Monday, January 11, 2016
My #oneword for 2016 is CONTRIBUTE.
I want this year to make a difference: to me, my family, my church, my community, my world! I want to be integral in that change through the contributions that I make with my time, effort, prayer, and yes, my money. Not much will happen without some input on my part. Don't get me wrong, God's actions are not constrained or dictated by my whims or maneuvers. But, I may become part of His work by seeking and serving - this is my contribution.
My health and fitness will not improve if I am not intentional about caring for this clay temple. I must decide what to eat, when to eat, where to eat, and how much to eat. The same goes for moving. Each exertion can be calculated either to the positive or the negative. These assets and liabilities determine where the needle of the balance falls - literally!
My business will not flourish if it is left untended. I must work each day to pursue leads, hostesses and recruits to further the mission of empowering women and men around the world out of poverty. We must work together and support each other if advancement is our goal. To that end, if you are reading these words I would also like for you to consider how you can be involved with Trades of Hope this year. Maybe you need to purchase gifts. Might I suggest shopping here first? Would you like to host a party either in your home or online to spread the work and beautiful jewelry, accessories and decor items offered for your friends? You may have been looking for your own way to contribute to the financial well-being of your family and others this year. Let this be the sign you were looking for. I'd love to speak to you about getting started with Trades of Hope.
My church and my community are inseparably linked in my mind and my heart. What is good for one is generally beneficial for the other. That's how the local church should work. On that front, I will be leading a neighborhood Bible study on Thursday mornings in my home for local women. I humbly ask for your prayers that God would bring together exactly who He desires for fellowship and growth as we study His Word. My husband and I are also working with a new marriage strengthening ministry called re/engage. If you are in the DC metro are and want to go from "simmer to sizzle" in your marriage, this may be just what you are looking for. You can visit www.marriagehelp.org to find a local church if you are far from here.
A primary ministry of our church is Jill's House. This is a respite center for families of children with special needs. Please go check them out and see for yourself the wonderful work they do and what they provide for the children and families. This month I am hosting an online party to benefit Jill's House. 100% of my commission from this party will go to Jill's House. You are vital to the success of this work. Without your contribution, I cannot make a contribution. See how that works? We are all in this together. Go to my Facebook event to join.
Do you have a "one word" for 2016? I'd love to hear what it is in the comments. Let me know if you joined that party as well. Let's all make a positive contribution this year.
BLESSINGS FOR YOUR 2016!!!