Last year, my family moved to England. Since we’ve moved, we’ve had a lot more time to spend as a family. It could be because we don’t know anyone, or it could be that our new culture emphasizes more family time, but whatever the reason, we have had a crash-course in quality time.
Loneliness isn’t the same as being alone. You can be in a crowded room and still feel lonely. Loneliness is a feeling that people don’t like to talk about, but it can happen to anyone. Being lonely doesn’t make someone a social misfit, it simply means someone lacks support from family and friends. Loneliness can happen anytime there’s a change in our lifestyle, location, or household.
Life.Church has a huge passion for kids. But I had no idea how far that passion extends until I one afternoon this past February on a trip to La Paz, Bolivia when I met Herminia. I have to tell you her story.
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Recently, I heard Pastor Craig talk about how our prayers are often what we want God to do for us, but then Craig asked a perspective-shifting question: how often do we ask God what we could do for Him? I remember praying during my LifeGroup, and honestly, my prayers were pretty small. I was asking for a good week, the opportunity to meet new people, health for my family. It was all standard stuff, but then I started thinking, What if I changed my prayers to big, open-ended prayers?
If you believe God’s called you to something but you don’t have the finances for it, He can help you get really creative. In 2005 we were debt free and beginning to dive into the amazing discovery that having extra money each month meant we could be radically generous. My husband and I both felt led to give a specific amount of money to a cause we care about. We committed on paper to do it and were ecstatic to be so close to making what was our family's largest donation to date.
At Life.Church we believe the local church is God's Plan A for helping orphans. Psalm 68:6 says, "God places the lonely in families." That's why we're passionate about placing those children, without homes, into loving families.
We are Clayton & Kim Meyer from Edmond, Oklahoma and our family is 2 ½ years into a journey of adoption. God has given us a passion and purpose to offer love and hope to the lost and forgotten of the world. Very early in our dating relationship, we shared a passion for orphans and we both wanted to adopt a child from an under-resourced country someday.
Have you ever faced a situation and made “if only” statements? You know, those things in life that make you think, “Man, if only that hadn’t happened…”?
Did you know some religious people once asked Jesus how to get into heaven? When Jesus told them to love the Lord with everything and love their neighbor as themselves, they naturally wanted to know who these neighbors were. Wouldn’t you? Well, no surprise here, Jesus answered them with a story. This particular story was about a good Samaritan—someone the religious elite would have seen as neither good nor their geographical, spiritual, or relational neighbor. But Jesus wasn’t just widening their perspective of who their neighbor was. His story taught these teachers How To Neighbor.