Friday, July 25, 2014

the glory of a garden



Korrie, Korrie, tell your story,
How does your garden grow?

 with silver bells

 and cockle shells



and pretty maids all in a row




Thursday, July 24, 2014

Win x4: adoption, fair trade, fashion, and a giveaway

In case you haven't heard, I'm hosting a Noonday Collection party today as a fundraiser for my friend Lydia's upcoming adoption.  There is a little girl, Lily Anne, in an orphanage in China who has a forever family ready to get her but they are still a good ways from meeting their fundraising goals and that, my friends, is where you come in.

This fundraiser is so great because everybody wins.

Win #1:

We raise money for the Harrigans to pick up their baby girl! (And if you'd like to donate directly, you can do so HERE!)

Win #2:

We create "economic opportunity for the vulnerable" around the world as Noonday spells out so well in the image below.


Win #3:   You get or get to give beautiful fair trade jewelry and accessories.  

Need I say more?  

 

If you want to come to the party to hear Megan talk about Noonday and see all the good stuff in person, please let me know and I'll get you the deets.  It's from 7:00-9:00 tonight.  If you can't come to the party in person, you can order anytime between now and midnight at www.meganshaver.noondaycollection.com.  When you go to check out just be sure to choose 'Megan Shaver' as your ambassador and type 'Harrigan Adoption' as the trunk show name and they will receive 25% of your purchase!  And as an added incentive, Candace Chaney Photography is giving away one free mini-session to one person who comes to the party and one person who orders online. I guess maybe that's win #4! 

Win.

Win. 

Win.

Win.


Done.

#tbt:  Asher and Bethany, Lily's big sister! 

our summer stride


Well, we've hit our summer stride- my little people and I are in a groove. 


Z-man is our soccer-playing snaggle tooth in his golden years of childhood.  He's still as sweet as ever and growing in strength and confidence. He makes my heart all melty. 





Asher is our wild man. If he's happy, he'll go around clapping in couplets.  Clap, clap with a smile.  He calls all kinds of things "yummy"- things like running around a field in his bare feet.  He's an excellent bird watcher ("SHHHH!!!" he'll say) and he still snuggles better than anyone I know.  He's strong willed and can throw fits with the best of them, but we're learning.






























And then there's my in-between a girl and a young lady.  The way she's growing up so quickly makes me reel a little bit, but even so, it's fun to watch her grow into herself.  She such a fun, smart, creative, and lovely girl.  Some things don't change so much.

Blessed I am and grateful for the summer of 2014.

It's been a good one for sure.  

Ouachita

sweatshirts in Arkansas in JULY!
 I almost forgot how much I like camping. 











But I didn't forget how much I like to spend time with my husband and my crazy hilarious buddies. 

That part I remembered. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

love in the morning

It is good to praise the Lord
and make music to your name 
O Most High
to proclaim your love in the morning
and your faithfulness at night 
                Psalm 92:1-2

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

on sending

Ixchigaun, Guatemala
I've been on mission trips to Egypt, India, and Haiti. 

I've worked on the front lines in East Asia for years.

And now, I'm selling everything, packing up and moving to a remote part of Guatemala to spread the Gospel to an unreached people group.

Well, okay, maybe I'm not actually the one doing these things, but inasmuch as I have prayed, given, supported, and encouraged, I have been part, even a vital part, of what God is doing through my friends as cross-cultural missionaries.  And inasmuch as you've done these things, you've been a part, too. 

"How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in?  And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?  And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?  And how can they preach unless they are sent?  As it is written, 'How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!'"  Romans 10:14-15, emphasis mine

As part of our preparation in sending our friends the Hardisons to Guatemala, I've begun reading Neal Pirolo's book, Serving as Senders, and through it I believe the Lord is reaffirming my calling to serve Him in this way.  In the book, Pirolo's words struck home and maybe this is for you, too:

"God's call on your life to serve as a sender must be just as vibrant as the call on the life of the one you send.  Likewise, the commitment you make must be as sure as that of  your cross-cultural worker.  The responsible action you take is as important as the ministry your field worker performs.  And the reward of souls for His Kingdom will be equal to your missionary's, as long as you are faithful to the task He has given you to do."

the Hardisons - photo credit Sarah Baker Photos
Our friends are going to be learning Spanish first.  Next, they will begin to build relationships with the Tajumulco Mam people in the (very rainy) region in which they will serve.  The T-Mam people speak their own tribal Mayan language and as my friend Kayla would say, their language "ain't no fiesta."  Only the book of Luke has been translated into their language. Our friends will be using a community health evangelism strategy of sharing the gospel, seeking to identify community leaders with whom they can work alongside to help with problems such as malnutrition and public health.  They will open their home to be a neutral ground as their is no word for "forgiveness" in the T-Mam language.  There are many challenges:  idol worship, syncretism, drug trade, and hopelessness.  As I was listening to Paul and Bethany talk about about all the obstacles they will face, it seemed that this mission is impossible at best and fatal at worst.  Impossible and fatal, except for the power of God that is, His light and truth and love testifying and changing things like only the Lord can.  Except for that.

And that's why it is so important that we don't just write a check and send these friends on their way.  (Although of course writing checks is a really important part that I pray that you will do if not with the Hardisons, then with and for another cross-cultural missionary!)  There is so much more for us to do if we are really to be the Body of Christ, using our gifts in symbiotic ways to fulfill the Great Commission.  We must encourage, plan and administrate, give, pray, communicate, and help as we are able with the gifts we've been given.  He is more than able to accomplish this task without our help, but God in His wisdom has chosen to partner with us to reveal Himself and His love to all people of the earth. 

Let's do this thing.  Together.

"For this reason I kneel before the Father,  from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name.  I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."  Ephesians 3:14-21



Friday, July 11, 2014

a pep talk to myself for the summer


As a mother, I have many battles to fight.  Lots of days it feels like it's against these tough dudes, but mostly (and I must remember this), it is for these tough dudes.  



These summer days when it's hot outside and we have lots of togetherness, the battle mostly consists of  keeping their electronic entertainment to a minimum.  That's a hard one.  And then there's also the healthy food battle and the being kind battle and helping around the house battle- all difficult at times, but worth the effort in the long run (again, I must remember this). 


One day maybe we'll just wake up kind and helpful and full of good choices (me included), but until then, we, parents and kids alike, must persevere in fighting the battle- not in our own strength but in the strength of God by which we can do all things.


Onward.

"I can do everything through him who gives me strength."  Philippians 4:13

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

'Merica


We sure did enjoy the World Cup this year.  The good ole US of A has its many flaws, but it's home (sort of) and it's been fun to cheer on our team.



And oh my, did you see that last game- USA v. Belgium?  Our keeper, Tim Howard, had 16 saves for the USA- a World Cup record.  

 Now that's something to cheer about.

 (Thanks, Meg Bethard for the super fun great pics!!!)