Lord, we trust you, we know that you are Lord over this storm. Lord, we ask you to have your hand of protection over the people that are in the path of this storm. Lord, keep them safe, we ask you Lord to let the damage be small and Lord we ask that there be no deaths. Lord, you are bigger than this storm, you are in control and we trust you today. Thank you Lord for your protection, In Jesus Mighty Name.
This past weekend my firstborn turned sweet 16, I can’t believe how fast time flies. With this special day came memories and regrets, so here is my apology letter to her.
My Dearest Daughter,
Today is a special day for you, but in many ways a sad one for me. I have enjoyed watching you grow and blossom. I have loved watching you do all of your “firsts” and watching you have your first failures. I am so blessed that God saw me fit to have you. I have not always been the best mom in the world, this is not your fault, but my own. 18 is too young to have a baby, but my mistake turned in to a blessing when you began developing inside me. I loved you from the beginning, even when you were as small as a piece of rice. I remember the nurses saying “What a beautiful baby,” and you were. I am so sorry for so many things, but most of all I am so sorry for the time we had to spend apart, I wish I would have been able to stay home with you when you were small. I dreaded working, but all we had was me and I had to. I am sorry I didn’t give you longer as “the baby,'” I know your brother interrupted some of that important bonding time. I am sorry I let the pressures of being a young, single mom engulf me, you were my shoulder to cry on at such a young age. You offered so much love, your small hands on my tear streaked face were more comforting than anything else. As you grew and started school I became more and more proud of you, even with the addition of baby # 3. You were so brave getting on the school bus by yourself and then the next year holding your little brother’s hand as he got on the school bus for the first time. I’m sorry that things were so rough for us for a while, I know that you were carrying the burden as well. I’m sorry that I did not know how to react when you needed me during your preteen years, looking back there is so much I should have said, and so many hugs I should have given. I am sorry that at times I seem so inattentive, I should have been a better listener. I love you , and despite everything else you have become a beautiful, smart, and well-rounded young woman. Everyday you make me proud to be your mother, in the past few years you have taught me some lessons. You are a mirror image of me, and still today it makes me smile when I see you imitate the things that I do. You are the greatest blessing and you are my heart, I love you and HAPPY SWEET 16 !
Love Your Mother
Who will feed the hungry ? That was the question my 7 year old asked me last year around Christmas, a question that has never left my mind. My answer at the time was the most non caring answer I could of gave, “they will make a way.” Looking back, I should never have said that. I have a new outlook on the homeless and the poor, the Lord is leading me and my family into the mission scene and though we are not missionaries or as of right now planning to be, we do feel like we are being called to help in that field, kinda like behind the scenes. This Holiday Season, I am going to help as many as I can, Right now I have a fundraiser going for Lifesong Inc. a non-profit out of Bogalousa, Louisiana, and I want everyone who reads this to please consider making a purchase from this fundraiser. The money raised will help feed the homeless in New Orleans, Louisiana this holiday season, as well as send food and supplies to a Lifesong missionary in Kenya. This is your chance to be apart of the work God is doing in that area. You can make your purchases at http://www.dixiesscents.scentsy.us, just click on the Lifesong Inc party link. Your packages will be shipped directly to you and a portion of your purchase will go to Lifesong Inc . This year if any of my children ask me who will feed the hungry, I will say we are. Thank you for taking the time to read my blog and I ask you to please consider purchasing from Lifesong’s fundraiser.
Well this is kind of a touchy subject, that is because when people think about missions they have to think about opening their wallets, and that makes some uncomfortable. I know this because I was one of those people, on top of being skeptical that the money was really going to the poor. I felt like if they were getting so much money and it was so little to feed them ( 60 cents a day ) why were there so many still starving ? It has only been in the last couple of months that I have had to rethink all of this, you see I want to be used by God and what has He put on my heart….. You guessed it Missions.
I have had the pleasure of slowly being introduced to the whole missions thing, and let me tell you, it is not easy. It is so much more than running ads on TV or going door to door, it is a heart thing. My heart is so distraught at what I see that I want to do everything I can to help. I want to reach out and hug these men, women, and children, tell them how much I love them and how much God loves them. I want to see them saved, revived, restored. Living a life that was created by the living God, not a life of a circumstance that the enemy created. We can not change what happened to them, but we can make a difference in their future. I heard a song the other day that said ” Jesus, in Your Name we can change the world,” today I believe that is true, one day at a time, one life at a time, with faith we can do it. Will it be easy ? No. But isn’t the very life that God created worth it all if we could bring them to know Jesus ? I want to ask everyone that sees this post to prayerfully consider supporting missions. You can make a difference.
Deuteronomy 15:7,8 (KJV) ” If there be among you a poor man of one of thy brethren within any of thy gates in thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee, thou shalt not harden thine heart, nor shut thine hand from thy poor brother: But thou shalt open thine hand wide unto him, and shalt surely lend him sufficient for his need, in that which he wanteth.