A Royal Wedding

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Although I am very happy for the bride and groom, I can not say I have faithfully followed the news of the royal wedding. Prince Harry and Ms Meghan Markle seem to be the talk of nations, it is the perks of being royalty.

Maybe I should not feel this way, but when I see extravagant gatherings it grieves me. since there are so many poor that could be helped with all the money spent on an event. It has been said, today’s wedding held at Windsor Castle will exceed £32million. This does not include a bottle of 10,000 dollar whisky, created by Royal Salute, in honor of the Prince and his bride. It was an exquisite gift, being limited edition crafted in American oak casks. I cringe at the thought of 10,000 dollars being filtered through their kidneys!.

I am sure this will a day the world will remember. I was delighted to see that Prince Harry and Meghan, requested that wedding gifts be made in the form of contributions to selected charity’s. This was the icing on the lemon and Elderflower cake for me!

I pray God will bless their beautiful union, as I await my royal wedding. It has been paid in full, and until that day I strive to keep my garment from spots or wrinkles, and oil in my lamp.  ~Matthew 25:6~ 🙂

 

 

To Amazing Woman!

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You do not have to give birth to a child to be a mother!

Children are a blessing from God,and it requires strength and commitment to raise them. There are many mother figures in the world, who dedicated their lives to raising children who are loved as their own. I am thankful to the woman of the world who have shown love to a child.. From the broken and abused, to the abandoned and motherless.. I am thankful for the mothers of the world who raised their children to the best of their ability in a loving home, without abuse and neglect. Sadly many woman do not feel an obligation to put their child ahead of their own desires, leaving other woman to fill that void. My heart is filled with joy when a family adopts a child, offering love and hope for their future. I have great respect for Kerrthi and Ester of India, who raise many children in their home, the work load must be daunting. The respect and hugs they receive are their reward. I am blessed to have a wonderful mother who I am very greatful for. Cheers to all those who have mentored a child! You may never know the difference you made in their lives.

Happy Mothers Day! ~  Psalm 127:3

 

Playing God

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Who decides the value of life?

I know this is a subject highly debated by some, but I am simply bumfuzzled by this way of thinking.

In America a woman can abort a “fetus” up to moments before delivery if she chooses. When the state does not allow late-term procedures, they will refer them to another clinic. If that same woman were to deliver at home or in a college dorm, and the child died, she would be charged with manslaughter. The defense could be stated that she did not want the child, it makes no difference. Only licensed doctors can legally end life. If the same child were to have a medical condition and she did not seek proper treatment, she would be charged with neglect or possibly manslaughter if the child were to die as a result. Yet once in the hands of the hospital, they now have the right to play God. Many parents have been charged with medical neglect because they do not agree with the decisions of their doctor. Whether it be medications or vaccinations, you no longer have the right to decide what is best for them, because you don’t hold their degree. Parents have had a child sent to foster care because they would not give them drugs prescribed for mental conditions. Parents have fought the medical establishment over the right to refuse vaccinations. While others fight for their child to receive medical treatment that could save their life. In London, the Human Rights Counsel has the last word. Infant Charlie Guard was refused life support, and the option to be treated elsewhere, he died July 28, 2017. Infant Alfie Evans died April 28, 2018 after having life support removed. In both cases the government decided if the child would receive treatment, or if it was ethical to sustain life. There are cases where a hard decision must be made, and I am not referring to anyone who has faced that decision.

I am sure there are many cases like this, but one comes to mind. A young man received a brain injury and in deep coma. Doctors advised his mother, that even if he were to awaken there would be little brain function. The diagnosis was grim, and she was advised not to continue life support. Refusing to give up, she sat with her son every day. Reading scriptures, praying, and speaking encouraging words to him. People would often ask why she bothered, since he could not hear. Doctors continued to suggest he be taken of life support, but she refused. On New Years eve, a shift nurse was doing her rounds, and was not happy to be there. She was cursing at him, and saying if not for him, she would be at the party. One glorious day, he did awaken out of the coma. Before leaving he spoke to the shift nurse who was cursing him. He told her everything she had said in the room that New Years Eve. The Color drained from her face, and she was speachless. Not only could he hear a mothers prayers, and her fight for him, but also the negative scoffing of those who did not believe in chance. The young man had full brain function, and compleatly recovered. God can change any circumstance if one has faith that He can. Why not allow God to decide who lives or dies? I believe it comes down to the fact that so many do not believe He created life. Therefore only the strong survive, making it survival of the fittest. This belief puts man in place of God.

Smile’s All Around!

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You may not think a toothbrush and paste sound like an exiting gift, but for the children of India, it brings a SMILE!

 

7Praveen and his family are thankful for a special day. Over 50 children gathered for food and fun!

Investing in a child has many rewards. Praveen and his family take in children who have no home, but also reach out to children of widows, and the poor.

 

Children are the reason I started a charity blog, and hope to one day help more in need.  Showing a child they are loved, and encouraging them to achieve their dreams, can make a difference in their life.

