An Easy Way to Win $100 to Ruth’s Chris

Interested in Winning a $100 Ruth’s Chris Gift Card?

I’ve got a win-win proposition for you!

I’ve been to Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse one time my whole life, and the steak I ordered was nothing short of amazing! And I’ve had my fair share of steaks. 😉 So we’ve purchased a $100 gift card to Ruth’s Chris to give away for a great cause!

But here’s the deal- there are a couple of quick requirements:

  • You have to like really good food.
  • You have to be willing to give $10 to a really good cause.

My husband is going to Peru to follow a James 1:27 calling: “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”                                                                                Peru kids prayingHe will be serving once-abandoned special needs children and helping lead financial classes, and we’re raising $2,300 to send him.  To donate $10 or more and be entered to win the gift card, click here. You’ll earn one raffle ticket per $10 donated.

Here’s more about what you’ll be donating towards:

Forgotten Children. There are thousands in Peru- those that were discarded in the jungles at birth because of deformities or other obvious special needs. They were tossed out, left to die alone. This wasn’t their fate, though, thanks to many local missionaries that rescued them. They’ve taken them in and cared for them, doing everything possible to ensure their survival and well-being. They’ve even started a school for them in Pucallpa, Peru where my husband will be serving. Silas and his team will have the opportunity to be the hands and feet of Christ to these once-discarded children, helping meet their basic needs and show them that they are valuable and important.

Financial Classes.  The adults in Peru are in trouble financially. Their government, in hopes of boosting the economy, has begun to dole out high interest credit cards to everyone! The problem is that the people haven’t been taught the basics of debt and inflated interest rates, and no one is governing their consumption.

The credit card fiasco is awful, but there’s also a general lack of knowledge regarding finances, even among western missionaries and local pastors. Financial planners in Peru are close to non-existent, so basic financial planning for the future has been left largely undone. Silas and his team will be leading classes to help the church leaders and Peruvian people make more informed financial decisions.

With our help, many Peruvian church leaders and local Peruvians can be saved from future financial crisis. Together we can help local missionaries carry the responsibility of caring for many special needs children.

Silas needs to raise $2,300. The cost will be covered if:

230 people give $10,

or 115 people give $20,

or 46 people give $50,

or 23 people give $100,

AND you may just win a $100 gift card as an added bonus!

Donation takes 5 minutes or less. We would be so grateful for any investment you feel good about making! Click here to donate and be entered to win a $100 gift card. One raffle ticket per $10 donated.

Thank you in advance for supporting Silas and the people of Peru!




Good Friday Reflections


Salvation is to me a flower in bloom, each passing day a new revelation of the beauty within. Pondering the many undeserved gifts God has bestowed through it moves me to tears. For the first 20 years of my life, though, I didn’t understand the emotion that came with Holy Week. I knew that Christ died so that I didn’t have to, and for that I was grateful. But emotional I was not.

God has a funny way of shaping His children. Many times the most difficult seasons in life become the fertile soil in which God plants a seed that bears fruit. These times allow us a deeper understanding of all that He offers through salvation. His sacrifice gives us not only eternal life later, but abundant life now; this is often a revelation only grasped when the temporary things of this world are peeled from our white knuckles.

I certainly don’t mean to cheapen the future hope we have in Christ- we will never ever grasp this side of heaven, and probably not even then, all that God will save us from when our physical bodies pass away. And if that was the entirety of salvation, it would be a gift so wonderful and incredible that no one, not even the best among us, deserves it. But the truth is, God went even beyond this.

As Jesus gave up his spirit on the cross, He purchased for us unhindered access to the Father. The temple curtain- the huge dividing wall that had been erected between God and His people- was torn completely in two. No longer is there a barrier. No longer must we earn our way into His presence.

“For through Him (Christ) we both have access to the Father by one Spirit” (Eph. 2:18).

Not only do we have access, but by some unfathomable downpour of His grace, we that believe have become his sons and daughters! An exceedingly good, all-powerful, and sovereign Father is working proactively on our behalf to bless us today and forever. And this is the part that I’ll never recover from.

His faithfulness stands when others betray us. His comfort goes on when no one understands our pain. His wisdom gives us direction when we would otherwise self-destruct. His gift of freedom releases us from chains of addiction that bind us, and His precious Word frees our minds and souls from the anxiety and despair that threaten to swallow us whole. His salvation has the power to restore our marriage, our children, our bodies, our souls. We have abundantly received His undeserved favor, provision, protection, and peace. Though He needs nothing from us, still He grants us His anointing and the joy of experiencing Him. His great love endures forever, and nothing will ever separate us from it.

In Christ and by His sacrifice on the cross, all of these promises and more are a roaring, “Yes!” The prophet Isaiah sums it up beautifully:

“The punishment that brought us peace [well-being, joy, prosperity, favor, health] was upon him (Christ), and by his wounds we are healed [cured, repaired, mended]” (Isaiah 53:5).

Happy Easter!

What Toddlers, Mules, and Grown-Ups Have in Common

Most dinner conversations at our house revolve around negotiations. Mainly with our oldest. He’s a picky eater, and by picky, I mean he only has about 5 foods that he will eat without complaint, bribery, and/or threats.  My mom loves to remind me that he is almost exactly like I was at his age. I don’t see how I could’ve possibly been this bad, but I digress.

A few nights ago, our conversation at the table went something like this:

Isaac: If I finish my pizza, can I have a Hershey’s Kiss? (who has to talk their kid into finishing pizza??)

Me: Finish your pizza.

Isaac: But if I finish my pizza, can I have a Hershey’s Kiss?

Me: Isaac, finish your pizza.

And then it dawned on me. Our five-pound Maltese is the same way! And so is the camel my kids ride around on in circles at the zoo. Neither one will do a thing you tell them to do without being bribed with a treat or threatened with a whip.

Ever heard the expression, “stubborn as a mule”? Psalms 32:9-10 says, “Be not like a horse or a mule, without understanding, which must be curbed with bit and bridle, or it will not stay near you. Many are the sorrows (pain, grief) of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.”

When you read this entire psalm, you see that promises of forgiveness, protection, deliverance, direction, and steadfast love are given to those who humbly confess their wrongdoing and turn back to doing things God’s way. But look at the result of disobedience in the verses above: sorrow. Pain, grief, and sorrow will come to those who stubbornly continue to dig their heels in and refuse to do what God has told them to do (v. 10).

I’ve seen this plenty of times in my own life. I’ve justified my way out of apologizing to someone because they acted worse. I’ve made idols out of things and people instead of looking to God for my provision and security. I’ve reasoned myself out of obeying certain parts of scripture because I thought it was outdated or didn’t apply to me. I’ve chosen the fun and excitement of the moment over what I knew was right. And in every situation, the word of God proved true; sorrow and pain was the result of disobedience.

What is God telling you to do? What does the Holy Spirit continue to bring to your mind over and over again? Do yourself a huge favor and obey Him. You’ll save yourself a lot of pain if you lean not on your own understanding and, instead, trust His.

He will not fail you.