Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Educents Giveaway News


Hope y'all enjoyed the giveaway from Educents here on the blog recently! If you weren't the lucky winner this time, I think you're going to want to hear the news I have to share with you today!

We're gearing up for back-to-school and to celebrate, I've partnered with Educents to tell you about their always popular 31 Days of Giveaways running the whole month of August. Not familiar? Each day of the month, Educents  hosts MONTH-LONG giveaways for all of your Back-to-School needs, including an Apple iPad Mini, ink & toner for the whole school year, a family vacation, curriculum and MORE! So pop on over and work those giveaway entry skills of yours ... You never know when it will be your day to win! Good luck and best wishes for a great school year :)



Sunday, August 17, 2014

Make A Difference Mondays {Volume 17}


Welcome to Make A Difference Mondays, a place to get intentional about starting our weeks focused on the positive and put our heads together to dream up ways we can make a difference in this world! This week I'm happy & humbled to introduce you to my friend Kendra and her beautiful story of how anyone can make a difference in the lives of the least of these. Would love to hear about any experience you may have with a ministry like the one Kendra got involved with!


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I first heard about Sole Hope when I read a blog post written by Logan Wolfram chronicling her experience while on a missions trip to Africa with the organization. The pictures of her holding children as they cried out in pain while jiggers were being removed from their little feet was enough to make me search a little farther to see what Sole Hope was all about.
What I found was an organization that started because Dru and Asher Collie saw a need and decided to fill it. Jiggers (a parasite that burrows into your feet and lays eggs) causes infection, pain, and -- if left untreated -- can leave people susceptible to other diseases such as tetanus and gangrene.
But there is a simple solution to the problem: Shoes.
While many of us don’t give a second thought to the shoes we put on each day, in Uganda, shoes are a luxury and many of the children Sole Hope helps have never owned a single pair of shoes.
So how can we help?
Sole Hope has created kits so you can throw your own shoe cutting party. Each kit comes with instructions, a sample of the fabric pieces needed for each pair of shoes, and a paper shoe pattern to use. It’s easy peasy.


And that’s why, just a little over a week ago, we cleaned out our garage (bonus!), invited some of our dear friends over, and had a party!

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Everyone set up and working at their stations!

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All while utilizing things we’d throw away or donate (old jeans and milk jugs!).

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We cut out shoes, laughed, and shared a meal together. We had a great time!


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And by the end, we had made 40 pairs of shoes for kids in Uganda.


When we were done, we also took donations to send with our shoes to help pay wages to the workers in Africa that assemble to the shoes. It was an awesome experience, and one we’ll plan to do again soon!


If you would like information on how you can throw your own shoe cutting party visit Sole Hope’s site here.

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Kendra Roehl is a foster and adoptive mama of four, a social worker by background and a lover of Jesus! She blogs about everyday life at The Ruth Experience.





Make A Difference Mondays is a weekly linkup designed to encourage and inspire us to live each day on purpose—making a meaningful difference in someone’s life in even the smallest of ways. There will be five women regularly co-hosting this link-up that will appear on all five of our blogs and we also have three wonderful co-hosts who will fill in as guest hosts on the occasional day that a regular co-host is not able to post. Read on to learn more about our vision, mission, and how to link up!

Mission

Our mission is to provide a consistent gathering place for like-minded women to build online connections, share inspiration, and provide mutual encouragement and accountability as we seek to live intentionally and make a difference in the lives of those around us.

Vision

Every Monday we will invite bloggers to link-up any blog posts that encourage women to live life on purpose. This could include testimonies or goals from your own life, small acts of kindness or service, creative tips or ideas for showing consideration to others — the possibilities are endless. Our objective is to use our God-given time and resources to His glory! 

The Make A Difference Mondays team has created two ways to keep us all connected - now we have our own facebook community group to stay in touch beyond the blog posts AND we also have a new #MADMlinkup group Pinterest board! We will be pinning our favorite posts from the linkup that inspire and encourage us to make a difference. We are so grateful for you and would love for all of you to join us for fellowship in the above linked community group and you can follow the Pinterest board right here to watch for your posts: Make A Difference Mondays Pinterest Board
Be sure to grab the sparkly linkup graphic or grab the same image in the square version from the sidebar for your posts and/or include a link back here within your posts. Any on-topic posts are welcomed, no matter how old and no matter how many! If you're linking up a post here, would you be so kind as to reach out in the comments below? I love getting to know new people and it really helps to put a 'name to the face' and find you in the linkup :) Maybe even mention the title of your post in your comment? Thanks friend!  

Add your link here:


   
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Daring to Dream



"She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future." Proverbs 31:25


So I've had it on my heart for a few months now to step out on faith into uncharted territory. To turn from the safe and secure to the bold and the beautiful.

Scary as it may seem to not know all any of the final details, I cannot ignore the calling I feel the Lord nudging me toward. 

A re-brand for this blog and a natural outgrowth of it called Live Free coaching & consulting is coming soon! I can hardly wait to share the new look for this site hopefully in the next week or so. Then the seeds being planted now for a second site should bloom into a beautiful new business, sometime this fall!

I don't know what long-forgotten dream of yours is just waiting to be awakened. 

I don't know what next adventure you'd love to take that seems impossibly wild and free. 

I don't know how close you are to giving up hope on living life with abandon and pursuing your passions. 

But the truth is, we serve a big God who loves to move mountains through our meager faithHe loves to reward those who dare to dream for Him! He is the author and perfecter of our faith and He is faithful to complete the good work He has begun.

So let us say yes to our God-sized dreams. Let us dare to live life to the full! Let us live this one wild and precious life, worthy of the calling we have received.


