Sunday, January 29, 2012

Build a City

We are building a city.

Yes, you read that correctly. Our church has partnered with People for Care and Learning and we are building an entire CITY in Cambodia. 







The residents of Andong, Cambodia used to live in a garbage dump. They were displaced by the government and now they are living in a slum community with houses made out of cardboard, tin, and whatever trash they can find. 


Their city floods on a regular basis, and with the rainwater comes raw sewage and trash. Into their HOMES. This is the water they use to brush their teeth, cook, and wash their clothes. 


There is sickness, disease, and no access to medical care. With so many needs, it's hard to know where to start to bring them hope. So we are rebuilding each home that is there. 




Each house costs $1,000 to build. I don't have a thousand dollars to build a house, but if a bunch of us give a little bit, together we could make a difference for one family. Or five families. Or a thousand families. Wouldn't that be awesome?!




The goal is to rebuild 1,500 homes. Currently, the funds have been donated to build 224 homes. Lets get the word out! They can't build the houses if no one knows about it. That's where I'm counting on you, bloggy friends. If you can't give financially, will you at least help me tell others about it? If you have a blog, write about it. Link to their site. If you have Facebook, like their page so your friends will see. If you can give money, give money! If nothing else, you can pray. Our college pastor is in Cambodia right now heading this project up. They will start building houses next week. You can pray for his safety, and that this project will get off the ground smoothly. 


Figure out how you can help, and DO IT!! If nothing else, go watch the video and check out the site! You will get more info about what they are up to over there, and let me tell you: it's awesome!!

Friday, January 27, 2012

Rest

I love that You let me come freely into your presence as Your daughter.

I love that You are my Daddy and even though you have the whole world to take care of, 
when I come in, You stop for me. 

I love when I can see in my mind's eye: You, sitting on Your throne...and me running in. 
I love imagining Your face light up because I am your beloved and you call me lovely. 

I love picturing myself snuggled up tight in your lap with 
face buried deep and hands clasped tightly around your neck. 

I love that You hold me there and whisper truth to my dry and weary soul. 

I love that when the world gets too scary, too stressful, too dark, You invite me to come and rest.



"Come unto Me all you who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.
Matthew 11:28


Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Conspicuous

First, let me start of by saying....
We are HOMEOWNERS!!!
This is Robby's excited face. Haha.

Ok, that has nothing to do with this post, I'm just really excited! 
Go God! 
On a serious note...


I have been thinking. A lot. About being conspicuous. 

I've been reading up on what it means to be a multi-racial family through adoption. God has really given me a burden for orphans in Africa, so I'm not sure if He is just calling me to care and pray for African orphans, or if one day we will get to adopt from there! In the meantime, I have been reading blogs and books and anything I can get my hands on that talks about adoption from Africa. 

Let me preface my next words by saying that adoption is a wonderful thing and it's close to God's heart. That does not mean that it's easy. 

To have a multi-racial family is to be conspicuous. You are no longer another face in the crowd, you will draw curious eyes and rude comments. You will be watched. On good days and bad. You would have no privacy.

And privacy is that which I held most dear. Until He asked me to blog. Until He reached for my most hidden and asked to make it most obvious. And it occurs to me, that the One who plans my steps; deliberately and purposefully, is placing me in boot camp. This blog, this first step, is a small sacrifice of privacy that is preparation.

Because the more you sweat in training, 
the less you bleed in battle. 

Monday, January 23, 2012

Ok, if you read down to my post with the goals I have for this blog, you would know that I am working on some sort of consistency with posting and also I'm working on having a theme for my Monday posts that in some way gives the glory back to my Maker! So today, I'm going with a story of how God has worked powerfully in my life when there is no way I could accomplish it on my own! If you want to know more about why, click over to the tab labeled "Memorial Stones," or go to www.aplacecalledsimplicity.blogspot.com and read about her Memorial Box Mondays.


Several years ago while I was about to start my senior year of college, I felt that God was asking me to give up my summer plans for Him and work instead as a counselor at the camp I went to when I was a kid. I knew that going was going to mean giving up a larger amount of money that I could have made at another job. I knew that it would mean being hours away from my friends and the man I was madly in love with (who is now my handsome hubby!) But I also knew if that's where God wanted me then I didn't wanna miss out on that opportunity.


The end of the summer started approaching, and I realized I didn't have a job lined up for the beginning of the next semester, I didn't have a place to live, and I didn't have a roommate to help share the cost. I started to freak out. Then I started to ask God for what I needed. I was still very afraid, but I knew He hadn't let me down yet!


