What Can YOU Do?

The following is a guest post by one of my best blogging friends and sisterchicks, Jessie from Vanderbilt Wife. And when I first read this it gave me chills. Enjoy.

The topic was stewardship, and the question referred to the “do not worry about tomorrow” passage in Matthew.

The question, from a study on Mission, asked something like, “How would you live if you really trusted God to take care of your basic needs?”

My head swam, honestly. After days of reading posts from the Compassion trip to Guatemala, I couldn’t help but pipe up with something no one wants to hear:

“What about the people whose basic needs are NOT being met? People dying of hunger? People with no clean water? WHAT ABOUT THEM?”

As quickly as I said it, I knew I could answer the question myself. The resources are out there for God to provide for these basic needs. He’s entrusted Christians to do His will, to serve His people. And obviously, we are not doing enough.

My cable TV costs could sponsor three Compassion children each month. The money we spend on eating out could be going toward educating midwives and providing childbirth help in developing nations–something close to my heart (it’s Gift 6).

We tithe, and we sponsor one child, and because we are living in a pretty tight financial situation, we silently agree it’s enough. Yet my heart burns to do more.

I don’t have a lot of extraneous funds. But I do have a lot of books, due to years of bibliophilia and an English major. It’s embarrassing how many books I own–read and unread.

I am going to be listing a lot of items on Half.com. All of my proceeds are going toward providing families with clean water, through Samaritan’s Purse. It’s something I can do, right now.

What can you do, right now?


  1. Jessie you are awesome!! Love this!

  2. Yes! Love this! I feel exactly the same way and God has led me to start the Sisterhood of the Traveling Belt (bloodwaterbelt.org)…it all goes to clean water and AIDS education in Africa through blood:water mission. Both are worthy causes and I’m glad God is moving us both to do more.

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  8. Re: serving dniner time.We have the same problem in our house. A lot of times, my husband and I aren’t hungry until later in the evening and the kids are hungry around 5. I usually make the meal early, serve them out of it and then reheat (in the oven to prevent rubbery food) for us later. It isn’t perfect, but it works for us :)It is all a big game of trial and error. I’ve been a SAHM mom for almost 4 years now (!!) and still haven’t gotten it “right.” I honestly don’t think there actually is a right way to do it, just the best way for your family.I, too, have discovered the wonders of a made bed. I don’t get it done often, but I’m working on getting it done more. Again, not perfect but getting there :)Sounds like you’re doing a fine job, Jessie!

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