A Girl of Wisdom desires to make a difference (continued!)

300_21892054715_6421_nRead the following slowly. Let these facts from the United Nations website sink into your mind and heart…

  • Half the world’s population live on LESS THAN TWO DOLLARS per day…
  • Almost 16,000 children die EACH DAY due to poverty- that’s 1 CHILD EVERY FIVE SECONDS…
  • Nearly a BILLION people entered the Year 2000 UNABLE TO READ OR SIGN THEIR NAME…
  • There are approximately 2.2 billion children in the world. 1 BILLION do not have access to SHELTER, CLEAN WATER and HEALTH CARE…
  • 121 MILLION children do not receive EDUCATION…
  • 1.6 billion people – a QUARTER OF HUMANITY – live without ELECTRICITY…

Unbelievable, hey?

To think that there is a girl your age who is starving to death, as you skip your breakfast because you don’t feel hungry or as you throw away the sandwich your mum made you for lunch because you bought something from the school shop instead.

To think that there is a classroom in Uganda filled with 90 students sitting on a dirt floor without any pens or paper, trying to learn basic knowledge, as you groan in despair when you receive your next project.

To think that every day, young girls are sold into abusive slavery, as you worry about what clothes you are going to wear or complain about having to clean your room. It certainly puts things into perspective, doesn’t it? It’s even a bit scary to step out of your comfort zone and put yourself in someone else’s shoes, isn’t it?

The biggest question you may be thinking is, “But what can I do that could really make a difference?” After all, the problems in this world are overwhelming. My response to you, beautiful girl, is, “Take small steps at a time. One act of kindness at a time. One person at a time. It all adds up over a lifetime.”

  • Get together with some friends and together, sponsor a child in a developing country.
  • Organise a fundraising project to raise money for a charity that touches your heart. It could be a charity for children with cancer, refugee students, families of those in prison… there is a page at the end of this book that lists well known international charities.
  • Clean out your wardrobe and pull out all the clothes that are too small for you or you don’t like to wear anymore. Wash them, iron them, fold them and donate them to a charity for homeless people.
  • Over the next two months, buy one or two grocery items each week (packet of pasta, bottle of pasta sauce, tin of soup, box of tea bags etc.). At the end of the two months, you’ll have a bag of groceries to give to a charity group or church group that helps poor people in your community.
  • Do a bit of research- find out what community groups actively help those in need in your town or city and get involved!

Finally, make sure that your parents or another adult is aware of what you are wanting to do. Discuss your ideas with them, listen to their advice and don’t do anything that they do not agree with. So, my fellow Girl of Wisdom, are you ready to change the world… one step at a time… one person at a time?

 “How wonderful it is that nobody needs to wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”

(Anne Frank, Writer.)

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Enter 2013 with confidence!

imagesThursday 3 January 2013

As we say farewell to 2012 and welcome in the brand new year of 2013, many of us would have spent some time reflecting on the year just gone and thinking about desires for the year ahead.

Some of you may have had a wonderful 2012 filled with happiness and success. For some of you, 2012 was the worst year of your life. And for others, 2012 was a mixed bag of ups and downs.

Proverbs 31:25b (ERV) says, “She looks to the future with confidence.” No matter what type of year you have just had, it is possible to look forward to the year ahead with confidence regardless of the past. Here are some important truths to remember as you enter this new year-

God loves you so much. He cares for you and does not hold your past against you. He will always forgive you when you ask Him to and will give you the strength and peace to forgive others.

God is always with you. He knows everything you are going through, the thoughts in your mind and the emotions of your heart. He will never leave you nor forsake you.

God uses everything for His purpose. Not everything that happens in life is good, but God has the miraculous power to use all things for good. He is always at work in your life even when you cannot feel it or see it.

A Girl of Wisdom can look to the future with confidence because she knows she is loved by a God who is always with her and has a purpose for her life. We pray that these truths encourage and strengthen you as you enter this new year. xoxox

What does the future hold?

Sunday 1st January 2012.

As one year comes to an end and a new year begins, there is always a mix of emotions… happiness, excitement, relief, sadness, regret, anticipation, frustration, worry, contentment… There is something about changes and transitions that cause us to reflect on what has been, assess what is happening right now and dream about what could be.

In the midst of such overwhelming thoughts, God yearns for us to trust in Him and to continually put Him first in all areas of our lives. Proverbs 3:5&6 (The Msg) says, “Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; he’s the one who will keep you on track.”  

I used to start every year with a long list of “New Year’s Resolutions.” However, as I have gotten to know God better over time, I have come to the realisation that while it is important to have goals and aspirations, life is actually less complicated and more peaceful when we enter a new year simply praying, “God, I trust you with this year ahead. You know what has happened last year, you know my circumstances right now and you know the best pathway for my future. Guide my steps, enable me to hear your voice of wisdom and direction and help me to be content in every situation.”

A Girl of Wisdom may not understand everything that is happening in her life, but she chooses to stop straining in her own strength to try and figure things out and make things happen on her own. Rather, she lets her heart and mind rest, knowing that as she releases her future into God’s hands, everything will be used for good in the end and things will be made clear at the right time.

So, what does 2012 hold for you? We don’t have the answers to that question, but there is a God in heaven who does. Let your New Year’s Resolution be to simply trust in Him to guide your life. Everything else will fall into place.

New Year’s Resolutions…

Wednesday 29 December 2010

With only a few days left before the end of one year and the beginning of another, many people will no doubt be thinking of their New Year’s Resolutions for 2011.  

Start exercising, drink more water, spend more time with family & friends, travel to a foreign country, get better marks at school, get a better job, learn to play a musical instrument, be a nicer person, save more money… the list of resolutions can be endless!

So I thought that today, I would share with you one New Year’s Resolution that I have made for 2011, which can be found in the bible. Proverbs 3:6 (NLT) says, “Seek his will in all you do, and he will direct your paths.”

As 2011 arrives, I am declaring to God, “Let YOUR will be done in my life. I surrender my life to you. I only want what YOU want for my life. I choose to trust in You even when I don’t understand and I choose to obey you and to allow you to guide me.”

Indeed, this New Year’s Resolution is not going to be easy. It will be tested and I will not always succeed. But it’s going to be far more easier than trying to live life in my own strength. Besides, I would much rather have the God of this universe directing my life… wouldn’t you?

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