Wednesday, January 9, 2013

This May Get Me in Trouble...

Wow, if that didn't grab your attention...  What a way to start a blog out, right?

Well, my day was going like any typical Cecil day...  Get up, breakfast, chores, schoolwork..  and mumble through math flash cards, realizing, I AM called to stay at home with my littles no matter how hard it is.  My God blessed ME with these guys!  Couldn't be more grateful!  It's be a tiring and trying few days since I'm trying something new with their behavior...  a REALLY good friend told me about it, and she even BOUGHT me the book and it showed up on my door TODAY!!!  REALLY excited to give this a go, b/c even before reading the book, I started it..  Oy...  That first day was NOT so much fun, but we are getting there...  ;)  Not that my kids were horrible beasts or anything, but needed some, well, lets say, improvement.  Me being their mom needed some improvement on sticking to it, not that I didn't follow through...  but ya know...  ;)  Seein it through no matter how tired I am..  But I will get on that on another blog once we've got this down...  May take a bit, but will def blog about this book and how it's working later!  :)

Ok, so back to my day....  So I pop into Facebook and see something about 27 dead in a school shooting...  Not just ANY school shooting, but an ELEMENTARY school shooting!  I was like no way!  So of course I pop over to google to see what I can find out...

We have a tv, but can NOT get ANY channels, and I'm fine with that.  ;)

Sure enough, some one killed, innocent CHILDREN...

But do you know what?  Did you hear what happened in China today?  Just about the same amount of people too.  Did you know that?  Yes, no one was killed, but injured....  got stabbed in their heads....

Did you know that over 16,000 CHILDREN die a DAY from hunger?  That equals to be ONE child EVERY FIVE SECONDS.

Oh, well, hunger is different from cold blood shooting right?

Yes, yes it is.  But who's making a big deal about this?

What about human trafficking?  Lots of reports on this, but we are talking 300,000 CHILDREN a YEAR are taken...  Do you know how many that equals to a day?  Well, I'll be honest, my brain is very tired and I may have done it wrong, but if I did the math right, that's just over 833 a DAY....

Oh, yes, human trafficking is different than some dude shooting in cold blood.

Ok, what's orphans.  Ya, you KNEW I was going there right?

There are over 163 MILLION orphans in the world...

Over  5,670 become an orphan a DAY...

Approximately 250,000 children are adopted annually, but…
Each year 14, 505, 000 children grow up as orphans and age out of the system by age sixteen
Each day 38,493 orphans age out
Every 2.2 seconds another orphan ages out with no family to belong to and no place to call home

 Oh, yes, the world, not close enough to home is it?

Ok, well, then let's move this closer to home, here in the UNITED STATES....

Just over 300 MILLION here in the States.

If only 7, SEVEN percent of Christians helped an orphan, there would be no more orphans.

This number makes me sick....  There are 719 children awaiting in foster care to be adopted in the STATE OF MARYLAND and guess how many churches???  There are 5,816 churches in MARYLAND...  what's wrong with that number?  Don't live in Maryland? There's stats for every state...

http://www.icareaboutorphans.org/WaitingKidsinYourState.aspx

There are more churches than there are orphans in the US....




Yes, I understand that these children were not shot dead in their school...

My point.
In NO way shape or form am I trying to dismiss what happened today.  Not at all.  It's very sad and extremely SICKENING.  My point is,  Who's talking about the kids who die from starvation?  Who;s talking about human trafficking? How old is your child?  Can you picture (boy OR girl) your child stolen from you to be SOLD into slavery?  What about the orphans?  Who's talking about them? Did those kids who were born WANT to be an orphan?  No, they didn't have a choice.  Same goes for those children for human trafficking.  They didn't CHOOSE to be a slave.

We should NOT let a huge tragedy like this make us hug our kids more.  That should be THE FIRST thing you want to do when you see them get off that school bus, or walk in the door, not just today, but EVERY DAY!!! I don't care what kind of day you had, or how rough it was with the kids.  Hug them. I posted this, in a different language as my status tonight...
Its sad that it takes a major tragedy to make you want to hug your kids tighter...  shouldn't be that way.

Like I said, this is a very touchy subject and I'm sure I'm gonna get it.  But know I am not in any way shape or form trying to dismiss what happened, but what I want to know is, this gets huge media, as it should, but what about all these other kids who are hurting or dying?  What's being done?

God WILL use this for the good!  I believe that everything happens for a reason and I don't like that this happened.  It makes me sick.  But kids dying from hunger makes me sick too.
Kids taken for sex slaves, that makes me sick.
Orphans, that makes me sick.

We may never understand or fully get an answer to WHY this evil happened.  Or why there is hunger, orphans and human trafficking, BUT I believe we CAN do SOMETHING!  WE CAN make a difference!  Good can and will arise from this!  It's all in how we go on from here.  We have to keep our eyes, ears, and hearts fixed on Him and ONLY Him.  His wonderful love will continue to out-pour from His loving hands, and as long as we run to Him...  He will give us the strength to go on.  God has a plan!  We just have to keep trusting Him.  Know that He will bring good out of this!  It is so sad and sickening this happened, but I know that He has a plan, and it is way better than you or I could ever think or imagine!

My post earlier about homeschooling my kids...  was NOT a put down on teachers, or parents that have to send their kids to school.  I was simply being thankful for my job!  I understand and know that you have to work there, or put them in a school, and I am in NO way bashing that! You do what God has called you to do.  I am NOT judging you at all!  This is what God has called me to do, and I'm glad!

I hope she doesn't mind, but saw this quote on a friends page and wanted to share here....

"But the Lord renewed my strength, and carried me along, that I might see more of His power; yea, so much that I could never have thought of, had I not experienced it." -Mary Rowlandson
  God WILL use this for good....  Just keep praying and keep your all on and in Him!  He really knows what He is doing....

There is evil everywhere we look... Yes the schools should be safe, but so should walking around a park, or the mall.. Or even your front yard.
Truly cherish every moment you have with your loved ones and don't let a tragedy make you realize what you have...
Just my thoughts...

(P.S. the numbers aren't exactly on some...  I couldn't find everything I was looking for and just went with I found on google...  ;) Wrote this late at night on Dec18,2012)

1 comment:

Stephanie said...

Love your thoughts on this-- totally blew me away about how if only 7% of "Christians" would adopt there would be no more orphans. This pulls a heart string of mine.. makes me sick too. Thank you for posting this.
-Steph