Thanksgiving 2014

Give Thanks

Crosses Over Mi Casa

High on a hill overlooking the yet to be completed Mi Casa Children’s Home in Tecate, Mexico, sit three crosses. A short hike to the crosses is rewarded with a magnificent view of the valley looking down the road toward Tijuana. There is an even bigger reward though. It is an amazing place to spend a few moments alone communing with the Lord. This picture was taken just a couple weeks ago after a mid-morning climb up the hill. Later that day the 60 plus people on this mission trip would be enjoying an early Thanksgiving feast with some of the kids for whom we were building Mi Casa. There was much to be thankful for, and beneath this cross overlooking the work God had chosen for the 60 plus people on this mission trip seemed the perfect place, this day, to give praise and thanksgiving to the Lord.

On the eve of this Thanksgiving, I look back over these pictures and give thanks for everything the Lord has given me. I think about those who have little and nothing of this world’s goods, and am thankful that they have Jesus and the joy of salvation. There is so much for me to be thankful for. I could not begin to name everything. God is good, and he is generous. Much more generous than I deserve. My response seems far too inadequate. All I can do is climb a small hill overlooking a building project in Mexico and bow humbly before the Creator to say thank you.

Take a moment this weekend. Slow down, stop even, and reflect on the amazing gifts God has given to you. Remember, none of us has anything that he has not first given to us. And while you are thinking about what you have to be thankful for, remember those who have less and consider how you can be a blessing to someone this holiday season, this season of generosity.

Here are a few suggestions.

Thanks for taking the time to read and for your contributions. They are so very much appreciated.

This holiday season, give thanks for the blessings in your life, and remember those in need.

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Universal Children’s Day

Video courtesy of Compassion International.

Today is Universal Children’s Day. A day when we band together across the globe to show that children are set apart and valued — to show our shared desire for their well-being. Take a few minutes today to celebrate children.

Here is something else I think you’ll really like. A great blog post to encourage you on Universal Children’s Day.

As a way to celebrate, please consider sponsoring a child in need. Thank you.

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Why Go on a Mission Trip?

The answer is not hard to find. Here are just a few reasons.

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Mi Casa Children’s Home

A group of more than 60 people from FBC Stockton, Grace Bible Grass Valley, Hope Church San Diego, and more went on a mission trip to Mexico to continue ongoing construction projects at Mi Casa Children’s Home. In the coming days I will be posting more about the trip, including pictures of the work that was done. For now, I just wanted to share a few of the many reasons short term mission work is so important.

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The Moon and the Stars Which You Have Set in Place

More pictures.

It is one of those things that is only seen about once a year, and this happens to be the time. There are two dead trees just off the road. I drive by them every day on my drive home. Around mid-autumn, just after the ritualistic changing of the clocks, the full moon rises at just the right time, at just the right angle, in just the right spot, to make this beautiful scene. I first noticed it last year and made an image then, but it got buried somewhere in my archives. If I can find it I’ll add it to this post later.

The incredible majesty and awesome hand of God he lets me see in creation is a constant reminder of his grace. None of us deserve this life, this day, this moment. It is all a wonderful gift from God, and when we choose to see with spiritual eyes, we are given the privilege to marvel in the works of his hands.

I can imagine David, the shepherd who would one day be king, tending his flock and looking up at the moon and stars, marveling over the wonderful works of God.

Psalm 8

1 O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!
You have set your glory above the heavens.

2 Out of the mouth of babies and infants,
you have established strength because of your foes,
to still the enemy and the avenger.

3 When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars, which you have set in place,

4 what is man that you are mindful of him,
and the son of man that you care for him?

5 Yet you have made him a little lower than the heavenly beings
and crowned him with glory and honor.

6 You have given him dominion over the works of your hands;
you have put all things under his feet,

7 all sheep and oxen,
and also the beasts of the field,

8 the birds of the heavens, and the fish of the sea,
whatever passes along the paths of the seas.

9 O Lord, our Lord,
how majestic is your name in all the earth!

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Katie Visits Her Sponsored Child and Words Fail

On Facebook, Katie Axelson introduced a post on her blog saying, “So I got to visit my sponsored child in El Salvador last week. There really are no words to describe the experience but I managed to blog about it anyway.”

I haven’t had the chance to visit my sponsored child yet. Give me time. It has been less than a year since we began sponsoring. I do want to visit someday soon, but the Compassion trip to India this spring won’t be the time. When I do visit, I’m pretty sure words will fail me like they did Katie. That’s okay. They say a picture is worth a thousand words, and since I’m a photographer there will be plenty of picturesque words.

Other than her Facebook post and reading her post, I have never met Katie. Her simple post is eloquent though, and I wanted to share it with my readers, so here it is.

She also made a video.

At the end of the video she mentions a link. Here it is. Please use this link to sponsor so she gets the credit. Not only will you get to sponsor a child, but Katie will receive credit toward additional help for her sponsored child. A classic two-fer.

Thanks for reading, watching and especially sponsoring.

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