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Published in: on December 31, 2008 at 11:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Food for thought

This last Sunday, A group of us from my church finished a Bible study called The Truth Project. The Truth Project is through focus on the family and I have to say I will never look at the word truth the same way. If you have the chance I recommend the experience it as transformed my thinking.

At our last study a young man,a 24 year old named Mike Davis jr., I feel the Lord brought into our lives. He challenged us to move out of our comfort zone and start doing the Lord’s work.

Yesterday, with our group we went to food for thought. It was funny when we arrived downtown Toledo,  Mike Davis jr. the 24 y.o. young man leading all us 40 year old. Telling us get out there and talk to the people (Toledo’s Homeless) and move out of your comfort zone. I could see the fear in the faces of my friends, the feelings of how do you just go up and talk to people, what if the hate us? But, slowly we did.

I first struck up a conversation with a man named Mike, he has always lived in Toledo and he lost his job sometime back and lives in a mission.
We talked of the beautiful 60 degrees weather and he told me this is when tornado’s come. We crossed the street together to get to the food and he told me to watch the puddles and he needed to get boots. I asked what size he was and he said size 11. I hope to find him some in my travels this week.

Next, I found Michelle that is a coordinator and she gave me a big bag of candy and said to pass it out and just talk to the people. I started at the back of the line and worked my way forward. All the people were given a plastic store bags for the goodies they received. I said to one man as he held his bag open what do you say, meaning like trick or treat and he thought I meant thank you. I told him I was reminded of Halloween with the bags when I quickly realized this is their life and I shouldn’t be so insensitive with what I thought was funny. So I tamed it down and just enjoyed the people.What struck me was how thankful all were for a couple pieces of candy. I got hugs and smiles.

There were about 350 men, women and yes even some children. All may not be homeless but close to it. They are living in missions,  housing projects and the street. Some spend their days in the public library reading, using the computers and the bathrooms (It is nice to know they had a place to go to be warm.) I have heard friends say why can’t they just get a job? Jobs are getting harder to find and I hate to say Toledo my have even more adding to the homeless population.

I met a lady and she had a butterfly pin safety pinned to her jacket.
I said “oh I love your pin” She said “you do, I got that from my baby for Christmas, oh and I got this pink shirt” Opening her coat to show me. What a happy mom. I had brought a bag of scarves I had made and knew I had a pink one with hearts, I went to find it and brought it to her and said Merry Christmas. She was so happy and smiled ear to ear and hugged me.

A young man Brandon that looked to be about 19.
We talked about the soup that was being served, when I noticed the name Yolanda tattooed on his neck. I said who is Yolanda? He said My mom! I said wow what’s your mom think about that he said she liked it.

Derrick is a 54 year old man that was a painter in my town, he lost his job due to an injury. He told me he liked coming to food for thought because it was like going to church. He received a homemade scarf and hat I said wow those are neat and he said here do you want them? I told him oh, No. He said he was going to give them to his mother. But I thought here he was offering me something. Later in the day I heard my name and it was Derrick wanted to give me a hug and say thanks for talking with him. He as a light showing from him and I hope to see him again.

I have to say I went out of my comfort zone and I liked it.
I always talk about the lack of community and tell you not to say to your brother “go and be well and do nothing to help them” and I guess I have been doing that.

Right now it is very windy, The wind woke me up and I thought about the homeless friends I met today I hope they are warm and dry. I have many blessing to be grateful for a warm house, family, my church and some food for thought!

Published in: on December 28, 2008 at 11:37 am  Comments (1)  

I was sent this and thought I would post. I have one more Christmas party today and will be back on track by Monday. God’s Blessings, Candy

It’s called Christmas

Published in: on December 26, 2008 at 7:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

Merry Christmas!

I couldn’t let this day slip by without wishing you a Merry Christmas!

I know some feel it is wrong to say Merry Christmas, I have even seen buttons that state “It’s OK to wish me a Merry Christmas!” Many stores have instructed their employees to NOT Say Merry Christmas because it may offend.

Let’s think about this: Christ was taking out of schools, The 10 commandments out of the court system and now out of the stores. Our world has been trying to eliminate the Lord, and look what we have become. I bet the Lord weeps.

Without Christ we wouldn’t have Christmas!

This Christmas remember the reason for the season. God’s Blessings on you and your family, Candy

Published in: on December 24, 2008 at 1:44 pm  Leave a Comment  

Love Thy Neighbor

Who is my neighbor? Jesus was asked and He told the story in Luke 10 29-37. The story of the good Samaritan. Jesus didn’t give a list of what a neighbor is but who a neighbor is and to go out and do it. Do you know who our neighbors are?
The Lord will protect the needy, lowly and oppressed, God has a deep heart for the needy.

Who are the needy? Poor, widowed, unpopular and even outcasts.

I am realizing I don’t know everyone’s  story. I may not know why someone has tattoos all over, piercings or why someone lives on the street. Everyone as a story good or bad that they carry. I know with our family current financial crunch the Lord is using it for a greater purpose. I know the Lord weeps for those we leave out, abort, neglect and the poor.

I had an incident with my youngest this week when I told him Christmas was going to be tight and I didn’t think I would be able to afford his $60 video game. He started crying and pouting. I asked him later what was wrong and he said “I am sad because we are so poor!” All this over a video game (I did buy but I didn’t want him to know.) Poor, things are tight but not poor. I have decided I am not doing my job to teach my children and Love thy neighbor and the true meaning of Christmas. Ben and myself this week are going to learn more what is means to be poor.

I learned of a local outreach from a young man I admire, called food for thought Every Saturday the serve brown bag lunches to Toledo’s needy. Maybe both of us will learn how to love Thy Neighbor and see we are so blessed.

Published in: on December 22, 2008 at 11:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

I’m not worthy!

I received a wonderful gift and I feel unworthy. An orange envelope with a note that read;
All the days and every moment of your life were written by God and laid out before you were born. Psm 139:16
Remember when God takes something from your grasp:
He’s not punishing you, but merely opening your hands to receive something better.
The will of God will never take you where the grace of God will not protect you.
May the Lord bless and keep you always.

Inside were Meijer gift cards.
I’m not worthy!

Published in: on December 20, 2008 at 12:17 am  Leave a Comment  

Consider it all joy!

Did you ever think that the lessons and experiences in our lives make us who we are? Good or bad they leave an imprint on us. I think sometimes it is hard to see the good in the bad, but once we are through a tough time we reflect and think now I see why.

This made me think of a verse in the  NIV Bible James 1: 2-5 and 12

2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
5 But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.

James 1:12 Was a very comforting Bible verse to my Sister-in-law that lost her battle with cancer 2 years ago this week.

12 Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him.

Amidst our troubles try to consider them all joy and soon you will hopefully see it that way! Have a blessed day, Candy

Published in: on December 13, 2008 at 12:24 am  Comments (1)