I’m returning to kenya in January.
for those who’ve asked what their funds will go towards if they give (see the donate now button on my website!):
1.) food for kids who eat a few times a week. (2.40 a month to feed a child daily while he/she is in school.)
2.) second outfits (9 dollars a piece) for kids with only…one pair of clothes currently..school uniforms are not nice to wear to bed or around on the weekends. these are for henry’s group (the ones we’ve tried to serve with their guardians — who work on the field we planted last year? they really wanted these for Christmas but we understand if it cant happen.
3.) stuff for me to bring families. This one is the least efficient, as i’d like to use my suitcases myself AND we have to wait until january 25th so we can’t do a christmas thing AND it’s not easy to get things into the country.
BUT if you want to send me with something (anything from old cameras –these are a hit–to old cellphones–kids love toys…to clothes, let me know and we ‘ll see what we can do!
also-i still have a LOT of african stuff to sell and it makes an awesome present. banana fiber cards, necklaces, wooden statues–it’s alarmingly cheap, so just contact me if you’d like to a.) help sell it or b.) buy mom an apron or potholders for christmas. :D.
A lot of people have handed me a check or cash to give to the right person in kenya. God himself will reward you someday and these kids will be happier than you can imagine. Thank you deeply.
I overthink things.
I think about my thoughts.
I ponder my pondering.
I question my questions.
I overanalyze relationships. You know what that can bring about…Problems are created that never existed in the first place.
Worst of all, I do the same thing with my relationship to God. It’s not good to ignore our questions, but it’s also not good to complicate things that he has made simple for us. Our faith is easy for kids to comprehend–either Jesus is or is not who he said he is, and and will or will not do what the Bible says he can do. seriously.
no more excuses. When Jesus asked the man at the pool “do you want to be healed?” the man told him why he couldnt be healed so far. God is not interested in our long answers to “do you want to follow me?”–he just wants us to do it.
We do not need to reminds God how it feels and what our parents did to us and how the church isnt representative of him and everything we see thats not right and how incapable we are and how much we stink and how our desire for him should be stronger and how we are stuck in a rut…
We need to decide to “go and sin no more”, not “try to understand the root of it in the first place”. The root of it is..SIN. SIN is bad. BAD BAD. it destroys but God erases it if we ask. Then we go and try to sin no more.
On doing what i can do
Second realization: even if i pray more, and think through and serve and read the BIble and change my own actions, i cant seem to make myself love the way we have to love other people. my heart still belongs to God. He made it, he knows how it works, and he can reprogram it. I can’t. this is deeper than i can express.
Post your name and I will do each of the following:
1. I’ll respond with something random about you.
2. I’ll tell you which song or movie you remind me of.
3. I’ll name a food that reminds me of you.
4. I’ll say something that only makes sense to you and me.
(if possible. If not, I’ll say something that only makes sense to me.)
5. I’ll tell you my first memory of you.
6. I’ll tell you what animal you remind me of.
7. I’ll ask you something I’ve always wondered about you.
8. I’ll tell you my favorite thing about you.
9. I’ll tell you my least favorite thing about you.
10. If you play, you MUST post this on yours.
disclaimer: i wont do em all if more than 20 people respond and im working.
*Grab the book closest to you. Now.
*Go to page 56.
*Find the 5th sentence.
*Write that sentence as your status.
*Copy these instructions as a comment to your status.
*Don’t look for your favorite book, or the coolest one you have — just grab the closest one.
There also that wholesome advice of Your Spirit is made plain by your good and devout servant: “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ. For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily.” (Col. 2:8-9).
From The Confessions of St. Augustine.