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Sunday, July 27, 2008


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Sunday, July 20, 2008

... oh yeah!...

you know that item of clothing that your spouse wears and you detest? or the one you wear and your spouse detests?

the threads that causes you to cry out, "PLEASE do not put that hideous piece of clothing back on your body EVER"?

welcome to my "official" university of alabama crimson tide party shirt. a sleep shirt i've owned and worn for the last TWENTY years. (can that even be true? twenty years since i was a proud student at u of a? yikes). 

well, steve is out of town and guess what i'm pulling out for bed tonight. 
YES. you guessed it. my buried-at-the-bottom-of-the-drawer-because-my-husband-abhors-it friend the night shirt.  my cozy, faded, painted on, ballpoint pen stained piece of heaven. 

i'm even going to bed at 9:33pm. how can life be so good?

goodnight internets.  off to paradise~

Friday, July 18, 2008

...40 day fast...

this is my entry to the 40 day fast.  want to see how God likes to move? read below. also, be sure to check out mandy's post for today.

This story begins with a hardcore atheist who had lived on the streets. A girl who had experienced a rough life. One who enjoyed ridiculing Christians- that is, until she encountered the relentless pursuit and love of God. It continues with her journey across the globe to the Indian Subcontinent to make a difference and her obedience in heeding the call to love the “least of these” in a radical way. A determination to bring the Kingdom in real and tangible ways to a broken and hurting world.

Her kingdom contribution? Grace Home. A children’s home like no other and a place that defies all odds. The most fitting picture of grace I’ve ever seen. A home full of 47 children with the most horrific backgrounds and stories you’ve ever heard. Children who have been abandoned, sexually abused, beaten, burned with cigarettes, left in dumpsters. Witnesses to their parents being murdered, committing suicide, or dying of AIDS. They’ve been through it all and have experienced more than their fair share of despair and heartache. In the States, we would label them wounded for life- destined to be mental cases- messes- beyond hope.

But the story doesn’t stop here. The writing was NOT on the wall for these young ones. This is where Jesus invades earth. Remember when he quotes Isaiah 61 about healing the brokenhearted, proclaiming freedom for the captives, comforting those who mourn, and providing for those who grieve? He wasn’t just quoting scripture. He said that this scripture was to be fulfilled in HIM. Kingdom order invading earthly disorder. It’s real stuff, y’all. Jesus healing wounds we never imagine could be healed.

Just look at Raja. Raja was 9 years old at the time he came to Grace Home and was from a very poor tribal out-caste group. He had witnessed his father murder his mother and the local police kill his father. No relatives were willing to take in Raja and his brother, so they were sent to a group home. The only home with space was a place where juvenile offenders and other misfits were housed. One giant room, no bathrooms, no running water with more than 50 boys ages 5-18. The people in charge carried sticks and beat the children for no reason. Sexual abuse ran rampant. Grace Home took Raja in, along with his brother. He accepted Christ whole-heartedly within two or three weeks of coming into Grace Home. Almost immediately God began giving Raja visions, all of which, without exception, have come true. As Raja grew older and began remembering some tragic experiences from his past, he had a tangible visit from the Lord bringing him complete healing. No counseling was needed, no extended therapy. Just God’s grace moving in a mighty way. Raja has led many friends to Jesus in high school, where he earned the nickname “Master.” The bible study he started in the beginning of this year with 4 boys ended with 25 boys, many from Hindu and Muslim families.
Two years ago Raja took a special trip to visit the tribal village where he was born. As he traveled, passing village after village, similar to the ones he remembered as a child, he sensed the Lord asking, “Do you see this village? Do you see that one?”  Again and again as he drove past them he would hear the same thing…”I’ve saved all of them as your inheritance!” For Raja, Grace Home has not just been a place that saved him from a futile life of brokenness and despair. Instead it is a place that has prepared him, in the context of a loving family environment, to make a kingdom difference in places that have never heard the name of Jesus. Raja, as early as age 12 or 13, knew that God was raising him up to be a church planter and pastor to the un-reached people groups of his own village.

Raja, like the rest of the children in Grace Home, could be classified as orphans and according to Webster that may be true. However, nothing could be farther from the truth. One day as the children were watching Television an American televangelist, showing emaciated Indian children, began an emotional plea urging people to give money to the “poor orphans of India.” He went on and on while Raja and all of his brothers and sisters watched in bewilderment as the man continued his negative portrayal of orphans in India. After a minute or so one of the children looked at my friend and asked, “What is an orphan?” Not knowing how to respond after the devastatingly, negative portrayal of a word that actually defined who her children were, Raja stepped in and said, “It’s okay Ma, I think I know what an orphan is…it’s what I used to be before I came to Grace Home.”
This is the heart of Grace Home…taking children who have been forgotten by everyone but their Father in heaven and grafting them into their family, where 47 children, if asked will tell you, without fail…Jesus is my Father and my friend is their mother.

