As I sit in my well-organized house, wondering when the next life will intersect ours through foster care in my state, I long for the day that my life intersects with the rest of the globe as part of God's bigger story.
I like being a small part in a bigger story. Knowing I'm a part of something bigger than myself, that it started before me and will carry on long after, and that God is in control on my most hectic days among it all. When I feel like I'm failing at this motherhood, wife-hood, christian-hood thing I need only to be reminded that what ails me is the rockiest of salts in a wound. Not the fine grit salt that gets in the more piercing slivers, lasting long after the application, creating a lifetime of pain and suffering. No no! My salt just rubs across the wound and in reality, just the anticipation that it might hurt is the worst of my agony. I know nothing of real suffering, me in my American dream world.
Today, May 10th might just seem like a random Tuesday to you but today is the day we need to learn about the women of this world who are Priceless. Those God is seeking to be apart of His story. Alongside you and I are women, created by the same Loving God who desires for their lives to be intersected by care. The kind of care that fosters changed-life in the name of Jesus. The kind of care that can only be explained by gracious love that redeems what has been wrecked.
“She Is Priceless” Is A Campaign To Make A Difference In The Lives Of Oppressed Women.
A pearl is a healed wound. An oyster protects itself from irritation and suffering and the result is a priceless pearl. The women these 5 organizations support have endured unthinkable suffering in their lives and often feel forgotten. We are joining together to remind the world that every woman matters.
She Is Priceless.
This is an opportunity to get to know some of the life-changing organizations that are out there to intersect YOUR LIFE.
- Choose an organization from the list on this page
- Click learn more and donate to the cause of your choice
- Grab a free image to share on social media or take a “selfless selfie” with your favorite pearl jewelry and use the hashtag #putonyourpearls
- Link back to "She Is Priceless" directly to let people know how they can join the movement.
You may think that buying a bracelet is superficial, fashionable, or selfish but jewelry purchases made from the right place can be THE intersection where God crosses your life with the life of a women in desperate need on the other side of the globe. Not only do purchases like that feed her and her family, they provide sustainable and reputable jobs that bread confidence, creativity, and entrepreneurship that changes their life, their family's life, the community, and eventually our globe shrinks and you're standing hand-in-hand with world changers across God's big story. Think I'm exaggerating? Read more about the "Have Hope" women of Mercy House Global, OR the gazillions of other But God stories from Beauty For Ashes Uganda, Caring For Korah, JoyCorps, and Freedom Firm.
My #putonyourpearls selfie was taken with a gorgeous Rahab's Rope pearl necklace from Mercy House Global and Fair Trade Friday. I just joined the Earring Of The Month club.
How will you be a part of this day of giving?
Two years ago, a traumatic thing happened in our small town- an F4/5 tornado took out most of the businesses, tons of home including an entire neighborhood, and many lives were lost. This happened just over a year after my husband and I moved our family here to plant The Valley church.
We constantly pray for God to teach us how live missionally: to love the community we live in, show new ways of share His love right where people are at in their lives, and grant us favor so door will be open to lead people to Him. That night in April, God handed us just that, on a filthy, demolished platter perfect for serving the hurt and searching town He sent us here to server.
The days following the storm, my husband and I were overwhelmed with the support from all the networks we had been apart of, long and short term. I was too much to keep up with. I often felt like I'd been given this huge responsibility and I was failing by not being able to manage all the help He was sending our way. Things have slowed down over the past two years...well, in comparison to those crazy couple months to after the storm.
This year as I scrolled through my archived private messages and "memories" on Facebook, I was overcome with guilt all over again. How I didn't answer some of the lost messages from friends and acquaintances, timeline post I wasn't sure I handed well enough, and most of all the lack of appreciation I didn't show those how fought through the pile off notifications to help us. I had high hopes of sending formal Thank You cards, letters of how prayers were answered, gifts were used, and just how very loved I felt. Even now, satan is making my insides hurt with remorse because I am so VERY thankful to be a minor character in this beautiful thing we are living.
God has taken these two years to reassure me that while we are all just supporting rolls, in God's story, that all points to Jesus, they're all important I have shared before that I often give up on things because I see someone else doing it, and likely way better. BUT God has plans and invites us to join the adventure of going on it with Him. We aren't called us to compare ourselves to others but rather support one another's part in the story.
Don't become arrogant when God's story starts playing out in front of you.
That's where focus is changed from what's most important or players get pulled.
Don't forget that the sun doesn't revolve around you.
