Sunday (and Christmas shopping)

Isaiah 58: 6-11

10 If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry
and satisfy the needs of the oppressed,
then your light will rise in the darkness,
and your night will become like the noonday.

11 The LORD will guide you always;
he will satisfy your needs in a sun-scorched land
and will strengthen your frame.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
like a spring whose waters never fail.

As you seek to bless your loved ones through gift-giving this Christmas season, may I challenge you to also reach out to a child in need somewhere beyond your personal circle of loved ones? You could change a life.

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  1. Thanks, Mary, for the beautiful reminder.
    This is one of the sections of the Bible God used when speaking to us about adoption. It was a bit painful to realize that we were declaring with our words our devotion to Him, but our lives were not reflecting those heartfelt desires.
    We are now at the point where God is challenging us to keep submitting to Him, allowing Him to guide us through the rough spots, etc, because He DOES desire to “strengthen our frame” & make us “like a well-watered garden”.
    I pray that many families take your challenge to help meet the needs of the many hurting children around the world.
    We also have a World Vision challenge for clean water going on at our blog, reminding our readers to do the same.
    By the way, it was amazing to be in the southwestern corner of Ethiopia (extremely remote) & see World Vision at work helping children & families meet basic needs.

  2. Mary,
    I have looked and am somehow missing how to email you. I’ve been looking for the Beth Moore Bible Study. Did you ever get my email with my address? You can email me at


  3. Beautiful.

  4. Scott and Carolee Bolitho says:

    Love this Mary, thank you!

    Carolee (from AKC)

  5. what a beautiful reminder! it certainly is not all about us.

  6. My blogsurfing has turned into weeping. I never saw the “If” in this verse before. It really does change everything, doesn’t it?