Showing posts from January, 2013

Waters of Rest...

Rest seems to be eluding us here on the home front these past few weeks (and weeks to come)...  Joshua is well into his first experience playing parks and rec basketball.    He is really beginning to understand the game and make good plays, despite needing to work on ball handling skills...  One thing is for sure, he looks like a pro in these pictures.  I cannot help but smile.    We had a snow dusting over night that caused a two hour delay for school the next morning.  The kids were ecstatic!  James is enjoying playing trumpet in middle school band.  He has a wonderful band director.  Last Saturday, I took him to the music store to learn how to clean his trumpet...   He absolutely loves taking things apart and putting them back together again...  Tony traveled to Florida over the weekend to preach so, the kids and I decided to head north to Virginia after worshiping with our IDC family since they were out of school a couple days...  Our kiddos are such good travelers.  It doesn'…

LC2LC: Loose Change to Loosen Chains


Human Trafficking in North Carolina

As mentioned in a previous post, this month was declared National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month.  I will be posting information about local and global ministries, as well as various ways for you to "learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause." (Isaiah 1:17) (Information posted here is taken from Transforming Hope's website.  Please take time to visit and learn more about their ministry)

National Slavery and Human Trafficking Prevention Month

This month we acknowledge as a nation the sanctity of human life.  Though perhaps not everyone will use those exact terms, as Christ followers we acknowledge the dignity and value of every human life, from the womb to the tomb, as being made in the image of God...   So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. (Genesis 1:27 ESV) This month I will share more about particular ways you can get involved in seeking the God of justice and doing justice for the good of those made in God's image.  Stay tuned...
First, I have included below a few excerpts from our president's proclamation.  You can read it in its entirety here: This month, we rededicate ourselves to stopping one of the greatest human rights abuses of our time. Around the world, millions of men, women, and children are bought, sold, beaten…

Considering Adoption?

"The LORD is my chosen portion and my cup; you hold my lot.  The lines have fallen for me in pleasant places; indeed, I have a beautiful inheritance.  I bless the LORD who gives me counsel; in the night also my heart instructs me.  I have set the LORD always before me; because he is at my right hand, I shall not be shaken... You make known to me the path of life; in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore." Psalm 16:5-8, 11
For the record, I am not an adoption expert.  I did not set out to become a "family model for those considering adoption." In fact, I tend to get a bit uncomfortable with that imagery particularly for two reasons.  First, we are a fallen people who mess up and do so quite frequently.  Thankfully, our God is a God of grace.  He gives more grace.  Grace to walk in the works that He has prepared for us beforehand (Ephesians 2:10).  Secondly, adoption is not about us.  It was never about us.  It was alway…