Friday, September 28, 2007

Cool find

My friend had info about this website on her blog. It's so fun I just had to share. It's http://www.pandora.com/ You are going to love this. You get to create your own radio stations and listen to it on the computer. Go check it out. It's really neat! I love it. Angel

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Finding Hidden Treasure





Mark 10:13-16

Then they brought young children to Him, that He might touch them; but the disciples rebuked those who brought them.

But when Jesus saw it, He was greatly displeased and said to them, "Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the kingdom of God.

"Assuredly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God as a little child will by no means enter it."

And He took them up in His arms, put His hands on them, and blessed them.

Angel

Monday, September 24, 2007

Fields of The Fatherless Book Club- Chapter 4

Seeds of Hope
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Chapter 4 of this book is all about getting started.
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So many of us feel overwhelmed by the task in front of us. What we don't get is that we only need to start with planting seeds.
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Here is a verse I greatly appreciate on the subject
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Galations 6:1-7
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Live creatively, friends. If someone falls into sin, forgivingly restore him, saving your critical comments for yourself. You might be needing forgiveness before the day's out.
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Stoop down and reach out to those who are oppressed. Share their burdens, and so complete Christ's law. If you think you are too good for that, you are badly deceived.
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Make a careful exploration of who you are and the work you have been given, and then sink yourself into that. Don't be impressed with yourself. Don't compare yourself with others. Each of you must take responsibility for doing the creative best you can with your own life.
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Be very sure now, you who have been trained to a self-sufficient maturity, that you enter into a generous common life with those who have trained you, sharing all the good things that you have and experience.
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Don't be misled: No one makes a fool of God.
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What a person plants, he will harvest.
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The person who plants selfishness, ignoring the needs of others—ignoring God!—harvests a crop of weeds. All he'll have to show for his life is weeds! But the one who plants in response to God, letting God's Spirit do the growth work in him, harvests a crop of real life, eternal life.
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So let's not allow ourselves to get fatigued doing good. At the right time we will harvest a good crop if we don't give up, or quit. Right now, therefore, every time we get the chance, let us work for the benefit of all, starting with the people closest to us in the community of faith.
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Wow. Kick myself in the tush with this one. I am the QUEEN of selfish. Just look at my last post. I want to adopt a baby that desperately needs a home but then I can't sleep in on Saturday. WAAAAHHHH! Cry me a big fat RIVER! Yikes. Boy howdy am I pathetic. Excuse me while I go repent! :0)
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God asks us to sew those seeds of faith when we can't see what good it will do. He wants us to plant those seeds when we feel overwhelmed by it. That is the essence of seeds isn't it? They don't look like much but grow into something powerful and beautiful.
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If we have the courage to plant a tiny seed of faith God can make us so much more than we imagined. We may think... I don't have the guts to become some great missionary or pastor. What good does my little mission trip to Africa do? What will my $25 do? What is the point?
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Here is what the bible says...
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Mathew 17:20
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....you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you."
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God can take your little mission trip and plant a fire in your heart. The power is in what God can change in us when we plant a seed.
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He can take one small act of obedience and make it something huge. Our seeds don't just grow into one plant. The seeds we plant grow and flourish. Our seeds become plants with their own seeds. Soon before our very eyes our little seed of faith grows into something much larger than us.
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I promise you friend that you will be amazed at your life if you will begin to plant. God can take your $25 and use it to help a widow support her 5 children. He can turn your world upside down when you visit an orphan in Ethiopia. He will use you to be far beyond what you ever dreamed possible. It will shake you and terrify you. You will second guess yourself and wonder what you have done.
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Then you will turn and see what God has done through your life. As tears come to your eyes all you will be able to do is shake your head and say...Thank you.
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In those moments you will know that everything you did before you began planting those seeds of faith was vapor- just vapor.
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Planting seeds is what it's all about. It will take you away from yourself and will change the core of who you are. You will become powerful. You will move mountains. You will.





Love, Angel

What is the seed you KNOW you need to plant?

I guess we all know mine. Just read my last pathetic entry. Hee hee. OK God. I hear ya already!!! I'm ready to plant again. Thanks for all your encouragement blogger buddies. :0)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Baby on the brain...


