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Empower Youth and Make a Dent in Hunger

Hunger Insecurity is the limited access to adequate food and it is huge issue in the United States. In my city there are over 70,000 people who are faced with food insecurity. Being able to go to my fridge or pantry and find something to eat is something I never want to take for granted.

I belive we can all create change and that is why I have teamed up with Generation Alive a non-profit program that empowers youth and helps to fight hunger. Generation Alive works with nearly 20,000 youth each year.  GA teaches them compassion and that when they see a need they should try do something to fix the need. Another aspect of Generation Alive is their passion to make a dent in hunger. Each year the nearly 20,000 youth they work with, pack meals that are distributed to food banks. Youth are learning there are many in their community who have food insecurity (the need) and that they can do something to meet the need (raising funds and packing meals)

Recently I took part in two different meal packing evenings. We packed 10,000 meals that were sent to Texas after hurricane Harvey and we packed another 4000 meals that were sent to Second Harvest.  You can be a part of creating change by ordering a copy of my book Simply Blessed on Amazon before December 31,2017. For every preordered book on amazon $1 will be donated to Generation Alive and will cover the cost of 4 meal servings. To learn more about Generation Alive watch this video and you can visit them at Generation Alive

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Blessings,

Kim Chaffin

 

 

 

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Prayer and WWJD (What Would Jesus Do), Week 4

Welcome back to our 4th week of prayer and what Jesus has to say about it. Last week we looked at Mark 9. Jesus showed us how we need prayer and that we need to rely on God not on our own strength. Besides reminding us how much we need to rely on God, prayer also recharges us when we are running on empty. Prayers give us hope at the end of our rope.

My husband said this to me about prayer. He said, “Prayer allows you to tie a knot in the end of that rope so that we can keep hanging on”. Prayers give us strength when we are weak, wisdom when we are not sure what to do and, comfort in the hardest times.

In Luke 6:12, Jesus prays the whole night and like Jesus there will be times that our prayers will require long periods of time. My husband and I have a prayer closet and there have been times that we have spent hours contending for things in our little room.

Jesus talks about going into your room and closing the door to pray in Matthew 6:6. Now not everyone has a prayer closet and that is fine. What Jesus is teaching us is that he doesn’t want us to make a public spectacle of ourselves. Standing on a corner praying for all to hear puts the focus on us and not on God. Now I understand that there will be times when you do pray in public. Jesus doesn’t want our prayers to be a “look at me, I am praying for all of you to see” kind of thing.

Also, we can look to Jesus as our example of how much we should pray. Luke 5:16 says “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed”. Notice it says OFTEN. It doesn’t say occasionally. Just like Jesus prayed often so should we.

This week pleases take some time to sit quietly with Jesus. Go to a place where you can close the door and step away from all distraction and all people. Spill your heart to the Lord. God loves you and he hears every prayer. I look forward to one more week with you on the subject of prayer.

Have a “Simply Blessed” day.

For more of my heartfelt ramblings pre-order your copy “Simply Blessed” and help fight hunger. $1 for every pre-order between now and December 31 will be donated to Generation Alive and $1 covers the cost of 4 meals.

Simply Blessed is a 31-day devotional for women. The thirty-one light-hearted short stories tackle real life issues that all women face. From fear, control, gossip, their identity in Christ and for some women, abuse. Simply Blessed reminds us that God is not a God of religion, he is a God of relationship. He is comfortable like our favorite Saturday sweat pants. Grab your favorite warm beverage, curl up with a blanket and let the words of Simply Blessed bring you joy.

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Prayer and WWJD (What Would Jesus Do), Week 3

Welcome back to our study on prayer and WWJD.  We have been looking at what Jesus has to say about prayer and today I am going to share one of my favorite lessons taught by Jesus. Prayer shows our dependence on God. The moment we feel that we don’t need to being praying is a clear warning that we think we can do things in own strength and not in Gods.

Let me explain. In Mark 9, Jesus Heals a Boy with an unclean Spirit. I can’t share the section of scripture do to the length. In this section of scripture there is a boy who needs deliverance from an unclean spirit. The disciples try to cast the spirit out of the boy and they cannot. Jesus arrives on the scene and He casts out the unclean spirit and the boy is healed.

