Been paying attention to what gets response on my Facebook. I have mixed group on my facebook. Christ followers, friends I grew up with, relatives, and co-workers, Christfollowers make up 70 % of my friends list.
This weekend I finally grasped something that has been bothering me for a while. As Christfollowers, we are quick to disregard things that are not comfortable, things that are not complementing to ourself, and overall would cause us to maybe do something. Sorry in advance if this is stepping on your toes..well no apology is necessary.
So many children around the world need our help in one way or another. I support a child in India through Compassion, for the last 6 years. Love him! There are many groups that can be helpful in directing you in how to help a child in need. Christian Organizations. But the one that has my heart, is Invisible Children of Uganda. Its not Christian Organization, although Christians started it. Its more of a Humanitarian effort. Together we can make a difference in this country, and for these children. I am asking you to come out of your comfort zone, and just watch any of the videos on their website. Write a letter to your congressman, send out an email to entire list to raise awareness…DO SOMETHING..together we can help these children.
I hear so many people say “I am following Jesus”..I think Uganda and the Invisible Children are exactly where HE would be…Jesus loves the children of the world..and what we have done or not done for the least of these we have done to HIM… Please just hear these people out, and pray about how you can help them.
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While reading a post on my friend Joe’s blog, he reminded me of how often we dismiss people in our busy lives, and forgetting they are created in the image of our God. How do we know we haven’t dismissed the “least of these”,when God has deliberately placed them in our path? Or maybe entertaining Angels…ahhhh we don’t know..we just need to be open to whoever HE places in our path. Joe’s post made me remember this song Wide Eye..sorry couldn’t find a good video to put up, but the words are powerful. (Joe’s post left me wide eyed afresh, thanks Joe)
Nichole Nordeman- Wide eyed
Having lives in Hollywood for about a year,
I was forced to come face to face
with many diverse people everyday.
I was surprised and embarrassed by how sheltered
my life had been until then…
Surrounding myself mostly with people who were like-minded,
and consequently, safe to know.
I really had to come to terms with my quickness to judge,
to laugh, to dismiss anyone who threatened my sense of normalcy.
And it made me wonder –
how would I have reacted to Jesus
if I’d met Him in Los Angeles?
When I met him on a sidewalk
He was preaching to a mailbox
Down on 16th Avenue
And he told me he was Jesus
Sent from Jupiter to free us
With a bottle of tequila and one shoe
He raged about repentance
He finished every sentence
With a promise that the end was close at hand
I didn’t even try to understand
He left me wide eyed in disbelief and disillusion
I was tongue tied, drawn by my conclusions
So I turned and walked away
And laughed at what he had to say
Then casually dismissed him as a fraud
I forgot he was created in the image of my God
When I met her in a bookstore
She was browsing on the first floor
Through a yoga magazine
And she told me in her past life
She was some plantation slave’s wife
She had to figure out what that might mean
She believes the healing powers of her crystals
Can bring balance and new purpose to her life
She left me wide eyed in disbelief and disillusion
I was tongue tied, drawn by my conclusions
So I turned and walked away
And laughed at what she had to say
Then casually dismissed her as a fraud
I forgot she was created in the image of my God
Not so long ago, a man from Galilee
Fed thousands with His bread and His theology
And the truth He spoke
Quickly became the joke
Of educated, self-inflated Pharisees like me
And they were wide eyed in disbelief and disillusion
They were tongue tied, drawn by their conclusions
Would I have turned and walked away
And laughed at what He had to say
And casually dismissed Him as a fraud
Unaware that I was staring at the image of my God
Interesting…while thinking today of a young mother (16), who chose to keep her baby, and is trying very hard to keep good grades (maintaining an A average), taking on her motherly duties, and the baby is a picture of health and being well taken care of…one happy baby. This mother is wanting to go to church…I know there are consequences to our poor choices. But those consequences should never be with holding Jesus Christ, or the gospel as if she has really out sinned God’s forgiveness. Curious..
-Would your church be okay with this young lady being part of your daughters youth group? why or why not?
