Saturday, May 24, 2008

vicky mwikali kyalo

for the last year, I've sponsored a child through Compassion International.  her name is vicky mwikali kyalo, and she's from kenya.  she's one of 6 children, and she is 7 years old.  her father died, and her mother works as a farmer to provide for her family.  she loves to jump rope and her job is to help clean the house.

I love getting her letters in the mail, and they are usually accompanied by a picture that she has drawn.  today's letter moved my heart, so I wanted to share it with you... (it is written by jacob, one of the social workers)
"vicky greets you this Easter holiday and hopes this letter finds you well kept of the Lord.  she says that she is fine and has been doing alright in the Lord.  vicky narrates that this Easter season she will go to church, visit her friends, and feast on chicken and rice as she celebrates the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.  she hopes you too will celebrate, but wonders how you do it in your home country.  she further states that she is very grateful for the Christmas gift you sent to her over last year december from which she was bought a dress and a pair of leather shoes.  she declares God's blessings and favor upon your life and the work of your hands.  she finally says thank you for being there for her and that God bless you and you do good ever, Amen.

this letter brought me to tears today.  vicky started school in the third term last year, and she's at the top of her class - 1st out of 45 students.

here's a quote from Compassion's website about the children in kenya:
Compassion's work in Kenya began in 1980. More than 55,900 children participate in more than 225 child development centers. Compassion partners with churches to help them provide Kenyan children with the opportunity to rise above their circumstances and become all God has created them to be.

for just $30 a month, I have the privilege of helping to feed a child in need.  she is able to go to school, learn about Jesus Christ, and grow.  if you don't already, please consider sponsoring a child like vicky.  there are so many children in need, and what would you be giving up?  two or three meals out a month.

it's worth it.  a child's life depends on it.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

american idol finale... my thoughts.

well, mark my words. I was wrong. I had pinned david archuleta as the winner from day one, and I've stuck by that the entire time. david cook is incredibly talented, but archuleta seemed to have the popular vote, especially among the demographic that watches the show. I've said for the last month or so that david cook should win, but that he wouldn't, and I was wrong! I'm totally ok with that though...

I thought the finale tonight was hilarious... I'm probably crazy and just plain exhausted, but I loved it! here are a few of my favorite moments:

  • gladys knight and her "pips" - ben stiller, jack black, and robert downey, jr. - I love gladys, and this song is a favorite of mine - those guys are crazy!

  • jordin sparks - I love this girl - so much personality! she was on tour as a backup singer when I saw michael w. smith twice on his christmas tour - she was incredible then, and is even more so now.

  • michael johns and carly smithson - two of my favorites from this season, both of which went home too soon

  • david archuleta singing "apologize" with one republic - ryan tedder didn't sound great tonight, but david sounded great on the song. I actually have a cd from my sweet friend amanda hampton that has some of ryan's early recordings - way back in the day. she gave it to me in high school, and it's hilarious to listen to now! ha!

  • bryan adams - I didn't love the song he sang tonight, but I love some of his other stuff. sappy, I know.

what I could have done without tonight:

  • the donna summer medley

  • mike myers as the "guru" - shameless promotion!

  • brooke white with the guy from crosby, stills, and nash - too folksy for my taste

  • george michael. need I say more? carrie underwood sang "praying for time" SO much better on "idol give back" this year - he sounded terrible.

have I mentioned yet that I bought tickets to go see the concert tour when it comes to dallas in august?! have I mentioned that I am freaking excited about it?! jenn's going to go with me, and we're going to scream and sing along... I can't wait!!!

by the way, did anyone catch the new coldplay/apple commercial? it was pretty awesome... I know wes loved it!

well, that's my two cents. let me know what you thought.

Thursday, May 08, 2008

... yet will I trust Him

This spoke to me so clearly today from "My Utmost for His Highest" and it included a verse that has been so powerful and spoken into my life so much lately:

"though he slay me, yet will I trust Him." Job 13:15

Let that one sink in... after everything that Job went through, this was his attitude. Even though he felt completely ripped apart and destroyed, he still trusted in Almighty God.

Now read below...

The Faith to Persevere

"Because you have kept My command to persevere..." Revelation 3:10

Perseverance means more than endurance— more than simply holding on until the end. A saint’s life is in the hands of God like a bow and arrow in the hands of an archer. God is aiming at something the saint cannot see, but our Lord continues to stretch and strain, and every once in a while the saint says, "I can’t take any more." Yet God pays no attention; He goes on stretching until His purpose is in sight, and then He lets the arrow fly. Entrust yourself to God’s hands. Is there something in your life for which you need perseverance right now? Maintain your intimate relationship with Jesus Christ through the perseverance of faith. Proclaim as Job did, "Though He slay me, yet will I trust Him" ( Job 13:15 ).

Faith is not some weak and pitiful emotion, but is strong and vigorous confidence built on the fact that God is holy love. And even though you cannot see Him right now and cannot understand what He is doing, you know Him. Disaster occurs in your life when you lack the mental composure that comes from establishing yourself on the eternal truth that God is holy love. Faith is the supreme effort of your life— throwing yourself with abandon and total confidence upon God.

God ventured His all in Jesus Christ to save us, and now He wants us to venture our all with total abandoned confidence in Him. There are areas in our lives where that faith has not worked in us as yet— places still untouched by the life of God. There were none of those places in Jesus Christ’s life, and there are to be none in ours. Jesus prayed, "This is eternal life, that they may know You . . ." ( John 17:3 ). The real meaning of eternal life is a life that can face anything it has to face without wavering. If we will take this view, life will become one great romance— a glorious opportunity of seeing wonderful things all the time. God is disciplining us to get us into this central place of power.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

sunday night nachos

as a kid, it seems like so many times we came home after sunday night church and ate nachos. strange? maybe. but I loved it! mom made the best nachos, and so many times I find myself wanting nachos on sunday nights. so, tonight I went to costa vida and got some nachos, and boy were they delicious! I'm trying to eat healthy, so this definitely wasn't the best idea, but they were good. :)

now, I'm finishing up my nachos and watching "indiana jones and the raiders of the lost ark." it's been a loooong time since I've seen it! I'm trying to watch these again before the new one comes out. I think this is going to be a great summer for movies!

this was a busy weekend... mom came in again, on the other end of her trip to orlando... we spent saturday running errands and seeing friends, and had lunch at seekers. we also dug up several flower beds and planted new flowers in the front and back, and in some pots around the house. we planted begonias, geraniums, english ivy, and impatients. I ended up having to dig up and then plant the ivy today because we ran out of time, and now I'm incredibly sore from it all. no fun! I saw "made of honor" last night with some of the girls and we had a great time. I can't think of anything else right now... back to the movie!