Sunday, August 31, 2014

The August of worldwide discontent


My Word for 2014 – DO! 
Psalm 50:6 (NLT) Then let the heavens proclaim his justice, for God himself will be the judge. Interlude.

The long, hot days of August come to a close as I reflect on the grief and terror experienced around the world and in America by innocent people. Somehow, this month can’t be all about me and my personal world because God opened my eyes and heart to the hatred and evil of humankind.
Terrorism against any group, anywhere in the world, is evil whether it’s political or is conducted by organizations that are supposed to protect the citizens of America. We saw images of an innocent journalist, women and children harmed across the world. We saw how racism reared its ugly head in our own back yard with the killing of a young black man. I came of age in the era of desegregation and it feels like we've lost ground.
I’m particularly appalled at the ignorance of some Christians who are hypocrites when it comes to loving your brother as yourself. These hypocrites do not understand what minorities in America deal with. They incite hate in their congregations and circle of people who look like themselves. More than likely, they have no friends of other races, economic status, etc. You can bet their circles and churches only include people of the same race. Of course, they invite “token” minorities to join them for the sake of reputation.  In fact, they probably feel like they do their share when they go on cushy mission trips across the world to “help those less fortunate.” Or they send donations to “feed the children” so they feel better about themselves. They might also volunteer to feed the homeless or sponsor a “needy” family at Christmas. That’s called HYPOCRITE!
There. August has been a long, hot month and so many people are suffering. We can’t just be quiet and go on with our own cushy lives.  

Maybe this word “DO” has reawakened the activist in me.  
Matthew 5:7  Blessed are the merciful—they will be shown mercy.

Friday, August 1, 2014

July kicked me out of the comfort zone.

My Word for 2014 – DO!

After hosting Flat Friar, Little Man of the Cloth and Ambassador of Friendship, I realized that I needed to do my part to help homeless and hurting animals on the streets of my city. I’m now sharing adoption opportunities and awareness through social media and people I know.  My cat Instagram account also features animal care tips. I’ll have more to say about this ministry later. 
I also adopted Sam, a homeless 3-year-old gray tabby, in my community. I've known Sam for a while, but I didn't know his owner moved away and left him. Several of us fed Sam, but I took him in and had him vetted. He’s mine.
I've enjoyed gatherings with several key friends this month. I've also been available to those who need prayer and a listening ear.  One of my goals is to pull together a small group of women who will walk with me in ministry.  I've been asking God to give me insights to make this effective.  
I've spent time reading, relaxing and I ended the month with a long walk on the beach at night. Nature is God’s handiwork; He created an amazing Earth for us!
The home decluttering project continues. I can always do more, but as long as I do one small activity each day, I feel organized.
I’m getting used to just DOING. Do is so good.