Vertical Youth!

•March 18, 2011 • Leave a Comment

Vertical Youth is the place to be on Thursday nights! It’s rockin’, it’s hoppin’, and it’s alive with young people who are making a difference in their world! Check out these teenagers leading worship!

I was just thinking about how much my son has been touched by being apart of such an awesome ministry.  I am also reminded of the incredible impact the leaders have had on him as well. Vertical has some of the best leaders I know! If your teens are a part, you already know what I mean! If your teens are not, then they need to find out!

Here are a few pics from our latest Vertical night! The place came unglued! The VIP lounge they made for first time guests was ingenious, too! The teens loved every second of it!

I could go on and on, hopefully you get the point! Get your teens to Vertical every Thursday at 7!

The other side of the room was packed out too! Teens all up in the corners and down the sides! Love it!

Here is Pastor Cliff praying over the teens as the night kicks off! If you have any questions about Vertical contact capugh@freedomhousechurch.org for more info!

Overlooked By God!

•March 10, 2011 • 5 Comments

I had something happen the other day. At first you might think it was a little silly, but then you might find yourself not far off from this thought either.

I was leaving Harris Teeter and to my delight there were rows of bubble gum machines lining the exit. For those of you who know me, you know that I have a bubble gum fetish. Yes it’s weird but I do. I love bubble gum and especially the kinds you find in the bubble gum machines with the crunchy outer-shell.

This was pure utopia! It was as if the clouds parted and the violins played in the background when I saw those machines. The best part was that my favorite flavor, orange, had its very own machine. There was one whole machine just for me and it was filled with orange gumballs. How glorious this was! Anticipation was building! Where is my wallet with my quarters?

I quickly pulled out my wallet. I was like a little girl in, well, a candy shop. I inserted the first quarter into the machine with the orange gumballs. Here she comes! I heard it drop!

I opened up the flap and there sat a white gumball. What a fluke! Was it an albino gumball? I dug for another quarter and heard it hit the metal. Time to lift the flap for my delicious gumball!  It was green!

By this time I was getting a little angry. How in the world could these colors come out of a machine with all orange gumballs in it? I said quietly to myself, “Figures this would happen to me!”

Third time is a charm, right? Nope. Pink. Why is this happening? Who is playing a cruel joke on me? Yep, I was just mad enough to try again and again. I got another white one and a yellow one, all from the orange gumball machine. It made no sense.

After WASTING $1.25 I was pretty hot and felt like I had gotten ripped off. As a matter of fact I felt my heart quietly whisper, “This is always what happens to me. I always feel like I get the short end of the stick.” It was ever so soft, but I heard my thoughts express it. I felt slighted and without knowing it I was inadvertently blaming God. It really wasn’t about gumballs but a little seed I let sit in my heart. It was a seed of “God somehow was forgetting about me”. I felt like I had a right to pitch a tent and camp there in my mind. After all, who gets 5 gumballs that aren’t orange from a machine that only seemed to have orange gumballs in it?

Just then I noticed a machine that required 2 quarters to get one big gumball. I remember being a little bit sarcastic in my thinking and in my self talk said, “Well, even though there is not an orange one in sight in this machine, at least it’s a big one and I have already wasted $1.25, why not make it $1.75 while I am on this amazing roll?”

I pulled out those 2 quarters and heard the familiar clink. I opened it up to see my gumball. What happened surprised me greatly. Not only was there one huge ORANGE gumball, but the machine accidentally gave me two ORANGE ones! Yep, they both happened to be orange and I got 2 of them when I should have gotten only one! What?

I felt God say, “Even when it comes to gumballs, don’t ever think you are overlooked! I always got you even when you don’t feel like I do! You are never forgotten!”

Now I know that the whole gum thing may not resonate with you but surely the thought that somehow God has overlooked your situation has weighed heavy on your heart. If he cares about silly, orange gumballs, surely he cares about the weighty matters that are on our hearts. He surely cares about that bill you need paid. He surely cares about the relationship you lost. He surely cares about addiction that seems to hang over you. He surely cares about the dreams that have yet to be lived out in your life. He surely cares about the loneliness you feel. He surely cares about the pain you have experienced in life. God has not forgotten you even if it feels like he has.

