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What Do I Know?

August 27, 2013 — 6 Comments

Screen Shot 2013-08-27 at 9.04.33 PMI’m sorry.

I don’t know.

Its almost embarrassing how often I have to say these two phrases. But whatever, because I’m highly aware of how much I still have to learn about life. That list could go on & on & on

and on.

This list of what I know is much shorter, so here it goes!

I know:

1. First of all, I know I don’t know much. Most of what I have learned though, has been learned in the valleys, not on the mountaintops. Embrace the valleys.

2. God isn’t just great because of the BIG things He does. His most majestic greatness is revealed in the fact that He cares for every single detail of our lives. His Love is Endless & Reckless. Whatever it takes.

3. There’s a whole lot of stuff to be thankful for and having a lot of ‘stuff’ isn’t one of them. 

4. Money, like Love, is meant to be given away. Show me someone who freely gives both money & Love at the expensive of their own comforts, and I’ll show you a compassionate, joy-filled being. Michael Oh nails it in this video clip about Missions & Money. A generation is rising that is so in love with Jesus, their own entertainment & comforts are but an afterthought. The Gospel must be preached in all the world. And this generation is gonna take their resources of time, love and yes, money to make it happen.

5. Godly men are hard to come by. If you’ve got one, keep him even if you’d like to kick him in the pants once in a while. Focus on his strengths and maybe he will too. Okay, still learning.

6. There’s no pit deep & dark enough that God’s loving arm can’t reach. Trust me, I’ve been to the bottom of several. Remember valleys & whatever it takes.

7. Kids are a gift from God… even when they drive a momma to the edge of Ca-razeee Town. Some answers to your prayers are wrapped up in these precious gifts, just waiting to be opened for the right time. As Mark Batterson says, our prayers never die. They live on through our children & grandchildren.

8. God wants R.E.A.L (Relationships Exhibiting Actual Love), and so do people. Western Christianity has somehow turned a relationship with God into a formal affair, made complete by donning a fancy outfit & attending a posh venue every weekend just to say you were there. It gets old, fast. Or imagine inviting your family over for a steak dinner, except when they arrive you give each of them a detailed, step-by-step recipes of how to make a juicy T-bone steak, creamy mashed potatoes, and even a mouth-watering baked from scratch apple pie, complete with illustrations! They’ll be quickly disappointed and probably get out of there as fast as they can! PEOPLE ARE HUNGRY FOR REAL FOOD not recipes about food!!! And God wants REAL HUNGRY people at His table! Know a group of Christians who, instead of forming a committee to contemplate potentially voting on serving the needs of their community, are actually serving up real food in the real world? Go. Seriously. Go. That my friends, is church! 

So that’s all I know. Today. Tomorrow I may even forget some of these (especially 5 & 7).

So tell me, what do you KNOW? Today. Share a comment or drop me an email daniellebrower@gmail.com. I’d like to share some of your life lessons in future posts. Together, we might just realize we know way more than we thought.

Shine On!

Danielle

It’s All About Love

February 9, 2013 — Leave a comment
Lindani's joy is incomparable!

Lindani’s joy is incomparable!

Valentine’s Day is all about spreading & sharing love with those who are dear to your heart. This year we invite you to spread your wings of love even further by one simple, selfless act:

Join people all over the country who are giving up

ONE day’s lunch money*

to show real love to waiting children

in Swaziland, Africa.

 

Your lunch funds will go to the care of orphaned, vulnerable,

waiting children at Bheveni Carepoint in rural Manzini, Swaziland.

Click here to give!

 

Zinhle, Nomphilo, Siyabonga and others enjoying their only meal of the day behind the carepoint wall, away from the heat of the sun.

Zinhle, Nomphilo, Siyabonga and others enjoying their only meal of the day behind the carepoint wall, away from the heat of the sun.

 

Currently, 38 childrens’ needs are NOT funded, but walk miles every day to Bheveni and rely on the carepoint for clean water, nutritious food, and to learn about Jesus’ love for them… a child is never turned away  but until they are sponsored we must make sure they are provided for through events such as this.

 

The need is great.

Let our love be greater.

One Day. One Lunch. Feb. 14th.

Click here to give!

 

As you go into a week that celebrates love for all, I challenge you to give up your lunch money on Valentine’s Day – to go without lunch so they don’t have to. *Or pick something this Valentine’s Day that you can live without – coffee, flowers, or a special dinner (notice I did not suggest you go without chocolate – we gotta be realistic here!)

Shine On!

Danielle

P.S. Our ultimate goal is to get ALL the children to have a sponsor, giving $34 a month to provide for their basic needs… so if you are interested in consistently sharing the love of Jesus with the Bheveni children, go to this link: http://www.hopechest.org/community/bheveni/sponsor/

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and…

5 Reasons Your Local Food Shelf Needs Your Time!

1. Get OUT of your comfort zone – Some of us are extroverts (Holla!) and some aren’t. That being said, the food shelf is a place of service and anyone can serve, even if you are uncomfortable around strangers. They won’t be strangers for long if you get in there and give it your all. Plus, it’s good for ALL of us to be out of our comfort zones on a regular basis!

Over 2800 items were donated by KIDS in ONE MONTH!

2. Get an honest perspective on your local community’s needs – Your local food shelf is on the front line in fighting hunger & poverty in your community. It separates the gap between ‘us & them’. You realize there is no ‘us & them’ at all. Everyone’s been lying to you.

Truth: there are literally people living in your community who are going hungry. People that need support at the Food Shelf are not free loaders. Oh sure you get the occasional guy sneaking three snacks instead of the standard two, but that is rare.

They are genuine people who are down on their luck. Many are well-spoken & hard workers. And as you may have guessed in today’s economy there are many who are down on their luck that may have been living the American Dream just a few short years ago.

Imagine yourself in that predicament.

3. Giving your time can make a difference – Want to brighten someone’s day? You can. Some days when I go into the Food Shelf I can see the shame on people’s faces as they sit in the waiting area. I imagine what they are thinking, “This is so humiliating. I shouldn’t have come.”

A volunteer can be the difference by simply smiling at them and genuinely honoring them by serving. I even try to throw in a few jokes every once in a while to tear down any barriers of shame. Most of the time it works, even if the jokes are lame. Yeah I may look a little foolish, but I don’t mind so much.

4. You’ll be an example to your kids – Not all food shelves allow it, but on occasion I’ve had to bring my six-year-old in with me. Even his time has made a difference in the life of those needing food. He has helped bag the groceries & then replenish the shelves as well. When he comes, it’s been so fun to watch the joy on my little man’s face that he’s helping!

Some of the hard working Student Govt. girls at the Food Shelf delivering what was collected!

5. It’s not about YOU, and that’s why it’s so rewarding!!! – Volunteering is one of the healthiest things you can do for yourself. No, I don’t recommend volunteering at the food shelf just so you can feel good. But it does get you ‘outside’ yourself for a bit. Our world is so focused on our own entertainment.

Volunteering is sacrificial & yet so rewarding. Yeah, there are days that I think, man I could/should really be doing my laundry (which is usually last on my list!) or studying how to have a kick-butt blog or sitting at B&N drinking a vanilla latte. But never once have I regretted sticking to my commitment of serving.

It has been one of the most rewarding things I’ve done.

Don’t know where to begin? Here’s a few links that will help you find your local Food Shelf or Food Pantry.

Hunger Solutions, MN

Food Pantries Across America

In my little town of 600 people our Food Shelf serves appx. 30-40 families monthly, but this also includes several other small towns around us. There is a need.

I dare you to step up.

I double dog dare you.

(Now you just have to, right?)

Keep Lovin’ Moms!