Embrace - Five Minute Friday

Friday, March 24, 2017

"Wherever you are, be all there." -Jim Elliot

That's what it means to embrace life, and it's something I've been thinking a lot about the last few months.  Not living in the past, not worrying about tomorrow, but embracing today.   Embracing this moment.

There's something about the culture we live in that makes it hard to live in each moment.  I've found that I have the desire to document moments so that I can share them with others.  Instagram enables me to instantly share whatever is going on in my life with others.

But in that moment, when all I can think about is capturing it just right and thinking of what phrase will go with that picture, I find that I actually have failed to truly be all there.

I miss moments of giving my full attention to my piano student because I'm focused on trying to capture the moment.  I miss out on just sitting and breathing in the fresh air because I want to share the beauty on social media.

So there's nothing wrong with documenting moments on Instagram - in fact, I love looking back and remembering sometimes.

But sometimes, I need to just put the phone down and, wherever I am, be all there.

Why?

Friday, February 24, 2017

Years ago I read the story of Amy Carmichael.  She sacrificed so much to go live in India and rescue little girls from a life of terrible slavery.  I was so inspired by her story, and reading about what she did in India only increased my desire to go there someday.

Over the years, I've learned that the slavery that Amy fought is still going on today.  It's something that I sometimes just push out of my mind, because the knowledge of what so many girls are going through is too much to bear.  But I don't want to push the thought aside anymore.  I can't just sit by and let it keep happening.  Amy made a difference for so many girls, and we can do the same.

This month's writing prompt at Compassion Bloggers is "why".  Why do I sponsor a child, and why do I want to use my blog to advocate for needy children around the world?

The reality of human trafficking is a huge part of why.  Without intervention, so many children who live in poverty will end up living as slaves.  They will be treated as less than human and abused in ways that I can't even imagine, unless someone steps up and does something about it.

Sponsoring a child offers him or her the tools needed to leave the life of poverty and slavery behind.  And even more, it gives so many opportunities to share the love of Christ and point them to the One who loves them and died to save them from sin.

When I went to India three years ago, I saw firsthand the difference that Compassion is making in the lives of children.  Those kids had hope, because they were being pointed to Jesus.  They had hope because they were being given the tools that they needed for a better future.  

That's something I want to be a part of, and I hope you do too.

Check out Compassion's website to learn more about how you can change a child's life!

Also, check out this website for information about modern day slavery and what you can do about it: