We all struggle with identity—who we are, why we are, and what we have to offer this vast, broken world. About the time we find a scrap of worth or significance, something happens to make us fully aware of how much we lack. A harsh word. A broken relationship. A blunder or failure. Then, in spite of our best efforts at positivity or affirmation, we can’t escape the insecurity and aloneness we experience as a result. When it comes to this epidemic of misplaced identity, my friend Michele Cushatt understands the struggle first hand. Without giving away her story (which you can read in her books), Michele knows what it’s like to have the feet kicked out from underneath her, and to wonder if she’d ever again be able to stand. But she also knows what it’s like to push through the darkness, to cry out to God for grace, and to discover the miracle of a God whose purpose and presence never fail, regardless of what may come.
This is my 17 year old granddaughter, Kialee. She has a once in a lifetime opportunity that will change her life forever and I feel privileged to ask you, my friends, to help make this possible.
Kialee is praying for the funds to join her youth group on a mission trip to South Africa. Diane and I have contributed a significant amount to help her because our own experiences on these trips changed our lives.
We would love to see her faith strengthened by seeing God use you to help answer her prayers.
Thank you ahead of time for your generous response. This is the first request like this I have made.
Don’t be frightened. I know that you know I have four other grandchildren, but you can relax. These bread-snappers are spaced years apart so further appeals will be far in the future.
Have you had the opportunity for a trip like this?
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Please click “continue reading” to read Kialee’s beautiful letter and see the options to give.
Is there a life goal you want to live for?
Are there intermediate goals that seem out of reach?
Enjoy reading about a strategy that is still transforming my life and can impact yours as well.
In light of the events of the past week I felt that there is little I could say in a blog post that would be more important than to encourage you to pray for the families affected by the Orlando attack. I have no hollow words of advice or attempts at explanation.
Like you I am stunned and my heart is broken for the families and friends of those who were lost. In a world where there seems no direction to turn to find good, I pray…
For those affected by this tragedy
For our country
Please Lord. Help us hold tight to faith in the One who is our only hope.
On a recent television show, the following question was asked of a social “expert” who was guest hosting the show.
“We have just moved into a new community, how can we make a good impression on our neighbors?”
The expert answered, “The most important thing is not to be different. People weird out when they meet people who are different. Blend in.” he said, “Be just like everybody else.”
I almost threw my coffee cup at the television.