Why You Should Sponsor A Child

By the time your done reading this blog, at least 150 children around the world will have died due to poverty.

(According to UNICEF, 22,000 children die each day because they lack the means to afford proper care).

Their deaths are preventable.

Organizations like the one I work for (Expect Hope) make it their mission to rescue children from poverty and provide them with food, clothing, shelter, access to healthcare, and most importantly, love.

But WHY does your sponsorship matter?

Well, for one, not every country is the United States. Many countries do not have the means to help orphaned children, so many of them end up on the streets, naked and begging for food.

Many of those same children are targeted by terrorist groups like ISIS or Abu Sayyaf who promise them the same things Expect Hope does, but asks them to pay a hefty price; psychological abuse and, at times, sacrificing themselves for the terrorist groups cause.

There is no Child Protective Services to call in many third world countries. There is no Medicaid, no Free or Reduced Lunch, and sometimes, there isn’t even an option for free “public school”.

There are children right at this moment, walking along the streets naked and barefoot, with tummies rumbling, lacking ONE thing above all else; HOPE.

You could bring HOPE to a child today. You can change a life forever.

Some may say “well, $35 a month is a big ask”, but is it really?

My HULU subscription costs more than that.

Taking my family of four to Chipotle just once a month costs more than that.

Buying three new shirts at Ross costs more than that.

The truth is $35 equals to about $1.17 a day. We spend more than that on Starbucks, McDonalds, or whatever brand’s coffee you enjoy.

Think about that. Skipping Starbucks for 8-9 days a month will literally rescue an orphan from property and give them HOPE.

You can literally be someone’s hero for just $35 a month.

If you’re interested in sponsoring a child, visit Expect Hope today and sign up to sponsor. Still have questions? Comment below and I’ll do my best to get them.

Somethings you just don’t have to pray for.

Jesus said when you care for the least of these, you cared for Him.

Will you?

What To Expect When You’re Expecting

When I was pregnant with my first daughter, Julie, I expected a lot to be different. I understood that a baby meant a lot of changes. I knew we (my husband and I) would have a lot less space in the house as her swings, playmate, crib, etc moved in, that we would have this tiny new human that relies solely on us for everything, and that I was responsible for teaching her about Jesus and what it meant to be a child of God.

I knew everything was about to change, but to be honest, one truth didn’t quite hit me until my second daughter, Janeen, was about half a year old. No one really told me this one thing; When you become a mother, there are things you will have to give up in order to raise your kids the way God intends.

It sounds like common sense, but hear me out.

For my entire life, even pre-Jesus, I was a writer. I was even voted “Most Likely to Become an Author” in high school. Everyone knew me as a writer. It was my identity. I also love speaking and teaching. After I became a Christian, I made numerous blogs about Christian Living. I had time to serve at church in multiple ministries, be part of small groups that hung out until 1AM, and even had time to go out with friends and spread the Gospel to Miami.

Fast forward to my family living in Phoenix with one more daughter added to the mix nd things are so different. We have a great church that we love, but I don’t have the time I used to. I can’t serve in multiple ministries. Who will watch my kids while I do so? I can’t hang out at a small group until 1 AM. My kids get cranky after 9PM or so. I can’t just go out late at night and evangelize in downtown Phoenix. The kids can’t tag along (they get cranky at 9PM, remember?) and my husband is busy enough (having a full-time job and doing music).

When I decided to rebrand my blog as “The Glass House Gospel”, I told myself that I would get more serious about my blog, which meant posting every other day and promoting on social media. I had even started making graphics on Instagram and posting them every morning to promote my blog.

But I had to stop myself. Sure, I was being successful at blogging…but what was paying the cost of all my attention going towards my blog?

It was my kids.

God really had to do a work in my heart. I adore my kids, but it was hard letting go of working on my dream to “be a famous writer” in exchange for focusing on teaching my kids while they are little. There will be a time when they are in school when I can focus more attention on things like writing a book or making blog posts. But for today, in this season, the time is simply not there. And even though I believe the ability to write came from God to glorify Him, this isn’t the season for me to really focus on that. The truth is, in this season where my kids are little and my husband is really busy, there just isn’t time to do everything. Something will have to give.

No one really sat me down and explained this to me.

