Sunday, December 13, 2009

Mercy

Is this time of the year SO fun? Maybe I am amazed with it all because of the two little ones, or being 7 ½ months pregnant…or maybe because yesterday we literally had 5 parties in one day? Thankfully, we were able to go to 2 of the 5 parties. The 2 birthday parties. But we missed 2 Christmas parties and one graduation party. One of which was hosted in our home! And we were unable to be here to enjoy it.

Does this quote motivate you?... “When you are running toward Christ, you are freed up to serve, love, and give thanks without guilt, worry, or fear. As long as you are running, you are safe.
But running is exhausting – if that is, we are running from sin or guilt, out of fear. As we begin to focus more on Christ, loving Him and others becomes more natural. As long as we are pursuing Him, we are satisfied in Him.”

I heard sometime say recently about ‘serving’: give your time, money and energy to what breaks your heart.

My heart was completely broken on Friday. Brian and I visited a couple that has hit rock bottom. They have been married for 15 years. They have 3 girls (12, 13, 15). They live in a 2 bedroom single-wide trailer and have no car…it was just repossessed. The father recently lost his job due to a stroke and cannot talk well due to stuttering. They are $813 behind on the power bill, behind on rent, do not have beds, barely any furniture and the list goes on and on.

If this breaks your heart, or if you feel compelled to help… Leave me a comment or email me (jennieandbrian@sc.rr.com) with the name of the child you want to buy a gift for or if you are out of time and just want to donate $ toward their bills, gifts, email me. (details below)

Seeing their situation, hearing this sweet man’s heart, watching as he mopped his face with his hands and straining to understand his stuttering…Brian and I simply have resolved that we have to help. Those three teenage girls sleep together in a messy room on an old, yucky double-size mattress on the floor. ‘When you lie down, you will not be afraid; when you lie down, your sleep will be sweet.’ Proverbs 3:24

I’m dying to get new beds with girly sheets for these girls.

We want to help them and 2 other families…in whatever way we can. Details are below. We are going to be delivering gifts to this family and others next Wednesday.

‘But when buying gifts or giving becomes obligation, one of the many things we have to do, we end up focusing even more on ourselves.’ …’People generally do find greater joy in giving freely to others than they do in rampant self-indulgence.’

God is the only true Giver, and He needs nothing from us. But still He wants us. He gave us life so that we might seek and know Him.

(The camera is broken. This is either a picture of Carlisle and Evelyn coming down the jumbo slide at the birthday party...or maybe it's of Evelyn scaling the climbing wall. Hmm....I had 20 pictures just like this.)

(Carlisle is quite the photographer. She snaps pics of us all day. Excited Bri at 7am before work.)Please contact me and I will update the list with what child you have selected.

I REALLY want to do 2 gifts per person! They will have two things to open Christmas morning!

Family #1

Monica

15

Girl

14/16
slim

Need coats, undergarments, shoes. Shoe size - 7 1/2

Courtney J - coats

Shaniqwa

13

Girl

16/16 misses

Need coats, undergarments, shoes. Shoe size - 9 1/2 or 10

Shashia

12

Girl

16 miss

Need coats, undergarments, shoes. Shoe size - 8

Mother

-

Top/Dress - 2x or 3x

Pants - size 20

Money, beds, laundry detergent, household supplies, sheets, towels

Double bed & Mattress - Gr. fam. Sheets - S. Moyd

$ - Banks fam, Erica B., Smith fam

Household items - Amy L.










Family #2

Aaliyah

12

Girl

12

Clothes/Jewelry/CD player & CD’s-Beyonce, etc /
Make-up/Anything

Shaherra

8

Girl

10

Clothes/Bike/Hannah Montana
I-Carly/Anything

Joseph

6

Boy

6

Clothes/Remote toy cars/Spiderman/
Spongebob/ Anything

B. Rodriguez

Carla

1

Girl

2T

Clothes/Elmo/Anything

B. Rodriguez, E. Anderson

Mother

Walmart gift card


Family #3

Shadonte

8

Boy

10

Clothes/Bike/Video games/Anything

Shacorey

4

Boy

5T

Clothes/Bike/Anything

Shawn

3

Boy

4T

Clothes/Push toys/Anything

A. Thompson

Shanayah

9

Girl

14

Clothes/Bike/Purse/Anything

Mother

Walmart gift card

$ from E. Hicks


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(Zumbathon crazyness at the gym and Zumba Zoo fun with the kids)











2 comments:

Patti said...

I want to help!

proudpatriot07 said...

Hey Jennie, this is Amy Lauren from boot camp class. I just wanted to let you know that I have some household supplies/items for the first family you mentioned.

I have laundry detergent, toothpaste, body wash, deodorant, and a few other things. Anyway, just let me know what to do with the items.

If you're still teaching classes at the gym (I'm know you're pretty far along now), I can take it by there tomorrow afternoon when I go.

Thanks!