Wednesday, May 27, 2015
The war on human trafficking is on. Christians are being enlightened and are joining forces to take on this modern day slavery that is stealing our kids.
You may be asking what can I do? You might be thinking, "I'm not a fighter, investigator, or even have a lot of money."
This is a question I have been asking myself too. What could I possibly do that could make a difference?
After doing some research I have found some very practical ways we can all be involved in this fight.
1. Write letters. We can write letters to investigators encouraging them. They see some very dark stuff. Stuff that probably messes with their heads, hearts, and spirits. The Exodus Road Coalition provides you a chance to write to their undercover operatives to encourage them to continue on in this battle. We all know encouragement fights weariness.
2. Google anti-trafficking efforts in your local city. I did this and had NO idea there was a local movement in my city. I followed their social media accounts and emailed asking how I can help. YOU can do this too!!
3. Contact your Senator-They need to know the issues that are close to the people's heart that they represent.
4. Pray. Our prayers are valuable. We can pray for our legislature to make laws that come down hard on traffickers. The victims. For the undercover agents that work hard to bust these criminals. We also need to pray for the criminals themselves and the men that buy these children-for their hearts and consciences to be pricked.
For them to turn from the darkness to light.
5. Donate-There are many options, so choose one you feel most comfortable with. Exodus Road-For $35/month you can help support undercover operations for their various investigative teams, Samaritan's Purse, and Preemptive Love Coalition are just a few suggestions.
Now is our time to stand up and and say No to human trafficking! I urge you to find some way to get involved.
Linking with: Soli Deo Gloria, Coffee For Your Heart, and #TellHisStory
Monday, May 25, 2015
I used random.org to choose a winner, cause you know I could NEVER pick a winner on my own, lol!
Congratulations, Kristin Smith! I know you will love the journal as much as I do :)
Hope everyone has a safe Memorial Day.
And I just wanted to add a BIG THANK-YOU to all of our military. I am so thankful for the way you serve your country and appreciate ALL of the sacrifices you make each day.
Today we honor you.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2015
Sex-trafficking is modern-day slavery. It's disgusting and more common than we know.
"According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children." (source)
I have children and the thought of them getting caught up in something like this makes my blood run cold. I read the stories of how easily it is to get trapped by a boyfriend whom you love and trust only to find out they seek to control you-body, mind, and soul.
There is no escape because they fear for their lives or for their family members lives.
The young and vulnerable make the greatest victims.
This makes me angry, very angry. Knowing there are people in this world that will use and abuse others. That willingly partake in stripping another human being of their humanity for their own monetary gain is sickening and the worse kind of evil in this world.
None of us are safe. The only thing we can do is educate ourselves and support those who decide to take action and do something about it.
So when Work of Worth contacted me about curating a collection to help them spread the word of their organization, of course I said yes!
I'm sure you are wondering,
Who is Work of Worth? Good Question!Work of Worth exists to sustainably employ entrepreneurs in dignity from poverty and the sex trade. Each purchase of their quality items helps to support men and women who desire a choice for freedom and dignity for their families
I hope you will take a moment to check them out-if you feel led, make a purchase- I plan too!
Visit my Worth of Worth Curated page to see each of my selections up close => Alecia's Curated Collection
Check out the Pinterest Page too! => Alecia's Work of Worth Pinterest Page
Below you will find a few things that I chose that jumped out at me when I scrolled through their site.
Do you see those cool earrings? Totally getting them (but they just sold out :( )
I love fresh smelling soap. Want it.
THAT necklace!! I like jewelry that is funky :)
And I can ALWAYS use one more journal...who doesn't??
Be a part of change. Support women at high risk of being #trafficked (Click to Tweet)
And now for something super fun...a GIVEAWAY!! I am going to give away the Birds on Line Journal you see above! Just leave me a comment letting me know which item is your favorite. I'll pick a winner on Monday. :)
Linking up with: SolideoGloria, #TellHisStory, and CoffeeForYourHeart
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Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Like a miner mines for gold we need to mine for truth in our lives.
The truth of who we were created to be by God gets buried underneath the rubble of years and years of lies thrown our way by people-broken people.
Sticks and stones may break our bones but words may never hurt us?
But we can replace the lies with truths and remove our feelings from the past experiences. When we do this we can separate ourselves from the past and how it made us feel. All the shame and regret is now no longer a part of who we are.
I read in Emily Freeman's book, Grace for The Good Girl: "Where there isn't a healing there is a haunting."
Are there any old wounds that haunt you? Do you know, really know that...
- The past is the past not the present.
- We are meant to learn from our past not live there.
- In the present we can look back to the lessons we learned and know they are now our story, but not our present truths. The past is our story.
- We are who we are today because of our past.
"There is no condemnation for those who belong to Christ." Romans 8:1The enemy comes to steal our present joy by reminding us of our past mistakes. He wants to kill our dreams by keeping us focused on our lack. He seeks to destroy our future by whispering lies of what we were and never will be.
The wonderful-freeing news is that we get to choose what we will think on. We get to choose what we will believe. And we get to choose who we will serve.
Will it be our past? Or our future? Take some time today and mine for the truths in your own life.
I pray as you think back on your life you will allow God to filter your thoughts and give you a new perspective. Allow Him to show you how the past can be used for your future!
"And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise." Philippians 4:8
Linking up with: Three Word Wed, Coffee for Your Heart, #TellHisStory
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Your worth doesn't come from your work:
I'm a stay at home mom
I'm a lawyer
I'm a secretary
I'm a writer
I'm a doctor
Maybe you find yourself in one of the titles above...maybe not.
I've spent a lot of time lately thinking about the smallness of my days. Wondering if my days matter even though they feel so ordinary.
"Do your everyday and your ordinary. Godliness is found and formed in those places." Jennie AllenIs the way I live and love really more important than what I do?
Struggling with knowing that my worth doesn't come from a job title. Wondering what in the world is God up to and why won't He make the plans He has for me more clear (cause, I'd really like to help him out if he would ;))
Do blog posts matter when only a handful of people read?
Does writing without a book contract in sight (and not even an idea of one) matter?
I was hoping to be more consistent this year with posting here. But weeks will go by and the words aren't there. I've been wondering is my time up in this little space? Does God have other things for my hands to do?
And then I realized.
I've been putting too much weight in what others say or don't say is a more valuable use of time. I inadvertently stopped up the words and my own creativity by second-guessing myself.
I forgot the most important reason for doing something-If God calls you to it, you do it. period.
It doesn't matter what others say about your work as long as you know who you are.What you do matters, the lies that whisper they don't are static.
In God we find that what we do. How we are made is going to look drastically different from "Mary" next door.
When we constantly compare our life to what someone else's looks like we are only comparing to what we see from the outside. We don't get to see the inside. In reality she may be comparing her life to yours and wondering how she can get to where you are.
Isn't it funny how we always want what we don't have and always think the grass is greener? It's not until we decide in our hearts and minds to be content that we realize what we have is what we wanted all along.
"So we change the way we dress, think, and act so that they will approve of us. ...Instead we go through the motions to be someone we're not in hopes that we'll be loved." (Holley Gerth, You're Loved No Matter What)
Living starts when you stop worrying about what others think about your life.
Live to God's standard of success. Not others.
Can I get an amen?
Linking with: Soli deo Gloria, Three Word Wed,#TellHisStory, Coffee for your Heart, Thought-Provoking Thursday
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