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

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Don’t “fall” into the comparison trap…

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

Genesis 1:27

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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

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

liveHislove — love your family well through the eyes of your kids!

You and your kids stop after school one day at a fast food restaurant. As you are waiting in line, someone cuts in front of you. How do you react? Do you immediately ostracize the person with arm flailing in a fit or rage or do you kindly tell them that you were waiting as well and suggest they probably didn’t realize that 🙂 ??

The ramifications of your reaction will help to mold how your children react to similar situations of conflict in their lives. I want mine to react to others in a kind manner, even if they are not given the same response. We are to model Jesus in our daily lives, and that sometimes requires taking the high road (and goes against our gut reaction :-).

As I mentioned Wednesday, we are followers of Dave Ramsey and his teachings related to money and the bible. His daughter, Rachel Cruze, also teaches along side him, but more related to kids and parental relationships. I love one of her tag lines, and I think it is an important ones for parents to adopt, “More is caught than taught”. Even though she is generally referring to how parents interact with money, it can be applied to most aspects of parenting and the role models we are for our children.

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I want to be a parent who is remembered more by her actions, than her words. I truly do believe that “more is caught than taught”.

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy

liveHislove — The week of loving your family — It’s meatloaf Monday!

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I think it would be helpful to take a week and provide ideas on how to love the immediate members of your family well. I grew up in a household where part of loving your family meant providing delicious meals for them. So, to kick off this week, I though I would provide a recipe that has proven to be a favorite in our family ….. meatloaf! If meatloaf isn’t a favorite of your and yours, stick around this week for a few more delicious recipes!

To start off, I collected all of the ingredients together on my counter. A little organization goes a long way, and organization for me generally means less clean up at the end of said cooking project and that is important!!!

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I used 90% lean meat and I think next time I will use 85% as the meatloaf was too crumbly in my opinion.

It’s a pretty easy process. You add all of the ingredients to a bowel, mix it well (easiest to use your hands), form it into a “loaf” in a coated pan and bake! Easy Peasy.

I pair mine with homemade mashed potatoes and green beans from our garden (yum, yum) and there you go. Our family of 4 had enough leftovers for the next day. The left over meatloaf is good just reheated or on bread as a meatloaf sandwich.

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Hope you enjoy this recipe as much as my family does and it helps you to love your family well

Click the link for the printable PDF

Meatloaf of love

Meatloaf of love

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy

liveHislove – Bigger than Josh Duggar

I must admit that I was recently disappointed and heart-broken. It may sound silly, but I had begun to think of the Duggars like members of my own family. For almost a decade, my husband and I had tuned into their show on a weekly basis. It was refreshing to watch a TV show that focused on traditional Christian beliefs. They were flourishing and I was secretly envious of their tightly knit, God-centered family where kids were respectful and the family worked together as a team. When the first round of Josh Duggar news broke I was furious with the media who immediately pounced on my “distant relatives” :-). It was easy for me personally to look past the sins of Josh’s past. He was a teenager, had received counsel, was married and now had a thriving family of his own. But then the bombshell of his Ashley Madison accounts and infidelity were revealed.  As an ambassador of our faith, was he making us look like hypocrites? My first thought was, yes. The more I ponder this question, however, the more I realize that he is not alone in personal struggle. Every single one of us struggles with our own sin. Jesus is the only sinless human to ever walk this earth. Isn’t that why we need him in our lives in the first place? We need to realize as Christians that our churches are full of sinners. It should be the job of the church to equip us with the spiritual tools that we need to fight off the enemy and his sin.

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A recent article by Debra Fileta brings up several valid points from this situation, most of which are much bigger than the Josh Duggar indiscretions . She mentions that churches need to move away from “motivational preaching” and toward application preaching. We need to be better equipped on how to abstain from the sins of this world that can rock our marriages and our families.  I urge you to pray for Josh and his family as they work through the aftermath of his sin. I also urge you to pray for our nation, who should worry less about offending each other, and worry more about not offending God.

Here is a link to Debra’s article that was recently posted in www.relevantmagazine.com:

http://www.relevantmagazine.com/current/5-things-we-can-learn-ashley-madison-scandal

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy

liveHislove – An Upstate couple share their story of daughter with Potter’s Sy – FOX Carolina 21

As I was scrolling my Facebook feed the other day, this story caught my eye. I was moved by this couple’s complete trust in God and in his ability to bring something positive out of an otherwise dismal situation. Please read below. I am constantly amazed by God’s power, love and grace.

Source: An Upstate couple share their story of daughter with Potter’s Sy – FOX Carolina 21

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy

Hope is a powerful thing..

    Revelation 21:4

    He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.

    EArth has no sorrow that heaven can't heal

    -Remember to liveHislove,

    Missy

    Day 5- Tearing Down Walls | Southeast Christian Church

    As the final day for our Tearing Down the Walls series I wanted to post the following sermon from Southeast Christian Church. I’d like to thank Senior Pastor, Dave Stone, at Southeast for the inspiration for all of my blogs this week. Such a powerful message. I urge each of you to give it a watch….

    Tearing Down Walls | Southeast Christian Church.

    -Remember to liveHIslove,

    Missy