Let’s not let a situation that does not turn out the way WE think it should dictate God’s motives to us. His motive is always love. There is always a giant bubble gum machine waiting with more than enough of what we need. He is just that kind of a God. Let’s never, even subconsciously, reduce his love to a situation again. God is love!

Oh and for the record, my jaw hurts! Here is the pic!

Quick Tips For Saving Money!

•March 7, 2011 • 7 Comments

Each year our entire church unites for a cause. I mean, we all rally around the cause of Jesus every day! But once a year we rally together financially too, so we can make a significant impact in our community. We believe powerful things will happen through our Liberty Offering just like it has each and every year!

This year we’re focusing on campus expansion. We’re launching two brand new campuses, and we know that every single seat represents a life that will potentially be impacted for Jesus. We don’t take that lightly, and we know you don’t either. Reaching people for Jesus is a very big deal. It’s actually what we are all about.

We’re also taking 10% of every dime that comes in and giving it to Mercy Ministries to see a home for girls built right here in Charlotte, NC. Please check out Mercy Ministries and find out all that’s happening with them. It’s an honor to be a part of building the 40-bed home here in our very own city! (Yes, there’s a lot of building going on with FHC in Charlotte this year!) Can you imagine the impact that this Liberty Offering will have? It’s crazy!

Our Liberty Offering is March 27, 2011, and it will be a church-wide event. Even the children at Freedom House are involved and have started saving up! They understand the importance of seeing lives changed, and they wouldn’t miss this for the world. I love how my kids have already started plotting out their money-saving ideas. Can’t wait to see what your kids come up with too!

With that said, I want to share some money saving tips with you. Some people may not have very much margin in their monthly budget. If that’s you, I want to share some ways you can create more margin and fully participate in this year’s Liberty Offering! All of us can contribute, no matter what our financial picture is or how old we are.

Here are a few quick tips for saving money:

1.     Eat at home. Did you know that the food you eat at a restaurant is priced 3 times higher than food you eat at home? That can quickly add up. If yours is a family of 5 like mine, and you decide to eat at home instead of having Sunday dinner out, you can save approximately $300 per month or more (depending on where you eat).

2.     Brown bag your lunch. An average lunch out at the office can cost between $6 and 15. If you brown bag it just 3 days a week, you could save as much as $180 per month.

3.     Buy staples in bulk. Buy items you use a lot of in bulk, particularly items that don’t perish like trash bags, laundry detergent, diapers, etc. This will cut down on their cost per usage quite a bit .

4.     Look for free stuff. Lots of restaurants and entertainment venues offer things for free on certain days. Find out what days your kids eat free at restaurants, what day is free at the museum and the like. It really adds up.

5.     Look for coupons. A lot of stores accept coupons. Look through the paper and online to find big sales and buy-one-get-one-free items. Also use loyalty cards at participating stores, and take advantage of double- and triple-coupon days.

6.     Free shipping. Most every time you buy something online, there’s a way to get it shipped free. A friend showed me how to find free shipping codes online. It’s simple! For example, if you want to order from Pottery Barn, just Google “free shipping Pottery Barn” and the free shipping codes pop up. Give it a try.

7.     Rent movies. My family loves family night. If we don’t plan well, it can be expensive to have 5 people go for a night on the town. There are fun ways to have family night be spectacular without breaking the bank: Rent a movie and make your own popcorn;  make s’mores over a fire in your backyard; make homemade pizzas together; play games or puzzles together. The list goes on. **Make sure you take the movies back on time!**

8.     Drink water. Drinks at a restaurant can cost as much as $2.50 per person. Switch from sodas, tea and coffee and save a lot. For a family of 5, that can be a big savings! If you happen to be addicted to Starbucks (like my husband) that’s another great way to save money: Make your own coffee.

9.     Break habits. Some habits can be very expensive; what better time to quit? Things like smoking or drinking wine and beer can be very expensive. There are better and cheaper ways to de-stress.

10. Use the library. Many of us buy lots of books. A great way to save money is simply to check them out from the library and then you have no fees at all. They also carry movies for your family to watch as well, free!

11. Slash the incidentals. Read carefully through your credit card statements. Be on the lookout for ongoing monthly fees and charges that you may have completely forgotten about. Cancel club memberships you don’t use and any magazine subscriptions you may not be reading.

12. Cancel the land line. Most people I know don’t even use their home phone! They haven’t cancelled it because… well, they’ve just always had it. You could save more than $30 per month by using your cell phone instead.

