I Met the Widow Who Gave Two Coins

Jonathan I recently made friends with a woman who is new to our church. She recently hit some rough times, and she is currently homeless.

During the offering time this past Sunday I sat down late and missed the chance to fill out my tithe check so we laid it aside to walk to the finance office later.

My friend walked down after worship holding a church offering envelope with a few coins in it. I tried to hold back my tears as I told her I too needed to bring my offering, and we agreed to walk together. We walked in silence; like we usually do- because it’s hard to strike up a conversation as a wealthy person befriending a person that doesn’t have a home. Even my worship and my tithe seem inferior to her praise amidst her struggles. Her quarters, nickels and dimes are far superior because they are gifts out of her poverty, and mine are a measly 10% of my extreme wealth.

People smiled at us as we walked slowly over the finance office, and a few felt the need to whisper to me beforehand that she was indeed homeless.

I tell you this story because Jonathan and I said last year in a post we have big news coming in the years to come. And we do. I might reveal it on my twitter, facebook, and here on the blog this week.

On the topic we do wonder: who does God mean by, “to look after orphans and widows in their distress…” ? If my friend doesn’t have a husband or any family or friends who will help her… doesn’t she qualify? And if she does? “OH LORD! Forgive us for not helping more!”

I love our church- because they help the community so much. I’m here full time- and yet I’m still finding out about more ministries every week! Just this morning we stuffed our weekly bags for children who are on free and reduced lunches at school.

“Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” James 1:27

I can’t wait to share with you what God is up to with Jonathan and I!

~Love,
Jonathan & Brittany

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Go.

Quickest thought this morning.

I wish we would stop leaving the “GO” part of “Go and make disciples of all nations…” to the missionaries. I wish we didn’t think giving money is an option instead of the above verse. Giving to missionaries is only part of it. In fact, being a missionary isn’t the only way!

You don’t have to leave to “go”… but you have to do SOMETHING.”

Therefore go, and make disciples

Giving money ≠ making disciples.

Making disciples requires no mission board,

No seminary degree,

No amount of time….

Just good old-fashioned relationships.

DIY Guitar Humidifier

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This way to humidify your guitar is more a once in a while method. If left for longer than 24 hours, it can actually gather too much moisture and bloat the body of your guitar.

I learned it from my repairs guy at N-Tune here in Midland. (His name is Joe, and he is awesome.)

Instead of a small humidifier to place between the strings inside the body, this places the entire body inside a moist bag.

To begin, you’ll need:
a contractor’s bag (or a very large kitchen trash bag), masking or electrical tape, a leather shoe string or belt, and an aluminum baking pan.

Take your guitar strings off, then place the pan in the bottom of the bag and fill the pan with water.

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Then hang your guitar somewhere close to the ground using the shoestring or belt (I picked the lower bar in our closet):

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Slide the pan of water in the bag under your guitar:

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And bring the bag up to the neck. Loosely gather the bag around the neck and tape it. My contractor’s bag was thick so it stayed up on its own. (I would recommend this so you don’t tape your guitar!)

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You want enough room for it to vent so try making about a finger’s width or more of space. You don’t want to soak your guitar.

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Leave for 24 hours and you’re good! Hope you found this as helpful as I did! (The desert can be especially brutal on guitars!) 🙂

Comment how it worked for you, or if you have any more tips or tricks!

Resolution for 2014- our Celebrations Jar

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Remember our Celebrations Jar from last year? As you can see in our blog post from last New Years Day, we started writing our littlest and biggest of life’s joys on slips of paper and folding them, and collecting them in a jar by the door in our old apartment, then in our new little brick house.

Last night we scattered our blessings from the jar like celebrations confetti all over our living room. Then, by the fire we read each one-by-one out loud together, and laughed and praised the Lord into the New Year.

No matter the year you’ve had, there is always hope. God is always good. Psalm 71:14.
Tell God what you’re thankful for this New Year!

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imageWe are going to celebrate even the littlest of things in 2014. Every time we laugh til our bellies hurt, learn something new, or have a milestone blessing happen to us, we will write it on a piece of appear and put it in the jar.

Then next New Year’s we will open and read all of them.

Happy travels in 2014! Remember: we are rich in the littlest of life’s joys. May God bless you!

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