Poverty is something that everyone knows exists, and people think that poverty was something that only started recently. Well, I have some verses that shows that poverty not only was around the time of Jesus (about +2,000 years ago) but way before that. Even in the old testaent. But... God loves the poor. He shows that all through the bible. And for sponsors like us who have never really delt with true poverty (we can say "oh im poor" but go a week without the basic neccessities and you'll see how "poor" you really are) we sometimes can feel overhelmed. I know I have. And I think "Does Compassion help? I mean, what if the kids arnt ready to graduate the compassion program, and therefore never get the chance to get rid of poverty?" That is when I read God's Word. And in it He doesn't say that the poor are left for the slaughter like pigs. NO! He gives them hope. I am amazed when I see people in poverty. It puts my faith to downright shame. I have everything, so I can rejoice for being grateful to God for having everything. I may not have that car (I dont even have my drivers license.) I see at the dealership, but I have everything I NEED. And if i need to get somewhere, I can get there. I have food. I have shelter. I may not have a bed to sleep on (long story) but i have a couch, and I am probably the only person I know that wouldn't mind sleeping on a floor and give up my bed to my brother because his broke. Becuase I know it only last a few hours. (and I enjoy sleeping) But, i enjoy reading God's Word on the poor. I grew up in Pompano Beach, Florida which is the poorest area of Florida besides Miami. And its scary to have holes in the ceiling and one time i will never forget, I was in 5th grade and I watched a rat (yes a rat) come out of a hole in my house and take some food that was sitting near me and leave. And it was common. When we finally had money to fix somethings, we had the bathtub redone (it had cracks and it always leaked and it was rusted) and the workers instaling the tub kept getting sick becuase there were dead rats in the pipes. It was gross. And the crome was bad. But, thats where my heart comes in. When i was scared that I didnt have money to buy lunch at school or school supplies I prayed to God. I wasnt the greatest kid. I got into trouble allot. But, I never forget where i can from. And I dont want any child to feel the same way.

But, i look at these verses for hope and inspiration when I think of my situation and it makes my day brighter. Feel free to use them in a letter to your kids!

I am home for now. I celebrated Mother's Day with my family. And I celebrated it big! (ok, not really) i went to church were we read 1 Samuel 1-2:11 and it was very nice. It was about Hannah and how she was faithful in praying to God for a son and even though she didnt know if God would fullfill his promise, she still remained faithful in the hope that he would. And what I find awe inspiring in this story is that Hannah cried out "O Lord of Heaven’s Armies, if you will look upon my sorrow and answer my prayer and give me a son, then I will give him back to you. He will be yours for his entire lifetime, and as a sign that he has been dedicated to the Lord, his hair will never be cut." I don't know about you, but I don't know any mother who would be willing to sacrifice their son for God. It shows honor, and respect. And what is more amazing to me, is that when the child was weaned (about 3 years old) she gave him to the church. And God used him in a huge way. That is something no one (except for God) could have ever known. I dont think i could do that to my child. I thought of my sponsored kids. And the children I saw at the countries we have visited. I thought, "What if that was one of mine?" but with the false religions our children are exposed to, I know that sacrificing children in some religions is acceptable. But, in today's society, if we did that, we would have IRS on us faster than anyone I know. That is amazing. But then again, I also believe that if Jesus roamed Earth like he did 2,000 years ago, he would be in a mental hospital. And diagnosed with insanity. Who knows? Maybe most people in mental institutions are probably as smart as Jesus, just misunderstood and not accepted by society.

I think of my sponsored kids and how they celebrated Mother's Day. And since all my kids have moms its going to be interesting to see how they celebrated it.

How did your mother's day go?

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