Recently we were in the store Kirkland's, when I overheard a lady talking to her daughter. She was reading a decoration for sale that said something like 'It is good to have a family. It is great to have a home. Having both is a blessing." She then turned to her daughter and said, "Hmmhmm...a blessing indeed. Some people have neither." (or something like that...I was 'eavesdropping' and didn't hear it all)
This lady reminded me to be thankful as Thanksgiving dwells upon us. I am so blessed to have a great family, home, and all of you, my sweet Readers! Thank you for reading my long blog posts and for your encouraging comments.
When we went on a mission trip last year to Mexico, we built a house for a family that was not big. It was not fancy.
All it was was four small walls and a cement floor. Their restroom was a deep hole next to the house with a piece of ply wood thrown over it. Yet these people were so grateful for the gift of a home, they thought it was the greatest thing in the world.
I hope all of us are grateful for our homes and families, but sometimes it isn't very easy to show contentment. Thoughts of 'I wish I had this' and 'wouldn't it be great if I had that' tend to invade our thoughts.
God put us in our situations for a reason! And whether we are standing in the sunshine or pouring down rain, we need to be grateful for the gifts God has blessed us with. There is always a rainbow after the rain, so look for it today!
If you are very blessed and feel pressed by God to share His love today, here are a few links. Help someone else find a Rainbow in their life!
Maria's Big House of Hope is a home for orphans with special needs in honor of Maria Chapman. Sadly, many orphans with special needs never get adopted. Check out this site and see that these kids are truly special. I know my mom would love to bring one of these babies home-will you?
World Vision helps children all over the world by providing them with Bibles, nutritious food, healthcare, clean drinking water, and child sponsorships.
One Mission is the ministry our church uses when going on mission trips to Mexico. See pictures of the poverty - be inspired to go on a mission trip. They're amazing!
Compassion International is the organization we use to sponsor a little boy named Moris. The impact mere letters can make on a child's life is amazing. The letters you recieve will give you a heart of gratitude.
I hope you look at these websites and donate your prayers to the recipients of these ministries. The children at Maria's Big House of Hope, people of Mexico and sponsor recievers need your prayers and love most of all. Being able to help another one of God's children will be counted as one of your blessings this Thanksgiving, I'm sure. Your Blogger,
|Me and Yamulet, a sweet friend from Mexico|
|Carolina and I work in front of our family's old home|