Tuesday, May 5, 2009



What does it mean to you? Webster says it's "a ministry commissioned by a religious organization to propagate its faith or carry on humanitarian work." That's true. We should be His witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth. But it's more than that for me. I can remember being in college and getting involved with the collegiate ministry there. We did Bible Study, went on retreat, pretty typical things I think. But then they started talking about who was going to be a summer missionary. All I heard was travel opportunity so I signed up for a weekend retreat and interview. That retreat was the first time God grabbed my heart and said, "Go and do for me." But he grabbed it so tight and it has never left me. I did get to serve that summer in Naperville, Illinois. At the time I thought I might want to go into the ministry and be a youth pastor so they sent me off to Naperville to assist a youth pastor for a summer. Good thing that was a long time ago and I was only 19!! It was awesome and God taught me so much.

Unfortunately, I returned to school and real life that fall and ended up dropping out of college and going to work full time. Within a couple years I got married and moved out of state with my military hubby. I drifted from the Lord during this time and did not even attend church until our children started coming. By that time, we were back in my home town and we plugged in at the church where we are still members today.

Jesus has grabbed my heart in so many ways over the years on lots of different topics, all to draw me close to Him. And I'm so thankful that He will never let me go. But nothing has ever grabbed my heart so tightly as missions. I want to go and do. I always have. I am now 37 years old with a husband and four children. How in the world is it feasible for me to go on a mission trip, much less actually afford it? But God still grips my heart every time I hear a missionary speak. Have I missed my call? Having never known what I want to be when I grow up, maybe I often wonder. But I know God gave me my husband and children. I do not doubt that. I just continue to wonder why He gripped my heart for missions.

I do what I can now. I am part of a Sunday School class that is very missions minded. We do our best to not only give money or needed items, but to also go and do work when we can. I support my church financially who in turn supports missionaries so they don't have to gather their own financial support. And my new venture is with Compassion International. I have been aware of Compassion for a few years through my Sunday School class. We adopted a child together and later added a second. Just recently God has called me to step up and my family has adopted our own child. His name is Shanthi and he is from India. Compassion's most recent blogger trip was to India last week and it has been the most amazing experience. As I have read about India and mud hut villages and gondolas and rickshaws, I have glimpsed Shanthi and his home. Most of the posts from the trip members have brought tears to my eyes and have given me a heavy burden for Shanthi.

But I also have a heavy burden to promote Compassion. It’s all my Sunday School members have heard for several weeks. That’s in thanks to these bloggers. I do not have a large following in my blog but I hope to use it to promote Compassion as well. And hopefully one day, I’ll be able to make one of these Compassion trips. I pray that God will allow me this kind of opportunity to serve Him. I know it would change my life and there’s nothing I want more than to be changed to be more like Him. That's what missions is to me: an avenue that will only refine me more for my precious Lord.

Look what all you can do for so little...

Sunday, April 26, 2009

Compassion Bloggers in India

Please pray for the Compassion Blogger team that is in or well on its way to India. You can follow their blogs here and can see their widget on my sidebar. Pray for their safety, for wisdom, and for favor. This will not be an easy journey for any of them but they are being obedient!

Thursday, April 23, 2009

God's Gift of Spring to My Home Town

I am always quick to admit that fall is my favorite time of year. I just love it. But I also really love spring. And God send the best spring to my home town! I probably think they are the best because the are the only springs I have ever known. So I have been driving lately with my camera in the car to share some of God's beauty with you. As you scroll through these pictures, I pray you will take a moment and think about all the blessings God has given you!

My Emma Gets Ba-bi-tized!!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Look What I Read Today

I am trying to keep in tune with God while at work and keep my focus right by reading a psalm and a proverb while at work every day. Psalm 1:2-3 from The Message says,
Instead you thrill to God's Word, you chew on Scripture day and night. You're a tree replanted in Eden, bearing fresh fruit every month, never dropping a leaf, always in blossom.

I WANT THIS! I want to thrill to God's Word and chew it day and night! I love that choice of word: thrill. I visualize feasting on the Word of God and loving what I'm reading so much that my heart is racing and I am covered in goose bumps! Can you see it?! And Proverbs 1:33 says,
First pay attention to me, and then relax. Now you can take it easy—you're in good hands.
Can it be any simpler?
For Ian's birthday, hubby and I took him to his first concert to see Chris Tomlin with Israel Houghton. The Holy Spirit was in that coliseum and you could just feel it.

Can worship get much better than Chris Tomlin? Oh my, it was like a glimpse of heaven. All those voices and hands raised in unison singing holy, holy, holy is the Lord God Almighty!

At the start of this blog I explained how God just keeps confirming Isaiah 43:18-19 as a life verse for this season of my life? I just keep hearing about God's new thing and I just cling to it for all it's worth! I had never heard of Israel Houghton until this concert but boy did he rock the house! And what song did I just fall in love with...? Pause the song list at the very bottom of this page and listen to this song. The video is actually two songs but at least listen until 4:50 to the song "Moving Forward." At the concert, we just sang the chorus over and over... I'm claiming it!

I highly recommend both their new albums if you don't have them already. "Hello Love" by Chris Tomlin and "The Power of One" by Israel Houghton. Oh, and check this out to see if you'd like to support these ministries.

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

My thought: God has called us to love people.
The Bible says: A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. John 13:34 NIV

My thought: I know this is true.
The Bible says: Sanctify them in truth; your word is truth. John 17:17 NIV

My thought: So how do I love someone and get them to be responsible/accountable? For example, should Tom buy Jane food when Jane won't get a job?
The Bible says: The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.' Matthew 25:40

Remaining question: As a follower of Jesus Christ, where does Tom draw the line? Is there a line?