Creating a Capacity for Compassion #1000 Speak

Sometimes I feel as though my capacity for compassion is low. As a Christian and a youth minister’s wife, I am ashamed to admit this. In fact, the past three years of ministry have made me more calloused. Before full-time ministry, compassion came easily to me. I felt deep, genuine empathy and love for others. We nurtured vulnerability in relationships. Alas, one of the unintended pressures of ministry, (and sometimes church in general) is the donning of a facade. We leave our junk at home and paint on what I like to call my “Michelle Dugger smile” (though I greatly admire her). We … Read more…

5 Ways to Practice Generosity as a Family

Yesterday we talked about things YOU, as the adult, can do personally. Your kids need to see you model generosity; they will learn through your example. But one of the best ways to instill values into your family is to practice them together. I know a lot of kids who watched their parents do this or that, but they never learned how to do it for themselves. Generosity is a wonderful character trait to practice together because there are so many opportunities and ideas. Today, I brainstormed five ways you can practice generosity as a family: 1. Decorate a jar as a … Read more…

Compassion Calling

I have learned that when God calls you to do something, it is best to listen. Even though it may seem daunting, the safest place to live is in God’s will. For over a year, it felt like Compassion International was following Mitch and I around. We heard about them at conferences, concerts, and other various events. We were both feeling God’s quiet little tug on our hearts to sponsor a child. But, we put it off. Money was too tight, we reasoned. Maybe later, we told ourselves. We both experienced some guilt, because deep down we knew we could … Read more…