Monday, March 15, 2010

Alabaster

The other week (I’ve been so bad lately with blogging!!!), our church took an alabaster offering.

We attend a Nazarene church here, and this info is from their website…

The Alabaster Offering provides funds for property and buildings around the world. Eighty percent of the money is used in world mission areas, and twenty percent goes to multicultural congregations in the United States and Canada. Alabaster funds help provide land for most Work & Witness projects. The entire offering goes toward the construction of churches, schools, medical facilities, and homes for missionaries and national workers.

Kids are given a small cardboard Alabaster box and are encouraged to fill it with money to go to this offering. Braeden and Olivia came home and proceeded to EMPTY their piggy banks. Granted they didn’t have a TON, as they had recently emptied most of their money out to donate to a Project Hopeful adoption fund, but they had accumulated a bit, and it ALL went into their box! They have such amazing hearts for others! I love to see how these hearts grow and expand as they learn more and more about God, HIS love, the needs of others, etc. We have a 1, 2, 3 Penguins tape we purchased once at a thrift store about being a seed of discontent. It’s now one of Braeden’s favorites and whenever he hears someone complaining he says, “You don’t want to be a seed, do you?” It’s so funny!

I pray that their hearts continue to be blessed by God. To see others, others who may be unnoticed by the masses, others who are God’s children as surely as we are, others who need love.



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I am a single mom to four amazing kids; each of whom just happen to have been adopted. The first three were adopted through foster care, and we just completed an international adoption from Haiti. Our family has grown through adoption and I am all the more blessed to know each of my children. I worship a mighty God, teach Special Ed, love bargains, and am inspired by Pinterest... come along with us for the ride!


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