Posted 11/21/14 at 8:06 AM | Karen Farris
We’d gathered in the high school library and even though it was against library policy, the hosts were providing cider and cookies. Folding chairs were arranged facing a microphone at the front. Soon the award ceremony would begin.
I took a seat and a friend from another non-profit spotted me and quickly came beside me. We used to work together at the crisis pregnancy center, but a rural K-12 school needed my help as a volunteer grant writer.
Stacks of white envelopes were on a table in front and as God’s providence would have it, the award for my organization was announced first. I rose and went to shake hands with the chairman of the board, who was bestowing thousands of dollars to all the non-profit organizations in the large room. I shared briefly about the impact that this money would have on our small school.
Sitting down, I then listened to the words of acceptance for fifty other small non-profits in our community. But there was one issue that we all were dealing with—and it wasn’t just poverty, abuse, or homelessness. It was hunger. Of the $250,000 given away that day—money that needed to be stretched over lean budgets for all of the coming year, much of it would be spent on food for the hungry. FULL POST
Posted 11/18/14 at 9:04 AM | Karen Farris
It’s the time of year that we do most of our gift buying. So each year the American Family Association compiles a list of the stores that truly recognize Christmas. Why not support the best stores with our shopping dollars—while avoiding those that refuse to recognize the true reason we celebrate—Jesus Christ.
Click here for the link. And just so you know who’s the nicest—here’s the best of the best:
Lowe’s, Sears, Hobby Lobby, Wal-Mart, Belk, FA Online Store>
Posted 11/14/14 at 8:14 AM | Karen Farris
While scanning old family photos, my husband found a newspaper advertisement from our farm days. We grew the largest, juiciest, sweetest strawberries around. Lots of hard work and tasty rewards, but never enough money. Even though we eventually lost the farm, we found a new career in marketing.
Sometimes in life we have to lose something in order to find something better. We lose our childhood, but find adult independence. We lose our school days, but find satisfaction in our careers. We can even lose a few friends, before we find the ones that remain.
But sometimes the losses are hard~
A friend’s wife has lost her good health to cancer, but they’ve found encouragement and prayers coming from friendships built over a lifetime.
Another friend lost his job and wondered how he’d be able to support his family. Then he volunteered at a clinic for recovering addicts—and within a few months they hired him. He lost his old job but found a more gratifying purpose for his life. FULL POST
Posted 11/11/14 at 8:10 AM | Karen Farris
On a day we honor all our veterans, Betsy Reed Schultz is remembering her son Joseph, killed in action in Afghanistan. As this mom journeys through a grief that never really ends, she keeps all the fallen veterans and their families close to her heart. When she lost her son Joseph, she decided to convert her former bed & breakfast into a place where veteran’s families can have some time to heal, at no cost—right near Washington State’s beautiful Olympic Mountains.
Please take 30 seconds to watch the clip below—you’ll see the inspiration for the Captain Joseph House. Betsy and her crew have worked tirelessly and hope to greet the first veteran’s families soon after Memorial Day 2015. Want to help? The Pave The Way campaign will soon begin. Click here for more information. Let’s honor all our Veterans and remember those families who have given so much. Our freedom truly came at their expense.
Posted 11/7/14 at 7:53 AM | Karen Farris
Dear President Obama,
I watched your news conference and heard you say that you’re optimistic about America. Let’s hope your optimism is contagious in Congress. Serious issues can’t wait. Our economy needs to grow—I live in a community that desperately needs that growth. Unemployment and underemployment breed problems. You probably know the statistics—every full time job creates $12,000 in tax revenue. Jobs help both of us.
As a small business owner, my biggest expense is health insurance. Revising the Affordable Care Act is essential. Yet even with added insurance costs, I’ve always balanced my budget by cutting other expenses. So, let’s balance our nation’s budget. Let’s cut non-essential spending since we’re trillions in debt. Seriously, did we need to study synchronized swimming for sea monkeys? And five million dollars for a collaborative zombie game to propel climate change activists? Enough.
