Thursday, July 15, 2010

We have a WINNER and.... a $100 donation

So I figured with my mother as my witness, I would draw the winner a few hours late... Sorry about that I had a doctors appointment awhile away from my house today!

Anyways: Here are a few photos of the order of events that happened:

First I wrote every name and comment number on a piece of paper....

Then I said DRUMROLLLLLLL.... And reached up and picked a slip of paper. My mom witnessed me and agrees that I only drew one sheet and read the first sheet I got!

And the WINNER IS: MARK Z.!!!! He's a friend from school! Congratulations Mark!

We raised a total of $100 for the cause, I am donating around $45 on top of all of the comments we got plus ordering 2 t-shirts one for me, and one for Mark!! Thank you all for your support.... Please pray for the family as they patiently wait for the adoption process to go through.

God Bless!

Monday, July 12, 2010

I believe

"Do you believe what you believe is really real?"

The past few weeks the word believe has been popping up in expected and unexpected places... gives these definitions of believe: to have confidence in the truth, the existence, or the reliability of something, although without absolute proof that one is right in doing so: Only if one believes in something can one act purposefully. Or a. to be persuaded of the truth or existence of. b. to have faith in the reliability, honesty, benevolence, etc.

It's interesting a patient stated to me: I believe. He talked about how when it comes down to the line on faith and what he believes it's that he just believes in God. There are so many complex natures and things that everyone talks about and how we have all of this theological jargon that we talk about. However, when it comes right to the line: What matters most is that we believe.

Our human nature brings us to wonder about so many things and we doubt that we are good enough, do we have what it takes? Are we right? However, when we believe what we believe is really real, sometimes the answers and the supernatural intercedes for the inadequacies of the here and now. It's kind of convicting because it's rare that we're really forced to live by faith. Matthew 6:25-27 states: "Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more important than food, and the body more important than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Who of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life?

In our culture currently, we are not forced to wonder where our food comes from and so often we just rely on our own strength or it is given to us. However, when we are forced to put it in God's hands we typically resist and try to take it into our own hands. As I work with patients every day I notice that when people cannot control their health they quickly try to control other circumstances that they can. For instance: one patient used to tell her roommates what to do and would yell at them for doing things that bothered her. Not because she was angry at them- but because she had lost the control of having her life in her hands, and now, she was looking around trying to control her outside circumstances. We worry about what tomorrow brings, or the upcoming years- instead of looking to what we have right now and what that is.

What does christian life look like when we believe what we believe is really real? Would we give a little more to others trusting God will provide for us if we ever don't have enough? Sometimes I feel like we live with surplus with a fear that we will not have enough at some point... I don't know, it still makes me wonder, what about those who don't have enough right now?

Make sure you comment on the post below if you want a shirt! :] I will be drawing names soon!

Thursday, July 8, 2010

Hello Blogging World

As you know, I am a sucker for causes especially with little kids and for justice. My heart has been so broken this summer for people and humanity and I saw this post over at one of my "followers" blog's and thought I would share it with you. If you comment on this post, I am going to do a little giveaway and give one of these shirts away through a random selection... It's a good cause and something I am passionate about! So take your chances. I will post who I am getting the shirt for in exactly one week on July 15th. In addition to buying the shirt for one person, I will give $.25 for every comment that I get on this post!

God Bless!



The following rules and regulations apply: YOU can only comment once, However, you may share this post with friends or family and have them comment as well. In order to win the t-shirt, I will need you to provide your e-mail address so I can get your address to mail your t-shirt to you. So please check back on July 15th in order to get back if you don't have a blogger account that displays your e-mail address. If no one claims the shirt within 48 hours I will draw a new name granted, they have not supplied an e-mail address. If I have an e-mail address obviously they will just be directly contacted. If you don't want to win the shirt, you CAN post as anonymous. There will be no anonymous winners. So remember to post your name and I would prefer last initial, or some sort of identifying feature to your comment... So I am able to know it's you! This is all on the honors system, and I am very excited about donating. The reason I did $.25 is because I am hoping that it goes over really well. However, I do have a minimum donation set already if it does not get a ton of comments! I am willing to give my whole paycheck if it comes to that! :] God bless!

Sunday, July 4, 2010


All I can say, is that God truly has blessed me with an incredible support system and amazing friends and family. Tonight my heart and life is overwhelmed with love! Sometimes it just takes a little opening of the eyes to remember how truly great life is... Happy Fourth of July! May you all remember the little freedoms and love that you have been given!