Monday, September 14, 2009

Monday's Motivation

I don't know how one can watch this and not be moved to live out our religion as James 1:27 so perfectly states, "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." I see this verse over and over with my family's adoption stories, but it is so important. In all the Mary Kay, Pampered Chef, jewelry, Tupperware, and other parties that are driven by our desires to primp and gadget ourselves to oblivion, there are real live children who are wondering if they will eat today. I'm not saying the former things are evil, but are they really what we should be putting our money, time, & energy towards? I'm not pointing fingers, really; I used to sell MK. We are so invested in our self esteem, self image, self, self, self. I have just been so burdened these last weeks to not only pray for these who are truly the "least," (according to our inflated American standards) but to find something to DO. I feel so inadequate, but if I can, I should. James also states that "to one who knows the right thing to do and does not do it, to him it is sin." The Lord calls us all to different actions, and I can only challenge you to fast and pray to discover what it may be that He is calling you to DO. I am taking the opportunity for the entire time my husband is gone, to "fast" from the grocery store. I am going to spend my two week grocery budget on a particular place that the Lord has shown to me. Just one idea. There are millions. Now watch and be motivated.

Ethiopian Orphans from Simon Scionka on Vimeo.


  1. I did and I you think they ( any of them) would want an old nurse to be there? What a perfect job... thank you for sharing. My heart is aching....

  2. Love it! Thank you for being such a faithful prayer warrior for us, too. I so appreciate you!!!

  3. Hi Meli,

    Awesome video. That will get me thinking and praying, and... acting, hopefully!

    I am a Siesta from LPM's blog, and you had left a comment awhile ago on my blog in response to a comment I left about my parents' divorce (and how I strongly believe that, had they surrendered to God, how much glory He would have received in saving their marriage). I haven't been blogging much at all, but I thought I would leave my email with you in case you wanted to still dialogue about that.

    God is stirring this part of my heart recently (which is why I am commenting again to you, I'd love it if my story could somehow make an impact for the kingdom), because it has been 10 years ago this month when my mom filed for divorce and officially gave up on her marriage. And still no forgiveness between them! And maybe I need to forgive, too... Also, a very good friend and her husband just separated. Breaks my heart! Praying that they surrender their marriage!