The ONE who created light without that sun is where our focus should remain so we stay in the light.
Keep at the front of your mind, that EVERY story in this world points back to Jesus; whether it's acknowledged or not.
I want to make sure the story I'm in gives all glory where it belongs.
I guarantee you that this high schooler in our town was organizing volunteers sent her direction way better than I was. BUT God sent certain people along my path in life for such a time as this. He ask that I play a part in their story involving my town.
I know many of the women who worked the Play Place with me after the storm could have run it better, shared our story better, and accomplished more. BUT God ask that I run with it amidst my poor relational, communication, and organizational skills.
I promise, there were hundreds of other kids in our town that could have offered input on the new playground. BUT God saw fit to have my daughter and I as part of that planning team.
From schools, trips, camps, ministries, neighborhoods, and places we've passed through in live all showed up when God was ready for things to pan out that He's been writing since before I was born. Do you ever feel like you're not playing the part you want in the story of life? Be encouraged! Every [seemingly] small part in a story is valued.
When God ask you to play a repetitive, type-cast roll, Say Yes! When God invites you to play an unexpected drop-in roll, Say Yes! Because you never know when your story will change and there will be a big BUT GOD right after your YES!
Thank you, to at least 2 different countries, 14 different states, 37 different US towns, and MORE than 61+ different friends/acquaintances who shared a part in our Vilonia Tornado chapter through asking for prayer from their friends, collecting donations, sending necessities/gift cards/monetary support, delivered items, helped with clean up, and so much more! It's so humbling to be connect to each of you and really hope I didn't miss anyone. These are just the names I could find on my Facebook timeline and private message history not including my husbands:
- Brittany Thompson- Ervington, AL
- Kelsey Harris- Arkadelphia, AR
- Danna Magness- Batesville, AR
- Morgan Smith- Batesville, AR
- Shadrack and Mellissa Black- Batesville, AR
- Amy Howard- Benton, AR
- Kathryn Doland- Bethel Heights, AR
- Jessica Colley- Centerton, AR
- Kim Stiles- Conway, AR
- Morgan Williams- Conway, AR
- Molly Jones- Conway, AR
- Janna Chaffin- Dalton, AR
- Cheryl Patterson- El Dorado, AR
- Craig Herring- El Dorado, AR
- Dana Rumph- El Dorado, AR
- Deedra Nash- El Dorado, AR
- Wanda Deason- El Dorado, AR
- Hannah Henderson- Fayetteville, AR
- Kelly Malancon- Fayetteville, AR
- Sally Acosta- Fayetteville, AR
- Johnathan Stoner- Floral, AR
- Brandi Shinn- Greenbrier, AR
- Cristin Jensen- Greenbrier, AR
- Terri Nicholson- Greenbrier, AR
- Amy Whisenhunt- Greenland, AR
- Cindy Brantly- Little Rock, AR
- Shane Harris- Little Rock, AR
- Samantha Grant- Magnolia, AR
- April Winn- Marmaduke, AR
- Cathey Griffin- Parker's Chapel, AR
- Fran Brotherton- Parker's Chapel, AR
- Heather Gilmore- Parker's Chapel, AR
- Jennifer McNab- Parker's Chapel, AR
- Rita Snow- Parker's Chapel, AR
- Rob and Amanda Waggoner- Parker's Chapel, AR
- Julie Beavers- Pine Bluff, AR
- Jessy Cutrell- Star City, AR
- Doreen Keim- Siloam Springs, AR
- Ashley Hall- Strickler, AR
- Anja Spadoni- White Hall, AR
- Candace Achorn- White Hall, AR
- Shannon Paldino- Orlando, FL
- Kate Stoner- Keokuk, IA
- Jam'e Brown- Wichita, KS
- Katie Archer-, Ruston, LA
- Rebecca Dorobis- Rockport, MA
- Patrick Sherrill- Alpena, MI
- Karen DeBeus- Hope, NJ
- Sami Roe- Midwest City, OK
- Scott Jenkins- Norman, OK
- Edna Cain- Sapulpa, OK
- Betty Lin-Fisher- Akron, OH
- MaryAnn Waltz- Milford, OH
- Kathy Metivier- TX
- Christine Hurt- Orem, UT
- Abigail Assam- Lynchburg, VA
- Heather Rennie- Aberdeen, Scotland
- Jenny Sim- Aberdeen Scotland
- Rachael Underwood- Insch. United Kingdom
Betty Pennington- ?
- Justin and Crystal Murphy- ?