Monthly Archives: March 2009

Hungry

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This morning, my mind and heart are still reeling from one sentence I heard yesterday, during our church service.

Our friend and brother, Musa, a church planter in Kenya, is suffering from famine there on the continent of Africa.  Musa and his congregation are now eating 3 meals a week.  Those in outlying areas are literally starving to death.  

Musa pictured here during a recent trip to our church in the States.
What can we do in these situations?  Well, our church is looking at what real help can be provided, but above and beyond that, we pray.

This week (and possibly longer) I will be fasting my lunch every day and praying for my brothers and sisters in Africa who are beyond hungry.  They are starving.

Will you join me in fasting your lunch this week, and praying for African Christians?

If you would like to “meet” Musa, click here, and watch the video in the top right-hand of the screen.

 

Spring Time and Sandboxes.

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Just recently, I was doing my Bible study, sitting by my bedroom window.  While praying, I glanced out the window and noticed tiny buds all over the tree that hangs over the fence in our back yard.  I thought about how those branches had been bare all winter, and now new life was coming…

Today I was sitting outside doing my Bible study while the girls napped, and again, in prayer, noticed the same tree was thick with green leaves.  It happened so silently.  Right now I feel like it reflects my spiritual life.  God is doing so much so quietly inside me.  I hope soon I’ll just bloom with Fruit evident in my life, after a dull winter.
In other news, I finally decided it was time for a sand box.  Both my girls love playing in dirt and sand so today I went to Walmart and picked up two big bags of sand and a plastic storage box with a lid, and a small sack of beach toys.
I set this up while they were napping.

I can’t wait to see what they think about it!!

Green Smoothies

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After nap time comes snack time.  And with warmer temperatures come cooler snacks.  So lately I’ve been making frozen smoothies with the girls.  These are green because I start off with two big handfuls of fresh baby spinach.  I blend it up with raw milk or coconut milk, and then blend in frozen fruit (strawberries or other berries, mango, pineapple), sometimes a banana, often some plain yogurt, ground flaxseed, and whatever juice we have in the fridge.  The results are delicious, and my girls drink it down and ask for more.  They also like to help make the smoothies.  They’re going to love summertime!  

Give Away!

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No, this is not my kid (super cute, huh?) but we love her dress and we’re trying to win it.  I stumbled up on this giveaway at Modestly Chic.  You can try to win it or one of the other sweet items  at Baby Chic Boutique.  Go to the Modestly Chic Blog and click on the picture to the right that says “Current Giveaway.”  Follow the instructions.  Giveaway ends March 28th.

Have fun!

For Such a Time as This

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Today is Purim.  You may have noticed it on your calendar and wondered briefly what it meant. Even if you don’t know what Purim is – you likely know the story behind the celebration.  It is an ancient Jewish holiday that began when a very unlikely young woman stepped in to her greatest day.

Yes, I’m talking about Esther.  For a minute, forget everything you know about the story – and about the movie One Night With the King, if you’ve seen it. You might be too familiar with the Bible story to see the awesome significance, and though the movie was splendidly beautiful, it may not accurately depict the story.  (But, yes, I’ve chosen to use the images from the movie on my blog.)

If you read it again with fresh eyes, Esther’s story leaps off the page with life-size drama.You should read it for yourself again today, but I’ll sum it up for you here:

  Jewish, exiled, orphaned Hadassah, raised by her cousin Mordecai, is taken into the King’s Harem to participate in a beauty contest for the crown.  In fairy-tale like fashion she wins the favor of King Xerxes and he places the crown on her head.  A Jewish orphan girl – Queen of the entire Persian empire.  Her destiny seems to be in Someone else’s hands.  Her parents were taken from her; her freedom was taken from her.  She will never fulfill any dreams she might have had for a normal family.  She shares her husband with an empire.  She may not even go before him without being called upon.


She learns of a plot to completely annihilate her people – God’s people – the Jews.  Who has issued this decree?  Haman, who hates the Jews.  It is sealed with the King’s signet ring; it cannot be revoked. 

She has to decide if she will risk her life to break the law and go before the King without being summoned.  He hasn’t even called for her in 30 days – has she lost favor with him?


Mordecai, her cousin, reminds her that perhaps she has risen to her unlikely  position 
“for such a time as this.”

After asking all the Jews in Persia to fast – and fasting herself – she puts on her royal robes.  She dresses for success, and says, “if I perish, I perish.”  She goes before the King.

Not only does she find favor with him again, she exquisitely draws together a plan and very successfully saves her people.   The King’s decree cannot be revoked, but a new decree is issued, giving the Jews the right to fight for their lives, and kill anyone who tries to harm them.  

And this is just what they did.  After killing thousands of the Jews’s enemies across the provinces, the Jews rested – and celebrated.  Another decree was sent out declaring that at this time every year the Jews will celebrate their rescue, their victory.  The time of feasting and celebration would be called Purim.  Purim were the lots that were cast in Haman’s presence to decide which day the annihilation of the Jews would take place.

Today is Purim.  You may not be a Jew, but you can certainly appreciate the significance of this day – a celebration because the lives of you and your family have been saved.  There are so many more intriguing details of this story – read it all right there in your Bible.

And thank God today that He has provided Jesus – who gave His life so YOU might live.






It’s Time….

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…for a new post!


First of all, thank you – all of you – for your kind words, your prayers, your encouragement, and awesome meals.  We have felt nothing but God’s peace and have been strengthened by Him through the Word and through YOU.

I didn’t feel like blogging for a while, but now I’m back.  I should say “we”, but I really am the primary blogger here, though Jeff is much funnier.  You should encourage him to write more.

I have so much to catch you up on, but I’ve got to get my pictures uploaded and organized.  So for today, let’s have a fun activity.

I read about this on Beth Moore’s blog, and found it intriguing.  Here’s the activity:

Sum up your life in Six Words.  Here’s one of my favorite examples:

“For Sale: baby shoes, never worn” -Ernest Hemingway


Isn’t there so much wrapped up in those words? And here are two I have written for myself:

“Loved and Lost and Loved Again.”

and

“Redeemed to Live Her Greatest Day.”

Okay, now it’s your turn.  Think about it and leave your responses in the comments.  I can’t wait to read these!  And before you go, here’s a picture to reward you for your participation.

This was my Valentine’s Day card from Jeff.  This inside says, “love is in the air”.  I can’t tell you how much this kind of humor is a reflection of the Hazleton Household!