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

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

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

Day 4…Breaking down the walls of racism

Today’s truth:

Racism violates God’s commissions

When we let racism or hatred into our hearts,

Simply put, when we let our own racist views take up home in our hearts, we are not allowing God’s will to be done in our lives. We are commissioned as God’s children to be representatives of our faith; spreading grace, love and forgiveness. When we do not live out these principles in our lives, it widens the gap between believer and non-believer.

You may have heard of Westboro Baptist Church in Topeka, Kansas. They have held thousands of protests, some which were against Jewish and Catholic faiths. They have made their way into the news, but not for the spreading of love, but hatred. Racism is still so prevalent in our society that just a few months ago the South Carolina governor ordered the Confederate flag be removed after 9 church members were murdered by a man hoping to start a racial war.

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While studying for the bar exam in London, Gandhi was given a copy of the New Testament to read. It is said that he was enamored with the Sermon on the Mount and hoped to see Christians living up to the teachings. While living with Christians in England, South Africa and India, Gandhi expected to experience qualities like unconditional love, forgiveness, willingness to sacrifice, meekness, for example. After reading from the bible and learning about Christ, Gandhi was eager to explore the Christian faith. He was then living in South Africa and decided to attend a church service. When he reached the steps of the church, the elder of the church said “Where do you think you are going….there is no room for you in this church. Get out of here or I’ll have my assistants throw you down the steps”.

To his utmost dismay, Christians in his time never lived up to the standards preached by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount and on the Cross and he was quoted years later as saying “I love your Christ but I hate your Christians because your Christians are unlike your Christ.”.

When we let racism or hatred into our hearts, it’s like a weed, and pushes out any love that had the ability to grow there.

Choose love today, and everyday, and watch God’s commissions become fulfilled in your life…

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy

Judging is soooo out of style!

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I love

I love you

I love you even

I love you even though

I love you even though we

I love you even though we have

I love you even though we have nothing

I love you even though we have nothing in

I love you even though we have nothing in common.

Do you ever make it out of your inner circle? This is definitely something that I struggle with. It is something one has to be intentional about. Whether you volunteer at the soup kitchen, minister to young girls, foster a child or serve on mission trips, be intentional with expanding your inner circle. God calls us to love ALL, just as He loves us.

I am reminded of John 8:2-11

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2 At dawn he appeared again in the temple courts, where all the people gathered around him, and he sat down to teach them. 3 The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, “Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?” 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him.

But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, “Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground.

9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?”

11 “No one, sir,” she said.

“Then neither do I condemn you,” Jesus declared. “Go now and leave your life of sin.”

If Jesus can forgive us, who are we to judge?

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy

You’ve been remade

Take heart dear friends in God’s promise from John 3:16:

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever

believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life. 

Whatever path in life you are on, whatever your past holds, God loves you RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE! All is forgiven because of the cross. I pray today that if you have never put your faith and trust in Jesus Christ, that you would call upon his name. He is always there, even when we aren’t.

“She turned to the sunlight And shook her

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy

My new favorite youtube channel!

As I sat down to write something today regarding homelessness, I prayed for God to lead my heart. He lead me to “Give Back Films” on youtube and a video where a guy goes around giving homeless folks $100. He not only gave them $100, but he gave them hope in humanity and hope in a God who loves them.

It’s a short video. I encourage you to watch it and share. What if we designated “$100 Day” where we all gave one homeless person $100 in the name of God and the hope that we have in him? Imagine the message we would send?! Could be my next project……hmmm…….

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Mark 12:28-31

28 One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?”

29 “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this: ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one.[a] 30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[b] 31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[c] There is no commandment greater than these.”

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