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Helping Those Who Hurt

 Places like The Covering House bring awareness to the prevalence of sex trafficking and help those who’ve been exploited.  The Covering House is non-profit organization that provides refuge and restoration for girls that have experienced sexual trafficking or sexual exploitation here in the United States.

 On September 3rd, The Covering House is hosting their 6th annual Race for Refuge.
I will be walking a 5K to raise money to help support the good
work they do there.

ANY amount will help. ❤ ❤ ❤    Please prayerfully consider giving up your daily coffee/tea/pop stop for a week or even just even one day to sponsor me.  You can give online and your donations go directly to The Covering House. 


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 Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love and for Your daily provisions.  Thank You for providing places like The Covering House that help the exploited. Thank You for inspiring me to help places like The Covering House and to do this 5K.  Thank You for each person who will read this post and who will prayerfully give to The Covering House so they may continue the good work being done there.  Please give Your wisdom, strength, and guidance to each staff member and volunteer at The Covering House as they minister to broken girls.  Please restore each client who goes there as only You can.  It’s in Jesus’ precious Name I pray, so that You alone will be glorified.  Amen. 

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Feel Good Story of the Year

Last week while listening to talk radio, I heard the story of Army Specialist Brent Grommet.  While serving in Afghanistan, both Spc. Grommet and his service dog were injured.  Before returning stateside, Grommet had begun the process of adopting Matty.  Unfortunately, there was some sort of mistake and the two were separated.   While searching for Matty, Spc. Grommet was informed that Matty had already been adopted.   The two had been been apart for the last 16 months, but were reunited this past weekend.

  My family once adopted a pair of dogs, only to have their prior owners request them back because they missed them too much.  Everyone in my family was heartbroken because those sweet dogs had already stolen our hearts, but my parents did the right thing by returning them.  I can imagine how this family might be grieving over Matty’s departure from their home.

The family who had adopted Matty have done an extremely kind and unselfish act, thinking more about the welfare of Matty and Spc. Grommet.  Having been a military service dog, Matty is a veteran of war and could very well be suffering from PTSD.  Matty needs to be with Spc. Grommet just as much as Spc. Grommet needs his canine friend for his own healing.

“Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.”   Philippians 2:3-4

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Click here to read more about Matty and Spc. Grommet

Welcome home, Matty.  Thank you for your service to our country, Specialist Grommet and Matty!  And thank you to the kind family for your unselfish act of love for two of our nation’s heroes!!  ❤ ❤ ❤

Get moving


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I am using technology to help keep me accountable.  I use a fitbit to log how
many step I take each day.  I find that I’m looking for ways to take extra steps during
my day to get to 10,000 steps.  Yesterday I walked 8,113 steps, so I’m getting close:

https://www.fitbit.com//2014/03/19

“Pursue excellence in mind, body and spirit for God’s glory.”
“Whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.” 1 Corinthians 10:31 b


 

Intentional Sacrifice

In chapter 17 of Made to Crave, Lysa TerKeurst writes about lasting, sustainable
discipline and the importance of making one wise choice after another.

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This is my third time reading Made to Crave. I am down another 10 pounds because
I’m exercising more and I am also eating healthier than I have in the last 20 years.

Losing 10 pounds is great, but the habits that are more important are the
spiritual disciplines I’ve picked up this time. I am reading and staying in His Word,
getting rid of the negative thoughts by “parking my mind in a better spot”,
and making this journey about worshiping God:

“Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters,
in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies
as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—
this is your true and proper worship.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world,
but be transformed by the renewing of your mind.
Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—
his good, pleasing and perfect will.”  
Romans 12:1-2 (NLT)

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The Holy Spirit is inspiring me to make one wise choice after another
and I do believe that these are sustainable disciplines. To God be the glory!!

This is one of the personal reflection questions from page 145:

“A mosaic is a work of art made up of hundreds or thousands of tiny broken
pieces of  glass or ceramic tile.  Lysa describes how God is making a mosaic
of restoration and healing in her heart, gathering up her broken pieces and
making them into something beautiful.   Can you imagine God doing
something like this in your heart?   If God used the broken pieces of your
life to make a beautiful image, what do you hope it would look like?”

 To celebrate the wonderful restoration God has been doing on my own heart,
I am making a mosaic heart using broken shell pieces that I picked up at
Jones Beach the last time I was on Long Island.  If you’d like to do something similar
(you can use broken shells, broken china, broken pieces of glass, beads, etc.),
here is a link on “how to make a mosaic heart”
and other ideas on Pinterest.

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Heavenly Father, thank You for this journey and the things You are teaching me. Thank You for reminding me that this is not a diet and that this is a spiritual journey. Please continue to show me ways I must remove myself from temptation so that I may be obedient to Your voice — I desire to lead a life that is physically, emotionally and spiritually healthy so I can be used for Your glory. Please accept what I am doing to improve myself as my sacrificial offering to You —may they be a pleasing aroma to You. In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.