This is a 3-d sonogram of Kaitlyn long ago. It's kinda iffy quality since it was back in the day but amazing just the same. I was telling the girls about it and they wanted to see it. Give it a second cause it switches back and forth from black and white to 3-d.

We have all had baby on the brain for sure. I am alternately excited and terrified of adopting this next baby.

On days when someone is sick or extremely grouchy I think "What in the WORLD do we think we are doing?????" Our children are going to outnumber us. I am taking on a big increase in my work load and I can tell you from experience that the pay increase ain't that great!!!! :0)

Then there are days when I hold Will (my godson) and he will snuggle up with me. (cause we love each other like that) Then I remember the pay off is far deeper than money. Then I get excited.

Some days (like today) things are buzzing along. Russ is in the kitchen making his traditional gluten free chocolate chip waffles and raw honey with the girls.(in the shape of Mickey Mouse of course- I know it's not your traditional tradition but they ARE good! YUMMY!) I am sitting here blogging and thinking we should work out and swim today.

On days like today I feel a little torn. Most of me thinks WE CAN DO THIS! It's going to be so awesome. Another bundle of joy. That is what both of my girls are. They are precious and kind. They are funny and adorable. I definitely want more of that in my home.

Then I remember that I just got to sleep in till ten am. This is the first period of time in YEARS I could do that on a Saturday. Then I remember that I have been writing this blog uninterrupted for 20 minutes. AMAZING. When we go to the pool I actually get to swim a little. :0)

On our girls trip this was a major topic of conversation. I was pretty much begging for their insight. Holly and Wendi asked me all kinds of awesome, probing questions. They wanted to know how it would effect each member of the family.

Russ.... he is mostly ready I think. He will definitely feel the change but he seems really happy about it.

Kaitlyn... she is thrilled. She will be about 5 when it happens. She is almost not a baby at all. She is really ready to be a big sister.

Zoe.... she wants this with all her heart. I think this could be so healing for her. She didn't get to witness the memories we have of Kaitlyn. I know that makes her sad. Having a baby brother or sister from a tiny baby is so exciting to her. Another sibling who is adopted is exciting. Someone to love her unconditionally is exciting to her. Plus Zoe just adores babies. They are safe and precious.

Me.... I want a baby but I am selfish. That is truly what it comes down to right now. It means giving up my freedom. :0( I want the benefits and not the work. Hmmmmm.... doesn't work that way does it??? Hee hee..

I think it's time. I really think so. I just keep praying that I won't fight giving up this easy life I am quickly becoming accustomed to here! If I was already physically pregnant it would be a done deal. I would just adjust to it and know when it's coming. With adoption it's more ambiguous.

It's like my heart feels pregnant and I am mostly sure I want it that way. There's just that selfish part of me that kicks and screams that I won't get to float in the pool or eat a leisurely breakfast. Pathetic and shallow- yet sadly true.

I have this feeling that somewhere out there my baby is just about the size Kaitlyn is in this sonogram. She or he is a kicking little bundle of sweetness. I pray for this baby. I pray that his/her birth mother will be wise and loving. I pray that he will be safe and develop perfectly. I pray that the birth mother will be cared for and comforted.

When I see it that way- when I think that my baby is already out there it's easy to be overwhelmed with joy.

Angel

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Some of my greatest blessings





















Yes, I was back in Perdido Key with two of my close friends and my godson William. I am so very blessed. I am so blessed to have friendships that last across the globe and across time. I am so blessed to have a husband who values these friendships and me. I am so grateful that he acknowledges my 24 hour a day on call status and loves to let me vacation sometimes. :0) Thanks for that Soccer Boy. I could not have a more amazing husband. I know that every minute of my life.

These small getaways have been so important. They are more than just pictures and suntans. Well, yes... there is plenty of that too. Mostly though there is renewal. These Godly women challenge me. We get honest about what is going on in our lives. We say the things that are hard to say and harder to hear. We cry and laugh and share our hearts. It is one of the rare moments we have uninterrupted to build our friendship.

I come away from these days with them a better person. I am a better mother because of these women. I am a FAR better wife because of their honesty and example. I am a better friend because they have taught me what friendship really means.

