Jan 08 2013

Gods love knows no bounds!

I've been reminded of this truth time and time again in the last year! Yesterday when I got this letter in the mail was one of those times. Honestly, at first I was trying to figure out why on earth this sweet 15 year old girl was thanking me for gifts. I didn't send her anything and I didn't know anybody in Malaysia but this girl knew my name and seemed impressed with my gift giving abilities noting  "I actually like some of the gifts you packed so much". As I continued reading it dawned on me, Phoebe received one of the shoeboxes I packed with Operation Christmas Child!!! I learned that we shared a favorite color (pink of course) and she is 15 years old. She is the only child in her family and she is hearing impaired. She loves Japanese food and drawing manga. She asked me to find her on Facebook so that we can 'know each other better because its nice and pleasant to come to know you. I can't wait to hear from you in your home in America." (I'm still searching for her on Facebook!) 

 

I am amazed, even humbled, by how quickly I feel bonded to my new friend. It makes me think about some other precious girls I got to meet through Operation Christmas Child when Larry and I got to hand deliver shoeboxes in Peru. Friends from opposite sides of the globe united by a loving Father who knows no geographical boundaries. Our circumstances may be different but our God is the same!!

If you've ever been part of the shoebox packing process...thank you for donating your time to bring a smile and the love of Christ to a child somewhere on the planet. 

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Jan 03 2013

Shedding the weight of unforgiveness

 

Its that time of year again-the gyms are full, the workout clothes are on, and the produce aisle seems a little busier than normal. We all have the same goal in mind (or maybe I should just speak for myself--and all my new friends in the produce aisle!) we make the goal to hit the gym more, eat healthier, and shed those pounds! Great!

But what if we were just as determined to shed weight? I'm talking about the weight of unforgiveness, jealousy, greed, resentment, and bitterness. These might not affect the # you see on the scale but they certainly affect the heaviness of your heart. Joyce Meyer talks about unforgiveness being like poison in our bodies.  (I often wish I had her wisdom-but I'm thankful that she shares it with us) 

"Keeping score of all the hurts we have suffered does more spiritual damage to us than those who have offended us. Serious diseases can develop as a result of the stress and pressure that bitterness, resentment and unforgiveness put on a person."

Its much easier said than done, I get that, but give yourself grace along the way to this goal. Goals aren't meant to be easy but they are worth the work.

"When we choose to forgive others, it allows God to work His will and our healing in the situation. Forgiveness is the power that will change a life of defeat into one of victory." 

Heres to a victorious 2013 :)

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