Mission Impossible? I think not…….

•June 26, 2010 • Leave a Comment

Just some questions to make you think:

Did you take a bath today? Has your child been sick lately? Did you take him/her to the doctor? Did they have to have medicine, and if so-how easy was it for you to get the medicine they needed?  Have you done laundry this week? Eaten good, fresh vegetables and other foods, and had fresh clean water to drink?  When was the last time you had to make a life or death decision regarding your life, or that of one of your children? Have you ever heard the saying “Charity begins at home.” ??  I have-and I’ve even said it before. Shame on me.

I have a wonderful friend of 30+ years who has been on several medical missions to Nicaragua. When she told me of their hardships there, I thought-“Ugh-you won’t catch me going there, charity begins at home, and so many people here need to be helped and hear God’s word.”  I am SO ashamed of myself.  For what other reason has God blessed me so, but to help others?  God doesn’t say “feed my sheep-but only in your native land”.  People are people-no matter where they are, what country or continent.  I’ve never had to worry about where my child’s next meal, pair of shoes, clothing or medicine would come from.  Last year, a small delegation from our church, TLC, went to the country of Haiti.  In addition to witnessing-their main focus is to try and find ways to help them in their communities. Here are some appalling things about life in Haiti~

There are about 2 million people in the city they go to visit, and there is only one hospital there, where the floors are covered with dirt.  But that is really their least concern.   They live in home made shacks with no heat, air, running water, or restrooms.  The city has an open sewer system, and when walking to the hospital they could smell the stench of rotting bodies.  TB is rampant there.  A lot of children have TB, and all it takes to get diagnosed is an x-ray.  UNICEF will give the money for them to get an x-ray (about $8.00), but their machine has been broken for about the past year.  The next closest x-ray machine is over mountainous terrain about 15 miles -ONE WAY!  Prescriptions there for the kids only cost about $2.00 each, but their parents have to pay for them.  In the community these men went to visit-the closest source of drinking water is 4 miles one way, on foot; and the water is carried back on their heads, over their shoulders-however they can safely get it back to their home.  God forbid you drop it, that would double your trip.  The doctors in the hospital told them that just having fresh water for drinking, eating and cooking would reduce their patients by 80-90%.  Then they could concentrate on the 10-20% and save more lives.  Everyone in the country thinks the city is better, and wants to be there, but they don’t realize they are better off in the country.  The children don’t smile, there is no hope-only despair.  Mothers lose children on a daily basis.  A child lay dying in the hospital because all he needed was an x-ray, but he was too ill to travel to the nearest working machine; his mother was given a x-ray, but she used it for herself knowing she had two other children to care for.  The leader of this particular delegation has started a foundation to try and get fresh drinking water to them.  Another of the men that went has a company that develops irrigation systems.  Together they hope to help these people have better lives.  We all need to help them.  I can’t imagine losing my child, and especially just because she couldn’t get an x-ray.  Think about this tonight when you go to sleep in your comfortable bed, take your shower, eat your breakfast and kiss your children good night.  I know I will.

Many of you who know me, know the last 6 months of my life has taken me down a path I never thought I would travel. God has shown me that He is all I really need.  I have grown so much spiritually-just ask those closest to me.  They say a very visible change has taken place in my walk with God.  I have been praying for that, and felt for years as though I wasn’t fulfilling my purpose as a Christian. I want to make a difference, and let God lead me to do that.  In October of this year, I will be going to Haiti for a week.  I have a financial goal of $2000.00.  Part of that money will be used for my traveling and housing expenses, but a 1/4 of it will go DIRECTLY to buy prescriptions, food and Bibles for the Haitian people that we meet.  Please pray and let God lead your heart as to your ability to make a monetary donation.  If you aren’t able to do that, please pray for God to guide me as I prepare for this trip physically, emotionally and most importantly-spiritually.  If you want to know more about my trip-please visit Haiti Cheri .

Rhonda~

I’m MOOOOOOOOOVING……

•December 29, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Don’t panic!! I’m not physically moving-just moving my Blog!  So come visit me over here~

http://www.lifeinpicturesandwords.com/

I can’t wait to see you!!

Rhonda~

My most precious photo so far……..

•December 24, 2009 • 1 Comment

I happen to love all of the photos I take-no matter what or who they are of.  But I have to say-if I was made to pick a favorite right now-it would definitely be this.  THIS is what Christmas is all about…….innocence, and beauty…….

Does it even get any more precious than this?

Innocence, beauty and pure love-that was God’s Son, Jesus- sent that night to Mary and Joseph. Oh how afraid she must have been, until the angels assured her that everything would be okay-and that God had a plan, it included her, and she could rely on His promise.  I need to remember that He reassures me every day-and I need to rely on His plan-and not try to make my own.

I hope you and your families have the most blessed of Christmases this year-and a prosperous New Year!

Much Love~

Rhonda

Celebrating……..

