Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Trying to reconcile everyday life with the overwhelming pain in the world



I'm not sure even where to start. Emotions have been in turmoil. Peace has been found. Heart has been shredded.

Plans for selling our house and moving have hit some roadblocks that we are still navigating. It took a couple of days to bring myself back to a place of trusting God that He has a plan in all of this and staying at peace. Throughout my disappointment, anger and warring emotions, I had flashes of guilt that I was so upset when I still have a roof over my head- a house that may be small by the standards that I measure by but is a palace compared to what millions are living in right at this moment. I fluctuate between guilt over what I've been feeling and the belief that my life is still important. How do I reconcile that?

In the midst of all of this I have read two posts that have shredded my heart and further put me in a state of turmoil over how to live my everyday life while there is so much wrong in this world.
My daughter is almost 4 years old. The thought of these children shatters me inside. This has long been an issue close to my heart. I long to be able to do something significant in the fight against human trafficking, most especially of children. I want to be part of preventing it, rescuing children and bringing them to restoration, to see them adopted into loving families if they no longer have one.

http://www.aholyexperience.com/2015/05/into-iraq-2-what-the-news-isnt-telling-you-why-we-cant-afford-to-pretend-its-not-happening-sozans-impossible-choice-and-our-very-possible-one/

You need to read this post. More children and families having their lives ripped apart. The scope of the evil taking place around the world can seem crushing! I can't just take off and be there for these people. I don't have the financial means to donate much. I can pray. I can give small amounts that will join with others giving small amounts to produce large results. I can raise awareness with my words and stir others to pray, donate and raise awareness. Once you have read these words, it demands a reaction. What will yours be? Linked below are just two organisations on the front lines against human trafficking and in helping the families affected by ISIS. What can you give?




Monday, 4 May 2015

Comfort



As I curl up in my cozy warm bed while a storm blows outside, I'm overwhelmed at the thought of the homeless in my city, the displaced in Nepal, the refugees around the world escaping war and disease, the incredibly poor. My mind cannot fathom why I have this comfort and they don't. There are so many people, children dying from starvation right at this moment. I'm full and my fridge is overflowing with leftovers. What is so special about me? I am reminded to be so grateful for what I consider basics.
My comfort also becomes a trap, though. How easy is it to stay in my safe bubble and choose not to think about all the pain and suffering happening right now, to grow discontent with what I have. What comfort am I willing to give up so that someone else may experience life? What about the hurting right on my door step? What comfort am I willing to forgo to share life with them, to meet a need with friendship, practical needs and sharing the truth that I know? I haven't been great at doing this. I feel all fired up and inspired for a moment then return to status quo.

My challenge to myself for today: giving up a comfort or stepping out of a comfort zone to meet someone where they are and come alongside them or use what I have to touch someone I will likely never meet. Will you accept that challenge?

This post was inspired by the Tuesday at Ten prompt word: Comfort. If you'd like to read other posts or join the link up yourself, click below.