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Wendi and Holly... thank you for being there for me ALWAYS. Thank you Jamie and Sam for being dynamite hubbies and supporting our friendship.I never imagined I would be so blessed as to have such amazing people who I can NEVER get rid of no matter how badly I behave. Hee hee!! :0) I love you both. I have no doubt that we will have pictures just like these years from now when our hair is grey and our children have their own children. You know we will STILL look good too!!!! HA HA HA!! THIN, TAN AND BEAUTIFUL!!! You are my friends in all seasons.
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To all my P31s friends...you know who you are. Thank you for being shining examples of what it means to be a Godly woman. My life is far richer because you are in it. You have believed in me when I did not believe in myself. You have loved me when I had trouble even LIKING myself. You have shared my joy and my pain. The hugs and tears and uncontrolled giggles are a gift I can never repay. I am forever grateful.
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For all of you amazing blogger buddies out there. I am blessed to be a part of your lives. Thank you for letting me peek into your hearts and learn something. Thanks for the times I felt less alone because I knew someone out there knew exactly how I was feeling.
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If you do not have this kind of friendship I beg you to find it. If you will be purposeful in finding Godly women to dive deep with it will change your life and you will grow in crazy ways!!! These women are some of my greatest blessings.
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Below I will share my life goal. The other P31 women in my life help me work toward that.
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Proverbs 31


A wife of noble character who can find?

She is worth far more than rubies.
Her husband has full confidence in her

and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm,

all the days of her life.
She selects wool and flax

and works with eager hands.
She is like the merchant ships,

bringing her food from afar.
She gets up while it is still dark;

she provides food for her family

and portions for her servant girls.
She considers a field and buys it;

out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
She sets about her work vigorously;

her arms are strong for her tasks.
She sees that her trading is profitable,

and her lamp does not go out at night.
In her hand she holds the distaff

and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
She opens her arms to the poor

and extends her hands to the needy.
When it snows, she has no fear for her household;

for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
She makes coverings for her bed;

she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
Her husband is respected at the city gate,

where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
She makes linen garments and sells them,

and supplies the merchants with sashes.
She is clothed with strength and dignity;

she can laugh at the days to come.
She speaks with wisdom,

and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
She watches over the affairs of her household

and does not eat the bread of idleness.
Her children arise and call her blessed;

her husband also, and he praises her:
"Many women do noble things,

but you surpass them all."
Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;

but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
Give her the reward she has earned,

and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.
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The song below is for you Wendi and Holly. An old school favorite and kinda my story. :0) You know what I mean.
I hope you all like it!!! The lyrics are below it.





So you're gone but I know you're not so far away

You're a call on the phone or a ride on a plane

But that just isn't the same, yeah well

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That's ok because I was never home anyway

So now everyone's evolving and I am just the same

As I was ten years ago, but I don't know

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Maybe a simple life is more the way to go

Yeah, but then again, I’m mostly all alone

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Coz I'm losing everyone

But I know I can't lose you

And maybe my time will come

But I know I can't lose you

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Coz the older I get

Well the more that life is making sense

And it's similar to traffic or being president

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'Cause I’m not the one in control

You grab a hold

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I'm just a hammer helping to nail the future down

But it's getting hard making my friends leave town

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Coz I'm losing everyone
But I know I can't lose you
And maybe my time will come
But I know I can't lose you

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But maybe I missed the nose right on my face

For what's just past it

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And maybe I have the gift that everyone speaks so highly of

Funny how nobody wants it
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So glad I can't lose you. Crazy Hugs, Me

Monday, September 17, 2007

Guess where I am?

Come on GUESS! AARRRGGGHH!! Just play along. Don't give me any sassy attitude. :0)

My friend Holly. Awwww isn't she sweet?
Oops! Never mind!!!
Prince William and Princess Angel should NEVER have to walk. Right Holly?
YAY! We're here!! What could he be THIS worried about? He is only 10 months old. Hee hee. I think he was worried we might stick him back in that car seat!
Unloading the van....
My friend Holly- my friend Wendi and her baby William.

Aren't we adorable when we unload???? :0)

Look how much STUFF we brought. Sheesh!

Ahhhhh..... the destination...

And on top of it all I get awesome cuddle time with my precious little godson!!!

Does it get any better??? Look at that!