•November 28, 2009 • Leave a Comment

What you ask??? My recovery!! From what?? Everything-but most recently the surrender of using swear words.  “That’s silly!”, you might be thinking or saying.  But not to me!  I want the words out of my mouth to always be pleasing to God. I know what you’re thinking now-“then you’re gonna have to give up a whole lot more than swear words!”. You’re right-but all in good time.  I got my blue chip last night at Celebrate Recovery-this is what it looks like~

Celebrate Recovery-I'm on the road to recovery!

My Grace is enough for you

I’m excited, nervous, hopeful and prayerful! I know that in light of the other addictions people struggle with, this is not huge; maybe not to you.  But it is to me.  I have other hurts, hangups and habits in my life I am working on too-and with God’s help I know that I can surrender them all. But you know what? Even if I don’t, and I struggle daily, hourly or minute by minute-God will still love me.  It’s always the hardest for us to forgive ourselves.  I’m taking it one day at a time, and keeping an inventory.  Do you have a hurt, hangup or habit? Come join us!!  Every Friday night-52 weeks a year- even on holidays!

http://www.tlcchurch.com/CelebrateRecoveryHP.asp

See you there~

Rhonda

Burdens galore…..

•November 18, 2009 • Leave a Comment

My heart is so heavy tonight……..I am saddened by the loss of a young-32 year old mother with a wonderful husband and two great young boys. She was just diagnosed in late May with cancer-and lost her battle today. While I am rejoicing that she is healed completely now-the hurting goes on for her sweet family.  Please keep the family of Jennifer Hill in your prayers tonight.

I am also burdened for my friend Jo-her young nephew lost his life in a tragic car accident this week with several of his friends. They are all gone-and the families are struggling with how to go on. Please keep them in your prayers.

A former church member is still struggling with the beast known as cancer-please keep Jane Jones in your prayers as well.

I have numerous friends who are hurting because they or their mates are struggling with addictions and/or illnesses, couples who’s marriages are wearing thin, friends who are out of work, and have lost-or are soon to lose their homes, and many others that are hurting.

I met a couple tonight still grieving the loss of their young toddler earlier this year-they are AMAZING!!! And it is only by the grace of God they have been able to carry on-please pray for their strength as they prepare for the birth of their second child.

One of my very favorite bloggers-Anissa-who recently moved here with her family suffered her 2nd stroke today.  Please be with her husband Pete, as he tries to be with her at the hospital, and take care of his 3 young children.

It’s just too much to bear-I can’t do it alone-God I am calling out to You for Your healing hand on all of these dear people. Comfort those that are hurting, give the parents the wisdom to explain to their young children why Mom isn’t here anymore. Please bless those marriages in trouble, and help them work it out, please be with the families who’ve lost their young children or teenagers-help them understand why it happened and how You will help them through it.  Please heal Anissa-and bring her home to her family whole.  Please be with my dear friends who are struggling with addictions and help them see that there are people here to help them-not judge or condemn them.  Please be with the parents and teens who can’t seem to see eye to eye on things-and fight and say hurtful things.  Please bless, and wrap Your loving arms around our military service men and women-those who are in harm’s way-and keep them safe.  Be with all of them and keep them safe, and please give us the opportunities to tell them THANK YOU!!!  I am begging our mercies for all of those mentioned and those who weren’t , And I am asking all of this in Your Son’s Holy Name-

Amen~

You can keep the change!

•November 16, 2009 • Leave a Comment

Yep-that’s right-keep the change.  What change you ask? The change that’s going on with me. I’m not feeling good, and have an important health test coming up this week.  Only 3 more days til the test, but how many til the results? I’ll share with you the nature of this test when I have the results-because the result will determine what type of update I will post.  I know people say change is good-and it is….most of the time. Unless it involves your body.

Change in your spiritual life, assuming it’s a positive change is a good one. Now that’s one change I CAN tell you about now. I have the MOST amazing church family!  My hubby recently underwent his 5th (yep-that’s for real!) knee surgery-and on the SAME knee!!!  They brought me food, hung out at the hospital when he had surgery, and came to visit after, calls, and tons and tons of prayer.  It’s so funny how you can be as close- or closer to people you’ve only known for 9 months, than people you’ve known all your life.  But it’s because you have a major bond in common-that bond with Jesus Christ!  It makes total strangers relatives. I have so many new brothers and sisters-and it feels FABULOUS!  I know that no matter how tough the going gets, they will be there.  Just knowing  I have such a kinship makes me want to worship Jesus more. I can’t wait to see them, I want to be around them all the time (well almost!). The ones I don’t get to see  midweek-I miss terribly til I see them on Sunday.  But some of them I get to see 2 or 3 times a week. I can’t tell you what it does for me to have those kind of people around me.  Now, don’t get me wrong-they aren’t perfect either-but that’s why we are such a good match, because we hold each other up, and help one another through those imperfect days, weeks or months.  So-the change that my new church family has brought to my life is a very welcome one!

Pray for me as I go through my changes, I will pray for you!

The 3 Musketeers

•November 11, 2009 • Leave a Comment

I just couldn’t NOT post this precious picture.  From left to right-

Peet, Penny and Peaches (mother to Penny even though she doesn’t claim her and hates her!)

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naptime~

 
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