Saturday, November 6, 2010

Orphans are Gifts from God

James 1:27 Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

I know this won't be news to most of you but our God is amazing! He has a perfect timing for everything. Nothing is given to us too soon or too late. So "what" you might ask has God given me? A heart for the orphans. I feel like God woke my husband and myself out of a deep sleep. We both felt completely oblivious to our Christian duty to be involved in some capacity with orphan/widow care. James 1:27 isn't the only verse where God places the responsibilities connected to orphan/widow care on the church.
He is clear,
Get involved.
Do something.
We are all given different gifts. Use your gifts to serve. Not all of us are called to adopt a child but we can support others who do adopt or foster a child.

Please pray about what God would have you do and then do it!

An opportunity to find out more information is coming up in the Triad. Westover Church is hosting a workshop on Saturday, November 20th called
If You were Mine .

Matthew 25:35-36 ...I was hungry, and you gave Me something to eat; I was thirsty, and you gave Me something to drink; I was a stranger, and you invited Me in; naked, and you clothed Me; I was sick, and you visited Me; I was in prison, and you came to Me.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Thankful ("nay new") Heart

Some of you may not know this but I have an adorable 20 month old son. He is a precious gift from God and a delight to be around. He loves to mimmick everything we say. One of our latest phrases is, "thank you" when he's given anything. Now of course when he says it the phrase doesn't sound exactly like that. It comes out sounding more like "nay new" but he usually says it while also doing the sign language for thank you so it is completely precious! The last two days he has been repeating "nay new" at the oddest times, while laying in bed or while we drive in the car. No one has done anything which would make him say it but he continues anyway. I pray that I am like my son. I pray I learn to have a thankful heart and continually say thank you to my Savior for everything that He has done for me. Even saying thank you when others can't see what I could possibly be thankful for.

1 Thessalonians 5:18
Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus

Monday, November 1, 2010

Proverbs 31 lady

This month I have had the privilege of reading posts by godly women about the quintessential godly woman. It has been such a blessing to me and I hope you have been blessed by the series as well. Today is the final day of the Proverbs 31 series and I thought I would share what God has impressed upon my heart. I have learned that God wants us to make wise choices with our time. The Proverbs 31 woman was active but not "busy". She was serving the Lord by serving her family and others. She made wise choices about what activities occupied her time and I pray I too can be a wise steward of my time on this earth. Each of us needs to "number our days." We only live for a moment. I pray we all seek Him first and His kingdom!