When you pull into the property at Restoration Village it’s like entering another world. Surrounded by thick groves of trees; flowers, birds, and butterflies greet you. As you continue up the driveway you’ll notice the lodge, further in is the pond, stables for the horses, and lots of quiet places to sit or walk. This 70 acre oasis in the middle of Northwest Arkansas is a place of healing.
Nowhere is that more obvious then when you step into the dining room; a room where restoration beings to take shape. A room where nutritious meals are served family style, where conversations are loud, and laughter pierces the air. In this room children are learning what family looks like.
Can a taxi ride change somebody’s life for eternity? It can – and I’m not talking about the cab experience you had that made you think the afterlife was coming sooner than expected! I’m talking about a true life-change moment between a taxi driver, his passenger, a loving God, and your partnership with KLRC.
About ten minutes before Casting Crowns was to take the stage in Springdale this past July, someone working security (let’s call him Jeff) got my attention. Jeff wanted to share a story with me. You see, when Jeff isn’t working events, he’s busy driving people all over NWA in his taxi.
What would it FEEL like to be completely out of debt?
No credit cards, no car payments, no student loans, no medical debt, no personal loans to family or friends, not even a mortgage payment, nothing.
What would that feel like?
Years ago, I was an "eye-for-an-eye, tooth-for-a-tooth," kind of girl. I longed for payback for the people who hurt my heart.
I felt God asking me to move forward so that I could heal, but I remained stuck.
Nine year-old bat boy Kaiser Carlile died after being struck in the head by a bat in what was a freak accident. He was doing something he loved. His dad said the players were heroes to him and he looked up to them, and even though he was wearing a helmet, he was accidently struck and killed. What a tragedy.
It may sound flippant, but accidents happen all the time. In the Bible we read about Jonathon’s son who, when he was five, was being hurried away by his nurse when he fell and became crippled. Or when a young man was listening to the apostle Paul preach and he fell out of a window. The fact that we are often surprised when we hear a story like Kaiser’s is a mystery since we seem to encounter so many accidents along life’s journey.
Have you ever been overwhelmed by something that seems trivial to others? Perspective is a funny thing.
For example, did you know that my thumb is bigger than you are?
You don’t have to be so strong. I think of the story in the Gospels when a man who couldn’t walk was lowered through the roof by his friends and placed at the feet of Jesus. We all get to the point sometimes when we can’t take another step. There’s no shame in that, and you don’t have to pretend to be strong.
Let those who love you carry you. Tell them what you need. Ask for help. See that as an act of courage—not of weakness. Because that’s what it is.
Hoover Dam is impressive! It holds millions of gallons of water that serve the drinking water and agricultural needs of people in the area and was designed to generate electricity. The release of the water is a huge blessing that generates life! Hoover Dam is a great picture of the blessings of God to His people. God has blessed His people with an amazing amount of resources! Most serve the daily needs of His people. But He also designed a portion to be released to generate the funds needed to accomplish His Kingdom work.
"Why can’t you get it together?"
"If you would just try harder..."
Have you heard any of these? Maybe you've even said them to yourself.
Last night my 3rd daughter spent almost an hour sitting on the foot of my bed talking to me about college applications, visit days, ACT scores, and financial aid. Even though I’ve already sent two daughters to college, it’s still overwhelming. The choices… the paperwork… the second guessing and need to talk through everything.
I confess, I was tired, and really wanted to table the conversation and go to sleep, but I’m her mom, and a mom’s job is to help their child navigate the muddy waters of leaving home and finding their future at the school of their dreams.