Saturday Morning Coffee Talk

Good Saturday morning, friends! I know it’s a holiday weekend, but I still wanted to write a personal update today.

The first week of school is behind us. Here’s the obligatory First Day of School picture. I have a 10th grader, a 4th grader, and a 7th grader. {HOLD ME!}

First Day of School 2015

It’s been odd, starting before Labor Day. We got all geared up for going back to school, but before we could get our new routine established, we found ourselves on a 4-day holiday again! I think it’s messing with the kids more than the adults. They are all out of sorts.

I know that I’ll be happier once we get a full school week under our belts. NOT that I’m complaining about the four interruption-free days I had to work and get the house in order. That was glorious. And NOT that I’m complaining about a holiday weekend. I’m enjoying a the last few lazy days of summer, but it will be nice to get onto a predictable routine.

Earlier this week, I went to see War Room with a couple of girlfriends.

War Room Movie: My Thoughts

I didn’t know anything about it except that it was supposedly about prayer, so I went in with no expectations whatsoever. I’m always a bit nervous going to faith-based movies because I’m never sure I’m going to like the way Christians are portrayed or agree with the theology presented. As the movie got started, I could see that it was going to be pretty in-your-face evangelical, so I immediately started to get a bit twitchy.

Let me just put it this way. War Room doesn’t hold anything back. Sometimes the faith-based movies can sugarcoat the Gospel (Mom’s Night Out, anyone?) but this one almost went to the other extreme. They laid it all out there, that’s for sure. And yet, by the end, while it was contrived in parts, and the melodrama was a bit much at times, I felt that they did a good job at presenting the Gospel accurately and depicting characters that many of us can relate to. It basically calls people to make prayer a priority, to turn back to God (if they’ve wandered), and to seek Him in prayer.

It is pretty heavy-handed with the proselytizing, and I expect it will be a turnoff to some, but for me personally, it was very convicting. I left the theater with a renewed commitment to making prayer a bigger part of my daily life.

I definitely would have toned it down in some parts, given a choice, but it’s refreshing to see a movie in mainstream theaters that takes the Word of God seriously and seeks to proclaim the truth no matter what the cost. If you’re interested, you can see more about it in this trailer. If you’ve seen it, I’d love to know what you think.

In other more superficial news, I went to the mall this week to take advantage of the gift card sent to me by The Walking Company (cannot WAIT to show you my new boots!! I’ll be styling them into one of my 26 Days of Fall Outfits this week.) And I made the mistake of parking so that I had to walk through Bloomingdales and right past their denim department.

Y’all. I never walk PAST a denim department. I have a terrible weakness for denim. I started browsing, and before I knew it, I was in the dressing room.

dressing-room

I tried on a bunch of styles, but for the first time in probably forever, I left empty-handed. There were a few contenders, but nothing was really calling my name. I took pictures of everything, though, and I don’t mind sharing them, but that should probably be its own post.

Ironically, when I got home, there was a box from DL1961 on my doorstep. They sent me a pair of jeans for one of my 26 Days of Fall Outfits, so I’m really glad I didn’t buy anything at the mall.

Finally, I’ve been reading up on the Syrian refugee crisis, and it’s dreadful.

Sorry, if you didn’t have whiplash yet, you will now. Only I would write about the first day of school, my reflections on a faith-based movie, my latest shopping extravaganza, and a tragic humanitarian disaster in one blog post.

But the fact is, while we go about our (for the most part) care-free, happy lives, people are suffering. They are suffering in our neighborhoods, in the cities nearby, and all over the world. It’s easy to feel helpless and brush it off because we think we can’t do anything about it, but there are things we can always do. We can always pray. That’s not a copout. I fervently believe in the power of prayer. We can volunteer our time. (This is something I need to do more of.) And many of us can give financially (or materially).

World Vision: Donate to the Syrian Crisis

One organization that I trust with my financial donations is World Vision. Whenever there is a humanitarian crisis going on that I want to donate to, I go to World Vision. I know quite a few people involved, and I believe that my money is well spent with them. They have a whole page on the Syrian Refugee Crisis and how you can help.

  • $15 can provide a blanket to a refugee.
  • $50 can provide a refugee with food for one month.
  • $55 can provide a family with clean, safe water using a water filter.
  • $100 can help provide a learning program for refugee children, preparing them for school.
  • $250 can help establish a safe space for children to play and begin healing from trauma.
  • $325 can provide newly-arrived refugees with the basics they need to survive their first month.
  • $3,875 can keep a Child-Friendly Space running for one month, providing a safe place for 120 children to play.

Make a one-time donation through World Vision HERE. Or, go even further, and set up an on-going monthly donation for disaster relief in Syria.

I am not affiliated with World Vision. I just want to help, and this is the best way I know to do so. They have people far more equipped than I who are on the ground in Syria and working to assist them from afar, but they need resources to continue to do their work. I’ve made a donation, and if you are able, I’m encouraging you to do the same. How does the saying go? No one can do everything, but everyone can do something. This is my something. I hope it blesses someone today.

If you want to understand more about what’s going on in Syria (I admit that I was woefully ignorant of the history) this is a pretty good synopsis.

On that note, I have hungry kids waiting for breakfast. I can’t help but think, after reading about the atrocities going on in the world right now, what a blessing it is to be able to walk into my kitchen and open a cupboard and see a plethora of choices. I think I’ll be extra grateful for the little things today.

Whatever your weekend plans may hold, I hope you enjoy them!!