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We have to have a parking lot? Really?

 

 

Eighteen months ago it seemed like a pretty simple concept.

  • Pregnant teens needed a home

Logically speaking when you see a problem you search for the solution. This one seemed like a no-brainer.

  • Get them a home

I honestly couldn’t figure out why I seemed to be the only one to see the solution. I’m a fairly intelligent woman but not always the sharpest knife in the drawer. As each month passes it’s pretty clear now why nobody wanted to touch this one. As each month passes the stacks of papers, regulations, applications, policies, procedures, licenses, requirements grows exponentially. The budget is nowhere near what we originally thought. We have to convince a whole heck of a lot of people that what we are doing is a good thing. And now we found out we have to have a parking lot.

A Parking Lot? Really?

All we want to do is help those in need

And that, is exactly what we are going to do.

Are you ready to dig in with us? Are your knees ready for some bruised up prayer time? Are your knuckles ready to be bloodied as we climb the side of this cliff?

We have a tough road ahead but it’s necessary.

Are you in?

Leave us a comment below to tell us. Thanks!

2 Corinthians 4:8

The Message (MSG)

 7-12If you only look at us, you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side;

 


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“No room in the Inn” takes on another meaning

This has been a heart breaking week so far for The Sparrow’s Nest.

I’ve had numerous calls from young girls who were pregnant or parenting sweet little babies and had no place to go. I had another call from a caseworker still looking for a safe place for his 16 year old client and her 4 month old baby. I looked into the eye of a mother of 13 year old girl who has struggled for months with so many self destructive behaviors. The family just needed a moment of peace.

However, the stark reality is the 3-4 teen shelters in the entire St. Louis metro are full. They’ve started waiting lists again. “No room in the Inn” has taken on another meaning during this holiday season. We’ve started referring girls out of the area. Some are willing to leave what they know. Others can’t imagine being away from their familiar surroundings during this hard time in their lives. Things look pretty bleak.

But, you are hope. And you can make space for even more hope.

Your prayers can help bring light to these dark places.

Your creativity can bring answers to these problems.

Your generosity can help Build The Nest

for a safe and secure place for these innocent babies and their young mothers.

We need champions who will give sacrificially for such a time as this. Please donate whatever you can, $1, $10, $20, $100.

Let’s make space for hope together.

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http://www.thesparrowsneststl.org

Wow Me Wednesdays

If We All Do One Random Act of Kindness...

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“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Romans 8:28

It has a been a crazy couple of weeks around the globe wouldn’t you say? Tornado devastation, the death of Osama Bin Laden, levees being busted to save towns, the Coleman trial here in St. Louis. Not to mention daily doses of divorce, cancer, depression, family unrest. It enough to put you in the fetal position locked in your bedroom for 3days.

But even with these scary and uncertain times Good is still being accomplished. Generosity is abounding. Strangers are still producing Acts of Kindness. Grace and Love and Mercy are still being demonstrated. Laughter is still being heard and Joy is being felt.

Today for Wow Me Wednesdays I REALLY want you to share what fabulously GOOD  things you have seen or heard about that are bringing JOY, GRACE, MERCY, LOVE, KINDNESS, LAUGHTER, or GENEROSITY to your community, your church, your family, your neighborhood.

Live blessed!

Letter #1 To A Pregnant Teen

Hey,

This may sound kind of creepy and stalker-like but I just wanted you to know that I can’t stop thinking about you. I know we haven’t met yet and that probably freaks you out but I just wanted you to know that there are people out there that care for you. There are people out there who don’t want you to feel alone or scared now that you are pregnant.

I guess I just wanted to assure you I’m working as fast as I can to get you a safe place to stay while you are pregnant. I’m feverishly trying to raise money to be able to get you a place to stay, the right people to help you , and the things you will need to be the best mommy you can be right now. I wake up in the middle of night and God and I talk about you. Not like in a bad way. I just ask Him to keep His hand on you and your baby until I can help you.

You want to know the coolest thing though? It’s not difficult  to find people who care about you. I don’t have to go searching hard to find people to want to help you get off to a good start in this next stage of your life. I don’t want you to think it’s all jacked up and they feel sorry for you or they pity you. It’s not like that at all. There are people all over this city who deeply care about you and your baby. They aren’t judging you. You don’t have to prove anything to them. They already love you and your baby.

So today, if you are waking up and you are already dreading today I wanted you to know you are surrounded by love. If you are waking up today and feel stressed out by decisions, and people, and school, and family I just wanted you to know you are covered in prayer. And that there is help on the way.

Hang in there sweetie,

C

Meltdown to Praise

This past week has been one of those weeks where I had to choose to either completely freak out about the pace of The Sparrow’s Nest or trust in God’s plan and timing. The choice seems obvious but it is one I usually fight daily. I don’t like to be an “either-or” person so I chose the middle ground. I had a slight meltdown and THEN turned to my Bible for peace. I wouldn’t suggest following my example but the result was pretty cool.

I was directed to 2 Peter 1:3

His divine power has given us everything we need

for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us

by his own glory and goodness.

