Monday, May 21, 2012

Battles to Victory Celebrations

We all experience battles in our lives. Some are continuous throughout our lives. Some are over soon. And some, though temporary, last a lot longer than we'd like. God never intended for us to enter a battle under our own strength.

" 'Not by might nor power, but by Spirit' says the Lord Almighty."
Zechariah 4:6

We need to have faith in God & be obedient to His teaching. He knows the areas of our lives that we have no strength or power to straighten things out. But victory does not depend on what strength, power, or willpower that you have, or don't have. Victories belong to God & the path we must follow is obedience. The best way to fight your battles is to ask & allow God's Holy Spirit to teach & guide us. Strength is limited & willpower is often subject to our emotional state. But God's Spirit is able to endure & lead you to victory.

Even when we are not faithful to ourselves, God is always faithful to us. He's always with us to give us strength when we are weak, to hold us when we're lonely, to heal us when we're hurting, to hug us when we're happy & to even high-five us when we obey Him. And because one of God's greatest promises is that He will never leave us, i can assure you that He'll always show up for any battle or pity-party that you may have. Plus, if you ask Him, He'll turn it into a victory celebration.

We can always count on God. He has the power through the Holy Spirit to lead us to victory in all areas of our lives. Our role is to learn to follow His will, not our own. We can also continue the victory celebration by sharing how God has worked in our lives. Share your experiences with other. It just may help them to believe & to call on God in their time of need.

Monday, May 14, 2012

It's All About the Kids!

Many of you know that i send tithes plus offerings to Casa de Fe, which is a Christian orphanage in Shel, Ecuador. So how did i get involved with this particular cause? Well, first off, a class mate of mine found me on Facebook. This wonderful lady, Patti Sue, manages Casa de Fe. I thought it was awesome. It wasn't long after we renewed our friendship on line, that i saw this picture...
All i could see was this precious little boy with God's smile. This was Jhony when he first came to Casa de Fe, three years ago.

"Jhony is a miracle child. He was born with a portion of his skull missing from his forehead & between his eyes. When he came to us, he had fluid leaking from a fisher between his eyes. His brain being opened to the world, opened him up to the possibility of infection going straight to his brain. But God had a different plan. Within 4 days of coming to Casa de Fe, we whisked him off to Quito to have surgery. He had a portion of his brain removed & then sealed, the skull rebuilt, & screen put in where the ridge of his nose was missing. All in all, it was an 8 hour surgery & he was in intensive care for 8 days. Now Jhony is a normally developing [boy] which can only be for the Grace of our Lord & Savior Jesus Christ."

(from Casa de Fe's website)

This is just one of many stories that come out of CdF that will warm your heart. But one thing that i really admire about CdF is that they live up to their mission statement.

"Believing that all children are created in God's image, Casa de Fe exists as an integral part of the body of Christ, focused on rescuing abandoned, abused & special needs children, providing for their physical, spiritual, & educational needs, in a loving supportive home environment, with the ultimate goal of assisting each of God's children to achieve their highest potential in His Kingdom." 

For more information about Casa de Fe, please visit their website.

So why am i taking this different route for today's blog entry? Well, this part is hard for me, because i really don't like to toot my own horn. But ifrogcrafts has entered the world of fundraising...mostly for church youth groups....but, anyone really.

In the November, 2011 CdF newsletter, these financial needs were listed:
          Fresh fruits & vegetables - $500 (weekly)
          100 lbs. rice - $35 (2 months)
          100 lbs. sugar - $42 (1 1/2 months)
          360 eggs - $37.20 (monthly)
          100 liters milk - $50 (weekly)
          Cheese & Yogurt - $30 (weekly)
          Chicken - $35 (weekly)
          Meats - $65 (weekly)
          Pediasure - $20 (daily), $140 (weekly), $600 (monthly)
And this is just general food needs. There is so much more included in the home operations.

Today, i am humbly asking for you to help me send more to Casa de Fe. If you know of any group that does periodic fundraisers, i just ask that you tell them about ifrogcrafts. I would love to get emails asking for more information or questions at

Thank you for taking the time to read my blog. I so appreciate it. AND i appreciate & am thankful for each & every one of you.

"Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves,
for the rights of all who are destitute.
Speak up & judge fairly,
defend the rights of the poor & needy."
Proverbs 31:8-9