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This is the third month of my journey with the word dwell. I have been finding my word continuing to pop up in unexpected ways. I have also been deliberate in keeping it in mind. I made a wordle, printed it, and framed it to place on my desk. I also added a hand stamped charm to the necklace I bought for last years word.
Ali suggested that March was a time for action with our word. Everyone who knows us knows that our house is full of action. Nonstop action much of the time. My husband and I have six children. We have one son who is married and lives too far away. One adult son who lives with us. Another son who is away at school. He will graduate in May. And a daughter and two more sons who are still in school. The younger three have school and activities which keep us busy. We also have a dog and five chickens. I planned several family fun things to do for the month. There were a few that were for the entire family and others that focused on individuals. I made a few dates with my husband - dates that did not involve a trip to the grocery store.
Still I wanted my action to be that ripple in a pond that Ali described in the March prompt. I have to tell you about two separate things in order to describe how I came up with my action.
Our family sponsors ten year old Jimi who lives in Indonesia through Compassion International. For $38.00 a month, Jimi is provided with education, health care, hygiene training, and supplementary food, in addition to the opportunity to hear about God’s love. We send Jimi letters, stickers, and coloring pages. We have watched him grow in size, hope, and God.
On February 18, 2009 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was found on my yearly mammogram. Ladies, I encourage you to be diligent with those inconvenient and uncomfortable tests. I do not have any risk factors, so it came as a surprise. Having cancer changes a person. Life is sweeter and moments are treasured. Sure I thought I was aware of those moments before, but now I am more conscious of them.
I wanted to express my gratefulness to God for taking me through that particular fire with an action involving Compassion. My husband and I talked about what we could do. We discovered our answer right at our feet. Literally. Our chickens were gathered about eating spaghetti. You can read about our girls here. We decided that we would purchase chickens for families through Compassion. A chicken can provide a family with a steady supply of eggs, a source of income, and manure for the vegetable garden. Chickens are only $16.00. Besides, chickens are also just plain fun.
Each month on the 18th, I intend to buy a chicken. I am so excited about it.
What good is it, my brothers, if a man claims to have faith but no deeds? Can such faith save him? Suppose a brother or sister is without clothes and daily food. If one of you says to him, “Go, I wish you well; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about his physical needs, what good is it? In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead. But someone will say, “You have faith; I have deeds.” Show me your faith without deeds, and I will show you my faith by what I do. James 2:14-18
What will you do to cause a ripple?
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