You are NEVER too old...
You are NEVER too young...
So much of what we see, what we hear & what we do is focused on material things
& what WE WANT:
...keeping up with the Joneses...
Some of the following may be disturbing to see, but
You can't spend your life turning a blind eye...
You can't fix what you don't see...
ALWAYS remember & do your best to teach your children that
WANTS are different from NEEDS!
"I WANT a new cell phone."
"I NEED to find ANY WAY to contact my mom in another state that is in the hospital...she isn't doing very well..."
"I WANT hibachi steak house for dinner."
"I NEED a piece of bread or a few crackers so my stomach stops growling."
"I WANT the new Jordan shoes that are coming out."
"I NEED a pair of shoes for my 2 year old - he is outgrowing his shoes...they have holes in the bottom & when it rains his socks get wet..."
"I WANT to re-do my bedroom."
I NEED a mattress for my kids to sleep on.
They can share one...I just want to get them out off of the floor."
"I WANT a new bathing suit for our pool party this weekend."
"I Need running water so my family can take a shower & flush the toilet."
"I WANT to move into a BIGGER house!"
"I NEED to move anywhere..."
So many of us are sheltered & many of us try to shelter our children.
We tend to feel more comfortable staying in our little bubble.
We tend to turn a blind eye to those that are different from us
those that are hurting
those that are hungry
those that are sick
those that are in need...
The sad reality is that people are hurting EVERYWHERE ...
...many times closer to you then you realize.
1:4 children are at risk for hunger - think about that...1 out of every 4 of your children's friends...
Most cities have 'tent cities' now - most of us are blessed to be able to turn heat on when we are cold & AC of fan when we are hot...
Look at how blessed you are with the many things in your closet...many people only have 1 or 2 outfits...some only have the clothes on their backs...
When we really open our eyes our world & the world around us changes...
hopefully our hearts will change.
Now you don't have to become crazy about all of this -
God WANTS us to enjoy our lives
and He WANTS the best for us.
But He always WANTS us to stay focused on Him!
He WANTS us to be joyful givers!
If we have things that we no longer want or need we need to GIVE those things to others!
AOE Ministries constantly distributes items that were considered
"one mans trash"
"another mans treasure".
If you would like to help AOE Ministries in ANY way please click the following link:
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
The generous will themselves be blessed,
for they share their food with the poor. - Proverbs 22:9 (NIV)
Those who give to the poor will lack nothing,
but those who close their eyes to them receive many curses. - Proverbs 28:27 (NIV)
Be generous to the poor—you’ll never go hungry;
shut your eyes to their needs, and run a gauntlet of curses. - Proverbs 28:27 (Message)
John answered, “Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same.” - Luke 3:11 (NIV)
“If you have two coats, give one away,” he said.
“Do the same with your food.” - Luke 3:11 (Message)
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
- Acts 20:35 (NIV)
Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to them,
“Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?
- James 2:15-1
What kind of legacy are you making...are you going to be leaving?
What kind of impact are you making...in your neighborhood, in your city, in the world?
What kind of example are you setting for your children & for future generations?
God Wants You to Share with the Needy.
And do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.
- Hebrews 13:16 (NIV)
If we really understood how much God is pleased with us when we do volunteer work, offer a kind word, do a good deed, or donate to a worthy cause or charity, we'd do lots more of it.
Needy, hurting people are all around you.
Do something to make a difference today.
Lord, thank You for all the bountiful ways You have blessed me. Help me to be generous with others, as You have been with me. In Jesus Name, Amen.
*This last paragraph taken from Prayer Thoughts - to read full article CLICK HERE.
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Help us bless others!
HOW YOU CAN HELP!
Please CLICK HERE if you or someone you know is in need of help.
I have been making these for about 10 years.
Everyone seems to love them & it's a nice change of pace from cupcakes or cookies.
All you need to do is make rice krispy treats according to the package, then press them in a large funnel & wrap in foil to make them look like a large hersey kiss.
Attach a tag with whatever you want written on it. Enjoy!
Here are a few examples of the rice krispy kisses.
(You can click on any of the pictures for the link)
AOE Ministries is INO - In Need Of the following - if you have ANYTHING please let us know asap so that we can pass it on to bless others.
FOOD - anything/everything non-perishable
Clothes - boys size 0-9 mths
Baby items - diapers, wipes, formula, etc
Blankets - full size bed & 2 queen beds
Sheets - full size bed
Household items - toilet paper, laundry detergent, dish soap, bar soap
The above list is of our immediate needs but we do accept pretty much everything.
Thank you all!!!
Megan Mauk & Tanika Baskerville Co-Directors of AOE Ministries.