Can You See Me?

I woke up this morning thinking today would be no different than the day before. That I am just a poor boy that no one sees. I was wrong.
I am a small child.
But my heart is big.

Big enough to feel sad when I see my mother cry. She does not speak of it but I wonder if I am the reason for her tears. Because there isn’t much food to eat and I am always hungry. 

A small child.
With a big appetite.

My father works when he can and I try to do my share to help out but it never seems like enough. And sometimes, when I don’t know what to do, I go to this church in my village. There are people there who tell me about a God who cares and I got your letter saying you care too.

It got me thinking.

I may only be a small child.
But God is big and he can make me strong.

Maybe one day, when I grow up, I will travel beyond the grass walls and dirt floors of my home. Maybe I will be a Compassion sponsor myself. And when I come across a little boy like me, hungry for hope, I will tell him not to give up. Because he is not invisible. His life counts for something. He matters.

Until then, I will go to sleep tonight happy. Because I can close my eyes knowing that God sees me.

A small child. 
With big dreams.

What you have just read is my response to a challenge from Compassion International to write a letter from the perspective of my sponsored child. 

Please watch this inspiring video from Sara Groves and pray for the children who are waiting for someone to tell them they are seen. Sponsors are still needed. CLICK HERE if you would like to be one.

Big News – I’m a Pinner!

Well, it is official. I am now a Pinner! It was bound to happen sooner or later. I kept having people ask me if I was on Pinterest and my answer each time was “Not yet.” 

The motivating force behind my joining the site was for the Compassion child my husband and I are sponsoring. 

You see, there’s this contest going on until September 23rd and for each repin of My Sponsored Child I get entries that could result in a monetary gift for this sweet little boy in Bangladesh.

How awesome is that? And so easy!

Even if you don’t feel you can sponsor a child yourself right now, you can still get involved by sharing the story of Compassion and children in need. 

All it takes is one little click. Will you take a second to do this right now? I would be humbled and grateful.

Click Here to see My Sponsored Child on Pinterest and Repin It!

Linking up with:

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My Letter to God

Sponsor a Child

Dear God, 

I took one look at that picture. One look and instantly I started thinking back to when I was a little girl, remembering how the world seemed like such a big, scary place and wondering where I fit in.

I especially recall being afraid of the dark.
 

Sometimes, if I was feeling courageous, I would jump out of bed at night and go running to my mother’s arms for protection from imaginary monsters. 

But most nights, I cowered beneath the covers, calling out her name knowing she would come right away to comfort me.

When I grew up, I grew out of my fear of imaginary monsters. But I found other fears to take their place. Fear of the unknown. Fear of failing. Fear of being misunderstood. The list goes on. 

Then I learned about you, God.
 
I found out you are my Heavenly Father and that you are always watching over me, protecting me from harm, both real and imagined.  

I read the promises in your holy book. The words you wrote to comfort me and tell me that I was never alone. That you are close enough to hear my prayers and come to my rescue when I call for help. And that you will never leave me. Never forsake me.

You taught me that you loved me so much, you sent your son Jesus to take away my sin and give me eternal life and chase away the shadows of fear. And I believed. 

And now I know why.
Because it is your desire for those who have seen the Light to share the Light.

Lord, help me share your light with this little one. And may all those who know you consider how they might share too. Because every child in the world deserves to grow up knowing that there is hope. That they are loved. And that, with Jesus by their side, they will never have to be afraid of the dark.


Compassion Blog Month Update:
I am so thankful today to know that so many have responded to the September challenge. There are now 2,271 children needing sponsors down from 3,108 just a week ago!

 Click here to see who is still waiting.

Linking up with Thought-Provoking Thursdayand Thankful Thursday and Faith Filled Friday

Follow Your Heart

Sometimes I overthink things which makes decision making a little difficult. I guess it’s part of the DNA for a procrastinator like me. But whenever I am suffering from what I call the paralysis of pondering, I recall a phrase my husband has often used to spur me to action.

Follow your heart.


I did that recently. After spending another season stuck in the sticky mire of indecision, I followed his advice. I followed my heart and it lead me here.

I’ve learned that overthinking can lead to underachieving but the Word of God simplifies things and makes our mission clear.

“If anyone has material possessions and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him, how can the love of God be in him? Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:17-18

Maybe you feel God nudging you as He did me. Maybe you’ve heard the stories of children in need and you know you can help meet that need. 

If you’ve been praying about how you can make a difference in someone’s life, be the hands and feet of Jesus in this world, here’s something you might consider.

Compassion International has this crazy goal to get 3,108 children sponsored between Sept. 1 and Sept. 30!


On second thought, that might not be such a crazy idea after all if enough of us make the decision to follow our heart today.

For information on sponsoring a child, click here

 

Inspiring Your Child



Who doesn’t want to encourage and inspire children? Don’t we all want the youngest among us to develop into well-adjusted, spiritually-healthy, happy and productive adults?

There are many resources to help in the parenting, teaching and mentoring of our youth today. Here are a few:

Focus on the Family. Their website is full of practical tools and tips on a variety of topics, including:

Combating Cultural Influences – Deals with how to keep kids from growing up too fast and protecting their innocence; and

how to impart Character in a Tech-Overloaded World; and

Teaching Morals – Contains link to download a poster; lessons that make it fun to learn about things like Respect, Citizenship, Hope, Compassion, Courage, Honesty, Excellence, Perseverance and Responsibility

FamilyLife.com is another great resource with help for:

Spiritual Development for the child;

and hope for the Frazzled Family and;

Creating a Godly legacy

You can also find a ton of information on Crosswalk.com.

I hope you will take advantage of these resources by checking out the links above. Whether we want to believe it or not, there are a staggering amount of bad influences vying for the minds of our youth. It is so important that we make time to inspire and influence this generation for good, not only for them but also for the sake of the ones to come.

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old
 he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6