Sunday, May 20, 2012

So You Think You Can't Make a Difference?

If you think you're to small to make a difference try sleeping in a room with a mosquito.
 African Proverb
This water is not that safe :(
So many people want to do something, anything to make a difference in the world but they are not quite sure where to begin or if they are qualified to do so. Many want to give money but feel they don't have enough  to give. I know this is how I felt when God called me to start a foundation. I thought there was no way, He has chose the wrong person. Guess what? God doesn't make mistakes! I have learned so much on this journey of making a difference and thought I would share some of my lessons with you.
First it takes faith. You have to believe that God will never call you to do anything He is not going to prepare you for. Second is boundaries. This was a tough one for me. My spiritual gifts is mercies and I want to help everyone. Well sad to say you can't save everyone. You may want to but... So how do you choose who you will help? It's really easy. You help the ones that God has chose to put in your path.

This precious one lost her family to Aids
 Third. I don't like this one. Money.I think the hardest thing to do is ask for money.It's even harder when your a small nonprofit. But you do what you have to do and God will always provide. 3.You can't do it alone. I can't stress this enough. It takes all of us to make a difference. That means letting others know what God has called you to do. Not everyone is going to feel the passion you do, but you keep telling your story and one by one people with the same passion will step up to help. And don't be afraid to ask for help.

Waiting in line at Saturday Sunday School to be fed.
When we give combine our gifts,time and money there is no end to the lives we will impact!
So if you have been called by God to do something take a step of faith and watch what happens! 

Monday, May 14, 2012

Being A Mom

I had a great Mothers Day! I was blessed to spend time with all my children and grandchildren. It is a feat to get them all together! We spent Saturday at my oldest grandsons soccer game. Then we celebrated our youngest sons birthday for the first time in four years! Being a Marine does that sometimes. 
From my son's all the way back to the lady in white is Jaylon's fan club!

My awesome grandson :)
He blew out 23 candles in one breath! Even though some kept relighting because mom  put trick candles in there. Bwhaaaa!

                                                                                            My Mom!

After church Sunday my husband made a great lunch. It was such a perfect day.  I couldn't help but think of what my mom would of thought of this crew! She died while I was pregnant with Dustin. I wish my kids and grand kids could have known her. My oldest son did and they adored each other. 
I thought about the moms who have lost a child. 
I thought about our three birth mother's who made a adoption plan for their babies and because of that unselfish choice blessed us with three amazing daughters.
I thought of the young people who have stayed at our house because they didn't have a place to live, things were not so great at home, or they just hung out for the heck of it!

I think of my kids in Ethiopia who depend on the generosity of others to have hope and a future. And all of this made me realize being a mom isn't always about you and your kids. It is also about you and how you take care of the kids God puts in your path. It may be a child who just needs a hug, a teenager who is having a tough time at home and needs someone to listen to them, a homeless young adult who needs a meal or orphans who need you to be their voice. You don't have to give birth or adopt to have children. All you is heart full of love.
God has blessed me and I am so grateful for this precious gift of being a mom! Happy Mothers Day to moms everywhere!
If you have a mom, there is nowhere you are likely to go where a prayer has not already been
. ~Robert Brault,