At this particular camp, we weren't allowed to have cell phones unless we were on breaks away from our campers. So not only did I have a long list of things I needed, I didn't have a way to call and line these things up unless I was on my break. My commitment to the camp ran up to a couple of days before classes started, so I knew I wouldn't have time to look for an apartment and roommates when I got back to school. At this point, I had called everyone I knew that was looking for a roommate at the beginning of the summer and no one had room left.


I was at the end of all I knew to do. And that's when God stepped in for me. I got a call out of the blue from a girl who already told me they didn't need a roommate. She found out that day that one of the girls had to move out and she wanted to know if I could move in. I happily told her yes and hung up the phone, praising the Lord. He had provided for me in one phone call: 2 roommates who already had an apartment (which made our cost lower and it meant they already had furniture!!).


I was so thrilled, until I wondered how I was going to pay for this awesome place. Surely they wouldn't let me live there for free!! Less than two weeks from that day, God provided me with a job that was more perfect than I could have planned for me. It worked perfectly with my school hours, paid great, and it let me be a nanny to the cutest girl in the world. 


Not only did God show up when there was nothing I could do on my own, He showed off! Go God!!


Friday, January 20, 2012

Prickles

Prickles by Histriumphalprocession

Also, I'd like to introduce you bloggy people to my hedgehog, Prickles! :) Isn't she adorable?!

Second Post Ever...

Ok folks...I am really new to blogging, and I'm not the best at technology in general, so you guys are just going to have to bear with me while I figure some of this stuff out! I guess in the interest of accountability I should put some of my blog goals down here so that I will actually DO them!! It might take a while to get some of finished, but here we go:

* Put some tabs at the top of the blog or on the sidebar so that this is a little easier to navigate and I can categorize posts by what they are about.
* Beef up the section that talks about who I am a little bit (because I know that's the first place I go when I hit up a new blog)
*Learn how to add some pictures!! I've got great ones on my phone, I just have to figure out how to get them from phone to blog.
*I'd like to start some sort of blog routine, where I have certain things I write about on certain days.
*Start a link up list of the blogs I like to follow on the sidebar, especially some of the ones that don't show up in my dashboard. (Cause I want you guys to know about these awesome people too!)
*There are several blogs I follow that do a special Monday post. Some are other days of the week, but Monday seems to be a trend. This special post is different from blog to blog, but the general idea is that it's a post designed especially to give praise or thanks back to the Lord instead of focusing on situations in our lives. There is Capture Gratitude from Mandie Joy (www.mandiejoy.com), Memorial Box Mondays (www.aplacecalledsimplicity.blogspot.com) and Monday Morning Chai (www.everybitterthingissweet.com). You get the idea. My plan is to do some sort of mix of those ideas, or maybe even create my own...even though I'm not that creative!

Well, there ya have it! Some goals to kick start this bloggy adventure. Sorry there are no breath-taking pictures in this post...I'll refer you to goal #3.

Have a great weekend!!

**Update: It's only been a couple of days...and I have actually figured out how to do most of these! Hooray!

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Why I'm Writing

You want me to write, Lord?

I want you to write. I want you to write about me. I want you to praise me. And I want you to hold on because I am taking you a way that you never thought you would go. I am not going to show you the whole path. But I will show you the next step.

What does that mean, Lord? I’m not a good writer! I don’t have the words to say to people. I don’t know anything about blogs or how to set up computer stuff. I’m scared for people to look into my heart and see my thoughts on paper. My journal to You is my most guarded and private possession. My husband can’t even crack those pages without my consent. My privacy is paramount.

And now I see why You want it. Because nothing except You should be paramount. Lord, I am sorry that I have waited this long. I have heard you say Write and I have said no. I am sorry that I have argued. I am sorry that my faith is dry and my heart is weak. I have been believing the lie that I have nothing to give. In reality, I have everything to give- through You. You have given me everything and have only asked me to share. And yet I have withheld. I am not good at sharing Lord. Ask my husband. He has to pry things out of me when something is wrong.

This is not where I thought I would be. I am scared. Scared of not being good enough. Scared of strangers critiquing my most intimate thoughts of You. Scared of being stuck here, with no way up and out. But today, I choose to believe the TRUTH that you have brought me here for a reason and a purpose. You do not waste life experiences. Your plans for me ARE good. Your plans for me WERE good when you called me to a college that seems to have no farther way up. I am not called to ask why. I am called to follow.

You can have this, Lord.

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I am starting a blog. Nothing like stating the obvious huh? I'm not doing it because it seems to be the popular thing to do right now, or because it sounds like fun. I'm starting this blog because I need a place to journal my thoughts. I need a place to point the way to Him. Even if no one else ever reads this, this blog will be for me. If someone out there is reading this, you are more than welcome to grab a cup of coffee and praise Him along with me!