The children at her home have sponsors who support them by sending $30 each month, which pays for all medical care, education, clothing, and other needs they have. Currently all Grace Home kids are already sponsored. My friend also works with the local church they attend, and has 7 sponsorships available for children living in extreme poverty but living with their parents. The same needs would be covered with your tax deductible $30 each month. If you are interested in getting to know and sponsor one of these children, please let me know and I can connect you with her sending agency to work out the details. 

Pray, pray, pray for Grace Home. Ask for more grace and continued grace. Thank God for His faithfulness and the incredible ways He moves there. Ask Him for MORE.
(pictures of us with the kids... the beautiful child on the right is our sponsor child.. raja is in the pic on the bottom)

*Persecution is a real issue, becoming more prevalent every day. Because this particular government is not positive toward Christian organizations, names of the people and the home in this article have been changed for their protection.  

Tuesday, July 15, 2008

...breakfast table convo...

fighting over paper 3d glasses from vacation bible school.

anna katherine taking them from sara.

sara calling anna katherine a "poo poo" and "loser."

mom telling sara to apologize to anna katherine.

sara sticking her tongue out.

mom emphatically telling sara to apologize.

sara telling mom that THIS is the way she says i'm sorry.

that's my kid. nice.

Monday, July 14, 2008

...better than ice cream...

i went to the atlanta mart today under the guise of buying for two monkeys and me. but look what i got for my very own self! (self grinning from ear to ear about this time)

p.s. the best news is that they were both very reasonably priced

p.p.s. here's what i really wanted to purchase but DIDN'T :( (me exercising self discipline)

what are the things you are holding off from getting but would really like to buy?

Friday, July 11, 2008

...fashion advice sil vous plait...

so i need a jacket to wear with jeans.

i'm at least savvy enough to know that a
blue jean jacket matched with a pair of blue jeans is a FAUX PAS. i know this because i asked my fashion diva friend nikki all about this a year or two ago, and ever since i've been on the hunt for the perfect jacket to pair with blue jeans. 

a black leather jacket is great for winter, and i can even think of other wintery type coats that would work. but what about summer? 

i was thinking about a white jean jacket. i would think this would work perfectly, but it can't be a good sign that i'm having a hard time finding one for sale at any reasonably fashionable store (gap, old navy, etc.) does that mean they are out of style? hmpf. 

so what's a girl to do? 
what do you take to wear in a restaurant or movie theater in the summer months when you get chilly? right now it's a fleece pullover for me. 

i need help. post me some links for the perfect pairing. i'm ready to BUY SOMETHING. 

Saturday, July 5, 2008

... big news in the hambrick household!!!...

in case you didn't know...

*contributions are definitely being accepted*

Friday, July 4, 2008

... 4 bloggers hangin' at camp...

here's a little video annie took of brad, justin, and myself during the youth camp dance (which was clearly oh so exciting hence a video blog was taken during it.)  annie was teaching me all sorts of fabulous tricks on my macbook pro so look for videos galore in the future. :)

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

...snapshots of youth camp 08...

2 words: abandonment and brokenness

...river of delights ...

every time i turn around, i feel like i'm having conversations about weight watchers and foods that have low point values.  for those of you who aren't familiar with weight watchers, you work off a certain amount of points you can eat each day according to your current height, age, activity level, etc.  
even if you aren't doing weight watchers, these are great items to eat that will help you maintain or lose your weight.

my non negotiables:
1.  frozen grapes--- have you tried these? buy some grapes NOW. and freeze them. irresistable. 1 cup = 1 point. steve and i eat these almost every night.
2.  ww latte or fudge bars- 4 oz of delicious goodness. sooo yummy and only 1 point! nightly delight as well.
3.  ww key lime pie yogurt- it's dy-no-mite! 1 point. 50 cents each at walmart grocery.
4.  smart ones broccoli and cheddar potatoes- 4 points of cheesy goodness. red russet potatoes roasted to perfection with generous amounts of crisp broccoli. my favorite quick meal.
5.  ww smoothie mix- only available at ww locations. i use half of a pack each morning (half point), blended with 6 oz. dannon light and fit vanilla (1 point), and either a banana or strawberries. i eat this every morning, almost without exception.
6.  fiber one oats and caramel bar- 2 points. always in my purse for emergency snack.
7.  alternative bagel- in the bakery at publix. 1 point and yummy. usually accompanies my smoothie for breakfast.
8.  flamed grilled boca burger- 1 point. usually paired with thomas' whole wheat bagelbread and fat free or 2% cheddar. 
9.  mini bags of microwave popcorn- 1 point and always a nice filler. 

these are my favorites. and i'm always up for more choices. so tell me, internets, what's your favorite healthy, low cal meal or snack?