GRACE

Finding Grace

Grace is what we all need. Love is what we all crave.

Not to be judged, but to be offered grace. With grace comes love.

Since stepping outside the box of organized religion some years ago, I have been more keenly aware of grace and love.

I didn’t always do it right back then. And I still don’t.

But, I am showered daily in my Father’s love and want nothing more than to be His child of grace.

When we get finished with performance, we are much more capable of seeing the needs of others.

We take our eyes off of us and they fall on others.

WITHOUT LOVE I AM NOTHING



The Invisible Children

My precious daughter, Becca asked Honey and I to watch this documentary.

If it doesn’t capture your heart, then I suggest you check your pulse.

I weep when I think of all the forgotten children of the world.

To watch the whole documentary, please click here.

AND THEN

Do something.

Anything.

But, do SOMETHING.

I’ll post later what some of the Somethings are that you can do.


She’s Off!

Photo from Becca’s Facebook….at the John Lennon Wall in Prague.

Becca and her team left early in the wee hours of the morning heading for Ethiopia. She is ready for this life time experience. She’ll be changed forever.

How can one not be changed when they face extreme poverty face to face?

How can one not be changed when they see children living on the streets fearing for their very lives?

How can one not be changed when they see starving children begging for a morsel of food?

How can one not be changed when they see others dying of aids and malaria?

Becca’s time in Germany was one of growth and fun. Yeah, I think (no, I know) she had a ton of fun bonding with new friends and visiting cities that she loved, like Prague. Her faith has been challenged and she has been called to put it into action.

BECAUSE, FAITH WITHOUT WORKS IS DEAD!

This is what she’s been prepared for: 2 1/2 months in Ethiopia, using her gifts in Photography to capture the images that we all try to forget. Images of the starving, the homeless, the naked and the sick. Our world is shaped by what we are surrounded with, by what we see. Becca’s world will be reshaped. Mine was from my time in India.

I’m really proud of my kids and their hearts to serve others. More than that I know that God, Abba, Daddy, Father, Papa is pleased.

I’ll be letting you know how you can be a part of this photographic project. A project that will not only bring awareness to extreme poverty in Africa but also a project that will bring aid to them from the proceeds of the book.

A Servants Heart

Our strong and abled son, Ben is 20. Honey and I have been so blessed with two wonderful kids who love God and love people. I often ask myself where it came from, but whether they are old enough to admit it yet, I know where it came from. And I’m humbled because I truly am unworthy of what God has done in each of my children and through two undeserving souls. Our daughter, Becca is in Germany training to use her gift of photography to capture extreme poverty in Africa. She has been blessing me with so many words of thanks. Thanks for living each day as if our children were a gift that we were to cherish and hold with open hands. Thanks for loving them and then letting them goooooooo.

As any parent knows the letting go is so terribly hard. And for those that I know who have had to let go forever on this earth, it is ever more so painful. As arrows in the hands of a warrior, so our children are in our hands…to be released. And when we have a personal and wonderful faith in our God, Jehovah then we can rest in peace with confidence that He has greater plans for our children than we do.

Ben is in and out a lot these days. As a friend so affectionately called him “a rolling stone”! Yes, that’s my Ben. A rolling stone. Where ever his head lands there’s where he’ll sleep. He’s been this way his entire life. Very easy to please. He told Honey and me yesterday that he was going to New Orleans again this Christmas break to work. It’s a completely gratifying job to work for free to help another and to lay your head on a hard floor for a good nights sleep. This year his health is much improved and his strength has returned. He’s turned into a man in the last year, somehow right before my very eyes. Broad shoulders to carry heavy loads. A heart that is tender to carry others. And a warriors heart to conquer injustice.

As our dear friend Larry Burkett said, “hold on to everything with open hands”.

Photos from Ben’s Facebook of last years team that went to NO

Ben on far left

ONE LIFE

I first learned about ONE in church a few years ago. It’s a campaign after my own heart, so I joined. Won’t you make your voice known and join today. It doesn’t cost a thing, but your time and efforts to make known this movement and to stomp out world poverty and aids! Join today! Please.

As many of you know, our daughter, Becca is in Herrnhut Germany training with YWAM, to go into the world using photography as a ministry tool. She may be joining ONE in Africa to photograph the slums and minister to the needs of the impoverished people there. This is the dream of her heart! Please pray for her if you will.

About the Campaign

About ONE

ONE is Americans of all beliefs and every walk of life – united as ONE – to help make poverty history. We are a campaign of over 2.4 million people and growing from all 50 states and over 100 of America’s most well-known and respected non-profit, advocacy and humanitarian organizations. As ONE, we are raising public awareness about the issues of global poverty, hunger, disease and efforts to fight such problems in the world’s poorest countries. As ONE, we are asking our leaders to do more to fight the emergency of global AIDS and extreme poverty. ONE believes that allocating more of the U.S. budget toward providing basic needs like health, education, clean water and food would transform the futures and hopes of an entire generation in the world’s poorest countries.

ONE is nonpartisan; there’s only one side in the fight against global AIDS and extreme poverty. Working on the ground in communities, colleges and churches across the United States, ONE members both educate and ask America’s leaders to increase efforts to fight global AIDS and extreme poverty, from the U.S. budget and presidential elections to specific legislation on debt cancellation, increasing effective international assistance, making trade fair, and fighting corruption. Everyone can join the fight. The goal of ending poverty may seem lofty, but it is within our reach if we take action together as one. You can start now by joining ONE and pledging your voice to the fight against extreme poverty and global AIDS.

Sunrise On The Tidal Basin

We live within arms reach of the nations capital, Washington, D.C. However, I have never been to see the cherry blossoms at the tidal basin. My brave daughter ventured there in the wee hrs of the morning dragging bike in hand on the Metro at the hour no woman should be awake! She did so to photograph sunrise on the tidal basin with the cherry blossoms in full bloom. Upon setting her camera and gear up she realized she had forgotten her SD (memory) card in the car…..opps! She cried for 2 brief minutes and came home. She planned her next venture, watching the weather carefully and planning better. Again, she ventured back to the Metro with bike in tow and rode through the streets of Washington, D.C. in the dark just so you could see what I have never seen except now threw her eyes and the lens of her camera! I hope you enjoy these photos as much as I do. My daughter is an artist. She will be leaving home for the first time this year, the day before her 24th birthday, to go not to Washington, D.C., but to fly to Germany for 7 months. She will be a part of a Fine Arts School of Photography DTS associated with YWAM (Youth With A Mission). After 3 months of training in different aspects of photography and discipleship she will then either go to Africa or India to photograph the indigenous people living there.

These photos have a copy write but prints are For Sale. She will be raising her funds for this Missions Trip through the charitable gifts of others and also through the sale of her photographs. If you are interested you may contact her at crispseptember@gmail.com or you may follow the link below to view all of her wonderful work including photographs at The Botanical Gardens, also in Washington, D.C.


Crisp September Photography