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Last year, I began a journey with both my children...developing our World View.  Well, actually, it is identifying our perspective and lining it up with what we believe is the truth in scripture.  It has been a WONDERFUL journey! With my daughter, we began to study China.  We are using Cornerstone Curriculum's A Heart 4 You: China.  There are a lot of great books, videos, pictures and web links included in the study.  We are really enjoying getting to "know" the Chinese people better.

Intentional Pursuit

As we began studying, one of the families that attends our church brought a speaker in from The Voice of the Martyrs.  They had an opportunity that we could not pass up...$6 put a hand delivered Bible into the hands of Chinese people who had previously requested one.  In return we got their name so we could pray, by name, for the one who receive the Bible.

Hallie was so excited and donated her own money to the cause. (Just a son was more than eager and donated as well...his heart is soft...but for this post I'm focusing on Hallie.)

As we continue to study the lives of the Chinese, their values and beliefs, Hallie has not forgotten the people who received the Bibles.  As we were preparing for our home school group's recognition ceremony, she wrote up a quick little note about China and added a collection can to her display.  As people stopped by her table, she shared with them that she was collecting to send more Bible's to China. This was ALL her doing!  I didn't know she was doing that until it was already done!

She collected $50.

Last night, after church, one of the families spoke with her on the side and handed her an envelope to add to the Bible money. It was a collection from some of those they minister to and with...$385!

Hallie is so THRILLED...

But this is what she was thrills her:

"If one Bible can reach hundreds of people by changing the lives of the ones who receive it...just think how many lives are going to be changed with this many Bibles!  It will be thousands...NO millions!"

Her heart is full.

Her eyes twinkle.

She is walking in obedience to a soft still voice that guided her to write a small note and put out a can.

She is making an impact...She is almost 9!

I am humbled to see the fruit of prayer for our children. To see the softness and willingness of their hearts to serve.   I am also convicted.

What are you doing to make an impact for Christ?  I am asking myself the same question.

Peace and Grace to you this glorious Tuesday! I pray we will be moldable before the Lord and obedient hands and feet for His calling.




A Heart of Compassion

Last night at church we were asked, "Who do you serve." Of course there was the "God and Jesus" answer but we also talked about various others we serve...others in need, other ministries, self and family and friends, and of course our church body. None of these are negative, some aspects can be, but for the most part it is good to serve in these areas.

The question that spoke loudly to my heart was not "Who do you Serve," to me it was a question of "Why" do you serve. So many times we serve out of obligation and need. There is a class that needs to be taught, a nursery that needs a worker, a doctor's visit, the yard needs to be mowed...these are all areas of service. It all has to be accomplished and positions have to be filled. So, again the question is "Why" do you serve.

"And Jesus, when he came out, saw much people, and was moved with compassion toward them, because they were as sheep not having a shepherd: and he began to teach them many things." Mark 6:34

We should be serving out of a heart for the Lord. Our love for him gives us compassion. Compassion is defines as "deep sympathy and sorrow for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering." It's not simply feeling pity or sorrow for someone, or something. It is being MOVED to helping better the situation. When we focus on our Savior and His desires for us, the nursery is full of adults that have compassion for for infants and toddlers. Our prison ministries are filled with people who genuinely desire to meet the inmates where they are and to show compassion. The drug addicted mother of 5 doesn't feel shunned because she sees the Love of Christ in us. The man that stinks up the town from his odor, is offered a shower because we are moved to better his situation. Our friends and families will feel genuinely loved and cared for. We begin to see past the FLESH so we can meet the needs of those we encounter in our daily lives.

We care for people in a different manner when our care taking stems from the place of loving our Lord, from his heart of compassion toward the hurting.

I pray that I can extend genuine compassion toward others I encounter along this journey.