-Would you let your daughter be her only friend?
give me some feed back….(BTW-I already am loving this young mama)
Alot have opinions, and alot speak a good God talk…how about you? how do you think one should respond to this situation?
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Spiritual storms are the worst. But its more experience for me to walk by faith and not by sight. I hate the dark…but I have learned that my battles there are life changing, not only for me but for those around me. When ever I finish a womens study, I seem to enter this realm that although I sense it coming, I am still never ready for it. We (as a family) are in total surrender to the LORD, and after much struggling and prayer, we believe HE is relocating us and a new ministry is going to form. We don’t know when exactly, and we think we know where.
The enemy would like me to crawl under a rock, and shut my mouth, and I can’t do that..see I know too much for that, and bowing to him is not an option for me. The enemy always goes after my children when he can’t reach me. For a long time I thought that if I spoke to the people who are in positions to encourage them and look after their souls (with in the church), and pray and encourage them myself, that was the best I could do, and well God has to do the rest.
Sometimes God wants us to pick up our sword, and fight the thing out. Feeling that call right now. Its become so important to me that my children never have their fire for Christ stepped on by believers. This is serious…children are being taught by adult actions to give the LORD lip service, and to turn their flame down. No that is so wrong!
We would love to have your prayers as we press on, and refuse to take one step without our God. The world will fade away, but Yahweh…remains forever! We know our need for more of HIM, and we know that laying everything down at HIS feet is worth more than worldly riches.
Lord God, you know the situations and the hurts that have plagued us, we watched as people lost their fire, and wondered how could this be? Please don’t let us lose our fire, increase the flame of desire for You, we will go with You, just not without You.
Thanks for your prayers, we are blessed to have you all as a blog faith family..you are truly the body of Christ…Beautiful!
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I don’t have much, but I have found if I give my little to the Lord, HE will make it much. Reminds me of the story of the feeding of the five thousand. The little boy only had two fish and three loaves of bread, but it fed everyone and enough left over to feed the disciples as well. I have always thought that was amazing.
The Lord has burdened my heart for the country of Bolivia. I was very ignorant to the needs there, and as I looked into it, my heart broke. As in many third world countries, children as disposable. Can you imagine? Leaving them on a doorstep, or at ten years old putting them in the street to work. I really had my eyes opened to these “street children”, and how God is moving through the streets in Cochabamba, Bolivia. DaRonn and Angie Washington have a ministry that they not only do the administrative work, but are also living and working the ministry, in an Orphanage. Rehanna is a friend of thiers and is also working in Bolivia, and reaching out to the street kids. There stories are a beautiful picture of God’s grace in action.
Please consider joining me in giving (even just a little), visit the ministry website here. Jesus said to let the children come to HIM. Be a blessing this holiday season, remembering that we do not go to bed hungry, we know that we are blessed…but blessed to be a blessing. Peace
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So many people hurt, so many people going through trials, so many confused people, so many misled people. Its not hard to see them, just look around where ever you are, and its there. Some may never speak a word to what they are going through, but the eyes are a window to the soul, and its there..darkness, hopelessness, rejection, shame, loneliness.
I know how this all effects me, from time to time, I just have to cry out for them…I feel their pain. Thinking of how much more our LORD sees and hears and looks into thier darkened hearts, and what that must feel like to HIM, the Creator, knowing that HE created a way for them to come to HIM and have the darkness turned to light. Either it has been rejected or….we the body are not doing our job in letting HIS light shine through us. SAD. Don’t believe for a second that all have heard the Good News and have made a choice, I don’t believe that.
Lord, the ones of us who are trying hard to work in the harvest fields are tired, we get weary from friendly fire(that by the way is not so friendly), we are becoming desperate for the lost to hear and know you, please send help…encourage us…minister to our wounds, and give us strength. Help us, we are so selfish, so self centered in all we do. We need to be emptied fresh and refilled with more of you. I know you know, and I know that nothing escapes your eyes, refresh us. Your grace is sufficient for us, help us to remember it always. Everything is about you, and nothing is about us.
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