Friday, December 24, 2010

a balancing act

BLOG POST WARNING: Honesty ahead.

You may have seen this short video from Skip1.

Skip1 PSA "Restaurant" [Francis & Lisa Chan Version] from Skip1 on Vimeo.

With Christmas in full effect, it has honestly been tough for me not to think about everything I buy in light of someone who is in greater need than I am. We are blessed with so very much. A house, cars, food, clothes, and even clean drinking water.

I often wonder how I got to be the one placed into the life I'm in. How am I not the one in Africa, struggling to survive, without clean water?

I'm not sure I will ever know the answer. What I do know is that I'm saved by grace and that His love abounds. But it only abounds through His people. So I'll continue to give in proportion to what I've been given. And then I'll give a little more. I'll do my best to hang on to the truth found in these words;

Don't just think about Jesus this Christmas, that would be way too easy...consider ways you can give away your life. To your children, to your neighbors, or to families around the world.

Although I struggle with the tension of having and giving, I know that it is by the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ that we can find joy in being blessed, but also in blessing others.

Merry Christmas!

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

hope arrives...

It only takes one to step up and make a difference. All of those "ones" turn into many, and those many turn into a multitude...

So glad someone stepped up for Ephram. Will you?

Ephrem from Lifesong for Orphans on Vimeo.

Read the entire story about Ephram here.

Lifesong for Orphans

Sunday, December 12, 2010

a day of celebration

Ten years ago today, our precious son, JB was born. Here are just some of the many things that he has brought our family...




a funny bone...

and pure joy. Happy Birthday JB!

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

all i want for Christmas...

can you take a guess as to what my kids want for Christmas this year?

hmmm... what about now?