I love summer foods, especially picnic food! As a kid, I especially loved hot dogs. Now that I’m older and sometimes in the care of other’s children, I’m always looking for something fun that kids will actually enjoy eating. (I like to be the “cool” babysitter!)
So one time I stumbled across this really great idea for hot dogs. With a knife, you slice straight down into the hot dog, about half-way down. You make 4 cuts, which will create the 8 legs. If you want to get fancy, you can carve out little eyes and a mouth on each of them. (more…)
April has been such a full month for me! I had a weekend of fasting and praying with a few of my friends, then a week later we had Quiet Waters at church which is a time of worshiping and prayer together as a community. Here at the office we’re in full swing getting ready for the summer. We have an intern who will be joining us in June and a new staff member moving here next month with his family. I also have some speaking engagements over the next few weeks where I will get to share about STEPS and the precious little girls there (that I will get to visit soon!).
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Laxmi holds up her hard-won annulment. (AFP)
(I found this story here, it is not my own.)
At an age when most kids are learning to walk, Laxmi Sargara was already married. Her husband, Rakesh, was just three-years-old when family sealed the deal on their fate. She was one.
Now seventeen years later the couple have set a history-making precedent by having their marriage annulled. But the real hero of this story is Laxmi, now 18, who took remarkably brave steps to reverse the archaic tradition and opened the door for more child brides to follow.
Though technically illegal in India, poor families living in rural areas often rely on these types of partnerships, using kids as pawns in order to provide more financial stability to those who can’t afford to feed their children long-term. The fall-out is hardest felt for child brides, plucked from their parents’ homes in their teens and forced to live with the husband they wed as a toddler and his family. The girls are expected to play the role of obedient wife and daughter-in-law, and in some instances, are beaten into submission by members of their new family. (more…)
Bless the Lord, O my soul
O my soul
Worship His holy name
Sing like never before
O my soul
I’ll worship Your holy name
(10,000 Reasons, by Matt Redman)
Today I am thankful for:
1. God’s tender loving-kindness towards me. I’ve been blown away the last few days recounting the ways that He has been so gentle and gracious towards me. How He has led me through the dark and hard times, how He has dealt gently with me when I have needed to work through something, how He has given me more than I could have ever asked for. His loving-kindness is amazing. If you would like to read more about the Lord’s loving-kindness, (more…)
There has been an epidemic recently… everyone I talked to was tired, weary, and generally just feeling blah. I just emailed my favorite girls (my small group) to hopefully encourage all of us all right out of this tired feeling. I sure don’t like feeling lethargic, apathetic, and generally worn out. I want to be filled with the strength, joy, and peace that comes from Jesus.
So here’s what I wrote:
I noticed over the past week that there has been a lot of tiredness and weariness going around. And in talking to many of you, you have expressed the same thing. I know that I’ve been more tired than usual lately. It reminded me of what Jesus said in Matthew 11:28-30: 28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” (more…)
It’s Friday! Go crazy!
Do a little dance – maybe even a Bill-Cosby-like dance!
Pick up your drum and bang on it! Knock over your djembe! (more…)