Holding Back

At the start of the Homily today at church, I wrote a check to put in the basket. Not alot... cuz, well, I didn't want to give it all away. ya know? I was thinking about donuts and coffee for afterwards... :P and payday in two days.

Then we heard the story of the fishes and loaves. A little boy came forward and gave all he had. It's a story that's retold six times in the bible, said the priest, signifying its importance. A miracle happened that day because the boy GAVE ALL HE HAD. If we're looking for miracles, looking for God's work in our lives, looking for that break from the stress and strain of modern living, maybe we need to give all we have, too. Then, miracles will happen.

After contemplating for a few moments, I leaned over to my husband and whispered, "I might need to rewrite that check."

haha. Of course, giving means more than money... time, attitudes, work, play. It's all encompassing. :)

Writing is happening slowly, too slowly for me, but i'm so excited about our prospective new house...and it's fifth bedroom/office. I'm able to sit back a little while the kids are home from school, because I know in a month, the house will be quiet again [except for Darla] and I'll have more time to write. I like how today's sermon even applies to my writing. And it can apply to just about every aspect of life.

Looking forward to Autumn and what the change in season will bring.
Have a great week, friends.
With Love,

Giving Life

Forgoing Fiction Friday for BeadforLife.org

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My Aunt MaryAnn is a nurse who works in an AIDS clinic in NYC. 2 weeks ago she attended the world AIDS conference in Mexico City. My sister lives in Monterrey so they were able to meet up for a visit[the lucky girl!...er, aunt!]

Nurses all across America are selling these beaded necklaces in order to raise money to help Ugandan women. Have you seen them? The necklaces are made out of rolled dyed paper and then coated. They are very, very cool. and what a great cause! 93 cents of every dollar make is invested in community development work fighting extreme poverty, including projects in health care, vocational training for out-of-school youth, affordable housing, and entrepeneurial skills development. BeadforLife is a 501(c)(3) non-porfit organization (tax ID: 20-1683139) so donations are deductible to teh extent of the law.

My sister at Melanie Reyes Photography is having a contest in support of this organization. She wants YOU to post a link on your webpage-blog-facebook-myspace-wherever to http://www.beadforlife.org/ and help spread the word. Leave a link in the comments on her blog, http://www.melaniereyesphotography.wordpress.com/, and she will enter you to win a pack of 5 of her Bubblicious Notecards.