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Compassion.

I made an executive decision.

Instead of showering my children with presents for Christmas we are going to step outside the box. Don’t get me wrong. We will still celebrate Christmas but this year I’m striving to make the meaning of Christmas hit home for my boys, something more than presents under a tree.

We are adding to our family.

This is a HUGE deal.

Many of you may not know that I am a blogger for Compassion International. Now, I will fess up and say I have not blogged consistently over the last year. There are many reasons and excuses I could come up with, all true, but none more true than I just didn’t take the time. I am hoping to change that this month.

You see, this month is being deemed as BLOG MONTH for those at Compassion International. It is a month where I, along with my fellow bloggers, will be encouraging our readers to sponsor a child. Each week will have a new topic related to sponsoring, an act that is life changing. I have noticed, however, it has become increasingly difficult to encourage something I do not participate in myself. We do not currently sponsor a child. 

That is changing.

We will be sitting down over the next couple of weeks, as a family, in order to choose a child we can sponsor and watch grow as my own children grow. As soon as we have chosen a child to sponsor I will post about him or her here – as much as I can anyway. Hopefully one day we will get to meet this, as of yet, unknown child. I wish we could help them all.

This is where YOU come in.

With all of the natural disasters that have hit around the world there is a much greater need than ever before. If you have the desire to help a region but are not sure how please consider being a sponsor. Sponsoring is easy. It only takes a few minutes to get set up and I can promise you it is one of the most meaningful decisions you will ever make.

I’ve heard it said many times over:

You may not be able to change the world

but you can change the world for one person.

That is exactly what sponsoring is; changing a child’s world.

FOREVER.

Like I said, it’s a HUGE deal.

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Where is the Soul?

Most of you know by now that I am a full-time student, an English major. Recently in my Creative Writing class we wrote out one line of a poem, four words really, and then passed those along to a classmate. Random words, whatever struck our fancy at that moment, and our classmates were faced with the daunting proposition of turning those words into a full blown poem.

The line I received:

Where is the Soul?

I immediately filled with trepidation. Not only was this a topic not easily defined but, it came from someone with an incredible vocabulary and sense of diction. I was concerned I would not be able to do it justice.

For three days, I suffered from some serious writer’s block. It did not matter that I was doing researching on various definitions and locations of “soul”. Nothing was working. I even grabbed a book of essays focused on “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” television show for some inspiration (it is a text we use in one of my writing classes). One of the essays struck a chord with me and gave me a starting point.

Once I began writing I did not stop. 

I wrote for nearly an hour and, when finished, was so very satisfied with where I ended. It was an amazing moment for me. This was my writing “aha!” moment. I had finally figured out was has been missing from all of my poetry from this semester.

That vital ingredient?

Me.

I had become so caught up in the “formula” of writing poetry that I had forgotten to make it uniquely mine. My poetry from earlier this semester sounds absolutely nothing like me. Fortunately, we have the chance to rewrite our poems and present a portfolio of our completed works along with the drafts and processes we took to get from point A to point B.

I suppose I cannot really bring you this far without sharing my poem that inspired this post. However, I have not turned in my portfolio and do not want to have my poem available online at this point. Thank you for understanding.


Psalm 91 (amp).

1 HE WHO dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].

2 I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!

3 For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.

4 [Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trustand find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.

5 You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day,

6 Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.

7 A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.

8 Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked.

9 Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place,

10 There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent.

11 For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service].

12 They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.

13 You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot.

14 Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness–trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].

15 He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.

16 With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.

Have you ever read this passage? ALL 16 verses? And realized just how much God’s protection surrounds us? It’s amazing!

I firmly believe God has a blueprint for everyone. (That means you too!!) Many of us know the beginning and that in the end “we win” but few of us know the details of the journey that will take us from point A to point B. That’s where trusting God comes in handy. Trust Him. Know Him. Know His voice. He won’t lead you astray.

But there are passages in the Bible like this one that let us know we are not welcome in the Earth and that, in modern vernacular, God’s got our backs! Isn’t that awesome?! He knows that there will be tough times. And that there will be times we want to quit or walk away. Or that times may get to a point where life as we know it does not exist any longer.

I know my version of ” trials and tribulations” in my personal life are completely different from anyone else. We all handle things differently. But God has His hand out there; leading and guiding, protecting us.

I have heard it said, “Many paths lead up the mountain but it’s the choice to go to the top that made the difference”.

I don’t know how true that is for you but I know it’s true for me, and most of my friends. We all come from different backgrounds but we all at one point or another in our journeys made the choice to follow Jesus … to take the path that leads up the mountain so to speak. It’s not easy, He never said it would be. He said He would never leave us nor forsake us and the passage up above from Psalm 91 shows how much we mean to Him. Think about it. We don’t normally offer protection for those we care nothing for.

~Selah.


It’s all in the Name

I’ve given a lot of thought to my new blog adventure. I’ve polled my friends for their thoughts and suggestions as well as their criticisms. I’ve played with the various formats until I finally found one I truly like. But, the most thought has gone into what to say in this first blog post.

My brain has bounced from one topic to the next; everything from telling the world a little bit about me and mine to the things I enjoy doing to even having a special “soap box” link within easy reach. But then I stopped and started truly thinking on what it is exactly that I want conveyed through this journey.

In order to reach this blog you either clicked on a link somewhere or you typed the URL in the address bar above but either way the phrase “a life of passion” was used. Simply put, this is what I want; a life of passion. But what does that mean exactly?

More thoughts on this caused me to consider the things I’m passionate about; photography and writing, but neither of those really exemplify what I mean. those are more just things I enjoy doing. The more I thought on this the more concerned I became.

We just finished a wonderful holiday season full of friends, family, gifts, love, and more food than most of us have eaten in the last year combined. But what about God? What about the reason we even have a holiday season to celebrate?

Has anyone else noticed that we spend more time at the end of each year fretting over what gifts to buy for people or on making our own “wish lists” than we do recognizing Jesus’ birthday? And then we turn around and start the next year by making resolutions, which seem to be nothing more than a list of “I want” which could really be chalked up to the beginning of our “wish lists” for the next holiday season. If this is supposed to be a time of giving then why do we spend so much time wanting?

Over the last few weeks I’ve found myself dreading the holidays because it means people being rude, way too much traffic, senseless fighting over petty, materialistic things. I have agreed 100% with my coworker who has said countless times that giving gifts and shopping should be banned for a few years because it brings out the worst in people. When my family began asking what I want I told them nothing, and I meant it. Yes, there are things I want but I have so much more than I need that to add to that seems selfish. But also, in the course of the last few weeks I found myself wanting to write again, to blog actually, but to do so with a purpose more than random meanderings of the mind. In revamping my blog I had to go back and ask myself what I want, really and truly, way deep down in my bones want. After much thought, prayer, and many conversations with many friends, I finally got an answer.

I want to live a true life of passion. I want an abundance of emotion for Jesus, my Savior. I want to teach my boys that it’s okay to love unashamedly One whose presence is more felt than seen.

passion; pas⋅sion; [pash-uhn]:

*any powerful or compelling emotion or feeling*boundless enthusiasm*an abandoned display of emotion*a deep, overwhelming emotion


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