I need those reminders that it’s not me but Him. I have a friend who calls me Center of The Universe as a truthful jab. It’s not so much the attention I crave but trying to keep everything aligned. I struggle with staying in control and forcing all the pieces to go how I see them needing to go. And I wanted it all 3 weeks ago.

So today I just want to share some things that have happened that reminds me God has The Sparrow’s Nest is in His hands. These are things I have had nothing to do with, I don’t know where they came from, I had no planning, no forethought. These are pieces of the puzzle God has given us through his divine power to show us He will give us everything we need.

1. The Homeschool Association of St. Louis is donating the proceeds of their food sales from their expo next weekend. I’ve never met them. I haven’t shared the dream with them.

2. My friend Bill wrote me the most encouraging note ever. I received it minutes after my meltdown. I don’t think we share the same belief system. But I heard God speak through his words.

3. Lutheran High School Teens for Life Club donated the proceeds of their Spring Blood Drive to us this week. I didn’t ask for it. I didn’t know there was such a club.

4. My new friend Casey Graham has laid out a step by step plan for us to follow for a major fundraising campaign in May. He gave it to us free of charge because he said he believes in what we are doing. He lives in Atlanta.

5. I was having a meeting at my “office” at the St. Charles Coffee House. I started talking to the young lady behind the counter. Turns out she’s a Non Profit Management major at UMSL. She’s going to be our summer intern this year.

6. My new friend Kurt Schulz was called to pray for 70 people this week. We were one of the 70. How did he know what to pray for?

7. A youth minister with 4 young children mailed us a check for $100. He lives in Nebraska. He wants to support what’s going on in our community.

8. My second cousin’s ex husband lives in Kansas City. He contacted me to work on some marketing videos and press releases for us. He said he can’t explain why he feels God has lead him to us but he’s following the call.

9. I asked my old high school buddy Quinn Murphy for an attorney referral in St. Charles to help with the legal mumbo jumbo. He called back saying his firm of Armstrong and Teasdale would like like to help us pro boon. Armstrong and Teasdale was voted the number one law firm in St. Louis last year.

10. I keep getting phone calls from parents, counselors, educators, service providers looking for places for girls to stay. Planned Parenthood has lost its funding. Every volunteer I recruit says they’ve been looking for something like this.

For such a time as this…

How has God shown you your life is in His hands? More specifically, how is God leading you to The Sparrow’s Nest?

 

 

 


If I could just have a moment of your time

Tell the truth, what’s your first reaction when you see people standing outside your grocery store collecting money or certain door knocking religious types walking up your street? What do you do when someone taps you on the shoulder and asks, “if I could just have a moment of your time? Do you suddenly get a phone call you have to take right then? Does something of utmost importance suddenly become lost in your purse or pocket forcing you to look for it right then rather than making eye contact? “I’m sorry, I  just see you standing there ringing your bell because I needed that very important, um, critical…thingey that was stuck..in the …um, thingey.

During our board meeting this week I encouraged our amazing board members to develop their elevator speech about The Sparrow’s Nest. I wanted us to intentionally think through this exercise so we would be ready to share our ministry with anyone on a moment’s notice. I encouraged them to start by thinking of someone in their life that loves them unconditionally and without a doubt is proud of them. Then I asked them to think about what 3 words that person would use to describe them. Would it be beautiful, handsome,or  godly? What about  innovative, hard-working, or creative?

Chris Brogan comes up with 3 words each year rather than resolutions. He says he comes up with three words that will be his guiding pillars for what he will focus on in the coming year. On his blog he states “instead of resolutions, which don’t usually help me very much, I work hard on using these words as a lighthouse for my actions and efforts.”

If I could just have a moment of your time I’d like to share  my 3 words for The Sparrow’s Nest in 2011:

Christ-centered.

Hope-filled.

Driven.

Now granted 2 of my 3 words are technically 2 words themselves but let’s get past that.:)

Christ-centered

Everything we do at The Sparrow’s Nest is motivated by what has been done for us at the cross. We can show grace, mercy, and love because we have been given a full measure of grace, mercy, and love. We can share compassion, forgiveness, and peace because we have been shown compassion, forgiveness, and peace.

Hope-filled

Whenever I talk with our incredible volunteers and board members, or share our mission with the community there is definite sense of positive anticipation and  a charge of electric excitement. I translate that energy into hope. We are hope filled not because we know without a doubt this mission will come to fruition in the near future but we are hope filled because we know we have an amazing opportunity to share this hope with those vulnerable and scared young girls. We are hope-filled because we know all of us working together will be able to transfer this hope to our community to make a lasting impact.

Driven

The Sparrow’s Nest is driven in 2011. We have a strong sense of urgency to get this ministry started. This does not mean at all that we will cut corners in any way. We will jump through any hoop we need to to and bound over any obstacle in our way but we will continue to push through with gazelle intensity to accomplish this goal. The sooner we get through all the protocol the sooner we can start helping those in need. The more people we have helping to reach this goal the quicker we can get going.

These are the 3 words I’ve chosen for The Sparrow’s Nest Maternity Home. We will continue to pray without ceasing. We will continue to follow the Holy Spirit. We will continue to be obedient to God’s calling.

What 3 words to do pick for yourself this year?