Coming Sunday, March 6, 2011!

•March 1, 2011 • 1 Comment

I am so completely excited to tell you that, Nancy Alcorn, from Mercy Ministries, will be with us at Freedom House Church this Sunday! Yes indeed I am very excited about this! She will be speaking all three services, 9, 10:30, and 12. Don’t miss out! Here is a link to Mercy Ministries for those of you who may not know what it is. And for the record, they are building a Mercy home right here in Charlotte, NC!

A little about Nancy.

It was during and after college that Nancy Alcorn, a native Tennessean, spent eight years working for the state of Tennessee at a correctional facility for juvenile delinquent girls and investigating child abuse cases. Working for the state on a daily basis gave her direct encounters with the secular programs that were not producing permanent results that exemplified changed lives. Nancy saw many of the girls pass the age of eighteen and end up in the women’s prison system because they never got the real help they needed. After working for the state and recognizing that true transformation would never come as the result of any government system, she was appointed Director of Women for Nashville Teen Challenge where she worked for two years. Through her experience, she began to realize that only Jesus could bring restoration into the lives of the girls who were desperately hurting and searching for something to fill the void they felt in their hearts. Nancy knew God was unfolding a plan prompting her to step out in faith to help hurting young women.

In January 1983, determined to establish a program in which lives would truly be transformed, Nancy moved to Monroe, Louisiana to start Mercy Ministries of America. As she began to lay the groundwork for the establishment of the ministry, she knew that there were three principles to which she must always remain faithful: (1) do not take any state or federal funding that may limit the freedom to teach Christian principles, (2) accept girls free of charge, and (3) always give at least ten percent of all Mercy Ministries’ donations to other organizations and ministries.

Several years and many changed lives later, Mercy Ministries has established locations in Monroe, Louisiana, Nashville, Tennessee, St. Louis, Missouri, and Sacramento, California. The organization has grown beyond the borders of the United States, including affiliates in the United Kingdom, New Zealand, and Canada. In addition, plans are underway for more sites in America as well as internationally.

According to Nancy, “It is our belief that if we provide places at no charge where girls can come and receive new life through Jesus Christ, as well as professional training in other areas, their lives will never be the same!”

A little about Mercy Ministires.

Since 1983, Mercy Ministries of America has provided hope and healing to generations of desperate young women who are seeking freedom from life-controlling issues such as:

Physical & Sexual Abuse Including Sex Trafficking

Eating Disorders .

Self-Harm

Drug & Alcohol Addictions

Depression .

Unplanned Pregnancy

Our free-of-charge biblically-based program serves a diverse population of young women from various socio-economic backgrounds, aged 13-28. Many of the girls, who come to Mercy for help, are facing a combination of debilitating circumstances and have been in various treatment facilities with unsuccessful long-term results. We are committed to providing the young women we serve with the most excellent program services that allow them to recognize their self-worth and prepare them to reach their full potential. Our non-conventional approach to healing allows young women to permanently stop destructive cycles and prepares them to take hope out into their communities.

Buffalo Chicken Dip

•February 10, 2011 • 1 Comment

I have heard so many things about this recipe that I wanted to share it with you. It comes from one of my staff, Megan Pugh. It’s a secret Pugh family recipe. Well, used to be! 🙂

Shredded Chicken (I usually do 3 chicken breast)
2 (8oz) cream cheese – use name brand not store bought it has a different texture if you use store brand – also soften it in the microwave
1 cup Ranch dressing
3/4 cup of Frank’s Red Hot Buffalo sauce (you can add more if you want more of a kick)
2 cups of shredded cheese – I mix some in with everything else

1. Beat cream cheese, ranch, and Frank’s Red Hot together
2. Fold in Chicken and some of shredded cheese.
3. Spray a glass 9x 13 pan with pam or whatever you use
4. Spread mixture in the pan
5. Bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes
6. Take out of oven and sprinkle remaining cheese on top and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
7. Serve with Fritos Scoops or Tostitos

Lessons in Church Building

•February 9, 2011 • 3 Comments

Today our staff was honored to have Pastor Steve Kelly, from the Wave Church in Virginia Beach, Va. with us. He shared from his heart about the changes that we would undergo as a church this year as we build our first building and as we expand our campuses. He also shared with us some dangerous mindsets we need to let go of to embrace the next level and things he encountered as he moved into his new church building.

