Monday, September 19, 2016

North Texas Giving Day and What God Says About Money

North Texas Giving Day is an annual one-day fundraising event for non-profits in the N. Texas area. Anyone or any organization can donate online to the participating charity of their choice. Our school participates!
It is a wonderful opportunity to let your generosity shine. 

Your donations are MATCHED on a pro-rated basis by The Communities Foundation of Texas.

Did you know that God says more about money including giving and generosity than any other topic in the Bible.  There are more verses in the Bible on the topic of money than any other.

Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion,
 for God loves a cheerful giver 
-2 Corinthians 9:7

If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? - 1 John 3:17

Anyone from anywhere can donate on the designated day, which is September 22 for 2016
All you need is a credit card and access to the internet. It is powered by DonorBridge. Minimum donation is$25. (updated 2016)
You can also donate ahead of time to the Bonus Fund

Or donate at local Donation Station across the community. At NorthPark Center a KidsGive event will provide kids a chance to donate their loose change. There will also be kid friendly activities
Here are the Donation Station events  (2016 list)

Have a Question? Click here for the answers.

Both riches and honor come from You... 
1 Chronicles 29:12

But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously at this? 
Everything comes from you, 
and we have given only what comes from your hand.
- 1 Chronicles 29:14 
(David is praising God in these passages)

Good will come to those who are generous and lend freely,who conduct their affairs with justice.
-Psalm 112:5

Share with God's people who are in need..
Romans 12:13

And He looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the treasury. 
And He saw a poor widow putting in two small copper coins. 
And He said, “Truly I say to you, this poor widow put in more than all of them; 
for they all out of their surplus put into the offering; but she out of her poverty put in all that she had to live on.” 
- Luke 21:1-4

Then He said to them, Beware, and be on your guard against every form of greed; 
for not even when one has an abundance does his life consist of his possessions.” 
-Luke 12:15

The event has pumped more than $199 million into the local community since 2009. 
In 2015, $33 million was raised through $118.0000 gifts benefitting 2020 nonprofits.

Happy Giving - Julie

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Are You Shocked at the Heinous Murders in Dallas? You Can Help

We watched in horror here in Dallas as a lone sniper carried out his evil attack. Dallas Police were hunted and murdered during a peaceful protest.
People fleeing for their lives were bravely protected by our police putting themselves in harms way. Their bravery and sacrifice is routinely unnoticed. Not this time. 

The world has seen the evil. How will the world respond?
Will we as Americans take heed of our true situation and seek the path of peace that only God can provide?
Hands of Peace*
Read below, a remarkable tweet sent during the attack from our pastor Todd Wagner of Watermark Community Church on the war zone and the broader invisible war. 
How will you respond?

"It is approaching midnight in Dallas but darkness fell hours ago in my city.
At least two snipers in elevated positions fired “ambush-style” on officers, killing 5 and wounding at least 6 others. At least one of them is a personal friend, brother in Christ and member of Watermark. Videos are flying on social media that make downtown Dallas look like a war zone.
It is a war zone. It always has been.

Tonight the war has become horribly visible but every hour of every day an invisible war has long been ongoing for the souls of the citizens and therefore for the city and country that we as its citizens create.
As part of that war, darkness has been growing in our country because for some time leaders and citizens alike have mocked the light that God in His kindness “has brought into this world, which alone enlightens every man.” (John 1:9)

While the sadness of these events will continue, surprise that they are happening should not.
We reap what we sow. (Galatians 6:7We have sown unwisely and so now we weep bitterly. But we should not be shocked. Darkness breeds sadness. 

To paraphrase a wise man, “We have made men without chests and have still expected from them virtue and enterprise. We have laughed at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst.” Peace is abolished because of the abolition of man.
We should not be shocked. And we, as God’s people should not despair.

This trouble is not surprising or overwhelming to the spiritually appraised. Jesus has told us that we would have trouble in this world and He has reminded us that He has overcome it. (John 16:33

Our privilege as His people is to be an expression of His light in this city, confident that the darkness ultimately will not over power it. (John 1:5)

Proof of that truth is manifesting itself even as shots continue to ring out a short distance from here where I write.
The church is already coming together, leading, providing hope and working to be God’s light and reminder of God’s way.
This is how we will return to peace, begin to reconcile and learn to love one another again." (end of tweet)
See The Benefit of God's Wisdom

Today, Watermark Church will host a celebration of life for Sergeant Mike Smith, one of those killed in the ambush.
Please pray for his family and the families of the 4 other officers slain:
DPD Senior Cpl. Lorne B. Ahrens, DPD Officer Michael Krol, DPD Officer Patrick Zamarripa and DART Officer Brent Thompson.

Please DONATE to help the Dallas Police families at Assist the Officer There will be many struggles ahead.

