Tag Archives: Walk with Him

The Least of These

17 Nov

They can’t seem to stop talking about her.

We received a letter from Tadelech, our sponsored World Vision child.  It was our first letter and the boy and I  huddled around Dad as he read aloud.  She tells us about her family with four siblings, where she lives.  She tells us of her home with two rooms and a roof…

Two rooms and a roof? My husband and I exchange glances, Oh Jesus, we are blessed. I place my arm on the boy, we pull out our world map and find her, somewhere on the Nile River, our hearts are connected.

We placed the letter and picture on the refrigerator.

Curiosity has been the motivator for my kids this morning:

What do you think she is doing right now?

Would she want to be my friend?

Can you read the letter to me again?

Then the hard questions started coming as they thought things through:

Does she get to go to school?

How do they all fit in a tiny house?

Does she have enough to eat today?

Does she know Jesus?

And I had to answer that I just don’t know

Not too long ago I read this post on poverty.  She refers to poverty as a giant. It does seem that way, doesn’t it?

Sometimes I read and study and pray and get  overwhelmed by the needs of our broken world.

So, what can we do? How can we, the Church, give and be effective at meeting the needs of the hungry, those who need the Bread of Life?

  1. Give to your local body. Does your church have a food ministry?  Give your time.  Buy groceries for a neighbor.
  2. Sponsor a child. Compassion International and World Vision are the two I know the most about and trust.

And if you need another place to start, my friend Tanya gave some great, practical ideas for Christmas gifts that matter, on her blog.

Didn’t Jesus come for the least of theseThe least of these, just like me

Jesus said, “The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is upon me, for the Lord has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor.  He has sent me to comfort the brokenhearted and to proclaim that captives will be released, that the blind will see, that the oppressed will be set free, and that the time of the Lord’s favor has come.” Luke 4:18-19 NLT

Joining the The Holy Experience Community as we share in giving.

Learning as We Go

27 Oct

Joining Ann today, sharing in the bread of His word:

The steps of a man are established by the Lord, when he delights in His way; though he fall he shall not be cast headlong, for the Lord upholds his hand.  I have bee n young, and now am old, yet I have not seen the righteous forsaken or His children begging for bread.  He is ever lending generously, and his children become a blessing.  Psalm 37:23-26 (ESV)


Hope

20 Oct

Early in the morning I sit in the quiet, watching His glory move across the sky.  The Word has been studied, notes have been taken and now the requests for prayer stare back at me.

The list is heavy this morning, and as I laid them before Him the list grew and grew until there seemed to be no end.

Such is life in a broken world, isn’t it?

And then my spirit was reminded of the bread He had fed me from His Word:

For in this hope we are saved.  Now hope that is seen is not hope.  For who hopes for what he sees? For if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it with patience.”  Romans 8:24-25 (ESV)

So, encouraged – I hope and wait with patience, feasting on His word.

I am blogging today at Hope for Women.  I would love for you to stop by and share.

Image Is Everything

13 Oct

Image is everything.  Aren’t we and our children bombarded with the slogan?  It’s on tv and in our music, in our churches… Maybe not in so many words, but in our actions.

If I make enough money, live in a certain neighborhood, shop at the right stores…

Every Saturday I meet with a group of high school girls.  They are beautiful, funny, and smart.  Each of them profess a relationship with Christ.  We study the word, pray for each other and their friends, and laugh together.  It’s a sweet time of fellowship.

But every week they leave and I have to wonder:  Do they see themselves as Christ sees them or are they looking through the world’s filter?

I wonder because:

Sometimes I look in the mirror and see what the world sees. Sometimes it’s the face of a tired mom who doubts her ability to teach, or a pastor’s wife whose heart might not be able to hold another prayer request because it just hurts too much…

But maybe, just maybe, the world got this one right:  Image is everything.

So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created them:  male and female he created them. Gen. 1:27 (ESV)

I look in the mirror and see dirty old, sinful me.  He looks with me but sees His Son and calls me beloved daughter.

Created in the image of God, saved by the blood of His son, and called to be a disciple of Jesus…

Amen.