Life is good! More to come. Greetings from our girls getaway in Florida. WOOOHOOO!!! Hugs, Angel

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Sweet Will

Here is my good buddy Wendi with her doll baby Will. He wanted to give a shout out to his daddy!!! :0)

So how is school Zoe?

Sick Little Princess

Friday, September 14, 2007

The Tooth Fairy Blues..


I would just like to give a big shout out to the tooth fairy my friends. I mean she is seriously under appreciated. Until we come to that age where our children have teeth falling out of their mouth we do not even APPRECIATE the complexity of her position.
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Here is this adorable child. She has a tooth fall out of her mouth. She expects to put this under her pillow and WAH LAH!
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Ohhhhh easier said than done my friends. First the fairy must decide what the going rate is for the tooth in question. What has inflation done to the price of teeth. Are some worth more than others. What if the child's tooth fairy was not able to VISIT Guatemala in the past. Is there back pay and interest involved??
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This POOR little tooth fairy has her work cut out for her. Said fairy has to wait until said child is SOUND asleep. She has to creep in ever so slowly praying this child does not wake. Her heart is pounding so loudly she is sure the child can hear it. She then has to REACH UNDER said child's head and find this tooth somewhere under there while not waking said child. The tooth is tiny and white. The sheets are white. The room is pitch black. You do the math. After wriggling around and holding her breath for 10 minutes she FINALLY gets the tooth.
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Now to deliver the goods. She slips the money under the pillow and practically vaults out of the room breathing a HUGE sigh of relief.
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She should be applauded my friends. APPLAUDED!!! This is no easy task. Could it be that this poor tooth fairy feels a shiver run up her tiny little spine whenever she hears that a new tooth has been lost. I don't know... I'm just saying.
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Tooth fairy- wherever you are- YOU ARE THE BOMB!! You get props from me girl.

The almost famous Kya Blu!!




OHHHHH and of course Candy tooo!!! Hee hee.... A couple of weeks ago we got to go hang out with them Kya and Candy. How lucky are we?? It was so fun and felt strangely natural. It feels like Candy and I have known each other for a long time. We have followed each others blogs for about 1 1/2 years now! To me it didn't feel like the first time we had met!!! So cool. Love ya girls. See ya at Guatoberfest!! Hugs, Angel

My new computer


Isn't she beautiful??? Notice how you can see the WHOLE screen!! I know... pure luxury. Sorry I haven't posted many pictures. It took us a few days to get used to each other! hee hee :0) Angel

Lovin' Some Texas Watermelon





Is it just me or has the watermelon been SOOOOO awesome this year??? We can't get enough! Angel

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

In case you want to get to Guatemala

I HAD to publish these fares... They are good till midnight tonight I think. I know I was always looking for a deal in our adoption days.

http://www.spiritair.com/welcome.aspx?pg=salesinformation&number=397


Guatemala City, Guatemala To:
Fares From
Dates Available

Fort Lauderdale
$23* Each Way
9/27, 9/28, 9/29, 9/30

Los Angeles (LAX)
$41* Each Way
9/22, 9/26, 9/27, 9/28

Fort Lauderdale
$43* Each Way
Tues, Wed and Sat between 9/18/07 and 2/12/08

Orlando
$73* Each Way
Tues, Wed and Sat between 9/18/07 and 2/12/08

Los Angeles (LAX)
$97* Each Way
Tues, Wed and Sat between 9/18/07 and 2/12/08

New York (LaGuardia)
$97* Each Way
Tues, Wed and Sat between 9/18/07 and 2/12/08

Las Vegas
$113* Each Way
Tues, Wed and Sat between 9/18/07 and 2/12/08

Here is your BIG chance...

We have covered about half of the book "Fields of The Fatherless" by Tom Davis in our book club. I am sure many of you have made it through the whole book on your own by now.

Next week Tom Davis (author of Fields) will be guest blogging right here!!

I will let him take over the book club post for next week. I am not sure which day he will blog. He is touring around the US so I am sure he will just be squeezing it in whenever he can! :0)

We will resume with the book club the following Monday as usual.

Tom has graciously offered to answer any questions you have. If you have a question you would like to ask him you can leave it in the comment section or e-mail me at angelweir@gmail.com...

NOW IS YOUR CHANCE!!!! Ask away!

