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Shitty week and I do mean Shitty October 29, 2010

Filed under: Life... The Way I See It — candidchatter @ 6:14 pm

Ugh! I think God is trying to see what I’m made of. I’ll elaborate soon, but for now just pray.

If you see me cuss, always pray. That’s a good sign that I need it.

Love you peeps! See you on theĀ  brighter side of the rainbow.

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Beautiful Chaos October 21, 2010

Filed under: Life... The Way I See It — candidchatter @ 7:22 pm

I am SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO busy!

But, I love it!

 

We Did It! October 15, 2010

Filed under: Life... The Way I See It — candidchatter @ 4:54 pm

With a combined effort of a lot of compassionate and talented people, I have been able to start a non-profit corporation. Our website is (almost) done. Please check it out, clicking on all the links at the top, and tell me what you think. I am so excited and I hope to fill up with volunteers in November so that we can sponsor a family in December.

Introducing…
LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR
a non-profit organization
proudly serving along the treasure coast of florida

Click on the words
“LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR”
underneath our logo
and you’ll be taken right to our site

 

Poem October 13, 2010

Filed under: Life... The Way I See It — candidchatter @ 9:14 pm
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When God sends forth a little soul
To learn the ways of earth
A mother’s love is waiting there
We call this miracle birth.

When God calls back a tiny soul
And stills a fleeting breath
A Father’s love is waiting there
This too is birth, not death.

 

Homeless October 8, 2010

Filed under: All In the Family — candidchatter @ 6:44 pm

This evening I took all three of my kids to get ice cream at Dairy Queen. They have been angels all week dealing with Mommy starting a charitable business and delivering meals three times in 5 days. They deserved a nice sugary treat.

While there, we saw a homeless man and I explained to them what that means. They had asked why he was walking in the middle of the street carrying a paper (his sign). I gently told them about what his life may be like… begging for food and money, sleeping outside or in his vehicle, using public restrooms, eating out of garbage cans, not being able to shower or brush his teeth and so on. They grew quiet and concerned and made sweet, compassionate comments. I told them when they see a homeless person to pray. My 4 1/2 year old middle child piped up, “Mommy, I’m going to pray for that homeless man.” As I was merging onto the freeway, this is what I heard him say…

“Dear God,

Please help that homeless man.

Please don’t let his teeth get rotten.

Please keep him safe in his truck.

Please help him.

Amen.”

Teaching compassion is one thing.
Witnessing a child struck in the heart
with it naturally… Sigh. Priceless.

 

Love Your Neighbor October 5, 2010

Filed under: Faith,Gotta Have Friends,Life... The Way I See It — candidchatter @ 7:46 pm

Jesus replied: ” ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Matthew 22:37-39

You see my post below this one. I wrote that about a week ago. A lot has happened since then. Last night I applied for non-profit status for an organization I’ve become involved in called “Love Your Neighbor”, which is currently serving two counties in my area.

Several months ago I started feeling nudged to step out in faith in a local ministry. I allowed it to roll around in my mind and heart for quite awhile. I asked a couple of friends of mine for input. At first I thought I would become involved in outreach for local strippers. My husband was not keen on that idea at all. Next I applied to a local organization which helps victims of domestic violence with a focus especially on the children who have been abused. They did not return my inquiries despite the “we need volunteers” section on their website.

All the while I have been wondering what God has called me to, I’ve been involved in a meal ministry at my former church which I loved with all my heart and soul. The only problem with it was that they hardly ever called upon me to serve. I served my own circle of friends more this year providing meals when babies were born or a big move took place than I have for the church in the same time frame. Well, that got me thinking.

Hospitality.

I’m darn good at that. I love to cook. I love to have parties big or small. I love hosting friends and family for dinner. I love love love love love opening my home and kitchen. L.O.V.E. it!! It’s my “thing”.

My thing. [smile]

So, I decided to start a non-profit organization where I would gather a group of friends and find a way to serve meals to families in my local area who are in need for whatever reason whether I know them or not; whether they go to church or not; whether they can pay it forward or not. No strings attached. Just a pure blessing just b’cuz.

Seems easy enough, right?

Right!!

Turns out this IS precisely what God has called me to… at least for this season of my life.
Last night I applied for non-profit status with the state of Florida. Today I got my filing letter from them. It has been set in motion. For the last week I have been coordinating meals for a family in need. In the meantime, I have been working on flyers, business cards, and ideas to pull in more volunteers because we all know that the more volunteers I gather the more people we can help.

Love Your Neighbor (St. Lucie County)

You can find us on Facebook. Join our community whether you live near us or not. Even if you never take a meal to one of our families, we could sure use the support and prayers.

**I didn’t get this far alone. I have several friends near and far who were paramount to getting this thing going. But, most of all, I have the Lord to thank for using me and my gifts for the benefit of others. I am humbled and excited all at once!

 

Community Outreach September 29, 2010

Filed under: Life... The Way I See It — candidchatter @ 12:22 pm

I want to start a community outreach program. Does anyone have any tips?

Two objectives…

1) Provide dinner meals to families in need after hospitalization, divorce, death, etc. for one to two weeks.

2) Provide a free lawn cut to families in need after hospitalization, divorce, death, etc. for a month.

This is a non-religious effort. I don’t want to align with a church thereby having to follow their bureaucracy. I know I need to gather volunteers. What next? I’m sure I’ll need a name. Any ideas?

Cover me in prayer please. Thanks.