Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Blooming


Happy Wednesday! Spring is coming - at least there's some blooming going on in my living room. Purchased & gifted too late to plant this fall, I planted hyacinths, paper whites & tulips. They are really growing quickly; the hyacinths already blooming & filling my home with a lovely delicate scent. Gracie is so excited to check on them every morning...actually multiple times during the day. Though snow remains piled in some parking lots, we have a bit of spring in our home. :o)

It's been quite a week already & I'm looking forward to the weekend. I probably blew my A in Speech/Hearing Science in yesterday's exam - bummer! Had a minor fender bender on Monday after ballet. It's bent & between both ends of the Saturn, this is the 4th new bumper. So sad & quite the sign of distraction, both on the surface (cute ice cream cone comment from the backseat) and underlying (finances, school, single mom stuff). I'd crab more, but we have company visiting from the party!

Hey hey...don't forget to hop over to the Vicks CaringTributes & vote for our GraceFULL Heart entry. We are 1 of 8 finalists vying for a $10,000 prize package including an amazing comfort getaway & a bunch of other awesome stuff! Only 3 more days of voting...yeah!! Big thanks in advance for helping out this bloggy mom! As Grace would say, "You're the BESTEST!"

Captured by the title, Field of the Fatherless by C. Thomas Davis, I pursued the link & found a book worthy of reading & sharing. See the moving review below & check out Davis' blog for heartful reading.

No more blinders!, June 15, 2006 By Drew B. Moser (Archbold, OH USA) - See all my reviews
"In this world you are an orphan; eagerly anticipating your adoption as God's child. In this world you are a widow; longing for reunion with your Bridegroom. In this world you are a stranger; a pilgrim waiting to become a citizen of heaven. And in this world, God has called you to care for the orphan, the stranger, and the widow."

So starts Tom Davis' short, but powerful book on compassion to the orphan, the stranger, and the widow in Fields of the Fatherless. I'd highly recommend this book to all followers of Jesus, regardless of your call to adopt. It's applicable to the entire body of Christ.

Utilizing the metaphor of the Old Testament practice of leaving a portion of your field for the 'stranger, the fatherless, and the widow' (Deut. 24:19f), Davis offers a passionate plea for living a life of compassion to the less fortunate.

These less fortunate (strangers, widows, orphans) are mentioned over 60 times in Scripture! Yet we tend to have blinders on when reading our Bibles. Studies show that Christians give less than non Christians to AIDS related causes (the leprosy of our day).

But in ignoring the orphans, the widows, and the strangers, we are missing out on an incredible, joy that can only come with sacrifice. For in the eyes of the orphan, we catch a glimpse of God.
Davis writes: "To feed, clothe, and treat the fatherless as members of one's own family is to live out the call of Christ." (55) This book is a great advocacy tool in raising up the church to live out its call to the fatherless. I will be passing it out to my senior pastor, and our mission board to read and (I hope) inspire. We'd encourage you to do the same. It's a quick read, consisting of over 6 chapters, and refrains from using technical adoption jargon. Rather, it simply and passionate pleads the case for the downtrodden in our world.

"But whoever has this world's gods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him?"--I John 3-16-17

12 comments:

Devion said...

So great to be meeting all of these new friends! Thanks for stopping by my blog! Hope to see you back again soon!

SaraLynn said...

Thanks for stopping by, it so nice to meet you! I really enjoyed your blog, I had to laugh because you didn't crab more due to "company"...too funny! I look forward to reading more of your posts! Hello New friend!!

Hasn't this been a fun party??

Fruitful Vine said...

Thanks for letting me use that quote by Pastor Mark Batterson on my blog. I just created a post with it and of course I included that I found it at your site with a link. I hope others come to your site because of it. It is good to know that we have prayer support all the way in Chicago.
Be blessed and thanks for complimenting my feet(smile). I will be back again soon to visit your site. I think it is safe to say as soon as the party is over.

SewSensible said...

Love this post!! On a fun note, I am loving this blog party!! Had a great time visiting you!

Morgan said...

Ooooh, what pretty flowers! I'm so ready for Spring! Spring this year means a new baby for me!

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I look forward to reading more of your blog!
Morgan

flyingstars said...

WoW..a very beautiful photo along with the nice commentary!

Bani said...

Hi Carmen,
thanks for visiting my blog.
You asked me where I do come from. I live in the south of Germany, although I was born in Berlin, where I was living for about 19 years :) Which city are you visiting in April?
Viele Gruesse,
Bani ;)

Dawn said...

Congrats on being a Vick's Finalist!!! I'll have to head on over and cast my vote! :)

Dawn

Jenn said...

Found your blog through my friend Bits!! I really enjoyed your post!!!

Be blessed

Alicia said...

Great to meet you at the party! Through my son's SPD, I have met so many caring therapists, and obvsiously by your blog you are no different! Can't wait to read more of what you have to write!

Fiona said...

I love those flowers they are beautiful just wish I was a good enough gardener to actually make them grow! In Australia we are about to go into our cold period but still we have not had a real hot summer and now in Autumn we are till have 30degree days and going to the beach! gotta love Australia and our backyard is voted the cleanest beach in Australia.

Fiona said...

...sorry i posted your blog link and not my own. Silly Billy


I love those flowers they are beautiful just wish I was a good enough gardener to actually make them grow! In Australia we are about to go into our cold period but still we have not had a real hot summer and now in Autumn we are till have 30degree days and going to the beach! gotta love Australia and our backyard is voted the cleanest beach in Australia.