In March of 2015, I learned through a dear friend about a missional business called Trades of Hope. It was started in 2010 by 2 mother/daughter pairs from Florida to empower women out of poverty and sex trafficking through a sustainable business model. A sister-army of Compassionate Entrepreneurs (best job title ever?) market and sell the beautiful handiwork (jewelry, scarves, bags, decor, gifts, etc.) of women from 16 countries around the world including the US.
I researched the organization in March, hosted my first party in April, signed up to be a Compassionate Entrepreneur at the beginning of May, and have been on fire ever since! Well at the end of January, I had the pleasure of flying to Daytona Beach, Florida to attend the annual retreat with 300+ other Compassionate Entrepreneurs. I learned, I cried, I laughed, I danced, I listened and I met new sisters from all over the country. Continue reading
Happy Summer! (I’m doing a summer cereal box drive locally, but there are directions at the end for how to do this wherever you are!)
I am collecting big cereal boxes (12 inches or taller) for artisans in Haiti who use them to make paper beads for their beautiful necklaces, bracelets and earrings. They are in constant need of cereal boxes and go through them about as fast as they come in!
I have had the amazing privilege of being part of the lecturing team for our local women’s Bible study. It has been one of the best spiritual communities that I have ever participated in. And I must say that teaching adds a whole new dimension to the growth process. You’ve got to take a good look inside before you challenge other people to do so!
Here is the final teaching on our incredible study of Exodus. Be blessed! (I have the audio recording, but don’t know how to link a .m4a file to this blog…Any help?)
The Evolution of God’s Presence
My daughter and I are Sound of Music fans and you may remember one of the big dilemmas in that movie was, “How do you solve a problem like Maria?” Well, this week, my big dilemma has been, “How do you sum up a Bible study on Exodus?!” SO MUCH HAS HAPPENED! From “Let my people go!” to “Show me your glory!”, it’s been quite a wild ride. So let’s start by taking a few moments to Explore Exodus again…
A baby in a basket, fostered in Pharoah’s family, matures only to murder a man, and runs to a remote region.
The shy shepherd beholds a burning bush, then this hesitant head of the Hebrews engages Egypt’s evil chief. Continue reading
My 10 year old daughter did one of her weekly presentations for our Classical Conversations homeschool co-op on helping the homeless by creating care packages to keep in your car to hand out to people on the street who are in need. That was a long sentence. As care packages for people who are currently living on the street, we came up with the name “Care Street Bags.” Continue reading
Perhaps this Chopped video served as my inspiration, or the slight obsession I have with wasting as little food as possible, but over the years, I have developed quite an intricate system for what to do with food scraps.
I started composting back in the day, but since inheriting 7 chickens three months ago (post to come!), we have even less to throw in the C-bin. However there are some kitchen scraps that can get a little reuse before heading either direction and can even miraculously transform into items you would otherwise pay good money for.
So here is a collection of Life Hacks from Food Scraps:
I like to keep track of the teachings that I have the opportunity to give from time to time, so here are my thoughts (for my local women’s Bible study) on the wonderful interaction between Jethro and Moses in Exodus chapter 18.
THE 10 HABITS OF SPIRITUALLY EFFECTIVE (& RECEPTIVE!) PEOPLE
In my life B.C. (Before Children), I had an awesome job as a Resident Director for five years at my alma mater, Biola University. An RD is part dorm mom, part student leadership developer, part event coordinator, part counselor/disciplinarian and 100% relational, which was right up my alley! But the demanding nature of the job put us on the fast track toward burn out, so our wonderful boss secured a grant for all the RDs to receive spiritual direction, to fill us back up and encourage us in our own spiritual growth.
I had a lovely Spiritual Director named, Betsy, who gave me much wise counsel that I still remember to this day. But the most notable came during a season of my life where I was wrestling with God. In a nutshell, I was experiencing disillusionment. My idealized Christian life where Jesus was here to make me happy, was starting to break down as losses and frustrations and weaknesses and the over all hard stuff of life was starting to crop up.
I can still remember the straw that broke the camels back, when I lost it over something relatively insignificant. Continue reading