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who is the needy one?

Last June marked the onset of a journey for me of greater awareness for the needy in my area. That has been continuing, and in December our family started helping weekly at an area church that feeds the hungry. My first time there, I served with tears in my eyes. It was distressing to view how many were in need of a hot meal, right here in my own community. Earlier this month, I had the privilege of travelling to North Carolina to help First Fruits Ministry. They have an outreach that meets many needs in their area, including feeding the hungry. While there, I asked God to break my heart for what was breaking His. Maybe I should have realized what that would really mean! I'm a very emotional person on a regular day - this exceeded that! I experienced such an ache, an overwhelming pain for what His people were struggling with - their homelessness, and need, and feelings of hopelessness. I knew that I was encountering only a portion of how His heart really felt. I couldn't have …

just what is perfect?

I have battled with perfection since I was young. I live with the motto "If you can't do it right, don't do it at all." This means struggling to do everything until it is just right. By whose standards, I'm not even sure. Countless hours have been wasted in this constant striving to do it just right. The guilt and condemnation that I place upon myself for not achieving perfection is horrendous. And completely unnecessary.

Recently, God said to me that His definition of perfect is this - just being who He called me to be. That's it. No striving. No working. No battling. No struggling. Just resting in who I am and being that person to others around me. Curious, I looked the word perfect up and this is what it said - "exactly fitting the need in a certain situation or for a certain purpose." Bingo!!

double the blessing

Wow. I cannot believe that my babies are teenagers. Thirteen years. Where did the time go? I would love to say that I remember this day like it was yesterday, but I don't. I was extremely sick when I had an emergency c-section with them, doped up on I'm not sure what, and the memories are fuzzy. I do remember the important part - seeing them and knowing that they were okay, despite being 7 weeks early. For those who've never heard - this is their story.....

I was so happy. My second daughter was born. I had the family that I had always wanted - hubby and me, with one son and two daughters. We were done having children, right? We thought so but we didn't want to do anything permanent till we were 100% positive. We set a deadline of when Mid J turned three. If we both still felt the same, someone was visiting the doctor (and by someone, I meant hubby)! With only three months to go until we hit the designated day, God spoke clearly to me that our family wasn't finishe…

peopleofwalmart

I'm sure that you've all seen the youtube videos of the people of walmart. If not, please allow me to elaborate. They are pictures and videos of people and what they shop at walmart in : pajamas, bathing suits, ill-fitting clothes, hardly any clothes, crazy outfits, you name it - it's on there! And it's all set to its own catchy tune. I have seen this type of behavior in other places, but walmart seems to have the worst reputation for it.

I bring this up because this is the trend that I am noticing : People don't want to shop there because this is the type of clientele that walmart seems to attract. I myself am guilty of complaining about the people there. I am less inclined to want to go there unless I really need an item they have or I am getting a good bargain. But then one day recently God stopped me in my tracks with this statement : "You want to feed the hungry, clothe the naked, house the homeless, love the unlovable, reach others with my message of fo…

2013

2013
I love the beginning of a new year. I always spend time reflecting on the past one, the good and the bad, the fun and the work, the ups and the downs, the lessons learned and the memories to cherish. I decide what is working in my life and what needs to be pruned back or out entirely. I look ahead to new areas that I want to explore, new goals to achieve, new heights to attain!
2013
I am inspired with the new direction that my life is taking. I am eager to walk a new path, full of fresh perspectives and endless possibilities. I am excited that, for now, I am outside of my chrysalis, flying with freedom that comes with knowing that I am fully loved, that I am His, and that He loves me unconditionally and outrageously!
2013
It's gonna be a good one.