I thought it would be helpful for all of you who have planted churches, serve on teams, are in positions of leadership and the like to hear some bullet points from his time with us today concerning the local church. It was powerful. Here they are:

-You will face greater resistance with new ground. Be ok with that. It’s part of the growing process.

-Strengthen the troops. Don’t think just because you won’t be setting up and breaking down that the fight is over. It’s just begun and lives are at stake. You will have new areas that need attention.

-Anything that can be shaken will be shaken.

-Change is normal. Embrace it.

-Submission to leadership is not proven in agreement. It’s your job to submit to the leader’s vision. Not the other way around.

-Your destiny is connected to your leader. Don’t walk out because it’s hard or difficult. You will sabotage your future.

-If you’re on a team in your church and you are the youth pastor. You do not work for the youth. You work the senior pastor and serve the youth. Same with any position. You work for the senior leader and serve the church. Your loyalty lies there.

-The problem is seldom what usually presents itself. If you dig deeper, the root issue is usually not what is first exposed.

-In Numbers 12, God spoke to Aaron and Miriam and said, “When were you not afraid to speak against My Servant Moses?” Don’t speak against your leader. Read the rest of the chapter to see what happens when you do that.

-We should have a God-ordained attachment to our church, our leaders, the vision of the House.

-Sick fish are still better off in the water. You take a sick fish out of the tank, he dies. If you are sick, stay in church, stay in the water. Just get the help you need.

-If you don’t grow with us, you don’t stay with us. God is all about growing us. Will you be a leader who will grow with the growth?

-Be a leader worth being loyal to.

-A healthy body rejects splinters and pushes them out. Let it be ok that splinters will be pushed out, it’s a natural process. Also be careful of splinters that are so deep  you don’t want to remove them because it’s painful. (It’s harder to remove one that is deep.) The deep one will eventually get infected and will hurt the whole body if not removed .

-Don’t hire people for today hire people for the future or your church will outgrow their capacity.

-Growth is not punishment it’s a reward. Don’t complain about all the kids in kids church. It’s a blessing if your attitude and heart are right.

-Find areas where there are Contradictions to Culture. It will only heighten in the new building if not addressed. For example, if you double your seating capacity, make sure your leaders can handle the growth. An usher that can handle a 500 seat sanctuary might not be able to handle a 1000 seat sanctuary. You must address that because if you have a culture of excellence, it won’t come across as that if you don’t sure up some things.

-Your words, your gestures, and your spirit show your heart. Make sure they line up with the House you serve in.

-Have a culture of honor and God will bless you.

When To Leave “Revised”

•February 4, 2011 • 4 Comments

I revised this blog a little bit so the original purpose can be stated CLEARLY! It is my intention to help people find where they need to be planted and stay there. It is NOT scriptural to hop around OR encourage people to hop around for reasons that are not biblical. If you are in an abusive church situation, please see my comment at the end of the blog.

Over the years, after seeing it for myself, and talking to people about why they left their church, the biggest reason above all was because they got offended. Now, I have to tell you that God will NEVER tell you to leave a church when you are offended. Offense is deadly and poisonous and the sad thing is that when people leave a church offended, their family pays a HUGE price for that. If you are offended, read The Bait of Satan, by John Bevere.  It will clearly help to show you your heart. We ask every new family that joins our church to read that book because it is not IF you get offended, it’s WHEN. You can also ask your friends, who are mature Christians, and they can help you out too and let you know if they have seen offense in your heart. It’s quite hard to hide.

If you start to withdrawal from people, get easily agitated, quit serving, quit tithing, have harsh words to speak, pick things apart, critique, complain, and feel entitled, you my friend, are offended. Don’t say it’s God telling you to move on. Nothing about any of that is godly at all. If you don’t stop and consider what you are doing, you are jeopardizing your family’s future.

The only reason to EVER leave a church is because God clearly spoke that to you, not because your feelings got hurt. You don’t pick churches like you pick out a new pair of shoes. God plants you, so he moves you on. God and God alone.

So here are a few packages that offense often comes wrapped in. Let me tell you what they are.

