Smart Help

Worship Fully:  From “My Utmost” – “My questions come whenever I cease to obey. When I have obeyed God, the problems never come between me and God, they come as probes to keep the mind awake and amazed at the revelation of God. Any problem that comes between God and myself springs out of disobedience; any problem, and there are many, that is alongside me while I obey God, increases my ecstatic delight, because I know that my Father knows, and I am going to watch and see how He unravels this thing.”

Spend Less:  Instead of running out and buying something, I managed to scramble together an acceptable snack for Judah’s helper day:  chocolate-covered pretzels and string cheese.  AND Judah got to help make the pretzels (an excellent sprinkle distributor, if I do say so):  double score!

Give More:  In the early morning feeding hours I listened to a podcast of Rick Steves, which I always enjoy, but this time it was a show entitled Smart Help for the Developing World:  “Rick explores practical solutions to addressing world hunger in the 21st century with guests from a preacher-economist who heads a non-profit agency advocating for the interests of hungry people around the world to a Kenyan agricultural specialist who helps address policies and markets benefiting people in developing nations.”  One story stood out from a woman in Africa who, although her country had poverty and great hunger, labored to get ships from First World countries full of donated flour to be sent back; when that flour floods the country, the native growers (who grow their own flour) can’t get money for their crops, and the cycle of poverty continues.  Interesting how mindless giving can hurt, not help.

Love All:  My darling daughter cried for most of the day.  I think it was because I spent most of the weekend telling folks how easy-going and laid-back she is:  she wanted to assert her right to be a fussy baby.  🙂  It’s hard to find love when she can’t settle down on my chest to nap and the middle-born is voicing quite loudly the injustice of a mandatory quiet time (not so quiet) and the eldest is complaining that everyone is too loud (no kidding).  🙂  My mom always says how quiet it is when we all leave her house, and how she misses the noise.  I know some day I will miss it as well …. someday.

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