The very first people who heard the greatest news that ever was or ever will be received by humankind - that Jesus Christ had risen from the dead - were three women. Not three men. Three women. Then just a couple of verses down, Jesus Himself first appeared after his triumph over death to Mary Magdalene, a woman who began to spread what Beth Moore so suitably calls "the first ever recorded case of sanctified gossip"!
My friends, it was not an accident that Jesus chose women first to get the word out. He knew we could do it! I believe it was completely by design. Telling the good news of Christ is by far the very best thing we can be spreading around. In fact, we are commanded to use our mouths to tell others about the awesome and no condemning love of God.
People in this day and age really need to hear this news! The world we live in is so depressing sometimes that we can't even think straight. Using our mouths to witness and show God's love to others would be using them exactly the way they were meant to be used.
Matthew 5:14 -16 You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a candle and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before mean, that they may see your good deeds and know your Father in heaven.
Blessings, Leigh, Shelley and Denise
I wanted to tell our blog readers first about this unique auction item that we have for sale beginning TOMORROW. It is part of a bigger auction with all sorts of Christian Artists donating tickets, dinners, concerts and instruments to help raise yearly support for Porter's Call Ministry. Porter's Call is non-profit counseling center serving Christian artists and their families. Any artist would probably tell you that not only do we not have it all together, but we are the most broken ones out there.
A dear man by the name of Al Andrews runs Porter's Call, and I was one of those artists on the sidelines that thought the counseling service for artists was great idea, but that I would never need it myself. We had Al out to a POG retreat to do a little "reset" in our ministry, and he was great. I still try to run our life at home by some of the principles I learned from him that day. But, fast forward a few years to about a year and half ago, and the challenges of life and marriage and just STUFF started to take hold in our own little house, and David and I found ourselves walking through these doors just like most of my peers have at one time or another. I can barely even look at this picture without getting teary-eyed and remembering that first day we showed up at the back door and how Al began to slowly, week after week, help us rebuild what we had managed to somehow really mess up.
If the walls of that little house could talk...
The good news is, they can't. So we feel safe to share our struggles and brokenness at Porter's Call.
Before I tell you about the auction, though...meet Al.
If I've built him up a little, then I have succeeded in my writing today. I will send money to this ministry for as long as I can, hopefully the rest of my life. And I'm quite sure before it's all said and done, I will find myself a wreck and his back door again. ha!
Now, to the auction...
every year- because Porter's Call is offered to artists like myself, free of charge, with no strings attached- they run an "Artist's Auction" to help fund their ministry for the year.
This year, we are offering something special to one fan and three guests of their choice around Christmastime. As you know, we do a 13 city Christmas tour every year. Take a second to check out our tour page and see if we are close to you. If so, we would love for you to bid on our package...
The package is this....4 tickets and backstage passes to the Point of Grace Christmas Tour show of your choice. (Some of our shows will even have Phillips, Craig and Dean!!!) Dinner before the show with Leigh, Denise and myself, and a Point of Grace gift bag with Cds, t-shirts, and of course, our cookbook!
The bidding will go live tomorrow at 9am central. I will twitter and facebook the link as soon as I get it!! Follow us at @pointofgrace on twitter, or check the twitter box on our homepage tomorrow morning for the link!!
We would love to see you at Christmas and mostly help to support this cause that has personally affected me in such a huge way...
Happy Early Holidays!
A couple of years ago while on a "Cruise-ship" God placed something in my heart. I was listening to a woman speak about orphans that she had adopted from Africa. For whatever reason, I was super emotional and felt the Lord calling me to something. I wasn't really sure at the time what it was. All I knew was that my heart had grown soft to the children in Africa. Of course, I come home and tell my husband and he's like......uhhhhhhh....."Are you sure you just weren't sea sick? lol" I left it in the Lord's hands and just told him that I was listening and would wait to hear more. Over the last two years He has bombarded me with people that I love who are doing amazing work in Africa. I've had the privilege of walking beside some of them in their journeys.
1. My nanny at the time, Jessie Roesch, joined hands with an organization called "The Raining Season" and she went to Sierre Leone to help start and work in an orphanage called "The Covering". We were able to give proceeds to their organization through our cookbook. "Cooking with Grace".
2. I met Gwen Oatsvall and her amazing family. We had the privilege to do a benefit concert to help bring home sweet Daisy and Joseph from Uganda. Gwen and her friend Suzanne founded an organization called 147 Million Orphans. Many of you have seen me wear this awesome gear that helps support many areas of need concerning orphan care. They have SUPER cute stuff and the proceeds go to all kinds of wonderful things. WHICH BRINGS ME TO MY NEXT FRIEND:
3. My Friend Sandra....
Here is an opportunity to bring hope to Orphans in Cote d'Ivoire, West Africa "Sarah's Children"
By purchasing a ticket to this fun event that will be held at Fellowship Bible Church on Sept 30th from 7pm-9pm, you will start the funds toward building an orphanage!
At the event you will also be able to purchase pieces from the fall line of 147 million orphans wear and Choisi Flower Pins with proceeds going to the orphans.
To learn more about the orphans go to Sarahschildren.org
For ticket information go to Fellowshipnashville.org to women's ministry
It's going to be a great event. I'm soooo sad because I will be out of town on this day. Christy Nockels is one of my favorite singers in the whole world and I'm going to miss seeing her.
Obviously, some of you don't live in Nashville, but here is a way that you can still participate.
147 Million Orphans (147millionorphans.com) is excited to help the children of Cote D Ivoire in South Africa.
For those of you who can not attend the fashion show being hosted on Sept. 30th in Franklin, TN - we would like to offer you another chance to be able to give back and help these amazing children ... If you shop147millionorphans.com on Oct. 1st and 2nd then 50% of the profits from your purchase will be given to Cote D Ivoire project. (The only item not available for this project will be Katie Davis' book Kisses from Katie (those funds are going to Amazima Ministries in Uganda, Africa)
It's funny as I look back at how God prepares you for things he wants you to be a part of. All of these women have been a blessing to me as I watch them do what God has called them to do. Maybe you aren't called to adopt or go live in Africa, but we all can find a way to help love the orphans in this world. This is a fun way to do that. Hope you can come and be a part.
Assurance-No Matter What!
I have to admit that I blow it daily. Actually several times daily. And daily, I need to be assured of God's grace. I need to be reminded that he loves me, NO MATTER WHAT! Think of the "no matter whats" in your own life. You know what I'm talking about... The words you said. The lie you told. The thing you did. The secret you are holding inside. Geez, sounds like I'm describing myself-hahahaha. You need someone in your life who will assure you that the grace of God is with you no matter what. And you need to be the kind of person who assures other people in the same way.
In 1 Peter, Peter was writing to believers who were undergoing severe persecution, assuring them that "no matter what" happened to them, they were not alone. God was with them, and His grace surrounded them. So no matter what happens to you, God is right beside you. He doesn't always take the pain away, but He cries with you.
Are you the kind of friend who encourages others to look to God's grace when the no-matter-whats of life start pressing in? Do you have friends who help you do the same? If you don't have friends like that, the choice is up to you. Remember, be that kind of friend, and you will attract that kind of friend.
1 Peter 5:12 says "My purpose in writing is to encourage you and assure you that the grace of God is with you no matter what happens."
Happy Hump Day,