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Generosity is an honor

April 23, 2021 in News & Updates
By Ericka, a TFG Host Mom

 

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“Do not forget to do good and to share with others, for with such sacrifices God is pleased.” – Hebrews 13:16

Our family has been abundantly blessed.

I married a good, faithful, loving man and father who loves Jesus. He works hard at a job outside our home that allows me to spend my days at home with our children and to serve the Lord in the ways I have been called.

This structure of our family blesses us with margins of time we did not have before. His job blesses our family with financial stability and material possessions. We are comfortable.

But, what do we do with this comfort?

Friends, we are called.

We are called to be generous.

Generous with our time, our gifts, our material possessions, and our money. Of course God wants us to enjoy the fruits of our labor, but we must remember that all of it comes from him… the comfort, the financial stability, the material possessions, the natural gifts we’ve been given. All of them are gifts from our good and gracious Father.

And He calls us to share.

Years ago in our faith journey, my husband and I were led by the Spirit to begin giving a percentage of our income to our local church. Friends, let me be honest and tell you that the selfishness hidden in my heart made it difficult for me to be as generous with our finances as we were called to be. Praise the Lord for a husband who led us well in that season.

Over time, the Lord revealed the abundance we were being given from a financial perspective. He called us to give more than we had been. By this season, God had shown me that when I let go and give to God what He is calling of us, blessings and freedom abound. Our family began to give a regular amount of financial support to the ministry that we have been called to, Together for Good.

And now, each month our family contributes an amount of money to the Together for Good ministry. It is automatically deducted from our account, and we know that God is using this money to better the lives of women and children in our local community.

Because of our involvement with the ministry, we get to see first hand the impact that TFG has on suffering people right here in our local community. God is so good.

So, if you read this and feel a stirring in your heart to give financially to this ministry, don’t ignore it.

In giving generously from what we’ve been given, God works wonders in our own hearts.

With love,
Ericka

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

April 9, 2021 in News & Updates

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Sadly, these 6,780 children are just the number of abuse cases that have been recorded.

Our child welfare system is overloaded, so these recorded cases indicate only the most severe cases of abuse.

While we don’t yet know the numbers for 2020, we’re anticipating the abuse numbers will rise due to quarantine, job loss and increase in care needs across the country.

This is why we are working hard to support struggling families.

This is why we come alongside them before the situation gets desperate enough to potentially lead toward abusive situations.

This is why you support us.

Through your generosity, we can keep families together and thriving.

Would you consider committing to a monthly donation today, to ensure we never have to say no to a mom who needs our care?

Your monthly gift says to a mom who just lost her job and doesn’t know how she’s going to feed her kids, “I’m here for the long haul.”

This makes it possible for Together for Good to commit to serving every family who comes to us with a need.

As our CEO Maridel likes to say, “You are the wind in our sails!”

 

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[Source: Children’s Bureau: “Child Maltreatment 2019”]

The Agony of Offense and the Freedom to Forgive

April 2, 2021 in Other, Raw and Real with Maridel
By Maridel Sandberg, TFG President/CEO

We’ve all experienced different levels of these agonies:

Hurt.
Rejection.
Anger.
Bitterness.
Unforgiveness.
Betrayal.

And in return we cry out words like:
“You’re going to pay for this.”
“You owe me.”
“I’m going to get back at you…”

The spirit of offense is heavy.

Our agony and pain are real. Our emotions are high. All we want is justice. We want someone to pay.

Yet today we remember the most horrific event in all of history: an innocent man, Jesus the Christ, crucified.

He understands what it feels like to be betrayed, rejected and assaulted. He laid down his life to make sure we wouldn’t have to carry these agonies any longer.

With his last breath he said, “It is finished.”

The work was complete.

He died so we could be forgiven, so we in turn could radically forgive others who have hurt us.

This is the upside down, complete redemption and reversal that happened at the cross. This is what we remember this Good Friday. This is the power of the blood of Christ freely given so we can have the freedom to forgive others.

On Easter Sunday we celebrate the most glorious event in history: Jesus who was crucified defeating death and rising from the grave, paying the full payment to cover all of our sins – forever.

The agony of death transformed into triumphant victory – providing us a way to walk in freedom – no longer chained by our experiences but freed, redeemed, healed, restored and empowered to extend this same crazy love to everyone around us.

This Jesus tells us in Matthew 5:43-44, “You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you…”

We can’t do this on our own, but that same blood shed on Calvary is available even now as He gives us the power to forgive.

Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe!

 

 

Love Revealed

March 30, 2021 in Other
By Megan Dennison, TFG Program Administrator

Throughout my life thus far, God has revealed himself to me in numerous ways. He’s revealed himself through his Word, his creation, through friends and strangers.

However, on November 26, 2020, he revealed himself to me in the most beautiful and profound way – through becoming a mom.

I’ve always thought that I’ve fully grasped the love of God. I’ve read verse after verse about God’s love for me and how wide and long and high and deep it is. I’ve listened to numerous sermons and read many books. Yet, I realize now that the love of God was a truth I understood fully in my head, but not necessarily with my whole heart.

However, the moment that I birthed my son, this truth entirely shifted from my head to my heart.

The feeling that I could instantly love this tiny human I just met so fiercely and so unwaveringly that I would do anything for him was simply overwhelming. The concept of unconditional love had finally penetrated every corner of my heart – the kind of love that God has for us.

This truth has continued to come to life as I have journeyed through these first few months with my son.

Through my unconditional love for my son, I want him to know that I am always there for him no matter the circumstance. My son depends on me for every aspect of his existence, and when he cries out to me because he needs something, I’m right there to comfort him.

In the moments when he is the most vulnerable, I would do anything to show him that I see him, I hear him, and that I love him endlessly.

Isn’t this how God desires us, his children, to depend on and trust in him for every aspect of our lives?

To know that he is always with us, no matter the situation or circumstance, just waiting for us to cry out to him so that he can provide comfort and meet our every need?

His love is ever present, everlasting, and it never, ever fails.

With all of the love I have for my son, it will still fail, because I will fail. I will still get impatient and selfish. I will still make mistakes. I’m still so flawed because I’m still human. And because of my human limitations and sinful nature, I know that my love for my son is just a small fraction of the love that our perfect God has for him, and for you and me.

I am standing in more awe of God this Easter season as a new mom than I ever have.

To think that he would sacrifice his completely perfect Son for sinful humanity is too much for me to comprehend. To picture my sweet, innocent son’s life exchanged for the worst sinner I can imagine is too much to stomach, and yet, that is what God did for us, because that is just how much he loves us.

Rest in this truth today, friends. God loves you, all of you, more than you can comprehend.

And absolutely nothing can separate you from this love, not even death.

Romans 8:38-39

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