Sunday, February 27, 2011

Radical

Two books that have changed my life (not just saying that, I think about what I've read in these books ALL THE TIME):





Seriously. If you haven't read them, I SO recommend them both. Over the past year or so God has totally revolutionized my entire life, my way of thinking, what I have a heart for, and these books have aided in that. I'm still trying to process what I'm learning and how I'm growing... but to sum it up (for now), I am SO THANKFUL.

Thankful that God has opened my eyes to "the least of these", thankful for the heart he has given me for orphans, thankful for what He is teaching me.

... and thankful that I live in a country where I can talk freely about Jesus, thankful that I can attend church without risking my safety, thankful that I live in a safe place with electricity and heat and running water, thankful that I was born healthy (albeit HUGE... 9lbs 12oz) in a hospital to parents who wanted me and were excited for me to join them.

With that said, I will not stop at just being thankful. There are millions of people in this world who do not share these same privileges- and I cannot ignore their need for the Gospel and for their basic physical needs to be met. I will try my hardest to advocate, to pray, to help meet their needs, etc.

I seriously have no idea what this will look like... so right now I am just going to BE HERE in THIS MOMENT and do what I can RIGHT NOW.

Everyone to whom much was given, of him much will be required... Luke 12:48

Love yall,
Lindsay

P.S. The party for Mandi/little fundraiser we had for The Kramers
went great... it was so fun\humbling to see a bunch of college students scraping change out of their cars and giving up Starbucks $ in order to bring sweet Ivan home. I am horrible about taking pictures so there aren't any, sorry folks!! :)

Saturday, February 12, 2011

break my ♥ for what breaks Yours

I sobbed as I watched this.

It is our duty to care for "the least of these" and they are DESPERATE.

"You live amongst the least of these... the weary and the weak"

Love yall,
Lindsay

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Just Love

A sweet family from my church is adopting a little boy from Eastern Europe... and they are using Just Love Coffee as one of their fundraisers. Now I know the handful of friends of mine that read this blog all LOVE coffee, so why not buy a bag of awesome coffee (seriously I just bought a bag last week and it is so good) that helps out this family bring their precious boy home? Click here to check out their Just Love page .

And click here to check out their family blog.

James 1:27- Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father is to care for ORPHANS and widows in their distress and not to let the world corrupt you.

Love yall,
Lindsay

Monday, February 7, 2011

Faithful

The reason I started this blog is pretty simple. God has set my heart on fire for orphans, widows, adoption, and "the least of these". It is kind of funny- when I was trying to come up with a name for my blog, I tried literally every verse or phrase or word that had anything to do with orphans/adoption but they were all taken. Which is WONDERFUL. But it also made me question a little bit what difference I can even make. I am a 22 year old college student (until I graduate in August), I have no wife\mother experience (just a LOTTTTTT of babysitting- which I love)...

Today I had a conversation with a friend where I shared a little bit of my heart for orphans and adoption... and her reaction was less than enthusiastic. I have wonderful friends and family who are so supportive... but her comment was so discouraging.

But not 20 minutes later, I had a conversation with a girl who has a heart for 'the least of these' that is so similar to mine I wanted to cry.

And then it hit me full force... GOD. IS. FAITHFUL.

I have said that probably 1000 times and I KNOW that it is true but that He would care enough to affirm me and encourage me in that situation left me so thankful that I serve a God who is personal and real and DIED so that He could have a relationship with me.

I don't feel equipped, I don't feel like I have anything together, I don't have a clue what I am going to do when I graduate, I don't know where God is leading me... but I DO feel called. And I will follow Him where He leads me.

Love yall,
Lindsay

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Yours

I couldn't find the real video for this (there may not be one)... some of the pictures are a little silly :) but this song is where I got got the first name of my blog... which I have since changed like six times but it is now youareonourside.blogspot.com- but really listen to the words of this song- love it! (oh and make sure you pause my music player at the bottom)



Love yall,
Lindsay

Friday, February 4, 2011

Clear Eyes, Full Hearts

I am one of those people that when I like something, I LOVE it. To the point of obsession. And this is no exception:







Seriously. I am obsessed with this show. If you've never watched it, you should. I think I am partial to this because of the stories of these high schoolers and their lives remind me so much of my sweet Young Life girls. These kids have no idea that there is a world beyond dating, texting, high school, etc. I know I am only 22 and I am really not that much older than my sweet girls but the broken relationships the characters on the show and my Young Life girls face are heartbreaking.

I am desperate for these girls to know there is Someone who can and will love them perfectly and can fill any emptiness they have inside. I am desperate for these girls to know they are treasured and loved and they are worth so much more than what the world has convinced them they are worth. I am desperate for these girls to have a relationship with the One who sacrficed EVERYTHING so that they could come to Him.

Thank you Lord for the privilege of being a Young Life leader and for the right to speak truth into the lives of these precious girls.

Love yall,
Lindsay