Music Monday – The Story Teller

Hey all!

I have been in Dominican Republic for the past few days and just got home last night.  Today has been a busy day catching up on laundry and other life things.  I was just getting ready to go to bed and remembered that today is Monday and I have one hour left to get my Music Monday post in or it will be Music Monday on Tuesday again like it was last week!   If that happens again I may have to just forget about having Music Monday and instead have ‘Tune Tuesday’  as Wally suggested last week.

Sorry to be in such a rush but its almost Tuesday! So I better get posting.. The song that moved me the most this past week is The Story Teller, but to hear it you will have to head on over to my new blog home  by clicking here -> ‘A Journey to a Masterpiece

While your there please be sure to add your email in the follow box because at the end of next month that is where I will post all of the time.

See ya at the new blog, and good night!

T

God is Everywhere

DR-Blogger-Badge-160x300I told you all that this week I would be sharing posts from the Compassion Bloggers Dominican Republic trip.  It seems like lately I have a whole lot of stuff going on and I haven’t had much time to write or to get over and read many of my favorite blogs.  I finally sat down to write last night but couldn’t write because last night I had panic about my eyesight again.  Over the past few days I seem to have developed a glow around the blind spot in my eye.  Every since I had the retinal vein occlusion 4 years ago I’ve had a blind spot that I can’t see with both eyes open.  But last night there it was, a glowing ring around the blind spot.

Once the panic set in and I found my self praying for God to just help me go back to the way it used to be. Back to the way it used to be before I had the eye issues, back to the way it was when I didn’t notice my eyes much or even think of them at all.

Right in the middle of my prayer I realized that will never be possible again, because things are different now. Before the eye issues I just woke up every day never paying to much thought to my eyesight but nowadays the minute I open my eyes in the morning I immediately check to see that I still can see and then I say a prayer of thanks because nowadays I am so grateful for my eyesight,  which is something I never thought about until I lost part of it.

Four years ago I went to bed seeing normal and woke up in the morning with a blind spot in my eye.  Just like that…I went to bed fine and I woke up not fine. We just never know what is waiting around the bend for us.

Nothing on this earth is guaranteed except for God.

When we go to bed God is here and when we wake up He is still here. No matter what, God is always here. I am not really sure what my eyesight has to do with the Compassion Bloggers in the Dominican Republic. Maybe it’s the fact that I could have been born there instead of here and life just looks so extremely hard there. Sometimes I think my life is hard here but then as I have followed along with the Compassion bloggers stories this week, some I read in anguish because of the hardships they have seen there. But something I have noticed is though they have seen hardship they all also have seen something else. GOD… God is there in the Dominican Republic and somehow in the middle of it all , even in the anguish,  there is hope to be found. No matter where we live we never know what is around the bend for us and  nothing is guaranteed except for God AND he is the source of our hope.

At the beginning of the blogger trip I had planned that I would share a post a day but there are just to many posts that are so good I can’t seem to decide on which ones to share,  so today I am sharing a link to all the posts so that you can read every single one of them if you’d like.–> Compassion Bloggers in Dominican Republic. I am going to warn you to get the box of tissues out before you start reading!

Before I leave I have one more thing I want to share with you today. Compassion has set up a special page that shows the children who are sponsored from the blog posts, tweets, Facebook, Pinterest etc. during this trip. If you would like to see the children who now have new sponsors click the link below.  So far 133 children have new sponsors! Yay!

10978618_10152906713886655_3468172215728833919_n

Click here to see the children who now have new sponsors!

 

 

 

 

When I read a ‘Lump in My Throat” It Put a Lump In My Throat

Hi everyone! This week on the blog we are following a group of bloggers who are traveling with Compassion International in the Dominican Republic. Today I am sharing a post by Lisa and Stephen Leonard.  If you ever wonder if child sponsorship works then this is the post for you.

The title of the post today is “the lump in my throat” and I will warn you when you finish reading it you will have a lump in your throat.

The Lump in My Throat – by Lisa and Stephen Leonard

Today we visited with Josefina and her daughter, Hilde. They invited us into their freshly painted home with wall patched together with brick, found wood and cardboard. Their entire home is smaller than a typical bedroom in the US.

photo courtesy of Lisa Leornard Blog

photo courtesy of Lisa Leornard Blog


While I’m here in the DR, I want to learn first hand how Compassion is impacting lives. I want the mothers to tell me how life is different now that their child has a sponsor.

Continue reading at –> Lisa Leonard Designs

I hope it blesses you like it did me, see you tomorrow!

Terri

If you would like to follow along click this picture and it will take you to all of the blogger’s posts DR-Blogger-Badge-160x300

God With Us

 

DR-Blogger-Badge-160x300“The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel” (which means “God with us”). Matthew 1:23

They have arrived! Today the Compassion bloggers have arrived in the Dominican Republic and as promised I will be posting some of their blog posts.

