Move. Into. Action.

•March 3, 2011 • Leave a Comment

John 21:17 “Feed My Sheep.”

Oz Chambers…”Pour yourself out. Don’t testify about how much you love Me, and don’t talk about the wonderful revelation you have had, just ‘Feed My sheep’.” Jesus has some extraordinarily peculiar sheep: some that are unkempt and dirty, some that are awkward or pushy, and some that have gone astray. But it is impossible to exhaust God’s love, and it is impossible to exhaust my love if it flows from the Spirit of God within me. The love of God pays no attention to my prejudices caused by my natural individuality. If I love my Lord, I have no business being guided by natural emotions – I have to feed His sheep. We will not be delivered or released from His commission to us. Beware of counterfeiting the love of God by following your own natural human emotions, sympathies, or understandings. That will only serve to revile and abuse the true love of God.

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A lot to think about this a.m.

•January 6, 2011 • 1 Comment

Oz Chambers this morning. “Worship is giving God the best that He has given you. Be careful what you do with the best you have.”

And even more. “The lasting value to our public service for God is measured by the depth of the intimacy of our private times of fellowship and oneness with Him.”

Hmmm…I’ll be pondering these all day.

Merry Christmas from us to you!

•December 1, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Sleepovers!

•November 23, 2010 • Leave a Comment

So this past Thursday afternoon I was brainstorming about something fun for the girls to do since Kent was going to be out that evening for a meeting. I have been mentioning about a sleepover with our dear friends who just moved to Pittsburgh from Michigan. So I devised the plan…I called and asked if the girls could come spend the night Friday, but mentioned that I was not going to let my girls know ahead of time. A great surprise! The girls’ friend’s mom also decided to do the same for them as well.

I don’t know who was more excited…me or the girls!?!? When their friends arrived, they were so surprised and very excited! We baked cookies, rented a Blu-Ray, the girls did pedicures, and of course…tons of giggling! What a joy it was to have friends over!

Max Talbot Foundation Kick-Off Event

•November 19, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Last night Kent and I had the honor of attending the kick-off event for the Max Talbot Foundation. He hosted an event at the Bossa Nova downtown Pittsburgh to raise funds to complete the IDADEE orphanage in Haiti for the children that still need a home & care. He went several months ago to Haiti for the first time with Brad Henderson, founder of the Pittsburgh Kids Foundation (where I work), Sean Casey, and Mike Rupp of the Pittsburgh Penquins to witness first-hand of both the devastation and the need.

Since then he has founded the Max Talbot Foundation, an organization “devoted to lending a helping hand to children in need”. As a kick-off, he hosted the event last night…which was a sure success in raising a lot of money for the orphanage through ticket sales to the event, a live auction, & a silent auction.

What an honor to be a part of the evening…making a difference in the lives of children worldwide!

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Kalea’s Cheer Banquet

•November 17, 2010 • Leave a Comment

This past Sunday we celebrated with Kalea at the completion of her first Cheerleading season! Each of the squads were honored with a beautiful afternoon at a local banquet facility with lunch and dancing. It was actually quite impressive! Each girl was acknowledged and given a gift (a bag with name embroidered on it & a pin); each squad performed the half-time rountine they did all season. There was a great spread of food and drinks, and then a DJ led the girls in about 2 hours of dancing!

I loved seeing Kalea with her friends! And a few of Madalyn’s friends were there as well, so she was happy too!

My mom (Nana) had a Tigers cheer uniform made for Kalea’s American Girl doll in celebration of Kalea’s first season. The girls made her feel a part of the squad that afternoon! I have a feeling that a basketball uniform might be on its way for another girl in our home :)

Child Protection Compact Act….Act today and call your local senators!

•November 15, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Abolitionists around the country are advocating for the passage of the Child Protection Compact Act — critical legislation designed to help protect children in targeted countries from slavery and sex trafficking. The legislation was extremely close to passing but, in early October, Congress adjourned for elections without completing the process to pass the bill. There is only one opportunity left to pass this life-saving legislation into law: On November 15, Congress reconvenes for a “lame duck” session, giving us a final, unexpected chance to pass the CPCA.

We need your help to pass this urgent legislation! There will be many issues competing for Senators’ attention when they return — so they need to hear from constituents who care about ending child trafficking if they are going to make the CPCA a priority.

See www.ijm.org/nationalcallinday; watch the video for more information on what to say and to locate your local senators.

Make a difference in the lives of those who are unable to speak for themselves today!