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a situation in which a difficult choice has to be made between two or more alternatives, especially equally undesirable ones.
Before posing this question, for those of you who hate confrontation – you may want to move on to a different post.
Since living in Southern California, I have been confronted with the modern day reality of homelessness. In my home town in Australia, there is homelessness, but not in the numbers seen here in SoCal. So any time you went by someone living on the street, it was easy to buy them a meal, give them some cash or pray with them because there weren’t a gazillion other people in the same difficult circumstance sitting on the same block… In my home town, while homelessness (temporary or long-lasting) is a real problem, it seems in some way, surmountable. But here in California, tackling the issue of homelessness feels overwhelming because there are just so many people living on the street. Of course, this can be attributed to a much greater population size of the US; whichever way you look at it – nothing is going to change if a community approach is not adopted.
But without getting waist deep into a debate I am not properly equipped to have, the SoCal dilemma that I wanted to pose to you is this: if you encounter several homeless people a day, each of whom are equally loved by the Lord, and you only have a limited amount of resources at your disposal (whether it be food, money, time, clothing – ¡whatever!), how do you steward wisely while being a generous giver?
Why is it a dilemma? Because giving all you have to one person means you leave the others without, while giving a little to each means that you might not be helping them at all, while turning your back completely would be to deny the heart of Jesus, while giving to a larger charitable organization might mean that the person before you never sees any assistance from what you have given – there is literally an important plus and an important minus in every alternative option.
Now often the Lord meets me where I am at in a specific circumstance, and I feel an inclination to give a certain amount or in some cases to withhold, but I am intrigued as to how other people approach this…
What is your solution to the SoCal dilemma?
For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land Deuteronomy 15:11
From time to time my mind settles upon a re-occurring theme… I try to figure out exactly how I came to be where I am today – what decision was it that changed my course? Which relationship made me turn? Which door closed right before the open one at which I am standing?
Every time I find myself pondering this thought, the Holy Spirit refreshes my weariness with truth… “Many are the plans in a persons heart, but it is the Lords purpose that prevails.” Proverbs 19:21.
There is no sweeter cup to drink from then the one that overflows.
If God is for us, who can be against us? Romans 8:31
Can anyone relate?
Life is full on. It’s beautiful, but it’s full on! There are a list of activities that I prioritize above all else – spending time with God through prayer, meditation and reading His Word, enjoying my amazing husband and beautiful daughter, and being with family and friends.
Outside of this, without even knowing how it happens, my schedule fills up with all sorts of things! A lot of days I spend running around and at the end of it think “there just aren’t enough hours in the day!” Today is no exception and I have a list of posts I want to share with you guys but just haven’t had the time to work on them. So in order to somewhat appease my desire to blog at this very moment, I’m creating this quick post on my iPhone in the hope that someone can relate to this feeling – ALL I WANT TO DO IS BLOG!
Clap your hands, all you nations; shout to God with cries of joy Psalm 47:1
Hello Lovely Ladies!
I am very excited to take a look at the Cali-based not-for-profit 3Strands with you in this post – this is some awesome jewellery with an even more awesome mission! I first heard about 3Strands when my beautiful sister Madeleine bought me a set of bracelets from them as a gift. Her heart was moved to purchase several items from the shop and I was fortunate enough to reap the benefits. When she explained to me what each bracelet meant and that purchasing products from 3Strands helps to free people from human trafficking I quickly realised why she was so amped over a string of beads!
Talk about guilt-free shopping – all of 3Strands’ products are made by the women who come out of human trafficking. Each piece has a signature red seed or bead that represents the life a Cambodian child rescued from sex trafficking, ready to grow because of the intervention of those who can help. The mission of 3Strands, which they have clearly accepted, is to mobilize a worldwide community of individuals and organizations to positively change lives by investing in sustainable initiatives that fight human trafficking. Profits raised from all 3Strands sales are put towards the Agape Training Centre which offers a place for women aged 16+ to work and develop skills after they are rescued from human trafficking. What an incredible cause to get behind!
The jewellery itself is beautifully made, with intricate detailing and very strong materials. Each piece is meticulously handmade by women artisans who pay close attention to the design, color and overall quality of each bracelet. Most of the pieces are made with colourful glass beads although silver metal beads have been introduced as well. These are the sort of pieces that people will ask questions about, giving you the wonderful opportunity to share the fight against human trafficking!
* Mummy Tip: these bracelets are well made and strong, I let my daughter wear mine without worrying about them getting broken. They are a great way for introducing our young ones to standing up for what is right in this life and getting behind causes that really matter.
The set my sister bought me cost $30 and included three individual bracelets (pictured left). There are so many different patterns and colours available that you are bound to find something you love! Plus, these are puuuurfect for stacking! Mix and match colours and patterns and add a touch of cool (and freedom) to every outfit!
If you would like to get involved with what 3Strands is doing, or to purchase their jewellery, check out their website and do your part to care, wear & share!
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Defend the weak and the fatherless; uphold the cause of the poor and the oppressed (Psalm 82:3)