:0) Angel

Monday, September 10, 2007

Our Next Book Club Post-Fields Of The Fatherless- Chapter 3

Hey there book club buddies!! What happened to all my passionate feisty commenters last week?? Come back to me!!! :0) Hee hee...

Well, chapter three is short and sweet. Good stuff as always.

EVER WONDER WHAT GOD LOOKS LIKE????

We have touched on this subject already in the last two posts. What does God look like in our world???

Mathew 25

35For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, 36I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'

37"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? 38When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 39When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'

40"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

It isn't how we imagine God is it? When we imagine the face of God do we see a homeless man on the street? When we think of the holiness of God do we see an orphan across the ocean? When we think of worship do we imagine visiting prisoners?

Most of us have heard this scripture in many sermons. How many of us have really thought about what it means? How many of us KNOW what this looks like in our lives? I'm not sure I do. I'm just trying to figure it out. I struggle to see God in the every day people around me. I struggle to remember that THIS is how I serve Jesus. He wants me to love them. In this way I AM loving God. More than ANYTHING this is what we are called to do in this life.

Luke 10

25On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. "Teacher," he asked, "what must I do to inherit eternal life?"

26"What is written in the Law?" he replied. "How do you read it?"

27He answered: " 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind'[
c]; and, 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'[d]"

28"You have answered correctly," Jesus replied. "Do this and you will live."

29But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, "And who is my neighbor?"

30In reply Jesus said: "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he fell into the hands of robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, took him to an inn and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two silver coins[
e] and gave them to the innkeeper. 'Look after him,' he said, 'and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'

36"Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"

37The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him." Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise."

This is what God has for us. When we walk through life as a good Samaritan we will KNOW God.

We must also realize that WE ARE that person in need. It is so hard to accept that. I had the hardest time during our adoption accepting help though we needed it desperately. I thought I didn't want to "burden" anyone. Now I realize how prideful and wrong I am to have that attitude. When I don't allow others to be a "good Samaritan" in my life I deprive them of serving God.

We are all in need and we all have something to give. We should freely give and freely receive.

I love what Tom says here....

Right now Jesus is hungry. Jesus is thirsty. Jesus is naked. Jesus is in prison. Jesus is sick. Will you do what it takes to minister to Him? For the joy set before you...search for the treasure in earthen vessels... and you'll find Christ himself.

So many of us say we want to know God. We say we want to just know what God has for our lives. Do we REALLY want to know?? Do we want to know if it means we might feel uncomfortable? Do we want to know if we have to step out of our box and see reality? Would we rather just stay in the fantasy?

See the thing is... as much as we "search" for what God has for us we don't always want to see it. He made it so plain. It's all right there.

I love this song by Steven Curtis Chapman called "What Now." The words are so powerful. It's the first song on my blog music list. Just push play to hear it and then you can read the words below.





I saw the face of Jesus In a little orphan girl
She was standing in the corner

On the other side of the world

And I heard the voice of Jesus
Gently whisper to my heart

Didn't you say you wanted to find Me
Well, here I am, here you are

So what now
What will you do now that you've found Me?
What now
What will you do with this treasure you've found

I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you'll remember
This is right where I said I would be
You found me, what now?

And I saw the face of Jesus

Down on Sixteenth Avenue
He was sleeping in an old car
While his mom went looking for food

And I heard the voice of Jesus
Gently whisper to my soul
Didn't you say you wanted to know me
Well, here I am
And it's getting cold

So what now
What will you do now that you've found Me?
What now
What will you do with this treasure you've found

I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you'll remember
This is right where I said I would be
You found me, what now?

So come and know Come and know, know me now Come, come and know, know me now Oh, come and know Come, come and know, know me now Come, come and know, know me now


Hugs, Angel

QUESTIONS FOR MY BOOK CLUB BUDDIES

1. What stood out to you most in this chapter and why?
2. Do you have trouble receiving?
3. Is there a way you know you need to start giving?


Wednesday, September 05, 2007

INTRODUCING KIVA!!!! (MAJOR RED PILL CHALLENGE!)




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If you are going to read one of my blog posts PLEASE read this one. This means so much to me. Yes, it's long... BUT SERIOUSLY!! It is worth it. Feel free to copy anything here to post on your blogs if you want to do so.