1. Unmet Expectations-You have an expectation that goes unmet and you get angry that it was not fulfilled. Usually that expectation remains unspoken, at that. Maybe you thought you were going to be the worship leader but you tried out and didn’t make the worship team. You are now offended. There are other areas you can serve God in your church, if your heart is just to be a servant.

2. You feel overlooked-As the church continues to grow, you don’t get the face time with the leadership anymore like you did when the church was small. You liked the attention and feel a sense of loss wishing things were “like they used to be.” It just doesn’t feel like it “used to”. Be glad because healthy things grow.

3. Someone hurt you-Someone hurt you intentionally or unintentionally and you are done. No one is going to hurt you again and when they do you will just leave like you have done in the past. Problem is, you will be running a long time because with relationships, come pain. It’s not optional. You have to learn to work through situations.

4. You feel exposed-When you have been at a church long enough, people know your junk. I mean they know your family situation, your marriage situation, and the list goes on. Sometimes we don’t want that accountability and it feels easier to go somewhere where they think you are perfect and you can start over. Problem is, real relationships are unveiled. If you need to come across as having it all together, you are never going to get to the root issues and have authentic relationships.

5. It’s not the way you would do it-Some people (who have never been leaders in churches I might add) feel they can do it better. They get offended because they think the music is too loud, the lighting is not the way they think it should be, the set up is not they way they would do it and they always seem to critique and complain because they are not in charge. Instead of asking a question to the right person and getting an answer, they seem to throw little jabs in small group settings to bring to the surface who else might be offended, too. You know, so they can form their own group and talk about how they would do it IF they were in charge.

6. Vision disconnect-As a church grows and matures, the vision will often times appear to be different BUT there is a difference between method and message. The message should always stay the same, however, the methods will always be changing. Many people do not like change and resist it, claiming the vision has changed. The vision should always be about reaching people but the way in which that happens should always be changing. It really is a method vs. message battle. Change will always happen. If you resist change you will find yourself continually frustrated.

I am sure there are other reasons I could have included but please know this: It is God who plants us in a House and only God who moves us. Could you imagine what would happen in your marriage if you moved around each time you got offended with your spouse? The divorce rate would be over 50%. Oh wait, it is!!! Humm, so looks like this is not just a pattern in our churches but maybe a pattern in our lives. We need to learn to plant, and stay planted so we can flourish.

One last side note. Just like committed marriages, there is nothing scriptural about continually trying out new church flavors that come down the pike, either. A husband, who has been married for 30 years, that chases down a young girl because he now wants to try out a new model, is not a committed husband. I see people do that in marriages often and I see them do that in church culture, too. Why? Because they are not content with what God has given them and where he has planted them. When you are not settled in your heart, you will always be looking for the next, the latest, the greatest to fill you. When God has given you a beautiful marriage, stay faithful to it. When God has given you a beautiful church, stay faithful to it. When peace reigns in your heart, you remain content with what and where God has planted you.

And for the record, if you are looking for the perfect church, you will never find it. Why? Because you show up every Sunday!

Let’s be emotionally mature Christians and learn to grow where we are planted-bottom line!

**Disclaimer: If you are being abused in your church, please read my blog posts on Abusive Churches by going to the category selection to the right of this post and read that section.

Boundaries!

•January 28, 2011 • 2 Comments

I am incredibly excited about Chick Chat! It’s the life group I host at the church office the 1st Wednesday of every month. An amazing group of ladies gather together to really be impacted by all we learn. This time will be no different. Read the first two chapters and come join us!

We are going to be reading a book together called Boundaries, by Dr. Henry Cloud and it promises to be life-changing for all of us. Here is a brief snippet of what you will discover.

Having clear boundaries is essential to a healthy, balanced lifestyle. A boundary is a personal property line that marks those things for which we are responsible. In other words, boundaries define who we are and who we are not. Boundaries impact all areas of our lives: Physical boundaries help us determine who may touch us and under what circumstances — Mental boundaries give us the freedom to have our own thoughts and opinions — Emotional boundaries help us to deal with our own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others — Spiritual boundaries help us to distinguish God’s will from our own and give us renewed awe for our Creator — Often, Christians focus so much on being loving and unselfish that they forget their own limits and limitations. When confronted with their lack of boundaries, they ask: – Can I set limits and still be a loving person? – What are legitimate boundaries? – What if someone is upset or hurt by my boundaries? – How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money? – Aren’t boundaries selfish? – Why do I feel guilty or afraid when I consider setting boundaries? Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend offer biblically-based answers to these and other tough questions, showing us how to set healthy boundaries with our parents, spouses, children, friends, co-workers, and even ourselves.

