Get a Life


Do you know you’re dead? The life you’re living right now is dead, pointless, hopeless, going nowhere.

You need to get a life.

There is only one way to really find life, hope, meaning, purpose, love, and happiness.

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Give hope to the hopeless

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“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.” – Jeremiah 29:11


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Children are the very picture of Hope. They represent all the bright possibilities of a life unlived, and dreams not yet realized. Their potential can never be accurately measured. They are the hope of their parents, the hope of a generation, the hope of a better future.

Hope is by definition a wish with an expectation of fulfillment. As Christians we have the ultimate Hope. Because of our Lord, we can Hope for the fulfillment of His Glory and to one day stand before Him in worship. It is a beautiful Hope. As Americans, we have the luxury of hope for a better tomorrow. We have opportunities and the resources to work for a better future for ourselves and our families. We plan for retirement, save up for college funds, dream of a better life for our children and grandchildren.

But hope is not a feeling everyone can share. There are families today surrounded by the harshest realities of poverty who can not imagine a better tomorrow. For them, there is no dream of something more – there is only the crushing struggle to survive another day. Things we take for granted: education, comfort, happiness are beyond their reach.


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“LORD, you know the hopes of the helpless. Surely you will hear their cries and comfort them.” – Psalm 10:17

Christ has given us the ultimate Hope. And as His servants, we can extend hope to others.

Watch a video about the power of Sponsoring a Child with Compassion.

Right now you have the power to lift someone out of the dark and into a world of hope. When you sponsor a child with Compassion International you give them hope. You give them a reason to expect things will get better. You give them the tools they need to work towards a brighter future. You give them the opportunity to receive an education, nutritious food, health care, and most importantly you give them love. Hope can not exist without love. Through your sponsorship and your letters, you communicate a very real and active love to a child in need.

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No child should ever have to face the day void of hope. Visit Compassion International’s site and see the faces of children in desperate need of hope. It is a precious gift you can give. Share that beautiful gift today.

 “He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.” – Revelation 21:4

Help make a difference in the lives of children in need. Now is the time to sponsor a child.

Ways to Shine

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“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.” – Matthew 5:14

As Christians we are called to show God’s love to the world. How do we show love? Through actions. Not because we feel like we “should” – but because this love inside us is so great it spills out on the lives of those around us. Christ told us to love your neighbor. We are all neighbors. If you share this earth with me, you’re my neighbor.

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This Scarred Vessel


I’m taking off my watch.

I’ve worn a watch everyday of my life for the past 15 years. I don’t wear it to tell the time. It’s certainly not a fashion statement: I buy the cheapest watches I can find. I wear this watch to hide my scars.

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Thankful Thursday: My Hero

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I donated blood today. I rolled up my sleeves and saved someone’s life. That makes me a hero, right?

Sort of. The real hero today is my husband.

I would not have been able to go to the United Blood Services Blood Mobile and donate without my wonderful husband’s help. He came home from work today on his lunch break and stayed to take care of our six children so I could leave for an hour.

A man who helps with infant twins, a toddler and homeschooling teens? That’s a real hero.

He also mops. And helps with laundry. He’s the man.


What’s not to love about a guy like this? He works hard to support his family. He faithfully serves in our church. He leads our family with grace and love.

This Thursday I’m thankful for my husband. He’s a wonderful dad, a super husband, and my best friend.

Giving away my crown


“but that if a woman has long hair, it is her glory? For long hair is given to her as a covering.” – 1 Corinthians 11:15

I’ve always wanted long, wavy, luxurious hair. In my late teens and early twenties I experimented with various hair color options, cuts and styles ranging from medium length to super short. In the back of my mind, I still held on to that desire to have my long, healthy locks blowing in the breeze, like some heroic beauty from days long ago.

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