Hello!! It's been too long!
I am sorry!!
It's not that I have forgotten about you . . . but I've just been busy (5 kids, taking a ministry class, missions trip, summer craziness . . . ). It's not an excuse - I know. But I have missed chatting with you. :)
This morning I listened to a blog radio broadcast (1st time I've done that!). Julie Ferwerda was being interviewed on the Communicating with Power Blog Talk Radio show. Who is Julie Ferwerda? I just found out about her and her latest book a few months ago, signed up for her blog newsletter . . . but have to admit, I haven't taken the time to read them. However, today I did.
Julie is not only a mother, but a passionate author, speaker and orphan advocate - and her latest book is called "One Million Arrows - Raising your Children to Change the World". As I listened to the radio broadcast, I could feel the passion within me being stirred up by the passion that is in Julie - to be more intentional and proactive in teaching our kids, not only about God (and memorizing scriptures, etc), but how to really change the world - how to have an impact on the world around us. It might mean ministering in Africa or China - or it might mean making a difference in your local city, schools, church and neighborhoods. We CAN teach our kids that they CAN make a difference in this world . . . even when they are young!
I could go on and on about this - but I would rather have you check out Julie's book, website, and the BlogTalkRadio broadcast (near the end is an amazing story of one kid who has a passion to be a doctor in Africa. You've GOT to hear that story! As a mom - it made me cry!).
Be intentional about how you can take the reigns in your teaching and training your children to be an "arrow" - shot out into the world to change it for the better. We can't leave this to the church, school teachers, the media or others. As parents - WE are the ones who will impact our children the most and who have the ability to mold, shape, sharpen, and train our "arrows" into the full destiny that God has designed for each of them! Go for it! :) Let's ALL be WORLD CHANGERS! Empower your kids - and keep (or start) calling out the "gold" in them (the treasures inside of them that make them who they are!!). Sometimes that "gold" is hidden and hard to find - but it's there. . . . . .But I'll talk more about that another time! My girls are home and it's time to go swimming!