1I thank those who have joined me in helping Praveen and his family.  🙂

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Time To Celebrate!

 

The children of India and Pakistan will not awaken to baskets full of candy and toys, indulging in chocolate marshmallow bunny’s and colored eggs.. They will share the day with family, and the less fortunate.. Celebrating the life of Jesus, in country’s where their belief is not welcomed.. They gather what they have to share with others who walk to their home and enjoy a Resurrection Sunday meal.

There will be singing, and sharing a word of hope with many who had nothing to bring.. Children and widows who have no means of support are welcomed and made to feel like one of the family. In a world where they are considered outcasts, they gather in His name, and welcome the heavy-hearted, and those who have much burden. It is a time of rejoicing, and counting of blessings, and the candy and toy’s are traded for so much more..

You may celebrate in your own way, but no matter how you gather, I hope it is a day filled with love and great joy. I see my friends with so little, how they find enough peace and joy to share with so many.. and it makes my heart smile.  🙂

 ~ Matthew 11:28-30 ~ Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Jamil~ Sharing Love In Pakistan

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Would you help these children prosper?

I have known Jamil for several years and he is no stranger to persecution. Through it all he has risen above it, and continues to help the children who have no one to care for them.

Any country you visit has its share of orphans, but they are handled differently. There is an estimated 4 Million orphans in Pakistan, with very few rules to protect their well-being. Caring citizens are needed to protect the rights of children in Pakistan. Homes are not governed by a welfare system, anyone can take in children and claim orphanage status.. without truly caring for them. The orphans of Pakistan face the same challenges as other country’s. Being sold for labor,sexual gratification, and face neglect. There are no laws enforced to ensure orphans receive basic education, food, or health care. Jamil has been providing care and education for children to the best of his ability. Funds to care for the children do not come from the government. Jamil relies on the aid of donations and income he receives through labor. Jamil has been facing hardship and is reaching out for help to care for the children. There is a planned event in March for the children to receive clothing and basic necessities. If you would like to be a monthly supporter, or give a one time gift, please do. Your donation will help provide food, clothing, and education. If you would like to give to Jamil directly, please leave a comment and I will share how this is done.

Please share the need with others in your circle..  Thank you 🙂 

My Nominees For A Liebster Award!

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I would like to thank Gail Loves God for nominating me for the Liebster award. Gail shares uplifting posts that reflect her love of God, and His love for you.

I feel you can gain a wealth of knowledge through reading. I have been blessed to follow writers who inspire, educate, and care about others. This made it difficult to choose a favorite blog among them. A Voice Reclaimed is a wonderful blog that offers hope to those who have suffered sexual abuse. There are many educational and inspiring topics covered.

10 Random Facts About Me:

What is the purpose of your blog ?

I blog about children, pastors, and missionaries in need. Many country’s do not have child welfare systems, soup kitchens, or homeless shelters. It is my hope to share love in any way I can. I also blog about world issues, and people who inspire me.

What inspired your blog name?

Pennies are either thrown in a jar, on the ground, or in a wishing well. I hoped that people would donate penny’s they collect to the cause.

What is your favorite color ?

With all the beautiful colors under the sun, I favor pink. 🙂

What do you love most about your country?

Freedom to be me..

What saddens you most about your country?

Hate, division, lust, and greed..

What do you feel is the most pressing issue in the world today?

Human Trafficking, abuse, and sexual exploitation. Innocent children suffer at the hands of corruption and perversion. It breaks my heart that multitudes go unnoticed. I also grieve for lost souls, who either haven’t heard the gospel, or care not to..

What is your favorite book ?

I love to read, and I would have to say the Bible is my favorite. The Bible is rich with history, drama, romance, suspense, and predicts the future. All written by several authors based on true stories!

 What is your biggest pet peeve?

People who spread hate by the many outlets available. To much valuable energy is spent in the negative..

What is your favorite dish?

Vegetable lasagna.. loaded with spinach.. yum!

What are your goals in life?

I have several goals and while I reach for them, I aim to walk in love. I hope love grows viral.. that it seeps into every crack and crevasse of society. I want to be a part of that huge task!

This is my first award, so I made my best attempt to follow how it works.. It is a fun way to share your favorite blogs, and it was fun to join in..

My nominees for the Liebster award. Thank you all for sharing your gifting of God.

Articles that cover abuse and recovery A Voice Reclaimed

News from around the world with Christian perspective Living His Word Ministries

Inspiring poetry Daryl Madden

Poetry and lighthearted creative writing Oaken Reed

Musings with a Biblical perspective Ernie’s Musings

Inspirational thoughts and words Vistas Of Hope

*RULES*
1. Thank the blogger who nominated you and link their blog in your post. Share a few thoughts about their blog and help to promote them. Support other bloggers!!
2. Display the award on your blog. You can display in a post or as a widget.
3. Who’s your favorite blogger? Write a short paragraph about your favorite blog and leave a link for others to check them out.
4. Tell your readers 10 random facts about you – they can be anything you want!
5. Nominate 5-11 other bloggers
6. Make sure to link these rules in your Liebster Award post.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Is Lizzy Beautiful?

