He calls us to love

What the world needs NOW is LOVE

What have you done to make a difference today? Quite honestly, I feel like getting out of bed and successfully getting my kids off to school minus any disasters is quite an accomplishment! Aside from our everyday tasks, though, what will you do to make a difference today? Smile at a stranger? Let someone go ahead of you when it clearly was your turn? Whatever it is, find one thing to do today that makes YOUR HEART SING!

I like to draw inspiration from others. I was recently online when I came across an article about extraordinary kids doing extraordinary things. I thought I would share a few of them with you to get your inspirational juices flowing too!

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    Hugs for Haiti
    Blare Gooch
    Age 13, Grand Rapids, MI

    Two days after the devastating January 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Blare saw a little boy crying in a pile of rubble on a newscast. The story brought him to tears. The next day, still thinking about what he’d seen, Blare remembered the teddy bear that always comforted him. “Then I thought, ‘We could start a drive for Haiti,’” says Blare. At school, his teachers let him announce his plan over the PA system and ask other kids to donate bears. Soon a local TV and radio station got wind, and, via Facebook, other schools joined in. The result? Blare’s Bears for Haiti gave 25,000 teddy bears to the island nation and about 22,000 more to nonprofits. This year Blare’s group will collect toys and school supplies, too. Blare’s advice to other kids is simple. “It doesn’t really matter how small or old you are,” he says. “If you’re young and think you can’t make a big difference in the world, well, you actually can.”

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Spreading World Peace, One Blanket at a Time  
Charlie Coons
Age 13, Simi Valley, CA

In 2008 Charlie Coons’s big brother volunteered at an orphanage in Jordan, and he returned with stories about dirt floors, children who had no shoes, and cold, cold nights. Charlie, 11 at the time, was so affected by this, she immediately decided to send them fleece blankets, creating one from a kit and inviting friends to make some, too. Soon the sixth-graders and other volunteers in her town had crafted 50 blankets to ship. The orphanage sent back a photo of a child with one of the gifts. “I thought, ‘Oh my gosh, I made that blanket and now it’s helping someone,’?” Charlie says.

Still, she was pumped to do more. Her dad, Ron, a Rotary Club member, lined up speaking engagements in their area for Charlie so she could raise money for her new group, which she called HELP (Hope Encouragement Love Peace). Her goal: to send blankets to orphanages around the world. Ambitious, yes, but just a few years later, HELP has sent some 700 blankets to nine nations with the help of several international children’s groups. Her next goal: to establish HELP chapters in all 50 states (Oklahoma, North Carolina, and California are already members). Want to get your state on board? All you have to do is drop Charlie a note at blanketswithlove@yahoo.com.

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Protecting Canine Cops 
Kayleigh Crimmins
Age 8, Chesapeake, VA

Kayleigh loved watching the police dogs train when she visited her police officer dad at work. So when the then 6-year-old saw photos of the dogs and noticed that only some wore bulletproof vests—at $700 apiece, many departments can’t afford them—she decided to raise the money herself by selling some of her toys. A local businessman learned about her plan and donated enough money for her to buy her first vest, in 2009. Since then, Kayleigh’s organization, Kids for K9s, has raised enough money to buy five more. At the ripe old age of 8, Kayleigh says she plans to stick with her project “until I’m forty, probably.”


 I pray today that God would lay on your heart what you can do to make a difference in the world. I pray that the love of Jesus would be portrayed in our actions and in our words and that others may come to know him through us. 


-liveHislove,

Missy

Don’t “fall” into the comparison trap…

Don't compare yourselfto others.God doesn't.

Genesis 1:27

New International Version

So God created mankind in his own image, in the image of God he created them; male and female he created them.

You got it. God created each of us in his own image. He didn’t create you in the image of your neighbor or your cousin, so why would we compare ourselves to them? Strive to compare yourself to only one being, God. All other comparisons will surely bring disappointment.

-liveHislove,

Missy

Loving > Judging

Maybe we should be less focused on JUDGING

In light of recent events in our society, I find my self turning to the bible for more and more guidance. Our society has such judgmental tendencies. I think that is why most days I leave the TV off.

Matthew 7:1-5 ESV 

“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and with the measure you use it will be measured to you. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.

Matthew reminds me “who am I to judge”? It’s not my job on Earth to judge. I am to be an example of the love that Jesus has for each of us. I am definitely not free of sin, so who am I to judge. How is my sin any different that someone else’s?

1 Peter 4:8 shows us the power of love….

Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

Strive to be known by your love.

liveHislove,

Missy

Good news!

You've been remade

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

What wonderful news we have in the hope of Jesus Christ! The bible tells us that all those who have put their trust in Christ will have been remade and have eternal life. This may seem simplistic, but what do we really have to be stressed about knowing that after we leave this Earth there will be no more pain and no more suffering.

I pray that today that we would be empowered to place all of our fears, failures and doubts in Jesus and that we may be free to live without the chains of this world. May the light of Jesus shine through you today and everyday.

liveHislove,

Missy

Who is your boss?

Today is Labor Day, a national holiday, in the United States. If you are unfamiliar with the holiday, according to the Department of Labor website (www.dol.gov), this is the background behind it:

Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.

I go to work each day. Somedays I work at my home; preparing my family for the day, making meals and cleaning our house. Other days I work at my paid job. Whatever my job at hand, it’s important to remember which “man” I’m working for. I prefer to think of it as not “working for the man”, but working for The Man. By “The Man”, I mean God.

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Maybe your boss is sucking the life out of you. Maybe you have been working 50-60 hours a week with no end in sight. Maybe you are a stay-at-home parent who has cleaned up toys on the floor for the 5th time today. Wherever you are in life, please know that you work for a higher power. So, hold you head up high and remember that your true reward is in heaven, with a father who loves you during your commute, while changing a poopy diaper and when you are in tears because you can’t it another day in your dead-end job. God has a reason for placing you right where you are, right now.  So this labor day, take a 5-minute break for yourself. Take a walk, use the restroom with the door locked (if you have young kids you know what I mean) or sip a cup of coffee on your patio. I pray that you know how much how you are valued.

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy