Create more joy. Institute a no-complaining rule. Some of the best mommy-bloggers share the goals they made for their families in 2013 in Lisa’s Home School.
Scott Neeson, a top movie executive whose list of credits include Titanic and Braveheart, left Hollywood to save children rooting in Cambodia’s garbage dumps. He sold his mansion, Porsche, and yacht and set off for Cambodia to provide food, shelter, and education to destitute children. Read his story and be inspired!
He’s the God of EVERY moment of your life! ~ Garrett
Ben and Norma are an elderly couple that spent last Thanksgiving in New York City. They took in something like 6 plays, 3 jazz clubs, and a comedy club. On their last day, they went back to their hotel, only to learn that their house had caught fire and they lost almost everything. Read the story of how a community rallied around this couple to give hope, healing, and a fresh start.
Today’s mini-challenge is to share your story with someone. Now, this could mean sharing your entire testimony or just what you’re going through right now. I’ll go first.
I’m working through a book that challenges me to make a list of 1,000 gifts that God has given me. Not the obvious gifts, like family and friends, but the moments of blessing. This has really helped me change my perspective because I’m always looking for the next gift to write down. This morning, I opened a new jar of peanut butter and it struck me: this moment is a gift from God! Call me crazy, but I LOVE being the first one to take a scoop out of the peanut butter jar. I have always loved it, but it wasn’t until this morning that I saw it as a small moment of blessing from God.
It’s your turn! Share your story by commenting below — or tell a friend today!
It’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons and Friday February 1st is our next Drive-Thru Difference here at the New Shine.FM. But you don’t have to wait until then to randomly bless someone….you can start this weekend. Maybe you have a story of how you blessed someone, or maybe how someone blessed you? Would you share it with me this afternoon? Thanks!
A woman named Emily had to quit her job because of health problems. Emily was collecting disability but wanted to get a part-time job to make ends meet. She kept applying and interviewing with no luck. She was really discouraged, so she started performing random acts of kindness to make herself feel better. Then, one day, one of her random acts started a ripple effect. Read about it here!
A great reminder to “trust” Him as we kick off a new week! ~ Garrett
It’s Garrett from Shine Afternoons and all of here at the New Shine.FM are lifting up lifting up the families and friends of those involved in last Friday morning’s tragedy in Newtown, CT. Max Lucado shared this poem over the weekend, and I thought it was a fitting way to start the week.
It’s a good thing you were born at night. This world sure seems dark. I have a good eye for silver linings. But they seem dimmer lately.
These killings, Lord. These children, Lord. Innocence violated. Raw evil demonstrated.
The whole world seems on edge. Trigger-happy. Ticked off. We hear threats of chemical weapons and nuclear bombs. Are we one button-push away from annihilation?
Your world seems a bit darker this Christmas. But you were born in the dark, right? You came at night. The shepherds were nightshift workers. The Wise Men followed a star. Your first cries were heard in the shadows. To see your face, Mary and Joseph needed a candle flame. It was dark. Dark with Herod’s jealousy. Dark with Roman oppression. Dark with poverty. Dark with violence.
Herod went on a rampage, killing babies. Joseph took you and your mom into Egypt. You were an immigrant before you were a Nazarene.
Oh, Lord Jesus, you entered the dark world of your day. Won’t you enter ours? We are weary of bloodshed. We, like the wise men, are looking for a star. We, like the shepherds, are kneeling at a manger.
This Christmas, we ask you, heal us, help us, be born anew in us.