Hope Made Flesh

Please welcome Project 143 to the blog today!

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Our summer started off THE moment school ended… back-to-back trips followed by a two week mission trip… and yet… here we were… the day had arrived… and we were about to burst wide open with excitement.

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Families from all over the Southeast gathered and shared stories about the faces on their banners. Plans for summer activities were being shared, anxious questions about what to expect were being asked, nails being bitten and hearts stirring… strangers walking by and wondering what all the fuss was about.

All three of my children… also once orphans… wanting to know what the delay was… giddy with hope… bouncing with energy…making plans for forts and races and snacks… yes… snacks. Gotta have good snacks!

Customs. Customs was the hold up and over 20 little orphans were filed in a line in a room we couldn’t see. Their little minds full of questions, hearts racing in their little chests, hands sweating and eyelids getting heavy from the long journey over… over to the unknown… to the families waiting to embrace them with hope and love and opportunities.

I have been a part of these arrivals for over three years now. I call it “holy ground”. There is something holy about hearts embracing in the presence of the One who created them and holds them in His hands. There is something pure and holy about little hearts trusting and simply embracing love… pushing fear aside and just revealing themselves in an instant… in a moment that will never be forgotten.

But this time was different for me. Usually I am the facilitator… calming nerves of others, praying words of encouragement over them, sharing details and timelines. It has been four years since I was a part of this holy wonder as a host family. That particular hosting brought us our daughter, Taylor. It opened our eyes to the mighty bridge hosting creates for older orphans who are mostly overlooked and so sadly forgotten. After that experience, we jumped in with both feet… we joined Project One Forty Three (P143) as volunteers and advocates for orphans.

And here we were again, hosting TWO littles. Our hearts were the ones racing with anticipation. My eyes were the ones peering into the crowd of people exiting international arrivals.

Finally, after what seemed to be way too long… their little yellow and orange hats appeared… bobbing in random fashion… their heads stretching to catch a glimpse of us. And I saw him first… our 8 year old host child. I could not believe how little he was. Then there she was… coming out from behind a taller child… his 7 year old sister… and they took each other’s hands.

Everything in me wanted to run over and scoop them up. But I had to wait for my name to be called. Was I holding my breath? Yes.

Breathe. Breathe.

Then our name was called… permission to run forward. Before my feet could move, their eyes locked with ours and smiles took over their cautious faces. Then she was running. This tiny little girl abandoned and neglected by love… ran to me… embraced me… squeezed me tightly… and would not let go.

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Oh my heart. What have I done? I have entered in. I am on holy ground.

I am almost unaware of anything around me. I hear and feel her breath on my neck. The strength of her little arms wrapped around me catches me off guard. She is holding on… she has entered in… she too is on holy ground.

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I was undone. My heart intertwined with hers. I stood up… and she held on. She didn’t move. She just held on. Her little body fit around me perfectly and I was undone. Her mother left her. Yes. But God has given her a mother for this summer.

And for five weeks I will be Christ’s love to her in every way possible… to her and to her brother. And God will unfold His will… and we will be obedient.

This is hosting. This is love. This is HOPE made flesh. This is Project One Forty Three.

Dawn~

 

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Christin has a heart to encourage and equip women in aspects of discipleship, marriage, mothering, writing, blogging, and community. She sees the body of Christ as an important community of encouragement and discipleship and works to foster that around the web. She has been married 13 years and has 7 children ranging in age from 11 down to 3. You can find her encouraging moms at her blog Joyful Mothering, writing some deeper thoughts on life and writing at ChristinSlade.com, and learning more about Google+.

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Breathing Room

Please give a shout out to Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group!

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Hello friends! We had so much fun with you all last year, and we’re thrilled that we get to come back and hang out with you once again at Allume 2014!

We are honored to be an Allume sponsor, coming alongside so many others with a mission to spread the gospel and to encourage and equip the women who attend through community with a purpose. It’s such a blessing to be a part of this conference, to hear the passionate testimonies, to share in the laughter and the tears.

We will be sponsoring lunch this year and are excited to bring you a phenomenal writer and speaker, Leeana Tankersley, author of the upcoming book Breathing Room, who will be sharing her heart for women, especially those who may feel overwhelmed by life—those who secretly struggle and yet put on a brave front. Many of you will relate to her battles with comparison and self-criticism, holding onto pain and hurt much like holding your breath, and will surely learn from Leeana how to exhale and let it go.

We are also excited to share with you that a few other Revell authors will be speaking at some of the sessions at Allume, including Emily Freeman, author of A Million Little Ways; Jessica Turner, author of the upcoming book The Fringe Hours; Amber Haines (soon to be published) and Emily Wierenga, author of the beautiful memoir Atlas Girl from Baker Books.

