There Are No Orphans of God: Orphan Sunday 2013

One of my favorite songs of the past few years is "Orphans of God." There is such beauty in these words ... There are no strangers There are no outcasts There are orphans of God. So many fallen But hallelujah There are no orphans of God. Today is Orphan Sunday.  While we know there are no orphans of God, no child without a Father in His kingdom, we also know there are an estimated 153 million orphans around the world. 153 million.  What can we do? The numbers overwhelm.  The ... [Read More]

In Times Like This

I'm sitting here watching the news about the devastation in Oklahoma—both yesterday and today.  I spent most of my childhood in Oklahoma.  Both my brothers and many of my friends live in the Oklahoma City metro area. I also have friends and family in Shawnee.  When the footage rolls across the screen, I'm choking back tears.  I breathed a sigh of relief as I scrolled through my Facebook feed, thankful to find out all my family and friends were safe. In times like this, we want to know why. ... [Read More]

When God Shows Out
{a Samaritan’s Purse update}

I love being a Samaritan's Purse blogger.  What they do is amazing ... through Operation Christmas Child, this ministry impacts the lives of countless children around the world. But Samaritan's Purse does way more than hand out shoeboxes.  The Children's Heart Project provides children with life-saving heart surgeries.  Through construction projects and disaster relief, staff and volunteers from Samaritan's Purse change lives in the United States and around the world.  World Medical Missions ... [Read More]

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: Samaritan’s Purse

Samaritan's Purse.  Operation Christmas Child.  Shoeboxes.  Franklin Graham.  Goats. Wait?  Goats?  What do goats have to do with Samaritan's Purse? Maybe you, like me apparently, have been living under a rock and had no idea that Samaritan's Purse has a gift catalog ... filled with amazing ways to bless others around the world, some for under $10! How does giving a goat {$70} make a difference?  Watch this: $70 to change a community ... maybe instead of that new game for the Wii or Xbox, ... [Read More]