I’m sitting here at this computer. Have been for about 30 minutes now. Just trying to think of something to write about. Well, that’s not completely accurate. I’ve got several things in my head that I want to write about, but none of them seem to be coming together very well right this second. So maybe we could just chat for a bit. Grab a cup of coffee (or tea, or juice, or water, or Pepsi, or whatever) let’s pretend we’re sitting on my grandma’s front porch swing just shootin’ the breeze.
Can I first just say how tired I am of hearing about the royal wedding? Ugh. With everything else going on in the world right now and yet that’s what’s been on the TV constantly. The people setting up for the wedding, whether or not Kate will wear a tiara, what will their vows be, blah blah blah. I mean I guess on the bright side, at least it’s a happy thing so for some folks it’s a chance to lose themselves in someone else’s life and forget the troubles going on around them, but really. Any minute now, I’m expecting Ann Curry to tell what color Kate’s underwear is going to be under her dress. Do we really need a countdown to the Royal Wedding? I even saw an article on Yahoo yesterday about how to start preparing your body now to be able to deal with the lack of sleep from staying up all night to watch the wedding live. Yes, well that’s helpful.
So have I even mentioned before that my family and I sponsor a child in Guatemala? Well we do! His name is Nelson and he’s 12 years old. We started sponsoring him in 2007 and it’s been so neat keeping up with him and being able to watch him grow. We usually get a picture of him once a year and from time to time, he sends us letters and pictures he’s drawn. A little goes a long way with these kids…I highly recommend you consider sponsoring a child if you don’t already.
My husband and I have of late been trying to be a lot more intentional about our finances and especially about our giving. Honestly, we’ve wrestled a lot about tithing. Not whether or not we should, but whether or not the entire tithe is supposed to go to the church you attend or whether that tithe can be split among several places as long as they are God-honoring. And so what we decided on for now is that what’s most important is that we are giving our tithes and offerings…where we give it will be a matter of prayer and seeking God’s guidance, although the majority of what we give will go to our church. (By the way, what are your thoughts on that in particular? Do you believe all of your tithe should go to your church?)
So having said all that, I’d recently received information from Children International (where we sponsor Nelson) that there was a dire need for sponsors for children and asked if we’d be willing to sponsor a second child. After talking it over, my husband and I decided to say yes. May I introduce you to Nazira? She’s 11 years old and lives in India. Isn’t she beautiful? I’m so looking forward to hearing from her soon and being able to partner with Children International in helping provide for her. Can I just say again, if you’ve never considered sponsoring a child, please please please do. You’ll never regret pouring into the life of a child in need.
The wind is really stirring outside as I’m typing this. There’s a storm on the way. And my heart can’t help but think of those who’ve lost so much in the recent storms and tornadoes in our nation. People have lost their homes, all their possessions, and some sadly, their very lives. Please join me in continuing to pray for them. And if you have an opportunity to help out in any way – volunteering, financially, cleaning up, etc. – please do. Part of fellowship in the Body of Christ is helping others in need. And most of the time when you think what you’re doing is a blessing to someone else, it turns out being just as much or more of a blessing to you!
So how are you doing? What sort of things it God speaking to you about? And if you tell me He’s not speaking, then chances are you are the same as me…sometimes I forget to listen. Well and to be honest, sometimes I pretend that I’m not listening when what He’s saying sounds like it might be hard. I’m reading Weird by Craig Groschel right now (along with two or three other books – ha!) and he said something the other day that I thought was just so profound. We always say, “God will never give you more than you can handle.” That’s like a comfort for when we find ourselves in times of trouble. But check out Groschel’s take on that:
Most normal people believe that God will never give us more than we can handle. The problem is, God never said that. He said he would not let you be tempted without a way out (see 1 Cor. 10:13), but He never said He wouldn’t give you more than you can handle. Ready for a weird take on this? God will often give you more than you can handle so you can learn to depend on Him rather than on yourself. If you could handle everything yourself, you wouldn’t need God. (p. 32)
Now how about that?
Are you feeling overwhelmed? Do you have more on your plate than you can handle? Are you at the end of yourself? Cry out to God! He’s waiting. He wants to do this thing for you. And you can’t do it yourself. We aren’t wired for that. We were made by Him and for Him…we can’t make it without Him.
And what’s more is He loves you with a love that is so fierce, so deep and so wide. A love that is jealous for your heart. A love that is sometimes tough…sometimes demanding but never deserting, never ceasing. A love that is so strong and so true that He sent His very own Son to the cross for us.
This is how God showed his love among us:
He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him.
1 John 4:9
You are so precious to Him. You do know that don’t you? Absolutely precious.
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For more information about sponsoring a child, here’s a couple of places to look.