Mothers (and soon-to-be mothers), can we just be honest? Motherhood is hard. It really challenges you. As your kid grows and enters different stages of development, the challenges also get harder. There may be things you truly enjoy that may have to take a backseat for a while. Just keep in mind that it is just a season. Our little ones are only so little for so long. Enjoy them while you can, praise God for them, and raise them to know and love Christ as best as you can, praying for His grace and mercy along the way. The time may come when you can pick up that ministry that you love doing again, but for today, your most important disciples are pulling on your leg and asking for another cookie.

 

Through The Glass: ABORTION

(Every so often, The Glass House Gospel will publish posts prefaced with “Through The Glass”. These posts are intended to take hot button issues, break them down so that we may understand where the opposing sides are coming from, then offer a biblical, gospel-centered approach and, if possible, a compromise to please both sides [when neither side is going directly against the Word of God]).

THE ISSUE: Abortion.

SIDE NO. 1: Pro-Life: To be pro-life, according to Merriam-Webster, is to be “opposed to abortion”. A pro-lifer believes that life starts at conception. If they adhere to a religion, they usually also believe that the god of their religion (or, for us Christians, God Himself) has put life into the womb. Because of that, it would be a violation of both the will of God and the Word of God to end a life prematurely. When it comes to the law, a pro-lifer usually favors a ban on abortion and a de-funding of planned parenthood. By extension, some also favor “abstinence only” teaching in schools, along with limiting access to contraception (as some Christians believe it violates the will of God to use any form of contraception). In general, pro-lifers say that “giving the baby up for adoption” or “keeping the baby” are good alternatives.

SIDE NO.2: Pro-Choice: To be pro-choice, according to Merriam-Webster, is to “favor the legalization of abortion”. While it can vary from person to person, generally speaking, a pro-lifer believes that during the first trimester (and some of the second), a fetus is just a “clump of cells” which belongs to the mother. Because of this, it is a women’s right to choose an abortion, if she feels that is the right option for her. Some would stray to the right, saying it must be done before a heartbeat can be detected, while others would stray more to the left and say that an abortion can be performed “any times before the baby is born”. For the most part, pro-choicers agree that an abortion should be performed at a time before the baby is viable outside of the womb. They believe that Planned Parenthood is vital to society and fight to keep them active and alive. They also tend to believe that the best sexual education is comprehensive, complete with teaching students how to use contraception and have safe intercourse.

IS A BIBLICAL COMPROMISE POSSIBLE?: Yes and no. When it comes to abortion, there is little to no room to argue for it. Simply put, we now know that the heart beat begins sometime around the 5th week of pregnancy. Coming from experience of having two pregnancies, that’s usually around the time women suspect they are pregnant. So, when women find out, their baby’s heartbeat has already begun. By six weeks, facial features have already begun to form. It is hard to argue that this “clump of cells” is not a person, which would mean that abortion would be murder (no matter how you spin it).

However, I do believe a compromise can be reached elsewhere, one that would actually lower the number of abortions performed.

THE GLASS HOUSE GOSPEL: So, while I would agree that abortion is a sin and there is little wiggle room there, I would argue that many Christians aren’t “pro-life”; they’re just “anti-abortion”.

What I mean is this: many Christians are quick to stand outside a Planned Parenthood with signs, but they fight against things that would actually help a mother raise a child. Things life raising the minimum wage (which helps both mother and father earn more to support a family), better quality daycare and guaranteed access to it (which would allow lower-income families to continue working to provide for their family with peace of mind that their children are well taken care of), guaranteed access to contraception (which would prevent unwanted pregnancies), and more. But Christians (who tend to also be Republican) vote down these measures. How can you expect a woman to feel confident in raising a child if she can barely afford to eat?

“Well, adoption is always an option”. The problem with that line of thinking is our small view on the matter. If abortion were illegal, one or two more babies in the “system” wouldn’t be a big deal, but the truth is, MANY children would enter an already flooded system. Christians are quick to denounce abortions, but aren’t as quick to adopt the children that come from making abortion illegal.

Simply put, Christians should support measures to ban abortion (because it is murder and the person whose life is being ended has no say in the matter), however, this support should be in conjunction with supporting measures to guarantee access to contraception, raise minimum wage, create quality daycare (that is guaranteed), create free public colleges (also guaranteed), create quality schooling accessible to all income levels (guaranteed), etc. The issue isn’t the access. The issue is making sure women who feel like they can’t raise a child don’t have another reason to abort.

Don’t just be anti-abortion. Be pro-life.

Grace & Peace.