Leeland: Worship From Peru

Just a quick post today. I would like to share a video from one of my favorite bands, Leeland. In this video they sing a Spanish worship song in the hills of Peru. Hope you enjoy!

Chao!

Guest Post: Letter Writing Goals for 2013

Today, I am sharing a guest post written by my friend Lizzie.  Be sure to stop by her blog: www.lizzieforcompassion.blogspot.com

 Five Letter Writing Goals for 2013

With a new year, comes new goals. Here are five letter writing goals I have for 2013.

1. Plan ahead and follow a schedule

Probably my biggest struggle with letter writing is staying on schedule. I often forget to write letters about holidays in advance. This year, I want to set aside time each week to write letters and remember to write for birthdays and holidays in advance.

2. Personalize letters

Sometimes my letters seem like a monologue. I don’t want to bore my sponsored children with that, so I want to personalize them by adding things like their names, “my friend,” and such throughout the letter. I also want to comment about their family and prayer requests. Remembering to tell them how special they are, sharing stories from my life, and telling them that they are part of my family- these are all things that I want to include in my letters more.

3. Remember to take photos

Sponsored children love photos. My one girl always hangs them on her walls. I want to remember to take more pictures of the seasons this year to send to my sponsored children. I also want to make photo cards and collages to send for holidays.

4. Include verses/devotions in every letter

Many sponsored children have said how much Bible verses encourage them. My goal this year is to include a verse or short devotion in every letter I send.

5. Ask thought provoking questions

I have a few older girls who I will have for only a couple more years. I want to spend more time on my letters to them this year. Including questions about their time in the Compassion program and how they came to know Jesus will hopefully help me get to know these precious girls better.

Most of all, I want to be very honest with my sponsored children this year, sharing my prayer requests and struggles. I want to share Jesus’ love with them and let them know how special they are.

Foto Friday: Illumination

Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. Matthew 5:16

A Simple Truth: When we are around other people, the love of Jesus should illuminate from us in everything we do.

And then I realize, does the love of Jesus shine through me?

My sister is tired of posing for the camera; her exhausted sighs tell me so.  I snap a couple more because the tree won’t be up forever.

Can I learn to be patient? Patient, even in those frustrating times when the lens won’t focus or my subject moves at all the wrong times?

His light pierces the darkest shadows of our hearts.  We are as many as the stars in the sky, yet He still knows us by name.

stars

 

Just thinking of Jesus, who knows me and loves me, gives me enough strength to be patient.  Even if we fail sometimes, there is always another chance right around the corner.

A person with Jesus’ light:

Smiles more…

Pauses to think more often…

Notices the simple things to be grateful for…

And responds to hurtful or frustrating times with love and light.

What Would I Do Without My Brother?

We have been best friends ever since I can remember. We do everything together.  We always have.

Emily and Elijah At Zoo Atlanta

This post is in honor of my brother’s birthday.

Happy Birthday Elijah!  I love you!

P.S. What Will You Give Jesus for His Birthday?

It’s official.

We are four days away from Christmas!  I hope all my readers are enjoying this beautiful holiday season with family and friends, remembering our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

However, there is another count down in need of remembrance.  The Compassion Bloggers set a goal at the beginning of the month to raise $20,000 for the Compassion Christmas Gift Catalog by December 22.  So far, we have not come near our goal.

But I know that with God all things are possible.  This goal is really not as crazy as it sounds.  The fact is that if each blogger raised $100, we would meet our goal.

I am praying that my readers will feel led to give this Christmas.  Whether you give $5, $10, $20, or $50 it all counts.  Each gift makes a huge difference in the lives of hundreds of struggling people this Christmas.

Here is how we can make our goal a reality.

If only ten of my readers gave $10 each I would be able to add $100 to the goal.

If five of my readers gave $20 I would make the goal of $100.

Are you struggling to find a gift for some of your relatives?  Maybe you just don’t know what to get them.  I have really great news for you!  When you give through the Compassion Gift Catalog, you have the option of giving in honor of someone.  Once your giving is complete, there will be a selection of Christmas cards, e-cards, etc. to give to that special someone, telling them their Christmas gift went to someone in need.

You can change a life with a simple gift this Christmas!

Give through the link below:

Compassion Christmas Gift Catalog

I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Love,

Emily