Archives For Faith

I AM SECOND

Heather —  August 18, 2013

Have you heard of I AM SECOND?

iamsecond

This is a website, a project, a… movement…

that is worth looking into. I am nearing the end of the 22 day challenge and so far I am in awe of the project.

When I first went to look, I was a bit worried to even click on the videos. I mean, they were supposed to be authentic stories from people in all walks of life. So that would make the videos, probably (I figured) stories of the trouble and pain that did draw them to Christ.

After checking it out though, I love the project. The videos are so well produced and each person tells their story with such clarity. I am truly a reader, not a watcher. But this century, visual things have meaning to far more people and this site fills a very important need. I am doing the 22 Day Challenge. One of my favorite videos so far is:

http://www.iamsecond.com/seconds/josh-hamilton/

Each story I have watched has brought me to the brink of tears, where, I’m going, “yes, that can happen, that’s horrible stuff” And, “yes, I’m so glad you are okay now and have found peace.”

Many of the people who are in the videos are actors and athletes, musicians, and many others are regular people. You can watch a five minute video and share all over the web. (Yes, I keep sharing, it’s good stuff!)

See what you think about the authentic stories on iamsecond.com. You could do the challenge or just choose a topic you are interested in. The site is organized by topic.

Want to help the project? One of the easiest would be to help create more films through Seconds Change: 

Give Change, Make Change  Many more stories are waiting to be told.  You can help  (and this is easy). Commit $2 every Tuesday to build film funds, and your contribution will be used to develop, produce and promote new films. Join the project and become an I am Second insider with access to exclusive content via Facebook.

I am second

So visit the iamsecond website, the Nashville page on facebook and follow them on twitter.

Veggie Tales

The Little House that Stood

Join Bob the Tomato, Larry the Cucumber, and some new piggy friends in a parable of ‘The Wise and Foolish Builders’ from Matthew 7 in the new Veggie Tales, The Little House That Stood.

My daughter enjoyed this one, and when I asked her what she learned, she immediately replied that she learned “to follow God’s Word and build on a firm foundation.” So I guess she got the point of the story!

I managed to sit through it as well {grin}. It was cute. I am always watching with a critical eye, I admit. I liked two of the pigs and was annoyed by one. It is always good when the stories actually teach your children decent values. Overall, I liked the plot and basic theme of making good choices, by following the “Master Builder’s Handbook.”

The second video seemed to be placed because of Easter, with a Humpty Dumpty story. I didn’t enjoy that one as much as the first, mainly because I agreed the mayor needed a break!  Yet, it also kept my daughter’s attention and she seemed pleased by the happy ending.

Take a look at their website. They have tons of resources for parents, a discussion guide, coloring pages, and more.

You can also watch for fun stuff for your kids at Veggie Tales on facebook, or follow them on twitter.

AND, I get to give one The Little House That Stood DVD away!

Just leave me a comment telling me who you want to win the DVD for ~ OR who your favorite Veggie Tales character is! I will choose a winner on March 15, 2013.

 

 

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Join the Compassion Blogger Network
This week, my blog assignment is to write a letter to God about child sponsorship.

Dear God,

When I think about these children, I feel frustrated. I shrink back from the images of children who are hungry and dirty. I think about all the things I feel my own children need. Then I feel angry that I cannot do much. I worry about how to actually take away from my children, my family in order to help at all. I know, deep down, that if I just gave up some lattes, or did a better job juggling the shopping budget I might could help more.

I wonder why you do not suddenly produce a way to help more. Then, I remember that when we do help out, when we do tithe and give to others, there always seems to be little coincidences where we have enough. I know we are not to test you, Lord, but I do remember this and I know that you would make this all come out right in the end.

Of course, what is the end? What do we need to give up to make any difference? Many people are saying not much, if we all do a bit. I know many people honestly do not have that bit right now and I pray that you multiply for those who will care and share and make it possible for them to do so. I pray that you help me to find a way to gather resources together that can be offered to touch just one life. I pray that others may be able to do this as well. There are many children who have been waiting a long time for a sponsor.

Go take a look at the Compassion page.

Hope For AIDS Orphans

Heather —  April 1, 2012

Cross International

I would like to introduce my readers to a very special sponsor here on Faith, Family and Fun.

This is Cross International at http://hopeforaidsorphans.com/.

Please visit them and View The Angel of Hope Mosaic!

Then, Pray With them and Help Give Hope to AIDS Orphans.

Hope for Aids Orphans

14,800,000* African children are struggling to survive without their parents. These children need hope now – and they need to know that God still loves and cares for them.

How To Have a HEART for Your Kids

Book Club, Chapter 1: Have a Heart for the Things of God

So what is one fantastic way to Have a Heart For Your Kids? Do your own heart check. Where is your heart? In this chapter, Rachael shares on how having a heart for the things of God is the only place to start…

As I was reading this chapter, I thought about how my life, including my prayer life has changed and evolved over time. I would like to say I always get up at 6 a.m., make my family breakfast and then spend an hour or so poring over the bible. But, I am horribly undisciplined! Especially during the winter, I find it awful to get out of bed. Anyway, my little gets to sleep in as she’s not catching the yellow bus.

