Category Archives: acting on faith

She is Priceless - May 16 2017

She is Priceless

Want to do some good today?

Today is She is Priceless, a day of giving presented by Mercy House Global, one of my favorite organizations.

Why She is Priceless and why pearls?

A pearl is a healed wound. An oyster protects itself from irritation and suffering and the result is a priceless pearl. The women supported by this campaign have endured unthinkable suffering in their lives and often feel forgotten.

So today, May 16th, we are joining together to remind the world that every woman matters.

How can you help?

  1. Go to SheIsPriceless.org.
  2. Click “learn more” and donate to the cause of your choice.
  3. Grab a free image to share on social media or take a “selfless selfie” with your favorite pearl jewelry and use the hashtag #putonyourpearls.
  4. Link back to Sheispriceless.org to let people know how they can join the movement.

She is Priceless - May 16 2017

Check out my Instagram account later today for my own #putonyourpearls post, and check the hashtag for posts from many others!

Prayers for a Hurting World at Do Not Depart

Praying about a Hurting World and Modern Day Slavery

This month at Do Not Depart, we’re looking at ways we can pray for various hurts our world is enduring right now.

I’m at Do Not Depart today raising awareness about modern day slavery, three big ways we can pray, and lots of links to ideas on how we can act today and organizations doing big work to eradicate modern day slavery.

Please join me at Do Not Depart, share your ideas, and join us in praying today.

Prayers for a Hurting World at Do Not Depart

book review of 7 Women and The Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas (Thomas Nelson, 2015)

Book Review – 7 Women and The Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas

When I had only reached the halfway point, I had already mentioned this book to five people in person (besides mentioning it online) and pinpointed specific reasons/passages each individual would find particularly interesting.

That’s a sign of an intriguing book.

book review of 7 Women and The Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas (Thomas Nelson, 2015)

Seven Women and The Secret of Their Greatness by Eric Metaxas (Thomas Nelson, 2015) is that intriguing book. Metaxas is a well-respected biographer of people of faith, and this is the first book I’ve gotten to read by him. (I’m a fan now, and look forward to picking up his biography on Bonhoeffer one day.)

This book chronicles seven women from the past 700 years and how following their faith led to incredible acts of courage, love, dedication, and cultural/societal change for the good. The book is divided into an introduction (which I highly recommended spending time and thought in — I highlighted numerous quotes from just those first few pages) followed by a chapter on each of the seven women: Joan of Arc, Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, Saint Maria of Paris, Corrie ten Boom, Rosa Parks, and Mother Teresa.

What Metaxas does exceptionally well is not only include interesting abbreviated biographies on each woman, but also explains basic history of the place and era while highlighting how the woman’s actions were so culturally significant at the time (and thus influenced our time now in so many ways). This combination provides a strongly influential and inspiring read.

These stories are not fluff, either. Each woman suffered repeated trial and tragedy, yet each grew in their faith and their impact on our world through various means. While the book is focused on women, Metaxas writes in a way that is interesting and intriguing to all (and discusses in many sections how important God made women’s roles to be).

I also learned a great deal of history and of some women I hadn’t really heard of before. I already knew about Joan of Arc, Corrie ten Boom, Rosa Parks, and Mother Teresa, but this book definitely increased my knowledge and awe. And, honestly, I’d hadn’t read much at all (or any) about Susanna Wesley, Hannah More, and Saint Maria. I’m now honored to know their stories and pray God continues using their examples and their impact to further His love among people.

I highly recommend picking this one up. You won’t regret your time amongst its pages.

*Note: There is also a companion book to this one, titled 7 Men. I haven’t read it, but after reading 7 Women, I’d say that one would also be worth checking out!

Which woman of faith would you like to read a biography about?

Disclosure: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher as a part of the BookLook blogger program in exchange for my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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Figuring Out Ways to Show and Tell

At Do Not Depart this month, we’re talking about being “missionally-minded” in whatever we do, whether it’s at home, in our community, or on an overseas mission trip.5 ways to support missions

We’re all called to show, go, and tell about Christ’s love.

Sometimes, though, it can feel like a struggle to figure out how to help. I’m at Do Not Depart today sharing 5 ways to support missions from wherever you are. Come share your ideas and experiences!

When Nothing on Your Birthday List Seems Important {charity: water} - an opportunity to donate to bring clean water to those in need!

When Nothing on Your Birthday List Seems Important

Each year of my childhood, my parents asked each of us for a “want list” for our birthdays. A few items we’d especially like to have that year. We’d make lists, excited about the possibilities.

Coming from teaching backgrounds, our family didn’t have a lot of extra money during my childhood, but we were never lacking essentials, either.

Honestly, how privileged were we just to be in a place where our parents could ask us for a “want list” each birthday?

My “want list” has definitely shrank since my childhood and the items changed drastically. What used to be CDs (yep), games, and books (oh, wait, books are still on the list), has changed to money for car insurance, organizational or family items, and fixing a broken car window.

Those new items are important, but this year my attention was drawn to something much more important.

Accessories Versus Survival

You and I are (likely) blessed to be able to just turn on a faucet and expect and receive clean, safe drinking water. And we may use it like we have an endless supply. It’s a gift, and sometimes I forget to think of it as such.

This year, I’ve pledged my birthday to charity: water.

charity: water works in numerous countries around the world to bring safe water to villages in need.

Some information from my campaign page:

Did you know that almost a billion people on the planet don’t have access to clean drinking water? Every day, 5,000 kids die from water-related illnesses before they reach their fifth birthday. Fifth birthday. Too short of lives for such beautiful gifts. But it doesn’t have to be that way. There are simple solutions like drilled wells, spring protections and BioSand filters that help provide clean water to communities around the world.

Women and children around the world walk hours every day to collect water for their families. And the worst part? The water they collect can make them really sick. Terrible, right? Well, we can actually do something about it. Just $20 can give a person clean water to drink.

The best part is that 100% of the money we raise together will directly fund water projects around the world, and when those projects are complete, charity: water will send us photos and GPS coordinates so we can see the impact we made. (How cool is that?!) charity: water funds their operating costs separately through a group of private donors, so 100% of all public donations will go directly to people in need. This is one of the best charity business practices I’ve read about and seen yet.

If you’re able and you so desire, please click here to donate to my campaign. Any amount – $1 to $100 – helps. Because we’re doing this together.

I’ve emailed my family and shared my pledge, and I’ve even kicked off the campaign with the first donation. Because I believe in what charity: water does. And I’ve learned that just one person can make a difference. A team of us can change a village.

“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:7-8

If you’re interested in learning more about charity: water and how they operate, read here. If you’d like to pledge your own birthday, find out how here.

What’s your favorite charity? If you donate, a BIG thank you