Posts tagged ‘contemplation’

December 17, 2011

Will someone be there to catch him?

A friend of my mom recommended her niece’s blog and I have found it to be so inspiring!

This picture, and the post surrounding it caught my attention.

an orphan jumping into "uncle's" arms

The children in this orphanage in Uganda lack so much that we take for granted. Until they came to the orphanage, they lacked the bare necessities – a home, a bed, food.

But even now that they have those things, they still lack a forever family.

When I saw this picture and read about how the children could not trust “uncle” to catch them, even though they wanted to jump so badly, it drove this truth home. After all, isn’t that the most simple illustration of trust that there is – a child jumping into his daddy’s arms? Yet these orphans have no one they can trust.

Who will catch him when he jumps?
Will someone be there when she falls?

God designed children to be raised by parents. Parents who love them, parents who care for them, parents they can trust.

Every child needs a forever family.

Will you catch him? Will you be there for her?

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October 29, 2011

Passion with Purpose

A Peek Into Your Passion at ylcf.org

Earlier this month, I read the first post on ylcf.org about Passion. I wondered what my “passion with a purpose” was as I hurried out the door. It wasn’t that I didn’t think I was passionate – I often use that word to describe myself. I just wasn’t sure what my purpose was.

It turns out I simply couldn’t see the forest for the trees, for when I arrived at my destination a wave of anticipation hit me, and with it, realization. I was on the University campus for a pro-life outreach.

Ever since going through Justice For All‘s Abortion: From Debate to Dialogue training for the first time, I have found a passion for meaningful dialogue, not just about abortion, but other things like creation science or man’s relationship to God. The training (which I have been through 4 times) taught me key techniques, like humbly asking questions, to gently reason with people so as to find Truth.

17 Learn to do good;
Seek justice,
Rebuke the oppressor;
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Defend the fatherless,
Plead for the widow.
18 “ Come now, and let us reason together,”
Says the LORD

 

If you’d like to read more about meaningful conversations I have had, click on the “God Stories” tab in the sidebar.

October 6, 2011

The neglect of a certain little blog…

I wish I had some good excuses as to why this blog has been neglected, but these reasons will have to do.

I’ve added some things to my Zibbet shop (including the clothing featured in these photos).

I’ve been busy teaching the It’s About Story class every week. (Be sure to click over so you can get a glimpse into my students’ minds!)

The garden is growing and thriving with the (slightly) cooler and more humid weather that we’ve been having. Maybe I’ll post some pictures soon!

Well, that’s all for now 🙂

June 19, 2011

Thanks Dad!

Thanks, Dad,
for loving mom
and caring for her faithfully
in sickness and in health

Thanks, Dad,
for working hard
to provide for your family
yet not working so hard
that you don’t provide what your family really needs

Thanks, Dad,
for making it clear
through your actions and words
that you count your children as blessings

Thanks, Dad,
for supporting me
when even I think my ideas are crazy

And thanks, Dad,
most of all
for teaching me
about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ
and His Father
and the Holy Spirit
Our Great and Glorious God

June 12, 2011

You never know the influence

…of a life lived for Christ.

On memorial day, I enjoyed spending time with relatives from my dad’s side. We talked a lot about memories, and I noticed a recurring theme: The influence of a life lived for the glory of God.

My great aunt reminisced about her life as a pastor’s daughter, helping with chores to free her mom up to help at the church. She told me about my great grandpa’s (her father) passion for the truth as he searched for a church that believed in the diety of Christ.

I also heard a story about my other great grandpa who recently influenced a newly Christain couple to stay at his church. The young man said that when he is old, he wants to be just like my great grandpa.

The list of influence goes on…

My great uncle was a favorite teacher, and influenced many children.

He and his wife adopted two children.

One of those children’s adult daughter “plays princess” (she’s an actress) and helps hurting children.

This doesn’t even begin to cover my Christian heritage (I can trace it back to Elder Brewster, a Puritan on the Mayflower, or the French Huegenots). God has blessed me, but if you are a first-generation Christian, remember that a godly heritage can begin any time! Each of these individuals that I have told you about chose to live for God’s glory, and you can too, whether you have the support of family members or not!