May God bless you today,

*Graphic- the graphic was created from my son's artwork. He had traced his little hands on construction paper, cut them out and pasted them on manilla paper.
Sweet times, years ago. 

Thursday, January 21, 2016

Prayer in America and Prayer Shaming

Prayer is all about love, so what is "prayer shaming". Do Americans seem increasingly intolerant of prayer?

Christian students East Catholic High School in Connecticut take a stand for prayer.  They created this 2 minute video out of love and concern - for our nation and for freedom of prayer.
Watch and feel their emotion.

Take a stand and share this post.

To God be all the Glory and God bless America.

Sunday, May 10, 2015

Top 10 Bible Verses for Mothers Day

Mothers are a gift from GodYou are very blessed indeed to have a mother many people have a different story.
This post is in honor and memory of Sally Sutton Brice.

On this Mother's Day, honor your mother with encouraging and thankful Bible verses. Remember all the ways she tried to do her best for you.  

Mother's Day is celebrated worldwide although on different days and with different traditions. 

It is a time to praise God and give Him thanks for the gift of life He gave you through your mother.

I pray you will use God's word as a blessing for your mother today and throughout the year. 

Find just the right message below in these special Bible verses. 

Honor your father and mother,' and 'love your neighbor as yourself.'"- Matthew 19:19

Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her -Proverbs 31:28

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. -Psalm 127:3

“Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.”-Proverbs 31:29

I thank my God every time I remember you. 
-Philippians 1:3

The wise woman builds her house, but with her own hands the foolish one tears hers down.
-Proverbs 14:1

Train up a child in the way he should go even when he is old he will not depart from it. -Proverbs 22:6

My son, keep your father's command and do not forsake your mother's teaching. Bind them always on your heart; fasten them around your neck. When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you; when you awake, they will speak to you. -Proverbs 6:20-22 

Thursday, May 7, 2015

National Day of Prayer 2015

The 64th Annual National Day of Prayer is today, Thursday, May 7, 2015. The theme for 2015 is "Lord, Hear Our Cry" emphasizing the need for us, corporately and individually, to place our faith in God's unfailing love and grace. 
Dr. Jack Graham, National Day of Prayer Chairman, is Pastor of Prestonwood Baptist Church in Texas. The school my son attends, Prestonwood Christian Academy, is a ministry of this church.

In preparation for today's National Day of Prayer, I received an email from the school, quoted below in bold typeface.
I wanted to share it with you.
It is such a privilege and a blessing to attend this Christian school! 

"At this crucial time for our nation, one of the best things we can do is pray.
We need the Lord's healing and renewing power.
Let's gather and lift up our United States, praying in the Spirit in one accord.
We also encourage you to pray with your own family on May 7. 
Here is a link to the prayer written by National Day of Prayer Chairman, Dr. Jack Graham that you can pray at home with your family. Follow this link then click on 2015 National Prayer"

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Disturb Us Lord Prayer by Sir Francis Drake

Disturb Us, Lord, a prayer written in the 15th century by the famous sea captain and explorer Sir Francis Drake, is a striking appeal to God.
Drake, who is famous for circumnavigating the globe wrote this prayer in 1577.

Take time to contemplate the wisdom relected below. 
Ask God to open your heart and mind to the message these words may hold for you. What is true for your life? Ask God for His wisdom and discernment.

Disturb us, Lord, when
We are too pleased with ourselves,
When our dreams have come true
Because we dreamed too little,
When we arrived safely
Because we sailed too close to the shore.

Disturb us, Lord, when
with the abundance of things we possess
We have lost our thirst
For the waters of life;
Having fallen in love with life,
We have ceased to dream of eternity
And in our efforts to build a new earth,
We have allowed our vision
Of the new Heaven to dim.

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,
To venture on wilder seas
Where losing sight of land,
We shall find the stars.
We ask you to push back
The horizons of our hopes;
And to push back the future
In strength, courage, hope, and love.

This we ask in the name of our Captain,
Who is Jesus Christ!

For further reflection:
I have listed some of the many Bible verses I felt relate to the sentiments expressed above. 

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Psalm 19:7-14 The Perfect and Trustworthy Law of the Lord

The Bible is a wonderful gift from our loving Father so we may know His heart, His Will and His Way. It is Gods true word and reveals who He is. The Bible is God's love letter to His children.
It is our guidebook and following its precepts is wise and life giving to those who know Him.

God loves you and wants a relationship with you.
If you do not know him, see Do You Know God, below.

"Your word is a lamp to my feet,a light to my path"-Psalm 119:105

The heartfelt words of the Psalm below are both beautiful, humble and instructive. I pray you reflect upon this message.
What is it saying to you today?

7 "The law of the Lord is perfect, refreshing the soul.
The statutes of the Lord are trustworthy, making wise the simple.

8 The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart.
The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to the eyes.

9 The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever.
The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. 

10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb.