Saturday, August 05, 2017

Christ is the head

"Christ is the head of our home, the unseen guest at every meal, the silent listener of every conversation."

Don't you think that if we kept these things at the forefront of our minds we would treat people differently? Do you think that if you were more aware of the presence of Christ in your home you would serve others more than yourself? Do you feel that if you remembered that Christ hears ALL your conversations that you would speak words in a different way?

I am very passionate about keeping Christ and His promises in the forefront of my mind. I fail miserably on a consistent basis...but GRACE abounds and I am a forgiven child of God. I know that I am loved. I know that I am forgiven. I know that He will always love me. But I don't always live like that is true. I don't live my life in a way that shows that Christ is the head of my home and the unseen guest at my meals. I don't always speak to my children thinking that Christ is listening. I try. I fail. I am forgiven and I try again. I am grateful that He is in my home and that He is listening to my conversations. Having these phrases in my home helps remind me of the truths of Christ. I am reminded of His love and grace and that He loves me and my family enough to be a constant part of our home and family life. He does the same for you. He loves you. He is in your home and listening to your conversations. Let us pepper our conversations with love and grace. Let us invite Christ into every part of our lives, dinner, bedtime routines, hanging out, He is part of it all.

May you remember how much you are loved and that Christ is always present in your home and your life. Speaking words of grace and forgiveness to the people in our homes and out of our homes. Speaking Christ's love and salvation to those we encounter is how we can share His gifts with those around us. You are loved. You are a chosen child of God. Live in His grace!!

Friday, July 28, 2017

Upendo means love

Hey there friends, I would like to take a moment today to introduce you to an incredible woman. Unfortunately I have never met Karen in real life but I pray that I am afforded that privilege some day! This (pictured below) is Karen. She lives part time in California and part time in Kenya.
Karen did mission work in Kenya for three months back in 2014 and since then her love for the people and especially the children of Kenya has grown. She had such a desire to help the children that when she returned from her mission trip she founded Love Without Borders. You can read all about how it got started on their website.

"Our sole purpose is to mobilize others to join us as we look after widows and orphans in their distress, as mandated in James 1:27. All of our projects  are focused on providing life-giving hope and sustainable solutions to impoverished women and children. Karen continues to serve as the missionary for Love Without Borders, dividing her time between Kenya and the United States. "

While Karen is in the United States she spends some of her time working on getting things ready for her trips back to Kenya. Recently she posted about the needs of the boys and it was so awesome to see the community here coming together to purchase supplies that she could take to the Upendo home and deliver to the boys. You can be a part of this ministry too. Karen is always willing to take donations towards the boys and the home through the 501(c)3 organization.

One easy way you can support these precious boys is by participating in the Upendo Box. If you are crafty, have your own etsy store or just like to make things you can participate. I have been blessed to participate two times already and I'm beginning work on my next item for the Christmas box. You just need to make some items and then Karen assembles everything in the Upendo Box and sells them. You along with other makers would be making a beautiful box of gifts. These boxes are then profit for the ministry and ultimately the Upendo Boys. The boxes go on sale in late November and are filled with Christmas goodies that you can keep for your own Christmas gift or give to others. I know it's a little early to start thinking about Christmas but it will be here before you know it.

Later this week Karen is heading back to Kenya. You can follow her journey and learn more about this exciting and inspiring ministry through her Instagram page. Just go follow her on Instagram @lovewithoutbordersinc  You can message Karen if you are interested in participating in the Upendo Box and if you're not a maker then follow along so you can buy a box in November! You won't be disapointed. And please pray for these sweet precious boys and Karen's ministry to them. "For whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for Me."
-Matthew 25:40

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Wednesday, July 26, 2017

the one about joy, grief, loss and guilt

Mother's Day brings so many emotions. Some of us who are mothers are so excited to be celebrating the little people in our lives who brought us to this point, while also realizing what it means to be a mom and being thankful for all that our own mothers have done for us. Maybe you didn't really have a great mom, someone who didn't lead by example or didn't show love, which brings a whole new set of emotions. Sometimes Mother's Day is too hard because of the loss of your own mom, or the loss of a baby that would have made you a mom.

This past Mother's Day was a little emotional for me as I learned I was expecting baby number six only a few hours before. I was filled with joy and guilt. I was apprehensively excited to learn that I was pregnant and I knew my kids would be super excited because they have been asking me when they would get their next sibling for months. Yet, I felt guilty because inside, my head was swimming with "what" questions. What am I going to do with six kids, when I feel I can hardly handle five? What are people going to say when they find out? What kind of vehicle am I going to have to get to fit the whole family? What am I going to do about my possible job? What? What? What? And those "human flesh" "natural response" questions made me feel guilty. They made me feel bad because I knew with those questions I wasn't trusting God. I was letting my earthly life dictate how I responded. Over the next couple of days I simply let the fact sink it. One more mouth to feed. One more sweet baby to cuddle. One more tuition to pay. One more sibling to love. And I kept coming back to "what's one more?" And it made me happy. I was learning to love the idea of six kids. I mean plenty of women have had six kids and live to tell about it...and love it...why did I have to be any different?