By Ashley Devonish | Category: The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Thursday, December 1, 2011
I sit. Hands in lap, chin up, heart churning. My hair, wet and combed, is held at the nape of my neck by a band securely holding the 12 inches of length grown out over the last several years. These inches were with me when I cradled my son Sawyer for the last time. They graced my neck as we anticipated Quinten’s arival
By Ashley Devonish | Category: Family Focus, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Thursday, November 10, 2011
If your heart has been stirred by this topic of hunger than I hope that the ideas on how to help the hunger (both locally and internationally) mentioned below will help motivate your family into action. I realize this list is limited so I would encourage and ask you to leave a comment if you know of other great resources or opportunities.
By Ashley Devonish | Category: Family Focus, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Yesterday’s post was pretty heavy. The statistics of the hunger needs are very discouraging and can leave us feeling overwhelmed. However, I don’t believe we are expect to solve the problem. We are told in the Bible that the poor will always be with us (Matthew 26:11). What we are told to do however is to stand up for the poor (Psalm 146:7) and to love our neighbor as ourselves (Mark 12:30). I realize that if ANY of us had neighbors dying at the rate of 4 kids a minute we would be overwhelmed with urgency to help. This week I realized that if these foreign families lived here in the United States under the same conditions they are in now (no clean water, no healthy food, sleeping on the ground. . .) CPS woud swiftly come in and take the children away. These families may live far away, but they are still our neighbors. I urge us to respond in love rather than to walk away in dispair. Below I have outlined some starting points for your heart.
By Ashley Devonish | Category: Family Focus, The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Yesterday I shared my experience in Costco that almost brought me to tears and my heart on the topic of hunger. Today I want to share with you the first of three posts that will give you a starting point for how to begin to understand the hunger need (Head), some ideas on ways to guide your family to an internal response (Heart) and practical suggestions on how to respond outwardly (Hands).
Because I believe that you cannot fully address a situation until you understand it, lets begin by immersing ourselves in some facts/statistics and videos that will help us get a better understanding of the Hunger needs both domestically as well as internationally.
By Ashley Devonish | Category: The Journey of Motherhood | Posted Sunday, November 6, 2011
I almost cried in Costco today. It took me by surprise and brought me to a new level of thanksgiving.
Actually, allow me to back up and tell it from the beginning: I was in Costco today, list in hand (or actually in phone) and two kids in toe. I am not pressed for time, so we browse the Christmas isle admiring the beautiful decorations and large Nativity Scenes. I take note as Ashlyn points out EVERY SINGLE princess themed item on display noting what was to go on her Christmas list. Rounding the corner I spot a familiar sight: several women standing, hair in nets, ready to offer samples of food.