Sunday, April 1, 2012

A Special Kind of Dare...

Well darlings, today I'm presenting you all with a special kind of dare...

Do you think you're up for it? I surely hope so!

So the Hubs and I just started a new tradition for our little growing family...a sort of resolution, just a couple of months late for the New Year, I suppose.

And I wanted to share it with you all, not for personal bragging rites, but rather because I think it's a lovely, simple thing to do, that most families can manage, in some capacity...

The Hubs and I gave 100-kroner (about $20 USD) to a charity of my choosing last month, around the beginning of the month, and we're set to make a monthly habit of it now.
So around the beginning of each month, we'll just take turns picking a charitable organization to donate to, and give our monthly gift as a family.

It really is so simple, especially since making a donation online is so commonplace/instant now! Really any charity you could imagine donating to will accept online payments through Paypal or something similar...

So even if your family can only budget out $5, $10, or even just a couple of dollars a month, I think most organizations would agree with me in stating that really, any little bit helps.
Just being conscious of the need of others in your area, and all over our planet really, is what matters. So whether you're donating to children, animals, or the environment, please find a cause you believe in. Something you can feel positive about supporting and getting behind.
If you can make a monthly habit of it, like we've decided to, that's great. If your family only gives once or twice a calendar year, that's still amazing.

So that's my dare, darling readers.

I dare you all, and your families to find a cause, or causes to rally behind and give when and what you can.

For me, I feel like this resolution was somewhat of a calling from the Lord. And why wouldn't it be? The Bible is, and Jesus himself in his sermons was very clear on the matter of charity and helping your fellow human...
In fact, while the Lord was calling his disciples to spread the gospel, he specifically instructed them to give away all their earthly possessions to the poor to follow him!

Blessed is he that considers the poor: Yahweh will deliver him in time of trouble. Yahweh will preserve him, and keep him alive; and he shall be blessed upon the earth: and you will not deliver him to the will of his enemies. – Psalms 41:1-2

But this I say, He which sows sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which sows bountifully shall reap also bountifully. Every man according as he purposes in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loves a cheerful giver. – 2 Corinthians 9:6-7

He that despises his neighbor sins: but he that has mercy on the poor, happy is he. – Proverbs 14:21

Give, and it shall be given to you. A good measure, pressed down and shaken together and running over shall be put into your lap. For with the same measure with which you measure, it shall be measured back to you. – Luke 6:38

So March was my choice of donations, and what with the worsening famine conditions in the Horn of Africa this year, I decided to give to the U.N.'s World Food Programme

I was so surprised to find that just $1.00USD is enough for the WFP to provide four portions of food to those in need. Just one dollar, folks. I'll leave it at that.
I believe everyone should be responsible for educating themselves as to the current issues going on in the world, and I'm sure you all have at least one organization in mind automatically when the subject of charitable donations comes up...
So make up your own mind...but please report it back if you and your family have decided to take me up on my dare, and start a plan for giving to others, or even if you have a plan budgeted already!

So this coming month of April, the Hubs will pick an organization he wants to support, and we'll make our family's monthly gift.
Not sure whom/what he's planning to choose, especially as he's been gone for a week now, on business to China. :(
As usual, I managed just fine here at the house on my own for the past week...but when I'm on my own like this, I'm so grateful for our two dogs, otherwise I don't think I could just knock around our big house out on the countryside completely would be WAY too lonely! I'm so glad for their furry little faces following me around when the Hubs is away!

So I'm picking the Hubs up after church later tonight, after his flight gets back to Norway from Copenhagen (coming in from Shanghai), and I can't wait to see him! :D

Anyway, both the Hubs and I are taking the whole of this coming week off work, having a little Easter-vacation together. Nothing exciting booked, just relaxing together here at the house after he's been gone for this past week. Hoping for some nicer weather so that we might be able to get a little work done out in the yard...

I'll make sure to do a baby-bump post with some belly photos and all that this coming week, as it's a bit overdue...

Stay tuned!