Calling All Artists

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Have a little artist in your home? Here's their chance to make their mark. Knowing that children have endless visions of sugar plums and candy canes, Gladney is looking to its "babies" to design its annual holiday card. Budding artists can submit cover art, the inside verse . . . or both!

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Gladney and the Prayer of Jabez

Sunday, September 13, 2009

There are a lot of ways that people can support Gladney. Usually we focus on folks volunteering their time and talents, providing financial support, increasing awareness of the joys of adoption, etc. Another area that could receive more attention is prayer. Gladney has a noble, child-centered mission of Creating Bright Futures Around the World, a mission that is surely aligned with God’s heart. Why not pray for Gladney ?

I do. And I think the prayer of Jabez is a good framework. The prayer of Jabez has been around for a good while, 3000 years or so. (See I Chronicles 4:10.) About 10 years ago, it was “dusted off” in a book by Bruce Wilkinson. (After all, I Chronicles is pretty hard to find.) Here is the prayer, replacing “me” with “us” and “Gladney”…….

“Oh, that you would bless Gladney indeed
and enlarge our territory,
that Your hand would be with us
and that you would keep us from evil.”

“That You would bless us” – This is not a selfish prayer. It’s not focused on material blessing. We simply want what God wants for us. We want governments to find favor with us, birthmothers to locate us, adoptive parents to work with us, and sure, financial support, all designed to improve the lives of children around the world.
“Enlarge our territory” – We want to make a greater impact; we want to expand our influence; we want to be among the leaders in the adoption and child welfare discussion.
“That Your hand would be with us” – I want to know that God’s handprint is on everything we are doing at Gladney.
“And that You would keep us from evil” – If we are on the front lines doing God’s work, we’ll encounter resistance. Here we simply ask God to go before us.

I hope you’ll join me in this prayer. Let’s watch God work.

Interstate 35

Monday, September 7, 2009

I have made the drive between Austin and Ft Worth over 200 times in the last 2 years. I’m frequently asked if I’m tired of it. My stock answer is: “no, it gives me time to think”.

And this is true, but it is also giving me an opportunity to learn some things about myself. I’m not a nice person when it comes to highway driving. In fact, I’m a profiler. There, I admit it. The only people who don’t drive like idiots, who keep to the exact right speed (not necessarily the speed limit) and stay in the exact right lanes at all times are 54 year old males. It may be a coincidence, but I happen to be a 54 year old male. My profiling and lack of patience just get worse if the offending vehicle has an out-of-state license plate. And if there’s an OU or Texas A&M bumper sticker, well let’s not go there.

On every trip, I am either hurrying to get to Gladney or hurrying to get home to Austin, so I tend to keep my speed a bit above 70. Therefore, so I don’t go postal during one of my next 200 trips, I do have just one request of all drivers on I-35 between Austin and Ft Worth…..IF YOU ARE IN THE LEFT LANE, PLEASE GO FASTER THAN 70. OTHERWISE, DO NOT GET IN THE LEFT LANE.

It feels good to get that off my chest.