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16 March, 2021

Worldwide, 385 million children live in extreme poverty. Poverty robs children of their basic rights to learn, play and grow. In its ugliest form, poverty can lead to exploitation, child labour and even death. It's unacceptable. That's why the Child Sponsorship Program of Compassion exists. Because more powerful than poverty is the hope of Jesus, the care of a local church and the encouragement of you: a loving sponsor.

We tend to forget though that it is a two way relationship. While we are caring for these children physically and spiritually, they are also praying for us! Watch the video of sponsor children praying - it is inspiring and humbling at the same time.

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The Sounds of Seagulls

If you have ever had a picnic by the sea and been surrounded by seagulls, you know the sound this image evokes!

Seagulls can get seriously cranky!

They squawk and throw their heads back, act menacing and try to keep the other gulls away! It’s very unattractive!

Lately I have been squawking and stomping (and even cussing a little) and trust me it’s not attractive either!

Let’s be honest, the last few years have been horrid! We all have tales to tell of grief, sorrow, disappointment and uncertainty even if they are not the same!

Mine have included a broken arm, a dental procedure gone terribly wrong, a few emergency hospital visits, a gallbladder removed, some ambulance rides, losing my faithful dog, being riddled with tropical parasites, losing far too much weight (yes it’s a thing!) unable to eat properly…. and I haven’t even started on COVID related issues! Missing out on a mission trip and a long planned holiday, not being able to visit my kids and new grandson, having my sons wedding postponed…. The list is long!

Yesterday I was feeling especially annoyed with this most recent chapter of life, when God reminded me to not look within but to look up! Just when I was ready to throw myself an amazing pity party (admit it, you know the ones I mean) God called me to praise Him! I really do have so much to be thankful for!

Okay, so I can’t eat nuts or meat or eggs or cheese or even chocolate but I can eat all kinds of fruit and veg! And lots of it! Although I can’t see my kids in person I can call them on the phone and video chat! I have a warm house and a soft bed! I am blessed with an incredible husband … and best of all I know my Jesus and He knows me!

Life may be tough and this recent season may be painful but instead of a pity party, let us make a decision to throw a praise party! Jesus is still Lord of all and you can trust Him all the way!

We are called to rejoice always and pray with thanksgiving in all situations. In fact we are told when we do this, we will know the peace of God… so what are you thankful for?

Why not read Phil 4:4-7 and make a praise list!

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