Monday, March 21, 2011

Coming from! Going to??

Some people don't have the blessing of knowing their family roots.
And the reason why, seem's unimaginable!

My daughter and I attended a Film Festival on the week-end where one short story depicted this.

It spoke of and showed adults who as children, were placed in orphanages,  because their families had no provision for them.
When they reached eighteen years of age, the streets became their home.

Rather than complain, or harbour a chip on their shoulders, they worked together with Habitat for Humanity, helping others gain a home.
They rejoiced to be a part of a helping team.
They work so hard,... and with cheerful hearts.

One woman helped for ten years, and then finally,
she was one of the recipients.
I cannot imagine living under the above conditions.
I had hardship when I was growing up, but nothing compared to this!

When we complain because we can't find the exact shoes we want?
Or afford a holiday, car, boat, or similar.
Let's remember those who are happy with nothing.
Those who smile and laugh at the simple pleasures of life.
Who appreciate giving without expecting.
And rejoice in the good fortune of others.

Check out the website below and search your heart about giving.

"But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, so that your giving may be in secret.
And your Father who sees in secret will reward you."

Matthew 6:3-4


  1. Yes, you are right... we need to have our eyes opened to the poverty in the world. It will give us a different perspective from which to view the "little" hardships that we go through.

    Thank you for sharing this Crystal.


  2. Food for thought...I love what Habitat for Humanity does. I met a woman last year who took part in building her own family home through this organisation..what a blessing! See you in the morning at Macca's.

  3. Thank you for sharing this beautiful post with me, for this really hit home as to where my thought are!

    It aggrevates me how so many people today fuss over the fact that they don't have the expensive jewelry that they want to wear, or the fine clothes, or other material things of this world!

    My wife and I are very content with just a roof over our head, and a little bit to eat. We don't even own a vehicle. I'm happy if on payday if all I can afford is some tea to last me until the next pay check, and the big thing I'm so grateful for is that me and my wife have our Lord Jesus Christ with us always!!!

    God's Blessings to you,


  4. Cindy and I thank God every day for all we have and all the blessings He has given us. We don't deserve any of it.

    Your post reminds me of a saying my mom had: "I was sad because I had no shoes---until I met a man who had no feet."

  5. Paul says "...I have learned to be content whatever the circimstances. I know what it is to be in need and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strhngth. Phil. 4 You are speaking to this perfectly. But this is a lot harder said than done, it takes a special kind of person, and God's help as we pray to be content with whatever is going on. There are always others so much worse off them us.

  6. I knew they did this years ago here in the US as my grandfather was put in one - I didn't know they still existed today. That IS rough. I know what you mean - we complain over nothing. Others have it a lot worse. sandie

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  8. I just heard from the Christian radio station reminding us to "freely give." There are so many people in need.

    I always remind myself and my family, not to whine, but instead pray for others and thank the Lord for even the littlest blessings we have. It sets our hearts into having right perspective of what truly matters the most. God bless you sister.

  9. I may forget a lot of things in my old age....but how God has always blessed me and June is not one of them.

  10. the way...LOVE your new avatar.

  11. My good friend Charlie C. at church labors often with Habitat for Humanity. We have so much while the rest of the world has so little. It's amazing to see the smiling faces on children from impoverished countries. Thanks for the reminder

  12. Very inspiring post Crystal Mary I thank you for sharing this. My heart goes out to people like this I am reminded daily of how blessed I am and my family when I read things like this and hear of other's life story. Blessings my friend. Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog:)

  13. Oh this is so inspiring, Crystal. We have many people here in New Orleans from Habitat for Humanity that helped with Hurricane Katrina's aftermath and are still here helping 5 years later.

    Best wishes to you, my friend.

  14. Those that have plenty should give to those who are needy. That is the way it is supposed to work, the way God told us to do things for all belongs to Him and He tells us to share. Sad that people are so greedy and selfish for there are so many people suffering for lack of the basics.

    Thank you for the wonderful reminder.


  15. ..this is really encouraging and inspiring... i remember one instance in my life where i was asked to go with some Canossian Sisters in their visits in different orphanages here in the Philippines...and i was touched with what i've seen... it made me realized how fortunate i am to have a family with my mom and dad and siblings... it was awonderful experience bein' with those children in the orphanage... they shared the best stories and laugh with innocence...^^

    God Bless you for your kindness...^^


  16. Hi Crystal Mary, Stopping by to let you know that you have been in much of my thoughts this week. I pray things are well for you and your family! Have a fabulous Friday! With love and care from Kerrie. xOx

  17. Hello Crystal, That picture was probably taken outside Alexandra near Johannesburg.
    Here in Cape Town We also have Shack townships but not everything is always as it seems.
    In my experience with the Xhosa speaking people here who come from the Transkei they come to the city for money because the industry that was in their area during the Apartheid ear has collapsed and there are no longer jobs available there. You must know though that most of these people do in fact have houses in the Transkei where they have their own cattle, sheep, chickens and gardens. I'm not saying we should not help but don't feel bad about what you have, they also have homes, just not where this picture was taken. It's all a question of money, not the most important thing to live for.
    God bless you my friend and it is wonderful to know that people do still care. Geoff.

  18. By the way the influx into the cities in this country is called "Chasing 150" by the xhosa people. I also really like your new avatar, it took me a bit by surprise when I first went to your blog Ha, ha. Geoff.

  19. Crystal Mary,
    When one finds themselves complaining about what they do not have it is good to look at those with nothing and be thankful for what we do have. Every Christian should remember we have something more valuable than the whole entire world. That is our salvation.
    God bless and thank you for sharing this wonderful post,

  20. Hi all, The movie I viewed about this was taken in Ireland. The story was about adult orphaned children from there and was heart breaking.. God bless all.


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