Yahoo!!! I love these days! I find it so fun to share things that mean a lot to me, or things I hope you find inspiration from, that I have found to be encouraging.
Recently, my family was featured on the cover of On The Minds of Moms Magazine. The article spoke about the story about how God has given me the desire to create awareness about orphan care-both locally and globally-specifically in Africa. It also spoke about the journey our family is taking as we feel led to commit a year of our lives to serving in Kenya.
If you know me well, you know I am a classic first-born, Type A kind of a personality. I am a work in progress. Daily I ask God to humble me and remind me that I was put on this earth to be a vessel and to be His hands and feet...that this life is a gift.
The pastor that married TJ and I almost 6 years ago had a really neat way to remind him of how good God is, even in the tough moments. He called it "miracle debris". He took a stone, a stick, a remnant of SOMETHING from an area where he saw miracles and put it in his office as a visual reminder of what God did that day. Soon, he had a collection of debris from all over the United States and the World as he had seen people's lives changed.
I have found myself to be a very visual person too. I have to be shown how a problem is solved in order to understand it. I have to see music notes to play them. I have to have a power point in front of me-or a video to help me understand how something is done.
In the fall of 2008, TJ and I spent time in Kampala, Uganda. It was just for a few days, but we were flooded with video, live music, and hugged children who had been rescued from the LRA who had served as sex slaves - amongst other things for years-some of them so severely brainwashed, they, as an 8 yr old, were forced to murder their younger siblings, sometimes their parents.
It still haunts me.
Today, I am giving away one authentic Ugandan paper bead necklace. One just like the one I was wearing in the photos in On The Minds of Moms Magazine.
These beads are a visual reminder to me of the precious children living in Uganda today still suffering. It reminds me to pray for their lives, that they would be protected and know who Jesus is.
December 3-6, you will also have an opportunity to purchase these beaded necklaces for $10. We will be offering parties around town and 100% of the proceeds go towards building a kitchen for an identified care point in Bukedea, Uganda.
Here is how you can win!!!
1. Leave a comment on this post by 12am Midnight (CST) Thursday and tell me if you are Type A like me!
2. Become a public follower on my blog.
3. Follow me on Twitter and Tweet (RT) the giveaway
Please leave a comment for each of the things you do to increase your chance to win!! Please leave your twitter ID and/or link it into your comment so I can be sure!
The winner will be posted Friday!