The reason I am looking at this section of scripture with you is because of this next part and it is extremely important. When the disciples are alone with Jesus they ask him why they could not help the boy. Jesus replied, “This kind can come out only by prayer (Mark 9:29)

This healing that Jesus had just done left the disciples confused. Why had they not been able to perform the miracle? Jesus after all had given the disciples the authority to cast out demons and now they were not able to cast this one out.

Do you remember what Jesus said? He said, “This kind can come out only by prayer. Jesus wasn’t telling them that this was some “special” kind impure spirit that only prayer could cast out.

He was making a point to them to teach them that though he had given them the authority to do such things… they were trying to cast the spirit out of the boy by relying on themselves not on God.

Jesus’s lesson to the disciples is also a lesson for all us. Just like the disciples, we can do nothing apart from Jesus. I cannot stress this enough, the moment you think you don’t need prayer there should be a big red flag.

We can’t just be relying on our own strength. We need to rely on God. I hope you will want to read Mark 9 on your own and I look forward to sharing more with you next week.

For more of my heartfelt ramblingspre-order your copy “Simply Blessed” and help fight hunger. $1 for every pre-order between now and December 31 will be donated to Generation Alive and $1 covers the cost of 4 meals.

Simply Blessed is a 31-day devotional for women. The thirty-one light-hearted short stories tackle real life issues that all women face. From fear, control, gossip, their identity in Christ and for some women, abuse. Simply Blessed reminds us that God is not a God of religion, he is a God of relationship. He is comfortable like our favorite Saturday sweat pants. Grab your favorite warm beverage, curl up with a blanket and let the words of Simply Blessed bring you joy.

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Prayer and WWJD (What Would Jesus Do), Week 2

Hello and welcome back to the Prayer and WWJD series.

Mark 14:32 says, “They went to a place called Gethsemane, and Jesus said to his disciples, “Sit here while I pray””

Jesus prayed for all kinds of things and if the Son of God needs to pray than how much more do we? There are so many examples of how Jesus prayed throughout the bible but I can’t cover them all…today let’s look at two things Jesus teaches us about prayer.

We see that in Mark 14:32 that I shared with you at the beginning of this lesson that Jesus knew the importance of praying along. He told his disciple to “sit here while I pray”.  In Luke 9:28 Jesus took Peter and John with him to pray. By praying with Peter and John, He also demonstrates the importance of praying with others. Just as Jesus prayed alone and prayed with others, so should we. Having people to pray with is so important. God never intended for us to go it alone so please make sure to have a few people who you can turn to for prayer when you need it and always be willing to pray for them when they need it.

Second, in Matthew 19:14-15 Jesus asks that the children come to him so that he can lay hands on them and pray. As a parent I cannot stress enough the importance of praying for your children. I have prayed since my children were little for their spouses. God answered my prayers for my son and he has an amazing wife. I continue to pray for my daughter to find the perfect someone in God’s perfect timing.

As the body of Christ we should pray for all the children. We can stand in the gap with intercessory prayer for the lost and broken youth of our communities.

This week if you don’t have a prayer partner or two, please ask a friend who knows the Lord and who you can trust to keep your prayers private to be your prayer partner. Also take some time to pray for the children in your family, your church and your community. Until next week ladies, may the joy of the Lord fill you to overflowing.

For more of my heartfelt ramblings pre-order your copy “Simply Blessed” and help fight hunger. $1 for every pre-order between now and December 31 will be donated to Generation Alive and $1 covers the cost of 4 meals.

Simply Blessed is a 31-day devotional for women. The thirty-one light hearted short stories tackle real life issues that all women face. From fear, control, gossip, their identity in Christ and for some women, abuse. Simply Blessed reminds us that God is not a God of religion, he is a God of relationship. He is comfortable like our favorite Saturday sweat pants. Grab your favorite warm beverage, curl up with a blanket and let the words of Simply Blessed bring you joy.

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In all things…”FROG”

My friend’s daughter and I have a special thing that we call ourselves…

We are “FROG SISTERS”. Not because we look like frogs, and not because we like frogs but, because of what FROG stands for…

F-ully

R-ely

O-n

G-od

In all things the two of us remind each other to do just that.

When life throws the sucker punch, and it often does. You also need to trust God, trust the truth of His word, and remember that He is sovereign in all things.

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Today take a moment to dig into the word of God and read these two scriptures: Psalm 9:9 and Psalm 18:2 . Mark them in your bible as a reminder that you can Fully Rely On God. You can also simply click on the two scriptures and see what they say.

