Welcome to our journey. The purpose of my blog is not only to journal our life experience, but also to share what God is doing in our lives. I do not claim to be an expert in parenting, marriage, or even the Bible. But I do have a heart to share my experiences and the true love that God has for each and every one of us. You can read our testimony by clicking on the top of the page. And if you'd like to know about the Homeless Ministry my husband started, you can click on the Homeless tab. I hope you will comment freely on my posts and in my community.

Monday, November 5, 2012

Brrrrr...it's cold outside!

Do you know that there are people sleeping outside every night? They have no bed and no warm house. That's just not right. It's not ok. It won't go away if we ignore it either. There are men, women, and children sleeping outside. Some sleep on nothing but the ground. Others may have a blanket or tarp to sleep on or under. Some are blessed and have a tent to sleep in. Yes, that would be considered blessed.

How can you help? Could you gather up warm clothes and blankets? Coats, gloves, hats, scarves, warm socks, and maybe even a pair of boots? Maybe you could donate food for the food shelf? If so, you can leave a comment or call 651-463-4762. Volunteer to help in St. Paul - help serve a meal, pass out clothes and blankets, or even just pray for someone. You could also make a financial donation to Breakthrough Ministries. There are lots of ways to help.

*OK...I MUST INSERT THIS RIGHT NOW* As I'm typing this, my email notification sounds and here's the email I get. I think I will just copy and paste the devotion right into my post.

Sent: Sunday, November 04, 2012 11:36 PM

Don't Ignore The Poor

10 Their only suggestion was that we keep on helping the poor,
which I have always been eager to do.

Not everyone who is poor is that way because of what they have
done. Disasters happen.

The enormity of the need worldwide can tempt us to just ignore
the plight of the poor. We can't help everyone, but that should
not keep us from helping someone.

27 Whoever gives to the poor will lack nothing, but those who
close their eyes to poverty will be cursed.

If you are reading this, then by definition you are not one of
the truly poor. You may be poorer than your neighbor, but there
are many people poorer than you are. The truly poor cannot
read, and struggle for food, which they don't have every day.

LUKE 16:19-21 NLT
19 Jesus said, "There was a certain rich man who was splendidly
clothed in purple and fine linen and who lived each day in
luxury. 20 At his gate lay a poor man named Lazarus who was covered
with sores. 21 As Lazarus lay there longing for scraps from the rich man's
table, the dogs would come and lick his open sores.

In this account, the rich man did not oppress the beggar laying
at his gate, where he probably passed by every day. The rich
man just ignored him. The dogs seem to have had more mercy.
They at least licked the sores of the poor beggar, while the
rich man did nothing to help relieve his suffering.

13 Those who shut their ears to the cries of the poor will be
ignored in their own time of need.

God loves all the people of the world -- rich and poor. His
will is not that anyone should suffer or be forgotten. God
loves those who are poor. So we who have been blessed with more
should not forget them.

16 And don't forget to do good and to share with those in need.
These are the sacrifices that please God.

17 If you help the poor, you are lending to the LORD -- and he
will repay you!

10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do
good to everyone -- especially to those in the family of faith.

Well...I guess it doesn't get much clearer than that. If you'd like to help, leave a comment, email Breakthrough, or call the number above. There are mothers, fathers, sons and daughters sleeping outside tonight. It's not ok.

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