Monthly Archives: November 2014

11/14/14

Build a Shoebox Online

Have you ever packed a shoebox for Samaritan’s Purse Operation Shoebox Christmas Child? I can honestly say it is the one thing my family has done each and every Christmas for as long as I can remember.

 

I still get goosebumps when I am able to seal the box, label it, and drop it off at a shipping station. And I practically get weepy imagining watching the child open the box on Christmas. Oh the wonderment of it all!

As a child, I loved roaming the toy aisle & the accessory aisle packing a box for a young girl just like me halfway across the world. And now, as an adult, I love that this gives me an excuse to still roam the toy & accessories aisle!

A simple gift.

A simple shoebox.

Infinite possibilities.

A simple tool to be utilized to share the gospel.

And now, Samaritan’s Purse allows you to build a shoebox online. You can do right where you are, at your desk with coworkers, at your kitchen counter with your roommate, in a classroom with your children, even on a plane, wherever you are!

So, here is how it all goes down…

1. Visit www.samaritanspurse.org.

2. Click on the banner that reads “it’s shoebox time!”

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3. And then select “Pack a Shoebox.”

If you scroll the bottom of this webpage, you will see an icon like this…

That’s what you want! It’s time to build this baby!

And then you will see this message from Samaritan’s Purse:

“You can still help share God’s love with children around the world even if you don’t have time to shop for and pack an Operation Christmas Child shoebox gift. With a few clicks of your mouse or swipes on your touchscreen, you can build a shoebox online. Make it your own by choosing from a list of gifts, then add a personal letter and photo. We’ll pack your shoebox and send it for you, for a suggested donation of just $25.”

How great is that?!?

So, here we go.

The next screen will have you select Boy or Girl & the age range. For this demo, I chose a little girl age range 5-9.

  • Add the essentials kit (all-important items like toothbrush, tooth paste, hairbrush, washcloth, soap, school supplies, etc.)
  • Then choose 1 large toy
  • Then 2 smaller toys
  • And finally select a few accessories such as a watch, socks, a headband, or maybe even some cool sunglasses or jewelry

Just click the item & drop it into your virtual box! It really is as easy as that!

NATIONAL Collection Dates are November 17-24th. So, start packing those virtual boxes now!!! 

You will never know the difference it makes in the life of that child, and their families. That box could be life-changing.

Touch a life this Christmas.

Be the gift to one of your brothers or sisters across the world.

Give the gift of Christ this Christmas.

Happy packing!

xoxo…

 

 

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11/11/14

The Root of Insecurities

Ladies, I don’t know about you, but I have felt the sting and torment of my insecurities for far too long.

When I first started reading this amazing study by Beth Moore, So Long Insecurity: You’ve been a bad friend to us (can I get an Amen!), one of the first chapters poses the question- tell your group about the last time you felt truly secure, totally accepted.

I thought long & hard about this question. And it was fascinating as we went around the room sharing our view of when our insecurities began.

For some, it was High School when they were bullied or teased simply because they weren’t considered in the “popular” crowd.

For others is was at a tender age when their parents divorced and their family was permanently severed. They felt broken, forgotten, and alone.

And then still for others, the last time they felt secure was when their weight was at a comfortable range and they felt good about themselves. Their body image dictates their overall confidence, and that dictates their security, or lack thereof.

And for, sadly, the last time I can remember feeling totally and completely secure was the 3rd grade. I loved school, I loved my family (still do, in fact), and I had friends I enjoyed being with that loved me for me… or so I thought. 4th grade was the first year that bullies were introduced to this innocent heart, when body image started to creep in, when the labels on your clothing started to matter, and when certain activities simply weren’t “cool” anymore. In fact, I was touted a “nerd” on more than one occasion. 4th grade was also the last year I can remember just being friends with boys without the question, “do you like him?” or “is he your boyfriend?” What’s wrong with just being friends???

So, yes, 3rd grade. That was my tipping point. And while it is not the root of my insecurities, it is certainly the base or trunk of the tree.

Can you remember the last time you felt truly secure? Perfectly loved, accepted, unjudged, uncriticized? It’s a great self-awareness exercise and where you personally stand with this “bad friend” insecurity.

Beth Moore gives fabulous insight into various roots of insecurities, and we can experience multiple of them in shaping our insecurities from childhood to adolescence to womanhood.

And they weren’t unlike the many experiences I heard shared around the room at small group that night.

Instability in the Home.

Loss.

Rejection.

Major Change(s).

Personal limitations and/or handicaps.

Our Culture.

Our Perception & Attitude. 

And then finally, our own Pride.

She closes with this quote, a truly powerful excerpt for me.

“God Himself formed human emotions. He knows how easily the heart can be broken. The mind can be marred. He knows life hurts… because people hurt… and then hurt other people. He also knows the resilience with which He made us and the innate capacity within each of us to be restored. Remade. He knows we are capable of loving even when we feel unloved because He loves us enough to cover those who don’t. He knows we are not nearly as fragile as we think we are, but we will act like who we believe ourselves to be. He knows we have the capacity to be astoundingly extraordinary, and not just in spite of where we’ve been, but BECAUSE of it.
God knows we are insecure. But we do not need to be. And He will not leave well enough alone.(thank goodness!) He has enough security for both of us, and for those of us who call Christ Savior! He slipped His own secure Spirit within our simple jars of clay. It is in you to be secure, dear one. Do you hear what I am saying to you? … You have it in you!” (p 142-3) 

“Here am I, and the children the Lord has given me!” — Isaiah 8:18

Be secure in Him and His astoundingly abundant love for you! There is no more secure place to be than that.

This world and all the many wants, needs, and temptations are temporary, but He offers security that is eternal.

Grasp it!

Seize it!

It’s ours for the taking.

Praying for you….

xoxo

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