Thanksgiving and gratitude

Today is Thanksgiving in various countries around the world. We don’t celebrate it here in New Zealand but I do like to be more thankful on this day.

It’s been almost a month since I lost my mum to cancer, she slipped quietly away to go to heaven and be free from pain and suffering! I’m glad she’s no longer suffering but I miss her dearly. Especially around this time of year with Christmas coming up.

It’s funny I have this blog centered around gratitude and being thankful yet in my current circumstances its something I am really struggling with. The reason why I started this blog about 2 years ago was because I was sick and tired of the internet being filled with negative and ungrateful words so I wanted to add in some positiveness.

I really started this blog for others but right now it feels like I created this blog for me at the time as this. It’s funny how God works everything together for our good and its all in his perfect timing

Wait for the Lordbe strong and take heart and wait for the Lord”– Psalm 27:14

There are so many stories throughout the bible about waiting on and being patient for God. People waiting for their prayers to be answered, people waiting to be healed and others waiting to meet Jesus face to face when he was here on Earth.

I am not that patient even though I like to think I am, so waiting on the Lord is not an easy thing for me. I continually pray for God to come and help me surrender this burden of grief that envelopes me. Even though there is abundance of spiritual food and water around me I am starting to feel dry and weak inside.

An attitude of gratitude is what will get me out of this head space right now.

I am grateful for all the amazing memories I have of my mum. We spent almost 29 years together and built such a strong relationship with her. She was more than my mum, she was my best friend. She knew me better than I know myself. Even at the age of 28 I still called her everyday to chat and tell her I love her and she would always respond with ‘I love you to dearly’ I am so grateful for that! I loved her hugs to they were always so war and made me feel safe.

I am grateful for hundreds of photos and millions of memories I have that I will never forget!

I am thankful for God and saving my Mum from her suffering here on earth.

“Give thanks to him, bless his name. For the Lord is good. – Psalm 100:4

In her shoes

This is the dedication on the first page of Charlotte Scanlon-Gambill’s book In her Shoes

I dedicate this book to the true heroes of the Faith.  Those who have not just lived life from their own vantage point but have stepped into the shoes of others and made a difference to another’s world.

To you who have loved the unlovely, embraced the unwanted, remembered the forgotten and included the lonely: you are amazing.  Your reward is truly stored up in heaven but whilst you are here on earth I salute you for your strength, tenacity and selfless love.  It is breathtaking.

The world is all the richer because of who you are and all you do I pray that as you refresh others you yourself will be refreshed.  I pray you will feel the kiss of heaven all over your life in increasing measure.

Much love

Charl xx

WOW what an amazing women.  I purchased her Identity book also while at Sistas Conference (post to come) this weekend just been.  I am in the progress of reading In her Shoes and man what an amazing, thought provoking and awakening book.

Will fill you in on the book once I have finished it – I can tell just from the opening dedication, this will be a book I read more than once!  Read a sample chapter here.

             

Check out the YouTube video below of her speaking – amazing talented women!

Really Good Gifts

Open up a world of love and hope for families affected by leprosy.

Really Good Gifts 4 Families are so much more than giving money to charity, or buying presents for Christmas. They’re about understanding the world around us, and the importance of caring for others disadvantaged by poverty and leprosy. Every gift has been carefully selected to meet the needs of individuals and families affected by leprosy.

Really Good Gifts 4 Families are a very personal and direct link between families like yours here in New Zealand, and the families disadvantaged by leprosy and poverty who will benefit.

 You can share how Really Good Gifts 4 Families work with your church, community group, friends and family; and help to transform lives for families affected by leprosy.

Whats gifts are there?
You can help a family living in poverty set up their own Tea Shop Business, bake and sell their own Injera Bread or you can buy the ultimate gift and help Cure One person of leprosy.

New Gifts for 2011 that will help families affected by leprosy:
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Reconstructive Hand Surgery
Reconstructive Foot Surgery
A Hospital Bed

Check out the website today and buy your Really Good Gift 4 Families.

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7 Day Challenge | CAP Money

Live to a $50 budget for one week
Donate the difference between what you spend and your normal weekly budget to CAP
All proceeds go to help families in New Zealand who are living in unmanageable debt

The 7 Day Challenge is all about helping New Zealand families who are living with unmanageable debt with CAP’s unique and holistic debt-counselling service. Your donation will enable us to continue to keep offering this service absolutely free to those who are most marginalised and impoverished. Please also read some of their client stories to find out more about the issues of poverty in New Zealand.

It is scary to think families around New Zealand and the world live off $50 a week for food and non essential spending.  How do families survive?

What is CAP?

Christians Against Poverty is a debt counselling charity which offers a free, holisitic and in-depth service to those who are struggling with unmanageable debt in New Zealand.  CAP works with a network of church-based centres throughout the North Island in order to release communities from the cycle of debt and poverty.

We aim to have a debt counselling centre in every major town and city in New Zealand within the next ten years, thus enabling us to help hundreds of families around the nation.

So ………………

Will you do your bit to join in? Check out their website and register today for the 7 day challenge 

Meaning of Easter

Easter, or Resurrection Day, as many Christians refer to the holiday, is a time when we celebrate the resurrection of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Today is Good Friday, this is a very significant day for Christians as Jesus was crucified today 2000 years ago – it is called Good Friday because of the good deed Jesus did.

My church (Life) held ‘The Watch’ last night which was a night where we all gathered at church which was open from 10 pm till 7am today, to reflect on what Jesus did for us on the cross.

Here are some photos of what church looked like, amazing job the creative team did

The cross is a very significant symbol for Christianity, Jesus was nailed to a cross and beard the sins of the entire world “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” ~ John 3:16

John 11:25-26
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die. (NIV)

On the third day of Easter, Jesus was raised from the dead (Easter Monday) like he had told his 12 disciples.

If you want to read about the Christian Easter story check this link out

Easter is the most important time of the year for Christians (other than Christmas when Jesus was born).  I am very thankful for Jesus giving his life for us

Hallelujah

1 Peter 1:18-19
For you know that God paid a ransom to save you from the empty life you inherited from your ancestors. And the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver. He paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God