"I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full." - John 10:10


"I am not afraid. I was born to do this." – Joan of Arc
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Monday, August 11, 2014

Make A Difference Mondays {Volume 16}


Welcome to Make A Difference Mondays, a place to get intentional about starting our weeks focused on the positive and put our heads together to dream up ways we can make a difference in this world! 

This week I'm excited to tell you about one woman who made a difference around the world and left a legacy deeper and wider than many of us fully realize. I know I sure didn't grasp the full extent of Princess Diana's humanitarian efforts across the globe before yesterday. I was 17 years old when she died & hadn't yet paid too much attention to her life & work before her passing. So glad to have a much deeper understanding and appreciation for her now, and to have taught my girls the same!
Yesterday my girls and I had a mommy-daughter date to 
The Cincinnati Museum Center to see Diana, A Celebration exhibit. It just so happened to also be 1940s themed weekend at the museum too, so as a swing music/swing dancing lover, I could not wait to introduce my girls to all this goodness!

I think this article does a great job summarizing what to expect if you're local and you'd like to try to make the trip to see this exhibit before it's gone for good.

There were so many neat things to see in this exhibit, such as Princess Diana's tiaras, wedding gown, and collection of formal wear dresses. But what I most enjoyed learning about was the depth and breadth of Diana's advocacy and humanitarian work. A quote from Diana dated June 1997, just two months before her death reveals her heart here: 
“Nothing brings me more happiness than trying to help the most vulnerable people in society, it is a goal and an essential part of my life, a kind of destiny, whoever is in distress can call on me I will come running wherever they are.”
Seeing those exact words written on a wall, on display for all to see was so encouraging to me. They made me smile with such appreciation, but all the more so when I could see my daughters inspired by her passion as well. Given the fact we read that amazing quote in one of the last sections of the exhibition, and we had just left the section covering the Princess' untimely death - I was absolutely still tearing up. Yep, I'm pretty sure I was the only person crying watching the summary video of Diana's death and funeral with the lyrics to Goodbye England’s Rose, which is a version of Candle in the Wind adapted for Princess Diana’s funeral by Elton John.

Just as her wedding was watched by an estimated global TV audience of 750 million, an estimated 2.5 billion people around the world watched the funeral procession as the people's Princess was laid to rest. I can honestly say after spending two hours captivated by learning about her life and death, I now fully understand why Princess Diana was adored by millions around the world and will be missed and remembered, always. 

In the final section of the exhibit, we read yesterday that 30,000 condolence books were filled with messages in remembrance of Diana's life and in honor of her passing. Let that sink in for a moment. Not 30,000 messages, but 30,000 books! It was remarkable to see a few dozen of them and read the heartfelt messages that filled them. There was also a book available to be signed with messages of remembrance by museum visitors and oh how I loved the sweet messages my girls wrote themselves! I asked a museum attendant and she confirmed the book will indeed be sent to the Royal family :) We marveled thinking about Diana's family reading our words, and all the others written all these years after her passing, at each stop of the world tour of this exhibit celebrating her life.

Though we don't often slow down enough to think about it much, the fact is we will all be remembered in some way. How do you want to be remembered? How will you use your life to make a difference that others will remember? We are not all princesses' like Diana, but we are all daughters of the King, who created each of us for great purpose! 

We are all writing a story with our lives each day that we live them. So why not ask yourself, are you living the story you'd like to be told for generations? If not - what changes can you make today so that you might live the life you were created to live? In what ways can you use your influence to make a difference, just as Diana used her platform to make a difference? 

As a young mother, Diana died a tragic and untimely death. But the truth is, nothing is ever wasted in God's economy. To that end, I leave you with the words to a beautiful poem, The Weaver which was displayed in the final room of Diana, A Celebration. I hope you find these words as encouraging as we did! 






Make A Difference Mondays is a weekly linkup designed to encourage and inspire us to live each day on purpose—making a meaningful difference in someone’s life in even the smallest of ways. There will be five women regularly co-hosting this link-up that will appear on all five of our blogs and we also have three wonderful co-hosts who will fill in as guest hosts on the occasional day that a regular co-host is not able to post. Read on to learn more about our vision, mission, and how to link up!

Mission

Our mission is to provide a consistent gathering place for like-minded women to build online connections, share inspiration, and provide mutual encouragement and accountability as we seek to live intentionally and make a difference in the lives of those around us.

Vision

Every Monday we will invite bloggers to link-up any blog posts that encourage women to live life on purpose. This could include testimonies or goals from your own life, small acts of kindness or service, creative tips or ideas for showing consideration to others — the possibilities are endless. Our objective is to use our God-given time and resources to His glory! 

The Make A Difference Mondays team has created two ways to keep us all connected - now we have our own facebook community group to stay in touch beyond the blog posts AND we also have a new #MADMlinkup group Pinterest board! We will be pinning our favorite posts from the linkup that inspire and encourage us to make a difference. We are so grateful for you and would love for all of you to join us for fellowship in the above linked community group and you can follow the Pinterest board right here to watch for your posts: Make A Difference Mondays Pinterest Board
Be sure to grab the sparkly linkup graphic or grab the same image in the square version from the sidebar for your posts and/or include a link back here within your posts. Any on-topic posts are welcomed, no matter how old and no matter how many! If you're linking up a post here, would you be so kind as to reach out in the comments below? I love getting to know new people and it really helps to put a 'name to the face' and find you in the linkup :) Maybe even mention the title of your post in your comment? Thanks friend!  

Add your link here:

   
    An InLinkz Link-up
   

Sometimes sharing with these friends and holleygerth.com

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