Though I am not on the trip with them I almost feel as if I am still somehow going to be a part of their adventure.

When I saw their picture this morning it brought tears to my eyes.  I know that sounds crazy and I can’t really place my finger on what it is that makes me want to cry when I see them or why I want to cry as I type this post.

(photo courtesy of Compassion international)

Could it be because I have been in the Dominican Republic several times myself and the people who live there are still close to my heart?

Or could it be that familiar van in the background reminds me of my trip with Compassion to Haiti and I know they are getting ready to embark on a journey of a life time?

Bonnie said in her post, “I’m afraid I’ll cry so hard. And I don’t want to.”  As I read her words I found myself once again holding back tears because I truly know that feeling.

The feeling of trying to hold back tears of heartbreak because what you just saw makes you want to roll yourself up in a ball and just make the world go away.

And then there are the other tears, the ones that spring forth because just when you think all hope is lost, what you see or feel causes your heart to swell so full of joy that it pours out from your eyes.

I am excited to follow along with these bloggers and I just can’t wait to see what God has in store for them!

As I am writing this, my memory goes back to a bus ride I was on in the Dominican Republic four years ago.  I was a fairly new Christian at that time and still struggling with who God wanted me to be.  As I sat on the bus that day I was thinking about God and my thoughts were full of doubt and fear.  As I sat there deep in thought a young Dominican man said hello to me.  I returned his hello back and he reached out his hand to shake mine.  As I placed my hand in his he told me his name was Immanuel… at the same time he said his name the words “God with us” came to my mind and I said them out loud.  Just as the words left my lips I realized that at the exact same time I said them he had said them simultaneously with me.  At that moment I realized that God had set up our meeting.  I also knew at that very moment that God was with me and that he had always been with me.  Today as this Group of bloggers head out on their adventure in the Dominican Republic God is with them too!

Today we begin this adventure along with them, I can’t wait to see what God has planned!

DR-Blogger-Badge-160x300Follow along by clicking this link

What is one thing Compassion Bloggers Have in Common?

Have a wonderful day!

Terri

Compassion Bloggers In The Dominican Republic

Next week a group of Compassion Bloggers will be traveling to the Dominican Republic.

I have a child that I sponsor who lives in the Dominican Republic so this really is exciting for me to get to follow along on their trip and I am looking forward to finding out more about where she lives, her culture and what Compassion is doing in her country.

This is Walkiris 🙂walkiris

Sponsoring her has been such a huge blessing in my life that I never expected but am so thankful I received .

Next week I will be sharing several of blog posts from the blogger trip and today I am sharing a post with you from Compassion International’s blog that is full of great Info about the Dominican Republic.

I hope you enjoy…

Dios, Patria, Libertad: An Intro to the Dominican Republic

With a team of Compassion Bloggers heading to the Dominican Republic next week, we thought it’d be a great time to learn more about the beautiful island country, its customs and its people before you experience it with the bloggers. So to buff up your knowledge of the Dominican Republic and our work there, here are some great resources for you.

Dominican Republic Boat Boy

Courtesy of Compassion International: continue reading ->  http://blog.compassion.com/dios-patria-libertad-intro-dominican-republic/#ixzz3RXKCeZLI

Have a wonderful Thursday! 🙂

T

A God Inspired Decision

 

walkiris1

Walkiris – Dominican Republic

It’s been over two weeks since I was given this Compassion Blogger assignment and I am not sure why but of all the Compassion blogging assignments I have received this one for some reason gave me writers block. I know that’s sounds silly because if you are a friend of mine you know that the children of Compassion are where my passion is and I usually cannot stop talking about those kids.

So why then would this assignment be so hard for me?

The assignment this month was to write about what it was that inspired me to sponsor a child. I do know the answer to this question and my answer to the question is – My decision to sponsor a child was God inspired.

I know that sounds like a simple answer and I guess I could have just left it at that and been finished with my writing assignment way before now but there was just so much more to say and I had a hard time putting it all into words. So tonight I decided to just start writing in the hopes that it puts into perspective all the things floating around in my head.

I will start with the first time I was asked to sponsor a child…It was 2010 and I was a brand new Christian. My friend David asked me to sponsor a child and I told him no.  I knew nothing about Compassion except for a few status’s that he had put on his Facebook page and what he had told me about his own sponsorship’s. I really did think I meant no at that time but gradually I found myself becoming very intrigued by Compassion’s website. What I did not know at that time was that God had used my friend to plant a seed for those children in my heart.  I soon began visiting Compassion’s website almost every evening and while I was there I found myself reading about poverty and looking at pictures of the children who were waiting for sponsors. On May 3, 2010 as I was looking at the pictures of the children a cute little face with a big giant smile jumped out of the page at me.  The more I looked at the little girl’s picture the more the pull to sponsor her became stronger.  Even though I still had reservations there was  no fighting it, I knew without a doubt that God wanted me to sponsor Walkiris from the Dominican Republic.

