The Ripple Effect-Kids4MO

“Few will have the greatness to bend history itself; but each of us can work to change a small portion of events, and in the total of all those acts will be written the history of this generation… It is from numberless diverse acts of courage and belief that human history is thus shaped. Each time a man stands up for an ideal, or acts to improve the lot of others, or strikes out against injustice, he sends forth a tiny ripple of hope, and crossing each other from a million different centers of energy and daring, those ripples build a current which can sweep down the mightiest walls of oppression and resistance.” - Robert Kennedy

Please read about Kids4MO here and allow you and your children to join in on being a part of a ripple effect of HOPE and maybe, just maybe a wave  of HOPE will begin.

Be Bold!

Change: Some people love it. Many shutter at the very word.

Whether we like to admit it or not, yes even those of us that like change, there are some areas in our life that need change and we just resist it.

Lately I’ve been trying to understand why people are so against change. Why do businesses resist it? We’ve all been in those places that just need a remodel and fresh look, right? Why do churches and ministry resist it or paint it to look like they embrace it but don’t really? Why do parents fall into patterns of parenting that they know is not right, but stick with it anyways? Why do spouses and marriages grow stagnat because two people never learn to bend and become one, rather than two? Why do people wear the same haircut for decades?

By nature, I’m a person that likes to see how things could be. That is, if change were to happen. This is one of the reasons I struggle to understand why someone wouldn’t even try it. What do you have to lose? You already know how to do whatever it is the current way you are doing it. And what you are currently doing is what has shaped you up until this point. We don’t forget that. But what would happen if you tried something new? What would happen if you embraced something new that could be better? Sure, it might be uncomfortable and feel strange or foreign, but maybe once the newness is gone, you’ll be asking yourself, “Why didn’t I do this sooner?!”

I recently discovered a photo I had framed on my desk when i worked in ministry. It reads, “Change is: to give up what we are, to become what we could be.”

Sometimes it takes just one person stepping out and leading change to start a movement. Be Bold. What’s holding you back? What needs change that could possibly take you and maybe even others to something better?

Mom to Mom

Okay fellow moms, this is a call to action!

I know we’ve all been watching the news and hearing the stories roll in of the devestation across the country from all of these tornadoes. I just spent a 4 day conference talking to teams of people who know that they are going home to their families, hometowns and surrounding cities that are unrecognizable and in need. WE can help.

Picture this: everything you own is gone. No wet wipes to clean your baby off with at a diaper change and that’s if you’re fortunate enough to even have access to diapers. Toddlers and Children are in need of underwear and clothing. I can’t imagine having my kids wearing the same pair for days! Babies need formula.Women are in need of feminine products. Can you imagine NOT having those simple everyday things?!

YOU can help! From Mom to Mom you can help and make a difference. There is such a common ground in Motherhood. There are women, children and families that need you to take action and give. Give whatever you can! Put yourself in their shoes and consider what you would want someone to do for you if it was you and your children, your family, your friends, your community.

I myself am still in Atlanta this morning and heading to Sam’s to stock up on diapers, wipes and other things to donate to a church that is collecting things and heading down there tomorrow. My good friend Casey Graham has a link on his blog where you can donate any amount, none too little or too big, and know that you ARE making a difference!  The funds donated will be going directly to a church that is in the midst of the communities that have been hit hard and getting the exact supplies that are needed to the people of this community. Casey’s hometown was devestated in the storms this week. Please check out his blog and his mission to reach these moms and so many others TODAY!

Why Orange?

Most parents have so many demands on their time that they can’t be the kind of parent they desire to be. I had a conversation yesterday with a friend where we both came to the conclusion that no parent ever says to themselves,

“I am doing this parenting deal SO right! I have all my ducks in a row, everything figured out and I’m rockin’ it.”

Um, No. And if you do find the parent that is saying that, kindly turn them around and kick them and tell them “I don’t think so!”

Instead, we often find the Parent who is wrestling with several issues regarding their children and searching for ways to do it right. Parents want help. Parents want to know what is working for other parents. And what I’ve come to learn is that we need to remember that our influence has more to do with our relationships with our children than it does with our skills as parents.

I’m currently in Atlanta, GA for The Orange Conference this week. Yes, that’s right, 5 days away from my children and minivan.(Can you see my smile from wherever you are?!)  It’s quite an identity crisis at times over the course of 5 days, but here’s why I love this week and step away from being a parent each year for this event. My prayer is that I gain some new focus on the lens of parenting my kids. I pray I gain new perspective on how to effectively influence my kids and their relationship with their Heavenly Father, through my relationship with them and their relationships with others.

First, What is Orange? It’s what you get when you combine two primary colors—RED(the love of the family) and YELLOW(the light of the church).

Red, if you paint only with red, you will get what only red can do. If you paint only with yellow, you will get what only yellow can do. But when you paint with red and yellow, you’ll get new possibilities, fresh solutions, vibrant outcomes.

The color orange symbolizes what it means to parent beyond your capacity. It’s a strategy. Not a quick solution. It’s realizing that combining the influence of two is better than one. Orange understands that by tapping into a wider community, you have the potential to make a greater impact in the lives of children and the next generation.

You can watch the Live Stream of the opening Main Session of the Orange conference HERE tonite, April 27, at 7:30pm(EDT)

I promise You’ll enjoy it and might even learn a thing or two. Have you heard of Orange before?

Mind Your Wake

Years ago I cut out a very small magazine article that resonated greatly with me. It was about the time that I became a first time mom and I’m sure it is one of the reasons I clung so tightly to it. Life was put into a whole new perspective. It was no longer about decisions that affected just me and the realization that all along the way I pretty much had it wrong too in thinking it was all about me. The article hangs on the inside of my kitchen cabinet, still 4 years later. Every time I open it, I am reminded. May I never forget to mind my wake. Below is a quote from the article.

“I have this theory that your wake, just like a boat’s, is much bigger than you realize. Everything you do- and what you don’t do – impacts the people around you a lot more than you think.”

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