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What is beautifully ugly? 

Years ago there was a You Tube video titled “The World’s Ugliest Woman”. I did not watch it, because I do not support hate.. I knew the woman they were using as clickbait could not choose her genetics. To me, the one who published the video was the”worlds ugliest” along with those who added their hurtful comments.. Appearances are merely a shell and people can be beautifully ugly!

 

Elizabeth Ann Velásquez is beautiful!

400px-Lizzie_Velasquez_2017Lizzy was born in 1989 prematurely. A rare congenital disease prevents her from gaining weight, causes an aged appearance, and affected her vision. She was blessed to have parents who did not choose to abort, as some had hatefully suggested. As a young girl she didn’t feel anything was “wrong” with her, but noticed other children treated her differently. This is how words, and actions can shape our self-image.

At the age of 17 she saw the video on You Tube, that had named her the world’s ugliest woman.. This video filled her with pain, and the hateful comments only made matters worse. Lizzy’s faith, and strong family support, helped turn hurt and shame into acceptance and emotional healing.

I wonder how the publisher and commenters of that video feel now?

Lizzy decided to fight hate with love, and love always wins! She has dedicated her time to helping others who are victims of cyber bullying. 

Lizzy has become an author,motivational speaker,and You Tube sensation.

As a woman who has struggled with low self-esteem throughout my life, I know how cruel some can be. I wanted to be chosen for “Extreme Makeover” they seemed to transform flaws into awes.. The world views beauty as an appearance, and one is only worthy of the title if you meet their criteria. I have been learning that life is likened to the Serenity Prayer.. Except the things we can not change, harness the power to change what we can, and possess the wisdom to know the difference. The most beautiful people I have known are not super models. Their inner beauty seeps through their pores, and that is all you can see.. These are the ones who make the world a better place, like Elizabeth Ann Velásquez. I believe she is the meaning of true beauty!

Thank you for reading 🙂

Links and credits:

[1] Lizzy Velasquez photo

[2] Lizzy Velasquez offical website

[3] Lizzy’s You Tube Page

 

 

2017 Charity Wrap-Up!

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                                      Look what a few hands can do!

2017 was my second year at Pennies For Dreams! It has been wonderful helping others in need.

I first thank God for His blessing and care. And I thank Anna, Sherri, and Kathy. Not only for your donations throughout the year, but also for being helpful with suggestions and prayer. I also thank those who follow, read and share!

The total donations for 2017 was $650.00. I thank you, and the family’s who received your love, thank you!

The total disbursements for 2017 was $1,020.60. Every penny was given to family’s in need.

NewThe majority of donations went to the purchase of food, clothing, books, and household supplies for the  children’s home in India. Also money was sent via Western Union to help with needs.

 

win_20151202_07_19_45_pro-2 Pastor David of Uganda. He is part of abortion outreach, and has led many woman to choose life for their unborn. He also pastors a church, and runs an orphanage. He appreciates any assistance I can send.

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Pastor Yatham of India, received several Bibles throughout the year. As well as mosquito spray, and helpful items. He is part of Rural Mobil Gospel Missions. He aims to give each new believer a Bible, and is always in need of Gospel materials to hand out.

 

 

Our Loved Sister Betty Florence Betty Florence is an amazing woman, and spends most of her time as a missionary to Sierra Leone. I will soon be posting an update of the 2017 mission. Betty is very frugal with any support she receives. I am praying others will join in the cause.

img-20160213-wa0000Andy of Uganda was hired at a garage, and saved enough to move to Dubai. I was thankful he was able to find work. On occasion I send help when there is a great need.

 

I am hoping for another great year of helping others in need. I ask that you please share my blog with others who would find an interest in humanitarian aid. I do not have a charity coordinator, or publicity. Your help to spread the word is appreciated.

I hope this news brightened your day and touched your heart as it did mine. 🙂

 

 

 

Giving joy to a child this Christmas!

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Giving joy to a child this Christmas!

You can help bring joy to a child this Christmas! Each year Praveen and his family gather with over 50 children, along with the elderly and widows. They share with those who would not otherwise have a Christmas meal, or gift.. This is a wonderful time of joy and laughter, how I wish I could be there in person. I have been blessed to read the stories and see the smiles captured by camera. The children in the home and others who attend Sunday school, sing Christmas carols. It is a day of rejoicing, and performing the skits they have practiced. They gather for Christmas dinner, that is prepared by helping hands within the church. After dinner Praveen and his family give gifts to the children, and clothing to the elderly and widows. Through the festivities, they always give thanks and praise to the One they are celebrating, who is Emmanuel, which being interpreted is, God with us. ~Matthew 1:18-25~

If you would like to be part of bringing joy to these children this Christmas, please donate. If you have no pennies to spare, please share the need anywhere you can. 🙂

It is my hope to send gifts and financial aid to the children’s home, since giving feels better than receiving!