Join me and a host of other women at the church office (2732 Salome Church Rd, Charlotte) starting this Wednesday, February 2nd, at 10 am. If you would like to sign up or if you have questions concerning childcare or any other matter, please email my assistant, Betty Greco, at BGreco@FreedomHouseChurch.org and she will get back with you promptly.

See you there!

***The book is very popular and has been reprinted many times, so you may have a different cover, its ok.

Love Hurts

•January 21, 2011 • 6 Comments

I am asked often what is the most painful thing that I experience in ministry. Well, that might change depending on the day! 🙂 If you asked me that today I would tell you that it is people who don’t understand how correction from the Lord means that he loves them.

If you read through the bible, shoot or if you even glance at the book of Proverbs, it shows you how loving and compassionate it is to get corrected. What? Do you mean that being told you are doing something wrong is loving? Why yes, it is. Love often hurts.

If you are a parent, you know that in order for your kids to grow up and develop the way they should, they have to be coached and corrected, OFTEN! We get that as parents and we spend our lives helping to coach and direct our kids. At times we even understand when they are being corrected they feel pain, a lot of pain. After all you have to spank them at times, take things away from them at times, isolate them at times, and well the list goes on. I think you get the point.

So how come we often don’t get that God does the same thing to us because he LOVES us? We get that for our kids but not for our own lives. Is that a good example? We tell our kids that correction is necessary but then don’t know how to receive it ourselves. Feels like a double-standard to me.

Often times I watch people’s demeanor when they are being corrected and here is what I see in response. I will make a list for you.

1. Anger (how dare you correct me)

2. Fear (do you still love me)

3. Rejection

4. Shame

5. Resentment

6. Rebellion

7. Devalued

8. Defensive

9. Withdrawn

10. Embarrassed

11. Complacent

Do you know what this tells me? This tells me that somewhere in our lives growing up, and it probably started in our own homes, we didn’t get that correction=love. If we had been taught that correction=love from a young age then it would not be so difficult to receive it as an adult.

I want my kids to know that correction from God not only comes from him directly but it often comes from people he has placed in a position of authority over them. I want my kids to know that the leaders in their lives are there to make them better, they are there to sharpen them and protect them. Correction is inevitable and correction is necessary for their growth. Without it, they stay immature children. I realize that it hurts them when they get corrected but the pain of disobedience is way worse than any pain they might feel from being corrected. It is temporary, but the pain form disobedience can affect a lifetime.

So what can we all do? We can ask the Lord to show us what our response is to correction and ask him if it’s the correct response. Do we respond with gratitude, thankfulness and appreciation? Are we ready for the growth opportunity that now faces us or do we melt into the seat wanting to disappear? Do we realize that God truly does love us as is but loves us enough to not leave us as is? When we get that down we will understand and embrace correction in our lives.

It’s a beautiful thing.

How have your responses to correction been?

Tears of Joy

•January 10, 2011 • 3 Comments

Today I was on the phone talking to one of my best friends. I love her so much. While I was talking, my little girl, Cassidy, came down the steps and laid a piece of paper down in front of me.

Let me give you a little back story on Cassidy. Cassidy started getting a fever last night and has barely eaten or spoken since. We got her up early this morning to take her to the doctor to get looked at. When Cassidy is quiet, you know something is wrong! 🙂 She is just such a little fire ball. Well, we found out today that she has a virus and an upper respiratory infection.  The doctor just said lots of rest would help her.

In Charlotte, where we live, it is snowing pretty hard outside. Cassidy has just laid on the sofa all day and not really moved, well except to come and deliver to me a very important piece of paper. Its amazing how all of her friends are outside playing and she is laying on the sofa thinking about this. See the picture below.

This picture made my whole day! No my whole month! No my whole year! This is what she was thinking about when she was laying on the sofa feeling so bad? I love her heart! She blesses me and I feel so honored to be her mother. I wish everyone got generosity like my little girl. She is one of the most generous people I have ever met! She is down right beautiful!

Maybe this is one of the reasons Jesus tells us we need to be more like children. I have had a steady flow of tears streaming since she gave me the note. Tears of joy!