"Sometimes I would like to ask God why He allows poverty, suffering, and injustice when He could do something about it.". Well, why don't you ask Him?". "Because I'm afraid He would ask me the same question." Anonymous
This is an excerpt at the beginning of one of the chapters from the book I'm reading called, "What does God Expect from Us? The Whole in our Gospel." And it challenges my heart by asking me, what am I doing about suffering and injustice around the world?
My family and I are beginning to explore more ways we can make a difference in the world by serving at a homeless shelter one night a month, volunteering at literacy lunches in inner city schools, donating food to a local food pantry and inviting others out to church so they can hear the gospel of Jesus Christ. Check back here to see how we're progressing in our efforts.
I just love these handmade corsages made with the Stampin Up!Scallop Punch. And I used my 3 favorite colors from their spring palette (Pool Party, Daffodil Delight and Calypso Coral) to sponge color them. Check back for a video on how to make these adorable pins that are a perfect gift for all the Wonderful Mothers out there!
"There will always be poor people in the land. Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land." Dt 15:11 I'm reading The Hole in our Gospel, and I came across this scripture. In the past, I would read it and stop at the fact that there will always be poor in our land so I thought there is nothing I can do to change it. But I missed the part that says, "Therefore I command you to be openhanded toward your fellow Israelites who are poor and needy in your land?" This is a direct command for me to be generous and look for opportunities to give to others.
Here's what we'll be making for the girls club I'm holding at my house tomorrow afternoon. We will be making two projects each using the kits Stampin' Up! has in their new spring catalog, Pop-Up Posies Designer Kit and Sweet Threads Simply Sent. They will make either the cupcake or flower cross-stitch card and the layered flower card.
“Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen: to loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke, to set the oppressed free and break every yoke? 7 Is it not to share your food with the hungry and to provide the poor wanderer with shelter— when you see the naked, to clothe them, and not to turn away from your own flesh and blood? 8 Then your light will break forth like the dawn, and your healing will quickly appear; then your righteousness[a] will go before you, and the glory of the Lord will be your rear guard. 9 Then you will call, and the Lord will answer; you will cry for help, and he will say: Here am I." What a great and challenging scripture! Although we live in America, the oppressed and enslaved are all around us. In the children who need healthy role models and direction in their lives; in the those of us who are enslaved by debt and other addictions; and for those of us who need hope. We have hope in God's word, his church and in the mission of helping others get to know Him.
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month. “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Sometimes the plans I have for my life turn out differently than I expected. It is then I hold on to this verse and surrender to his perfect plan for my life. Mary submitted to God's plan for her life. But I take heart because he also says in Ps 37:4-"Take delight in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart." Yippee, so what he has planned for me is also the real desire of my heart! His plans for me are what I really want to do anyway.
I made a custom ribbon holder/punch holder for my stamping loft (about
$35.00 for the wood supplies at Home Depot). Don't look too close at the imperfections but it is functional. I also bought a two tier shelf from closet maid from Home Depot for $10.00 which holds my Big Shot and Sizzex Dies. I am happy with the results. I got the towel rods at IKEA for $2.88 each.