Friday, June 3, 2011

Friday Favorites

As this week wraps up, I am thinking back through all of the Compassion Bloggers posts that have been shared so far.  It is difficult to pick my favorites, but the following stand out to me.

Mary Rose and Mama was posted by Patricia Jones of the Jonesbones blog. The startling reality that many people live months out of the year with their homes flooded by filthy water will stick with me.

(Photo courtesy of the above linked post.)

How could I ever look at my painted plywood floors and complain? 

Tsh of Simple Mom posted The Opulent Ability to Give.

“You and I, we need to budget our money so that we can be good stewards. I believe that God blesses our family’s work so that we can provide for our kid’s needs, and to occasionally, enjoy some wants.

But the mere fact that we have money to steward? The freedom to choose where our money goes? That’s a luxury. Our mere ability to give is opulence.”

So true.

The next two posts give us a reality check about the stark differences between the way we live and the homes of those living in poverty.

Meeting the Neighbors Next Door by Shaun Groves

The House Made by Compassion by Emily of Chatting at the Sky

As someone with a passion for inspiring sponsors to write to their Compassion kids, I was happy to see posts on this subject.

The Power of a Letter by Lindsay of Passionate Homemaking shares a heartbreaking fact.

“Out of 57,000 sponsored children in the Philippines, only 7,000 receive a letter from their sponsor in a month’s time.”

How Stickers Can Change The World by Emily of Chatting at the Sky includes a video of Maan which brought me to tears.  While she shared letters from her first sponsor, she said that the sponsor eventually came to a place where she could no longer sponsored.  She says that she was sponsored again but has yet to receive a letter from her current sponsor.  Oh, my heart!

Yesterday I had an all-time record of visitors to my blog and I would love to get a chance to know you! Thank you so much for stopping by! If you have a minute, please leave a comment telling me a little about you! 

I would also love to hear about some of your favorite moments from the week, Compassion-related or not!

~Michelle