August 28, 2015 | Mary Ann Pullin
Proverbs 18:24 – Friends come and friends go, but a true friend sticks by you like family. (The Message)
Last week we held a gathering of Women of Hope. This group included members of past and current Bridge of Hope mentor groups, a Bridge of Hope participant, two members of our Women’s Auxiliary, and two financial supporters of the Bridge of Hope program. Everyone joined in a discussion about how important “true” friends are for all of us. I am grateful for the Bridge of Hope program, that provides true friends for single homeless mothers, enabling them to become the capable people that God created them to be. My prayer is that true friendship will flourish through the work of Home Sweet Home Ministries.
August 27, 2015 | Mary Ann Pullin
Isaiah 64:8 – Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.
Last Saturday a group from the First Baptist Church in Fairbury met at the Billy Shelper Center to focus on how they are shaped by God and what God’s plan is for their service in the world. Spending time with them caused me to reflect on the shape of each person that is associated with Home Sweet Home Ministries. On Saturday morning alone, I saw one person drop off several boxes of cereal and another drop off fresh garden produce; they are shaped to be generous and to share with others. I observed several of our residents who were diligent about their work service; they are shaped to be faithful laborers who are making the environment safe and comfortable and clean for all to enjoy. I observed our residential associates, who are shaped to be hospitable and helpful, and our kitchen staff, who are shaped to be creative and accommodating. I saw our breakfast volunteers, who are shaped to share love and joy in their service. How is God shaping you for service in the world today?
August 13, 2015 | Mary Ann Pullin
Proverbs 22:6 - Point your kids in the right direction - when they're old they won't be lost. (The Message)
It is back-to-school time! The children who are residing at Home Sweet Home Ministries will soon be back in their classrooms. Some will need to adjust to a new school. I pray that their minds will be open to learning and growing in the direction that God intends for them.
This week I talked with three of our employees who formerly resided at Home Sweet Home Ministries. All three of them said that they were well into their adult years and had run into many detours and dead ends before God "pointed them in the right direction." They did feel lost, but now they are found. It is never too late to be pointed in the right direction by God.
Be joyful in HOPE, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayerRomans 12:12