Tuesday, February 21, 2012

So, it's been awhile...

And yeah.  I'm sorry.  You know how it gets.  I have so much to say!  So much to do!  But maybe I'll find time during the start of Lent, but maybe not. 

If you'd like to see the other blog that I've been working on, you can check it out here:

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Friday, February 10, 2012

A Prayer Request: Being The Persistent Widow

(This blog was first published in June 2011, but it's still relevant right now.  I'm almost begging you...please say a prayer for MB and her husband today.) 
And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off? - Luke 18:7

I do have a prayer request, if you would be willing.  And if you would be willing to share it all around.  I have a friend and I'm going to call her MB.  If you would like to know a little bit about her, she has a blog too!
 MB and I, discussing the value of $100 shoe that's not FDA approved.

She's really sweet - she's married to my husband's best friend (friends since they were both in their mother's wombs!  Seriously).
 Womb Friends.

God knows her needs and wants and I would really appreciate if you could just say a general prayer for her.  I'm working on being the persistent widow for her and I'm hoping that others would be willing to join in.

Thank you!!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

When you say a situation or a person is hopeless, you are slamming the door in the face of God.
~ Charles L. Allen

Monday, February 6, 2012

When Did I See You Hungry?

So I'm going all out here...

Our church has two food programs.  They're very important to our church and our clients have increased by over 20%.  This past weekend, we had to turn 15 people away from our food pantry because we'd run out of bags.

And we've lost two-thirds of our money.  Our grants are no longer reliable and we need to find a way to raise money for these important programs.

For one week in March, volunteers will gain an understanding of what it is like to live on what those we serve live on - $10.50 per week for groceries.  Not only that, but I'm going to eat EXACTLY what we feed to our clients.

Would you be willing to sponsor me during this challenge?  Even $5 is halfway to a bag of groceries for someone in need or a hot meal for someone who comes to our community lunch. 

If you would like to donate, please go here:

Thank you for your love!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Prophets of a Future Not Our Own

Prophets of a Future Not Our Own
—Archbishop Oscar Arnulfo Romero of El Salvador (1917–1980)

It helps now and then to step back and take a long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision.

We accomplish in our lifetime only a small fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work. Nothing we do is complete, which is another way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us.

No statement says all that could be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession brings perfection. No pastoral visit brings wholeness. No program accomplishes the Church’s mission. No set of goals and objectives includes everything.

This is what we are about: We plant the seeds that will one day grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing  that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces effects  far beyond our capabilities.

We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it well. It may be incomplete but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.

We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs.

We are prophets of a future not our own.