Have a “Simply Blessed” day and in all things FROG

Pre-order your copy “Simply Blessed” and help fight hunger. $1 for every pre-order between now and December 31 will be donated to Generation Alive and $1 covers the cost of 4 meals.

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Keep Your Eyes on Him

I hope that your day is off to a fantastic start. I pray that in all you do keep your eyes, mind, and heart on the Lord. You can count on Him to go before you through the valleys and to the mountain top moments. You just need to stay focused on Him. Proverbs 4:25-27 is the perfect reminder of this…

“Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you. Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways. Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.”

Just like we keep our eyes on the road when we drive, we also need to keep our eyes on God for direction.

Today my payer is this.

Father God, Today I pray that you will remove the distractions from in front of us so that all we see is you. Guide us and keep us from evil. Bring us from glory to glory. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Have a “Simply Blessed” Day and I hope you pre-order you copy of “Simply Blessed” and help fight hunger. $1 for every pre-order between now and December 31 will be donated to Generation Alive and $1 covers the cost of 4 meals.

 

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Change Your Perspective.

I love to take pictures of my daisies.

While photographing them, I felt drawn to look at some the daisies from another angle. The simple beauty of the daisies stretching towards the setting sun spoke to my heart. The word “perspective” rolled around in my head as I looked at the picture I had taken.

Perspective…what you see depends not only on what you look at, but also, on where you look from. -Author unknown.

Sometimes we need to change our perspective to see things more clearly. To change your perspective…”set your mind on things above and not on things that are on earth” Colossians 3:2. In other-words, set your eyes on God.

If you find yourself looking at things through the eyes of the world change your perspective and look at things through God‘s eyes.

Father God, I pray that you would give each one of us a new perspective where it is needed.  Help us to see things as you see them.  Help us to see the beauty in the hardest trials. Father, help us to always keep our eyes and our minds focused on you, not on what the world wants us to see. In the name of Jesus, Amen. 

Have a “Simply Blessed” day.

Pre-order your copy “Simply Blessed”  a 31 day devotional and help fight hunger. $1 for every pre-order between now and December 31 will be donated to Generation Alive and $1 covers the cost of 4 meals.

 

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Sit Here While I Pray–Jesus

I was blessed to be able to give a sermon on prayer at my church.  To listen to a practical lesson on the importance of prayer simply click on the audio above.

If you need prayer please send me your prayer request. There is a link in the menu at the top of the blog.

Have a blessed day.

Pre-order your copy “Simply Blessed” and help fight hunger. $1 for every pre-order between now and December 31 will be donated to Generation Alive and $1 covers the cost of 4 meals.

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Hidden Treasures

Wandering through my mother’s garden there are hidden treasures. Tucked under the leaves of a Hosta I found these little gems. Each time I walk through her garden I discover something new that fills me with happiness. The same is true when we study the Bible. Scripture is filled with all kinds of hidden treasures. Today I want to encourage you to open your Bible and see what hidden gems God has for you. With every pass through my mom’s garden I find something new and I believe that the word God is the same. His living word will never run out of hidden treasures.

Proverbs 3:13-15 (NIV) says,

Blessed are those who find wisdom, those who gain understanding, for she is more profitable than silver and yields better returns than gold. She is more precious than rubies; nothing you desire can compare with her.

When we dig into the Word of God we will find wisdom, understanding, and some beautiful hidden gems. Today I want to encourage you to open your bible and read. Next share with me in the comments a little gem that you took away from what you read. What you share may be just what someone else needs.

Have a blessed day.

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Do Not Be Ashamed

Sunset over Priest Lake

Today my word for you is simply…”Be a light”. Do not be ashamed of who you are in Christ. Let your light shine for all to see because that light has the ability to guide others out of the darkness. Matthew 5:14-16 is the perfect verse for when it comes to being a light. Today, I want to share it with you in the message translation and I hope you like it…

“Here’s another way to put it: you’re here to be a light, bringing out the God-colors in the world. God is not a secret to be kept. We’re going public with this, as public as a city on a hill. If I make you light-bearers, you don’t think I’m going to hide you under a blanket, do you? I’m putting you on the light stand. Now that I’ve put you there on a hilltop, on a light stand-shine! Keep open house;  be generous with your lives. By opening up to others, your prompt people to open up with God, this generous Father in heaven”. Matthew 5:14-16 (The Message)

I hope that you are never ashamed or afraid to let your light shine for Jesus. Always be a beacon of hope for those in the dark.

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