Three Hearts, One Amazing Story

Samaritan's Purse is a ministry dear to my heart.   Most people know of the work of this organization because of Operation Christmas Child shoeboxes; but, they do so much more.   Last year I shared the Christmas catalog for Samaritan's Purse and invited you to join me in buying gifts that spread hope and life around the world. On April 27, 2011, tornadoes devastated North Alabama.  In fact, the county in which we currently reside was profoundly affected by the tornadoes that day with one small ... [Read More]

Giving {Living} Beyond: Freeset USA

One of the best parts of blogging is meeting amazing people and having the opportunity to partner with incredible ministries.  Today, I'd like to share with you about Freeset USA and one of the women they are helping. Meet Kajori ... “After the first meeting with Kerry I promised that if I got the job I would quit the line...” It might be 10 years since that meeting happened, but Kajori remembers it clearly, “After training was completed, Kerry then asked who was willing to quit the line. I ... [Read More]

Giving {Living} Beyond

For most of us, this week will be filled with food and family, traditions and even some shopping. But for millions around the world - and even many in our communities - this Thursday will not be a festive family occasion.    In fact, for many, Thanksgiving is the beginning of the most depressing time of the year, not the most wonderful. As many as 3.5 million people are homeless in the United States during any given week ... and up to 40% of that number are families with children.  ... [Read More]

What Has You?

{This post was originally shared on Gather Inspirit.} “For I can testify that they gave not only what they could afford but far more.  And they did it of their own free will.” ~ 2 Corinthians 8:3, NLT To be honest, this verse haunts me. As I read it again and again, I keep asking myself this question: Do I have my things or do my things have me? How tightly am I holding to things that rust and moth destroy? My heart has been aching lately over the truth that far too often I love the ... [Read More]

When Doing Something is Simple

Yesterday I shared how growing in simple has been far more complex than I expected. But today, I am asking you to join me in doing something ... making a difference globally ... by doing something very simple. As many of you realize, this morning I'll be volunteering at our local crisis pregnancy center.   For the past twelve years I have been involved with this type of ministry and the opportunity each week to make a difference in the lives of women and families in crisis is truly a great ... [Read More]