Tuesday, December 22, 2009
"This donation is from the grade school at Casa Vida y Esperanza. The children remember your family from when you visited a few years ago and they voted to give to Gobena Coffee rather than have a gift exchange. The kids gave of their own earned money and the teachers matched their giving. God bless you this Christmas!"
They donated $57! WOW this has come full circle....children that have been orphaned that are at a place where there needs are being met are helping other orphaned children that are still in need of there needs being met. Truly amazing!!! God is good and these children's hearts are truly amazing! I mean think about it...they are in an orphanage as well
Here is a video from our time spent at Casa Vida y Esperanza a few years ago
Friday, December 18, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Me: I see a great point here and feel that in today's society we are WAY to busy and the family suffers because of it...we should all slow down and get back to the relationships. What ever happened to sitting on the front porch drinking sweet tea or Gobena Coffee:) with famiy and friends and actually talking to one another, not twittering but actually talking? So any way back to the article....I might have gotten off on a tangent, but oh well....
"Is it just me or does it seem parents these days put more pressure on kids than ever before?
We push them to walk by age 1.
We desire they excel at a sport by age 9.
We calculate grade point averages and start talking about scholarships by 6th grade.
We want them to not only master the English language but learn a few others before they graduate.
Years ago I heard a message by Andy Stanley where he talked about how these days we’re tempted to raise kids who are experience rich but relationally poor. In other words they’ve attended every camp, played every sport, mastered most of the arts, played three instruments, but they were so busy they never had the opportunity to just sit around the kitchen table.
I’m worried that sometimes in our effort to give our kids what we didn’t have we rob them of one of the most important things we can give them…ourselves."
I read an interesting article the other day entitled “The Growing Backlash Against Overparenting”. They said…
Since the onset of the Great Recession, according to a CBS News poll, a third of parents have cut their kids’ extracurricular activities. They downsized, downshifted and simplified because they had to — and often found, much to their surprise, that they liked it. When a TIME poll last spring asked how the recession had affected people’s relationships with their kids, nearly four times as many people said relationships had gotten better as said they’d gotten worse.
How ironic that we might actually become better parents creating a richer family with less money and fewer opportunities.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
"He will sit as a refiner and purifier of silver."
This verse puzzled some women in a Bible study, and they wondered what this statement meant about the character and nature of God. One of the women offered to find out the process of refining silver and get back to the group at their next Bible Study.
That week, the woman called a silversmith and made an appointment to watch him at work. She didn't mention anything about the reason for her interest beyond her curiosity about the process of refining silver.
As she watched the silversmith, he held a piece of silver over the fire and let it heat up. He explained that in refining silver, one needed to hold the silver in the middle of the fire where the flames were hottest as to burn away all the impurities.
The woman thought about God holding us in such a hot spot; then she thought again about the verse that says: "He sits as a refiner and purifier of silver." She asked the silversmith if it was true that he had to sit there in front of the fire the whole time the silver was being refined. The man answered that yes, he not only had to sit there holding the silver, but he had to keep his eyes on the silver the entire time it was in the fire. If the silver was left a moment too long in the flames, it would be destroyed.
The woman was silent for a moment. Then she asked the silversmith, "How do you know when the silver is fully refined?" He smiled at her and answered, "Oh, that's easy -- when I see my image in it."