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Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Broken Hearted


A couple of weeks ago, our family was blessed to discover that a pair of doves were building a nest in the tree right outside our dining room window. We have had so much fun watching this process. My girls jump out of bed each morning to check on them first thing. We've taken pictures of the two love birds, happily building their home together. My cat even sits and watches them throughout the day. Mama bird sits faithfully on her nest. I haven't seen her gone once, even when someone comes to our front door. Daddy Dove sits proudly beside her, guarding his home, leaving now and then to bring food to his true love.

This morning, my middle daughter, who is my ultra sensitive one, cried in distress that she had not seen Daddy Dove in two days, but Mama continues to sit. I've now found myself, even while the girls are away at school today, periodically checking on Mama. Sadly, I'm coming to the conclusion that my daughter's suspicions of Daddy Dove not coming home may be correct.

I'm a little embarrassed to say, but I caught a tear rolling down my face this morning as I stared out the window at Mama. She sits and waits. What will she do? How will she feed herself and keep her nest? And being a dove, is she mourning the loss of her true love? Yes, I reminded myself that God cares about her too, but it didn't really console me in that moment. My thoughts drifted to my single friend raising three boys, who for 18 years has cared for her one son with cerebral palsy. He is totally depended on her for all care. She feeds him each meal though a tube, changes his diapers, lifts him into her car and bathes him. He is sick right now and she is crying out to God. "Why is life such a fight?" I cry out for her too. "Why God?"

I have to have faith in God's word that there is more than this life here on this earth. What a great reminder to start off our season of lent. Jesus came back to life. He is risen. And He will come back for us. We can be sure of this as Christians, He has overcome the grave! Revelation 21: 5 says...."I am making everything new!" He who was seated on the throne said, "Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true."

I spent my morning quiet time in the book of Haggai. I feel God speaking to me again about my priorities, and so I'm giving up my personal blogging and crafting for lent to spend more time planting and harvesting with my family (Haggai 1:5). You can continue to follow me at the Kidz RAP blog at www.kidzrap.com, or the Kidz RAP Facebook or Twitter page.

I also wanted to remind you that I have donated the following items to The Mercy House Etsy Shop. 100% of all proceeds go to benefit The Mercy House-so shop there and really "give" when you "give"! Check them out HERE.

Have a wonderful Spring! See you in May!





Tuesday, March 1, 2011

What Are You Passionate About?


If you've followed my blog before, you know I'm passionate about anything creative! But, crafting aside, there's something I'm more passionate about, and I'm compelled to share it every now and then...it's how Jesus is changing my life. So here's my Jesus plug from a parenting perspective. I'll start by saying right up front that I am not a parenting expert, and I surely don't have it all together as a mom. I'm on my knees daily, begging God to show me His way in raising my kids. I'm selfish, I yell at times, cry at times, and act like a child myself more times that I'd like to admit. But I keep trying...and praying. Three years ago God really convicted me of the importance of intentionally teaching my kids about serving others, not just preaching about it. Sure, we would do things to serve others here and there, but was it really a way of life, or just an afterthought? So little by little, prayer after prayer, I've asked God to show us how to grow as a family in this area. I hope you don't take this list as boasting in myself. Believe me when I say these are things that have been God directed, He's slowly changing my heart-I'm boasting in HIM!
So here's my top ten-I'll be posting these over at Oh Amanda and We Are That Family.

Top Ten {Tuesday}
works for me wednesday at we are that family
Top Ten Ways to Train Your Children to have a Servant's Heart (that I've tried)

1) Help those in need by joining or starting a Kidz RAP group at your school, church, neighborhood, home school group, or mom's group. Visit www.kidzrap.com for hands-on-kid-friendly projects, encouragement, training tips and more. They will even help you get your own group started! I have participated with my girls in a Kidz RAP group monthly for three years. It's friendly to all ages, fun and easy! And yes, I'm a little bias here because I blog for them too:). Check out the link below:


2) Sponsor a child from Compassion International. My two oldest children selected their child from the Compassion website. They pray for them daily, send letters and drawings to them, and help support them monetarily. This year my middle child even asked for birthday donations for her compassion child instead of gifts for herself-on her own accord! She collected $150.00 that we were able to send Alvaro as a birthday gift!
3) Serve at a local soup kitchen together as a family and ask your friends to join you for a fun and meaningful family night. Read our family's story here.


4) Have your children help you cook and deliver a meal for a family in need-pray for the family as you are cooking.

5) Adopt a child to shop for during the Holidays. Let your kids do the shopping-with a little guidance, of course. I love Angel Tree Ministries.

6) Do a fundraiser together as a family to help raise money for a cause. We did a fun, and of course crafty project, to raise money for the Jesus Film Translation.


7) Adopt an elderly person to visit, pray for and give fun gifts to-no one appreciates a beautiful coloring page like a lonely elderly friend! This is still on our list "to do," but we do visit my 91- year old grandmother each time we visit my hometown.


8) Talk to your children about prayer requests from friends and friend's of friends-pray together for them and share answered prayers. Let them follow a caring bridge site or blog with you. We pray for Madelyn, Ellis Anne, Jeremy and for the Lynch family adoption regularly. Even though my kids don't know some of these families personally, they still care for them deeply.

9) Always look for ways to help others or share a kind word when you are out and about with your kids-they are always watching and learning by example.

10) Serve your own family with a happy heart! I have to remind myself of this daily, minute by minute! And believe me, I can't do it on my own! Only with God's help!

Lamentations 3:22-24 (New International Version, ©2010)

22 Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
23 They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.
24 I say to myself, “The LORD is my portion;
therefore I will wait for him.”


I'd love to hear about ways you serve with your family
or what you are passionate about!
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