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I am so CRAZY excited that I can barely contain myself. As you all know I am on a mission to change the world. :0) Hee hee... Yes, I know it's hilarious but I truly do want to make a difference. Not a little difference either. We are talking HUGE!
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I know many of you out there have the same passion. You want to be able to do something. My hubby and I wrestle with this in a big way. What are the ways you can truly change things in suffering third world countries? Education is one. Creating business is another. BUT what can normal people like us do? We aren't rich.

Well HOLD ONTO YOUR SEATS blogger buddies. I am about to tell you how you can start saving the world!!!-



Not long ago Russ read a book called Banker To The Poor



By Muhammad Yunus

-Never fear... I will not make you read it unless you just want to check it out! Russ and I have already done that for you. It is an amazing book. The author won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2006 for this idea. He is AMAZING! Here is a little about his idea.

-Winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize
This autobiography of the world-renowned, visionary economist who came up with a simple but revolutionary solution to end world poverty--micro-credit--has become a growing movement. Muhammad Yunus is that rare thing: a bona fide visionary. His dream is the total eradication of poverty from the world. In 1983, against the advice of banking and government officials, Yunus established Grameen, a bank devoted to providing the poorest of Bangladesh with minuscule loans. Grameen Bank, based on the belief that credit is a basic human right, not the privilege of a fortunate few, now provides over 2.5 billion dollars of micro-loans to more than two million families in rural Bangladesh. Ninety-four percent of Yunus's clients are women, and repayment rates are near 100 percent. Around the world, micro-lending programs inspired by Grameen are blossoming, with more than three hundred programs established in the United States alone.

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Now you may be thinking CREDIT??? HUH? I have credit cards and I don't want them. Why is that a GOOD thing?
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Credit is one of the biggest differences between America and a third world country. W
e have access to capital. In short- It takes money to make money. How do you start a business with NO money? If you want to make shoes for a living in Honduras but you grew up starving where do you start? How do you get that money for the supplies to make that first pair of shoes? Even if you work hard to feed yourself and scrape enough off your meager wages to save for supplies it will only be enough to make one pair. Then you sell that pair but it is only enough to buy supplies for one more pair and save a few pennies. It may take you years upon years to build a thriving business.

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For these people the conditions are oppressive. You can get loans locally but many of them will charge up to 300% interest!!!! 300%???? How do you pay that off? Not only that- many of the agreements require the person who takes the loan to only sell to the person who loaned the money. This creates a system where these people become virtual slaves. There is no possibility of repayment.


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ENTER MICRO-LOANS!!! ENTER KIVA!!! There is now an organization that allows us to help people start small businesses all over the world!

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Imagine this!!! YOU can make small loans to these people TODAY by simply clicking a button through pay pal. All you need is $25!!! 25 DOLLARS!!! Almost everyone reading this blog can do that.

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You can literally go to the website and look at profiles. You choose who you want to loan your money to and you click a button. Your loan is combined with other lenders when needed and you are now a lender. You will get to see updates of the business progress and even e-mail back and forth with the loan recipient. Then you will get the money paid back. 99.8% of people have paid back the loan in full!

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This is their ONE shot and they do not take it lightly. Not only that but there is extreme peer pressure in the villages for these people to pay off the loans quickly so other people in the village can get loans next. This also creates a situation where the other villagers pull together to help build and support each other's businesses.

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NO THAT IS NOT WHERE IT ENDS!

That is only the beginning my friends. It gets MUCH BETTER! Stick with me here.

- Let's say today you lend $25 dollars to a woman trying to start a business in Honduras. You aren't just giving the money to her. She will pay it back to you with a minimal amount of interest. You get pictures of her and her business. You get to e-mail her and care about her and encourage her.


When she pays you back you can cash out if you want to OR you can take that money and lend it to someone else!!!

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DO YOU SEE WHERE THIS IS GOING???

-Your money can now do ENDLESS good. ENDLESS PEOPLE!

