Thursday, April 03, 2014
As our class sings, “Head, shoulders, knees and toes!” my eyes go to the tiny toes poking through threadbare socks. My little friend isn’t without shoes because she is a stubborn three year old; she just doesn’t have any.
I mistakenly call a boy “she” for over an hour because his tattered, mislead by his pink floral clothing. But the lack of boyish clothes is the least of his mother’s concerns when they’ve spent years fleeing genocide and persecution.
It was his mom, in fact, who communicated in broken English that they had lived “like pigs” in the refugee camps, herded around in deplorable conditions. That was her reality for nearly 20 years.
Find the rest of the story about our days with refugees over at ITakeJoy.com
Monday, March 24, 2014
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Elisabeth Elliot and her husband, Lars.
I glanced around and saw relics and photos I'd read about in books. There sat a framed picture of Jim Elliot. And on the wall hung a large print of young Valerie with the natives of Ecuador.
We rocked in chairs facing a large window overlooking the Atlantic. Sharing space with a life-long hero was incredibly humbling. And nerve racking. I felt it probably best not to say much as there was no point in ruining a good thing.
Come on over to I Take Joy to read more...
Monday, January 27, 2014
I had to take a second to thank all of you who have so generously offered contributions to our silent auction for the Love146 Event. It is such a gift to feel supported, and so many of you have gone above and beyond.
Additionally, I know several of you sent a donation instead of an item to be auctioned. We are blown away by you. A friend wrote this morning to say she and her husband had committed to giving up a few months of date night and the babysitter, and were giving that money towards the event. Yes, there were tears. Too generous.
Winter Birch Giclee Print by Ruth Chou Simons
Kendra Scott Jewelry package from Kendra Scott Houston
Original oil on canvas painting by Isabelle Dupuy (not exact piece for event)
Headfirst album from Jillian Edwards
Saturday, January 25, 2014
As I watch my babies play I'm overjoyed that their roots are spreading in the soil of security and love, and praying the Lord will use this to draw them closer to Himself. I pray constantly that they will love God passionately, and love others sacrificially and graciously as they grow into men.
And as I see them run around freely in the backyard I'm also shattered by the reality that so many children's roots are deepening in the soil of abuse, mistrust, lies and evil. They are not protected. They are hurting, bodies and souls pillaged.
This is the reality of our world and it can be crushing.
But there is such Hope. God is moving in the hearts of many to act and to love. We get to be a small part of his big plan, the greater story.
The Love146 office here in Texas is working hard to pull together a great evening of celebration for the abolition work being done, share what will be happening in the future, and most importantly, raise the money needed for the work!
We would love so much to see YOU there if you're near this area! Please consider joining us for the first annual dinner gala, "A Portrait of Love." Tickets are on sale now. Just think what a great Valentine's Date this would make!
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
"Yet hints come to me from the realm unknown;
Airs drift across the twilight border land,
Odoured with life; and as from some far strand
Sea-murmured, whispers to my heart are blown
That fill me with a joy I cannot speak,
Yea, from whose shadow words drop faint and weak:
Thee, God, I shadow in that region grand."