This world is full of beautiful souls motivated and capable of meeting the needs of those around them. As Glennon Doyle says, “We belong to one another”, which perfectly mirrors Jacob Marley’s declaration in A Christmas Carol, “Mankind [is] my business!”.
Yesterday, my sweet friend, Patty, and I had the BEST time playing “Elf” and delivering personal clothing items to a group of special teen moms in Chicago!
The moms participate in the YoungLives Chicago program, which supports, mentors, and helps shape the lives of these brave, young women and their precious children. You can read more about YoungLives by reading this post!
Simpson Academy for Young Women! What a school, what a place! This place, you guys. THIS PLACE! They’re taking the everyday, yet often extraordinary, needs of young women (education, healthcare, guidance, counseling, and love) and not only MEETING them, but exceeding them in ways only God could orchestrate.
We are His hands and feet, my loves. We ARE.
(Pictured here: Simpson Academy for Young Women Principal, Sherita Carter-King; SPM Ministries Founder, Wendie Connors; and YoungLives Chicago Simpson Academy Coordinator, Khadija Warfield)
Here’s the thing, sister friends. Someone will always have “more” than you, whether it’s physical, financial, spiritual, emotional, or intellectual. But the flipside is this:
YOU WILL ALWAYS HAVE MORE THAN SOMEONE ELSE.
Let’s stand together and “make womankind our business” and our goal in 2019. Let’s be the Esther Generation (see Esther 4:14; more on this to come…) and use our God-given gifts and resources outside our own four walls to make a difference in ways and for causes that we are uniquely equipped for.
This one sure spoke to my heart, girls. But again, more on that to come… 😉
A big thank you to the lovely women of Glen Ellyn who went out of their way on super short notice to drop off 26 brand new bras, 56 pair of brand new undies, 55 pair of brand new socks, and 6 pair of fuzzy slippers! You are incredible.
And an even BIGGER thank you to those of you who reached out to say you’d pray over these teen moms and their children this holiday season and throughout the year.
We see you, YoungLives mommas. We love you. We’re proud of the hard work of mothering you are doing. And, more importantly, so is our amazing God who does all good, good things, even when our circumstances would tell us otherwise. Believe it.
Merry Christmas, everyone. And thanks, Jacob Marley, for reminding us that we really are here simply to help one another get “Home” safely…and well loved.
God bless us, every one (thanks, Tiny Tim…).
P.S. Massive love and gratitude to my Elfin partner in “Christmas Crime” today, Patty Cavanagh, for her heart, her joy, her friendship, AND her freakishly awesome photo skills!!