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Wednesday, May 4, 2011

It Is All Jumbled In My Head !!! BUT MY HEART IS CLEAR !!!

I am without a doubt a constant THINKER ... I am never just NUMB ... There is always some problem to solve, something to organize, something to purge, something to SPEAK UP ABOUT, something to fix, something that irritates me, something that brings me unimaginable joy, something I am confused about, or something I just figured out ... IT IS EXHAUSTING AND EXHILARATING the way God created me ... He gave us so many tools and we are all equipped to spread his message ... We are all equipped to love on his people ... We have the greatest PEACE on this earth by being HIS CHILDREN !!!

On a daily basis I think about how GOD placed me here in Tennessee in the United States ... I didn't do anything to deserve that or earn it ... This is where God placed me and with whom MUCH HAS BEEN GIVEN MUCH WILL BE DEMANDED (God's words not mine) ... I think about my sisters in Uganda, China, Honduras, or Ethiopia (and many other places) that were not born into a place of freedom and opportunity ... Yet I know the FATHER loves them as much as he loves me ... He desires for us to LOVE ONE ANOTHER and sometimes that is through prayer, food, money, medicine, or water ... We can not sit around and pretend that the people around the world got themselves into this situation and they can get themselves out ... Just for one minute pretend you were born in a different country where if you worked 12 hours a day you would not be able to provide anymore for your family than if you worked none ... Pretend you are walking miles to try and find clean water ... Pretend your child is sick and has no way to get medicine ... This is the reality for many and they live w/ NO HOPE in their daily lives, but I have seen first hand how they have HOPE in Christ - HE IS LITERALLY THEIR FOOD, WATER, AND MEDICINE !!!

Never think you are too small  !!! You can IMPACT this world for the LORD ... There is no small offer ... Think of the widows mite ... It is all about the HEART OF GIVING !!!  My sweet cousin (who is 12) Bruce Jr.  brings with him every time he comes to visit a big bag of change/dollars for the ORPHANS ... He sees every penny, quarter, and dollar as HOPE for the orphans ... He sees the rice and beans that will be provided because of his AWARENESS of the crisis ... He brings me great joy because I have seen his heart change since we brought MAGGIE home ... Orphans are REAL to him ... Are they real to you?  Is Marvin real ?? Is Lilly real ?? Is Gabriellla real ?? Is Thomas real ?? Is Beruk real ??  They need to be real everyday ...

I am hopeful with what I see going on around me, the emails I get and the people I have met ... We are all locking arms !!! Ministries helping each other, people sharing resources, and spreading the word on ways for people to get involved - whether it is in the United States, Ethiopia, China, or Mexico IT IS ALL FOR THE SAME PURPOSE - GOD'S CHILDREN LOVING EACH OTHER AND SPREADING HIS MESSAGE !!!

Proud to journey w/ you all !!!

10 kind words.:

Erica said...

I love you. That is all.

Kristin said...

Thanks for putting into words the conversation that is constantly occurring in my mind since returning from Ethiopia! It's an honor to link arms with you to glorify Him!!!

Jewels of My Heart said...

Beautiful said.... Keep shining bright sister!
Love,
Daleea

Bonner Family said...

Amen!!! Sweet sister!!

MamaMimi said...

LOVE it, great post my friend!

Laryssa Herbert said...

It's easy to get overwhelmed. Thank you for the encouragement! I know that whatever is given in love and faith is pleasing to the Lord...no matter the size.

Mrs. McGoo said...

Love this: "Never think you are too small !!! You can IMPACT this world for the LORD ... There is no small offer ... " So right. Jesus took a BOY's small food offering and used it to feed the masses. He's asking for what we have, let Him turn our little into His mighty blessing for another!

JennStar said...

Hi Gwen- I found your blog from Angie's. My husband & I are waiting to return to Russia to complete our adoption of our Sunshine! I love your blog- love your passion for the Lord and your literal work to speak out on behalf of the orphans! I know He must be multiplying your words and heart through this blog and your work!!
On a quick side note- can you tell me the font you used on the right side of the blog- the one used to write your kiddos names. It's beautiful!

Jenay said...

Love this post. It is challenging and loving and I can tell you that this community of believers and people involved in adoption are locking arms...we just adopted from Uganda and I have never felt such support and love in my life from people I don't even know yet we belong to the same family..God's family.

ashleyerin said...

Love this quote... "We can not sit around and pretend that the people around the world got themselves into this situation and they can get themselves out"... because how often do we hear just that?