I do enjoy my prayer time that I have right now. I wake up with my husband and he makes coffee and gets ready for his day. He will bring me a cup of coffee in bed (I know, I am lucky) and then I’ll read my Bible, my devotional and pray for the days needs after he goes to work, before I wake up my youngest.

This seems to really work for me. Sometimes my youngest wakes early, but now, she’ll read her Bible as well until I am done. When I do this before my feet hit the floor, I do not get sidetracked by other needs. I used to have my big prayer time at night before I went to sleep, but between paying attention to my husband or being exhausted, that doesn’t work anymore!

Over time, I have done lots of reading plans and bible studies. Some I was very faithful with, while others I didn’t finish. A while ago, I did a Bible Study where I read a book called Stepping Heavenward, while reading through the Psalms and Proverbs and that has been one of my absolute favorites. It taught me to just slow down and really pore over a little bit at a time.

I used the Stepping Heavenward as a devotional for over a year and read through it slowly again while I read my Bible. I have read the Upper Room devotionals, and lots of others but what I always come back to is just plain reading my Bible.  I feel like I am missing the important thing if I just read a book or devotional and run out of time to really get into the Bible in the morning.

For the past six months or so, I have been reading through the Bible, just as much as I want, each morning. I began reading at the beginning of Genesis and also at the beginning of the New Testament. I would just read a bit each day. Right now, I have finished the New Testament and started that over and am almost finished through Job in the Old Testament. After reading, I will pray for the day and often also write in my prayer journal, a pretty leather book I got. Sometimes, I will also read a devotional as well. Right now I am reading a devotional a friend gave me that I think is marvelous called, “Jesus Calling”, by Sarah Young. I also have one I am reviewing called “Mornings with Jesus 2012”.

I do tend to thank God during my prayer time, and make my requests known to him. I do feel I need to spend more time praising him as well. As far as the children, I pray for them individually each day and try to pray for specific things I feel are important, although lately, as most of them are teens, I feel the need to just let God lead my prayers and show me what he is trying to do in their lives.

Just the other day, I heard something “through the grapevine” about one of my children and I just sat right down and prayed that God would protect them and use the situation, however it turned out, for their good. I felt very peaceful and I think I was a better mom in this particular scenario because God did lend me a peace about my child.

While I do believe in discipline for one’s children, I also know that they have free will and I want them to choose to be light and salt in the world because they want to and they see God working in all our lives, not because I have great plans and schedules…and control. (Of course, I do not!)

Anyway, I wanted to share this personal stuff with you as I go through answering the chapter questions in the How to Have a Heart For Your Kids book. The book is fascinating and has really helped me clarify in my own mind what I really expect from my children and myself. I loved chapter 2!

Would you like to join in? Visit http://thepelsers.com/2011/12/05/heart-kids-book-club/ for all the details!

Women of Faith Imagine
Some days blogging is just so fun! I am excited to share that I was just selected as a blogger to receive a 2011 Women of Faith Conference Pass…and a pass for a friend!

So, I will be on the road…and tweeting and facebooking all about my experience at the Washington D.C. Imagine Event in late August. I have not been to an event like this in years and I am really looking forward to the chance to listen to some great speakers, worship and meet new friends.

Usually, I would say I can’t afford this…or I’m too busy….what should I do with the kids…But, this time, with the support of Booksneeze and Women of Faith, it’s time to go! I even love the description of the event:

“Escape from the everyday at a Women of Faith weekend and be refreshed, encouraged and inspired. Because the God who loves you can do far more than you can ever Imagine”

Amen. He always does.

Here’s a taste of what I have in store:


And the speakers and singers look great!

Some of the Speakers!

Some of the Speakers!

To check out the Women of Faith 2011 events, visit the Women of Faith website and see when they will be in your area!

Facebook.com/Womenoffaith
Twitter.com/Womenoffaith

Thanksgiving Food Crafts

Heather —  November 4, 2009

I am starting to think about Thanksgiving. I think this is just so cute…and incredibly easy.

Check out the video, here!

Thanks to Family Fun. You can find some great healthy ideas on their site for Thanksgiving, also!

We liked the fruit turkey, here!

Busy with many things…

Heather —  June 29, 2009

Today has been a very busy day. I just keep thinking about the bible story about Mary & Martha–with Martha busy with many things, while Mary chose the better thing– sitting and listening to Jesus. Today, as one of my Thousand gifts, I thank God for reminding me that I deserve the time to sit and listen to him!

I suppose that gets me to about 7. So here are a few more things I am thankful for:

8. I live in a sunny place
9. My parents are wonderful
10. My children love our church youth group
11. I really like my home
12. The kids are all healthy
13. While it is hard that my husband has been unemployed for a long time, he is really fun to be with at home–he is just so tolerant and gentle.
14. My husband makes a great cup of coffee just before I want it.
15. My children are all here for now