Feb 27 2012

A Thousand Crutches

 

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 A thousand crutches. Crutches in the form of family, friends, familiar surroundings, local notoriety, title, predictable outcomes and more. Living alone in Indy, I have realized that most of what I have leaned on and called strength and confidence has been nothing more than a crutch. A bent, twisted, man made appendage for me to create the illusion that I am actually standing on my own. I've even called it God. But when you're alone, away from the familiar, that thing that you called God looks back at you and mischievously grins. It winks and whispers, "I got you. I fooled you. Again." 

And so, crutches removed; I fall. I tumble. I curse. I yell. I cry. I display all the behavior and character of that which I despise. I throw a tantrum until I'm exhausted. And then my Father whispers, "Are you ready to listen?" And I say, "Father. Daddy. Help me.  You know I love you. You know I do." And He says, "I know you do, son. Lean on me once again. Lean on me, boy. And if you choose to lean on something else. When that thing breaks, I'll be there to catch you."

 

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Feb 23 2012

Dove Awards!

The Dove Award Nominees are in!!!

Dove Awards

Here are a few of the categories:

Song of the Year

"Alive," Natalie Grant
"Blessings," Laura Story
"Celebrate Me Home," Perrys
"Glorious Day (Living He Loved Me)," Casting Crowns
"Hold Me," Jamie Grace
"I Smile," Kirk Franklin
"I've been Here Before," Ernie Hasse & Signature Sound
"Please Forgive Me," Gaither Vocal Band
"Who Am I," Jason Crabb
"Your Great Name," Natalie Grant

Male Vocalist of the Year

Chris August
Chris Tomlin
Jason Crabb
Kirk Franklin
Steven Curtis Chapman

Female Vocalist of the Year

Francesca Battistelli
Kari Jobe
Laura Story
Mandisa
Natalie Grant

 

40 Days of Water - Beginnings!

Beginnings
How do you begin your day? Probably with a cup of coffee. Over 54% of Americans drink coffee daily as the start of their morning routine.

In countries with little access to clean water, most women begin their day by taking empty water containers to the closest water source. In many areas in Africa, these treks can be five, ten, even twenty miles long depending on the region and the season. After hours of walking, these women will likely wait in line for another several hours to fill up their containers (usually 10-20 liters; which weigh 22 to 44 pounds) and carry them the long distance home.

Instead of beginning their day at school, many children are also needed on these long journeys to provide water for the family. When it comes down to choosing between education or fetching water, water always wins. It’s needed for survival.

Water is a scarce and therefore an often exploited commodity in these areas. Because those responsible for gathering water – women and children – are also the most vulnerable, they’re subjected to sexual assault and robbery. The roads are almost always unpaved and the terrain can be dangerous due to landscape or wildlife. Over the course of time, carrying this amount of weight repeatedly causes various bone and joint issues that produce complications during pregnancies or later on in life, preventing these women from gathering water in the future.

However, women and children have no choice. Their families need them to make these daily sacrifices in order to get water and survive.

As you begin 40 Days of Water, think about how you begin your day. As you give your coffee pot a forlorn look as you pass it by, allow your mind to wander to the other side of the world. Imagine waking up and beginning the day with an arduous and dangerous task that you have no choice in doing. Think of the weight these women and children carry – not only physically, but emotionally as well.

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Feb 22 2012

Ash Wednesday

Today Is Ash Wednesday!  Here's the scoop…

The act signifies repentance before God (as related in the Bible). The priest or minister says one or both of the following when applying the ashes:

Remember that thou art dust, and to dust thou shalt return. —Genesis 3:19

Turn away from sin and be faithful to the Gospel. —Mark 1:15

Ash Wednesday

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Feb 21 2012

Blood Water Mission

Join us as we bring clean water to Uganda through Blood Water Mission!

It’s a big commitment to not drink anything but water for Forty days. But from February 22nd to April 7th, that’s exactly what we’re asking you to do. It’s a lot easier if you do it with other people like your friends or family. Remember, Sundays are feast days! You get to enjoy your favorite beverages one day out of the week, which will remind you just how much you miss them the other 6 days.

Be sure to visit the webstore to order a new Forty Days of Water bottle to remind you to head to the tap!

By giving up what you’d normally drink in exchange for the water from your tap you can save that money to help build clean water projects for communities in Uganda. You can stay updated on the work you are enabling by reading the Blood Water Mission blog and project updates.

Blood Water Mission

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