Don’t forget to stop by our booth and register for some great giveaways!

Many of you are familiar with our blog tour program, but if you are not reviewing for Revell Reads, be sure to check us out at www.bakerpublishinggroup.com/revell/revell-reads.

It’s pretty simple:

  • Sign up and select the categories you’re interested in.
  • Receive email invites for available blog tours.
  • Choose which titles you would like to review.
  • We’ll send out your complimentary copy or send you a NetGalley link for your e-copy.
  • Write an original review within the blog tour dates and post to your blog and at least one consumer website.
  • Submit your link to Revell Reads.

We hope to see you at Allume!

-Revell

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Christin has a heart to encourage and equip women in aspects of discipleship, marriage, mothering, writing, blogging, and community. She sees the body of Christ as an important community of encouragement and discipleship and works to foster that around the web. She has been married 13 years and has 7 children ranging in age from 11 down to 3. You can find her encouraging moms at her blog Joyful Mothering, writing some deeper thoughts on life and writing at ChristinSlade.com, and learning more about Google+.

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Groove and Praise? Yeah, We Got This

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Welcome to Shazzy Fitness!!

Years ago, long before the age of Zumba, I used to drive around Atlanta, following my favorite hip-hop dance instructors. For someone who is “rhythmically-challenged”, there is an indescribable feeling of a sort of…well…euphoria …when you find a dance class, with a teacher you can actually follow and most importantly, with music that makes you wanna move.

And once you found that class – it changed from being a “workout” to more of a hobby of sorts. Something you did, that you loved, that you wanted to get better at. Something that you would plan your week around and that made you smile when you thought about it.

And for that entire 55 minutes of grapevines and squares and single, single doubles, you were lost in the dream of being the dancer you had always longed to be.

In reality of course, I was still oh so average. Yeah, I could follow the mechanics (given several months of study & practice) but I never had the “flow”. That natural grace and beauty that’s inherent to every natural born dancer. It was during that time that I started to ponder the passion I felt for the “process” – the music, the instructor, the moves – and how that passion might be channeled in other ways.

Fast forward about 10 years. Zumba is all the rage, everybody’s doing it. Hip-hop dance classes are still popular and offered in countless classes around the city. I decide to try a few classes. For some reason (maybe cause I’m a mom now?), I am much more aware of the moves and the lyrics. Have they always been this suggestive? …this explicit? … this well… denigrating?

Does it have to be this way? Can’t we have dance and have fun and have music that we actually like and wanna dance to? And could that music be inspiring and uplifting and spirit-filled, without being too preachy or worse, lame?

That part gets most people. Is it really ok for Christians to dance? Ok for us to have fun? And with Christian music you say? Answer: YES we can. YES it is ok. YES! YES! YES!

Don’t believe me? Check out who we are and what we do.


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I am a woman of faith. I am a wife and I am a mom. I remain a very reluctant entrepreneur still trying to figure this whole thing out.

Shazzy Fitness is for us. It’s for your best friend and your mother and yes, your grandmother. It’s high-energy, calorie-burning, easy-to-follow and yet still for all ages and all fitness levels. It will touch your soul and ignite your spirit. And best of all, you will have FUN. I promise!

I really hope to see you at our Gathering. And if I don’t see you, please come find me, and let me know what you think of our Youtube video.

I’ll be the one with the bright smile and hugging everybody I meet.

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“SHAPE what the Father gave ya”
Shazzy Fitness is a fun, easy-to-learn dance fitness program that fuses hip-hop dance moves with the hottest Christian hip-hop music. Our family-friendly moves + Christian dance music are perfect for moms and kids, plus it’s easy-to-learn  – even if you’ve never danced before!
Join this AWESOME hip-hop dance party as lead choreographer Apollo shows step-by-step how to do the dance moves from from the hit DVD “Shazzy Fitness: A Time to Dance”.
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​We think we have the best Christian hip-hop dance workout on the planet :)

Check out a sample of our moves and the music at

Hope to see you there!

Blessings,

Kristy McCarley

CEO, Shazzy Fitness

www.ShazzyFitness.com

Christin

Christin has a heart to encourage and equip women in aspects of discipleship, marriage, mothering, writing, blogging, and community. She sees the body of Christ as an important community of encouragement and discipleship and works to foster that around the web. She has been married 13 years and has 7 children ranging in age from 11 down to 3. You can find her encouraging moms at her blog Joyful Mothering, writing some deeper thoughts on life and writing at ChristinSlade.com, and learning more about Google+.

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