Posts tagged ‘GodStories’

March 21, 2012

$45K in 45 days

It is more blessed to give than to recieve. This is something my dad understands, which is why for his 45th birthday he wants to give a gift to children who have essentially nothing.

He and Moriah, my younger sister, visited these children two years ago and were changed forever. Each day from now until April 29 dad will be posting a glimpse into life at God’s House of Grace.

Please spread the word (pinterest, twitter, facebook, blog…) and consider donating. Just $1 can change a child’s life for the better.

via $45K in 45 days.

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.

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!

May 1, 2011

Taking Risks at the County Fair

I was alone; my family had left me to myself while they enjoyed the rides. I didn’t mind, I much preferred chatting about history and genealogy. Mr. B was telling me all about his family, and he mentioned off-hand that though they had been Jews, he didn’t practice Judaism, nor did he agree with everything it taught. Just after my parents left, he told me that he had noticed something different about us, even before he met the whole family. He asked if we were Mormon and I told him no, we were Christians. We established early on that we both believed in a Supreme Being/God (and used both terms throughout the ensuing conversation).

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February 25, 2011

Conversation with a scientist

It wasn’t long after I went through the JFA ambassadorship training the first time that I went on a field trip to Agua Caliente park with our homeschool group. A man from the park service, Mr. R, led the group of Jr. and Sr. high school students in learning about and observing the local ecosystem. In order to describe an ecosystem, he used the analogy of a watch. It is only a working watch, if all the pieces are there and working together in just the right way. It’s the same with an ecosystem. You don’t just need all the right pieces, they need to be working together.

This watch analogy got me thinking, after all, in order to have a working watch, some sort of intelligence is necessary to make it work. By the end of the field trip I decided to ask Mr. R some more questions.

I began by asking him about how ecosystems start, since we had only learned about how they work. He explained that if, say, a section of African savanna burns, there is no ecosystem. Then seeds blow in and grasses begin to grow. A zebra wanders in, then lions follow the prey and so on until the ecosystem is rebuilt. I wasn’t satisfied, though. I gently clarified that I hadn’t asked how the ecosystem moved, but how it began. He then tried to explain that historically, ecosystems (like everything else) were much simpler and it took time for them to develop to the point of complexity that we see now. He still hadn’t answered my question about how they began, though. I continued in this way, moving him backwards using carefully formed questions. By this time, I had decided that the “one question” that I needed to get him to was “how did it all begin?”.

When I finally got him to the origins of the universe, he essentially said “it just happened”. I commented that I simply didn’t have enough faith to believe that. I later found out that that simple comment really made him think. You see, he grew up in a Christian home, and when he came home from college classes with questions about the godless evolution that he was learning, his mother had told him, you just need to have more faith.

I went on to have a total of four separate conversations with him, and throughout my goal was to show him that I have a reasonable faith. I don’t know exactly what kind of impact I had on him, but I do know that he respects me, and recognizes that I don’t make decisions lightly. I pray that I also showed him a glimpse of Christ as well.