But helping the poor is essential. As a broke college student I used food stamps for two years. That was it. Let’s set limits and not incentivize poverty—instead let’s promote the American work ethic. Bill Clinton did this with a Republican Congress. FULL POST
Posted 11/3/14 at 8:26 AM | Karen Farris
God makes no mistakes, so if you’re an American at this time in history, it’s by His design for a divine purpose. Yet, God allows us to choose how we want to live. Does God control our nation’s destiny?
Oh yes. But He also expects us to do our part:
Vote: I’ve exercised my right to vote in every election for the past three decades. While the candidates and the issues I supported didn’t always win, I chose to be involved.
It’s critical that Americans take the time to vote—to learn more about the issues they are voting on and encourage others to vote too.
Pray: Christians across our nation need to pray for our leaders—regardless of whether they are Democrat or Republican.
“Pray for rulers and for all who have authority so that we can have quiet and peaceful lives full of worship and respect for God.” 1 Timothy 2:2 FULL POST
Posted 11/1/14 at 10:25 AM | Karen Farris
Even though Houston’s mayor dropped the subpoenas issued to five area pastors, the threat remains real to pastors and churches nationwide—as they speak the truth from their pulpits. Watch a quick promotional video inviting you to stand together tomorrow for our religious freedom. Visit the website here and watch the video. Will we stand together? Sunday, November 2, 2014.
If you scroll through the comments after the video, you can tell that this will remain a hot button issue for this generation and beyond.>
Posted 10/31/14 at 8:20 AM | Karen Farris
Nadine loves horror flicks and just so she doesn’t have to wait for Halloween, she bought her favorites to watch when she’s in the mood—Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Nightmare on Elm Street, Scream, or how about this one: House of 1000 Corpses.
To me, being scared senseless isn’t fun, but Nadine shrugs it all off and smiles afterwards. She jokes that if she can face these fears she can face anything.
We were chatting recently and I asked if ISIS scared her. She shrugged. I suppose she’s seen worse on the big screen.
I asked her what she thought about North Korea’s new miniaturized nuclear warhead, enabling their crazy dictator to make good on his threat to turn Seoul and Washington into “seas of fire”. Nadine shrugged again.
Okay. How about terrorist lone wolf attacks here in America? Ebola? Nadine snorted in response. I could tell she wasn’t fazed.
I wondered how she managed to shelve her fears? Today’s news isn’t Hollywood horror; it’s real. Christians in Iraq and Syria know this. So do the kidnapped girls in Nigeria. Torture and torment in so many places. Pure evil. Hell on earth. Nadine nodded sympathetically. She hates evil and its awful abuse. FULL POST
Posted 10/29/14 at 8:07 AM | Karen Farris
I Stand Sunday is an opportunity for Christians nationwide to stand with the pastors and churches in Houston—who faced intimidation from Houston’s Mayor as she demanded they give her their sermons and private communication. These governmental strong-arm tactics could be a harbinger of similar intrusions ahead for us all.
The Family Research Council is sponsoring a nation-wide event on Sunday, November 2, 2014. Many esteemed Christian pastors and notable speakers are gathering at Grace Community Church, in Houston, Texas and will share their insights on how to maintain the rights and privileges provided constitutionally. Christians concerned about the freedom to live out their faith should gather with their church fellowships and watch this 90-minute live webcast (7pm ET 6PM CT 5 PM MT 4 PM PT). It will also be rebroadcast at additional times. These critical issues will be discussed.
Posted 10/27/14 at 8:53 AM | Karen Farris
Another community has been devastated by one gun in the hands of someone who used temporary anguish to create permanent loss. No one knows what led a young teen boy to methodically shoot his cousins and friends in front of his peers at his school. He used a gun that was not his.
Within hours, the first blog appeared by proponents of Washington State’s gun control initiative (I-594). They were using this horrible scene as one more grievous example of what will continue to happen unless we regulate the use of guns. How incredibly audacious of them to begin the immediate clamor for passage of a law that even Washington’s law enforcement community is against. If the law passes, police won’t be able to enforce it, nor do they believe it will reduce criminal behavior.
But this isn’t really a gun problem; it’s an evil problem. How can we expect a good outcome when our kids are continually fed an evil diet? Today’s kids grow up with violence packaged as entertainment. It anesthetizes them to the brutality and the reality of evil. FULL POST