I didn’t know it at the time but that day 4 years ago was the beginning of something that has now become a very important part of my life!

Choosing to sponsor Walkiris was a God inspired decision for sure and the thing about something that is God inspired is it usually turns out in the end way bigger than you could have ever imagined it could.

Some God inspired things seem to me to be way out of my comfort zone and sponsoring a child may sound easy to some people but for me it was way…WAY out of my comfort zone!  First off I was going to be making a commitment to a monthly payment I wasn’t sure I would always have the funds for. Sponsoring a child also meant taking a chance on something I knew nothing about. I did not know a whole lot about Compassion and back then I had big time trust issues. From where I stand now looking back to that time in my life, for me to sponsor a child back then was pretty huge!

At that time in my life Jesus was also very new to me and I had only been a Christian for about 2 months. I did not feel equipped to be writing about him in a letter to a child and to me the letter writing seemed like a big responsibility because I didn’t have a clue what I would say to a child that I didn’t know and to top that off she was from another country so our cultures were different and she spoke Spanish (thank you for Compassion translators).  I will be honest with you when I sponsored Walkiris though I said yes to God I was not totally sure if I was really all in on the whole sponsorship thing.

Thankfully it did work out and I soon found out, letter writing was easy, it was fun, the funds always seemed to be there and I also eventually realized I was really ALL in.

Since the day I sponsored Walkiris several other things have been God inspired.

God inspired sponsoring Thierry… 

theirry1

Thierry – Haiti (Thierry has now graduated from Compassion’s program)

God inspired me to become an advocate for other children who are waiting for sponsors…

God inspired me to start this blog… 

God inspired letter writing with Sanbor…

Sanbor

Sanbor – Bangladash

God inspired a visit to Haiti to meet Thierry. (Read this story here)…

20130308_135536

Me and Thierry March 2013

While in Haiti meeting Theirry God inspired sponsoring Rose (Read her story here)…

20130306_170126

Rose – Haiti (in the mint green dress)

God inspired me to join Compassion bloggers and He inspires me to write about the kids at Compassion…

And just this past year God inspired sponsoring Ericka…

ES7870440-Fullshot-200w

Ericka – El Salvador

God has inspired writing letters full of words of encouragement and full of love…Tears of joy have sometimes flowed down my face when I read the letters from my children. I cry because I see the love in the pictures they draw for me…or the first time I saw Walkiris’s tiny blue finger print signature because she was to young to write. I loved watching as over time the finger print was replaced by her own crooked signature and then finally the joyful day that the letter arrived fully written by her in her very own handwriting.

I love how the letters from these kids give me a glimpse into their lives. The most profound thing I have learned through all of this is that I could fall in love with someone I have never met in person.  The love I feel for them is real and I feel like they are my own children.  I have also found out that these children love me as much as I love them.  Their letters to me are written with love and also full of encouragement for me.  Every single one of them has told me that they pray for me and my family. What I have received out of all this has been a totally unexpected gift.

What started out as me helping them I think somehow has also been them helping me?!?  

During the past 4 years God has taken this heart of mine and broken it into a million tiny pieces while at the same time he has been picking them up and putting them back together again, molding them into a heart that is full of trust, hope and love.  Those things all rolled together form a heart so full of  joy at times that it feels as if it may burst.  This whole ‘God inspired’ thing has blessed me beyond anything I could ever have imagined and I am thankful to be a part of something so life changing on all sides of the story.

When looking at Compassion’s website and seeing all those faces of children looking back it can be really hard to imagine that sponsoring just one child could make any difference at all, but I know now without a doubt that it really does make a difference. The truth is sponsoring a child not only makes a difference for that child’s life but also for his whole family and it can also change the sponsor’s life too.

Below is a video by Caitlin Jane.  She is a singer songwriter and also a Compassion sponsor. When she was visiting her sponsored child in The Dominican Republic she was inspired to write this song.

What is God inspiring you to do? If he is inspiring you to do something then go for it! I know you won’t regret your decision to do it if it’s God inspired.  If you would like to share what God is inspiring you to do please tell me about it in the comments below, I really would love to hear about it.

If you feel God is inspiring you to help make a difference in the life of a child consider leaving this blog post by way of clicking the link below which will take you to Compassion International’s website. While there you can view pictures of children who have been praying for someone to choose them and to be their sponsor. YOU can be that person…YOU can make a difference…YOU can change the world — one child at a time! http://www.compassion.com/sponsor_a_child/default.htm?referer=121431

Thank you for reading and have a blessed day,

http---signatures.mylivesignature.com-54492-123-D87D4E2CD60173644C957AE3C92A2473