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Let's say that you decided to invest 25$ a month in Kiva to make loans to people. That is $300 dollars in the first year. Now let's say you get a little interest. That makes it about $315. Within 10 years if you continue to ONLY give $25 a month plus earn minimal interest this is how it will work... This is approximate but should be pretty close. I'll have Russ check it too since my math bites! :0)

2nd year you have $645.00 to lend

3rd year you have $992.00 to lend

4th year you have $1365 to lend

5th year you have $1738 to lend

6th year you have $2139 to lend

7th year you have $2560 to lend

8th year you have $3003 to lend

9th year you have $3468 to lend

10th year you have $3956 to lend

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WOWZER!!!! At only $25 a month you could be eventually lending out THOUSANDS of dollars every year to help people start new businesses. What if 100 people that read this blog committed to do just that??? That would be $400,000 in ten years being loaned out OVER AND OVER.

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THIS is just SO RIGHT!!!! How do we prevent children from becoming orphans AT ALL??? THIS IS HOW! We must provide their families with a way to provide for these children.


Here are some videos about the organization... Part one of three-documentary on Kiva



Part 2 of 3



Part 3 of 3



News story on Kiva


Interview with founders of Kiva


People who have been helped by Kiva






I believe this is an incredibly wise way to invest our money. We aren't just blindly giving it away never to be seen again. It compounds the power of our money in unimaginable ways. I am not saying there are not people we must simply give to because they are not able to provide for themselves. That is why we must care for orphans and widows. BUT here is a way to STOP the problem before it starts without EVER running out of money.

Here is little taste of what the Bible says about our money and giving. God wants us to be wise with our money. He wants us to care for those in need. Check it out.


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Mathew 25:14-46

The Story About Investment

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"It's also like a man going off on an extended trip. He called his servants together and delegated responsibilities. To one he gave five thousand dollars, to another two thousand, to a third one thousand, depending on their abilities. Then he left.

Right off, the first servant went to work and doubled his master's investment. The second did the same. But the man with the single thousand dug a hole and carefully buried his master's money.
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"After a long absence, the master of those three servants came back and settled up with them. The one given five thousand dollars showed him how he had doubled his investment. His master commended him: 'Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.'
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"The servant with the two thousand showed how he also had doubled his master's investment. His master commended him: 'Good work! You did your job well. From now on be my partner.'
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"The servant given one thousand said, 'Master, I know you have high standards and hate careless ways, that you demand the best and make no allowances for error. I was afraid I might disappoint you, so I found a good hiding place and secured your money. Here it is, safe and sound down to the last cent.'
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"The master was furious. 'That's a terrible way to live! It's criminal to live cautiously like that! If you knew I was after the best, why did you do less than the least? The least you could have done would have been to invest the sum with the bankers, where at least I would have gotten a little interest.
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"'Take the thousand and give it to the one who risked the most. And get rid of this "play-it-safe" who won't go out on a limb. Throw him out into utter darkness.'

The Sheep and the Goats

"When he finally arrives, blazing in beauty and all his angels with him, the Son of Man will take his place on his glorious throne. Then all the nations will be arranged before him and he will sort the people out, much as a shepherd sorts out sheep and goats, putting sheep to his right and goats to his left.
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"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Enter, you who are blessed by my Father! Take what's coming to you in this kingdom. It's been ready for you since the world's foundation. And here's why: I was hungry and you fed me, I was thirsty and you gave me a drink, I was homeless and you gave me a room, I was shivering and you gave me clothes, I was sick and you stopped to visit, I was in prison and you came to me.'
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"Then those 'sheep' are going to say, 'Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry and feed you, thirsty and give you a drink? And when did we ever see you sick or in prison and come to you?' Then the King will say, 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me—you did it to me.'
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"Then he will turn to the 'goats,' the ones on his left, and say, 'Get out, worthless goats! You're good for nothing but the fires of hell. And why? Because— I was hungry and you gave me no meal, I was thirsty and you gave me no drink, I was homeless and you gave me no bed, I was shivering and you gave me no clothes, Sick and in prison, and you never visited.'
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"Then those 'goats' are going to say, 'Master, what are you talking about? When did we ever see you hungry or thirsty or homeless or shivering or sick or in prison and didn't help?'
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"He will answer them, 'I'm telling the solemn truth: Whenever you failed to do one of these things to someone who was being overlooked or ignored, that was me—you failed to do it to me.'

"Then those 'goats' will be herded to their eternal doom, but the 'sheep' to their eternal reward."

ALL RIGHT!!! That's all I have!! I am blogged out. :0) What do you think???

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