it occurs to me that sometimes those desires are not always what we expect. They aren't always going to look "sinful". In and of themselves, they aren't sins. They are activities, hobbies and commitments that are sometimes very good. When they turn sinful is when they interfere with what God has in store for us as a wife and mother. It is when I neglect my duties at home because I was volunteering somewhere else. It is when I don't spend time with my husband because I am scrapbooking, beading, sewing, designing or crafting. It is when my kids want to play but I would rather continue watching my favorite TV series. I have sinned when I ignore the calls of my Savior to seek him in quiet because I am too busy serving elsewhere.

Satan can sting by keeping us busy. Too busy for bible study. Too busy to pray. Too busy to have a quiet day at home in reflection. Too busy with activities. Too busy to cook family meals. He will stop at nothing to distract us from fulfilling our God appointed work in our homes. And we miss out on so much. We miss our Lord's quiet whispers to our souls. We miss out on blessings He has for us because we are doing things our way. We miss out on "once in a lifetime moments" with our families.

These are the selfish desires I must kill within my soul. From the outside world, they may look like good things, harmless things. But I know deep within my heart that I must strive to serve only Him and my Family first. I still have some work to do.

Thank you Lord for continuing to place before me reminders of Your desires for my time and energies.

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