I’m not sure if it’s entirely necessary, but I feel like I should forewarn you that what’s to follow is not about homemaking or DIY. It’s not about paint colors or budget decorating or cheap crafts or my crazy thrift store finds.
Since beginning this blog I have wrestled with how much “other stuff” (life stuff, faith stuff) to share on SummitStreet. Sometimes it’s hard to know exactly what my lovely readers want or are willing to read.
I used to keep stuff pretty separate, sharing my faith and family journey at www.ConfidentOfThis.com and only decorating related posts here; but it gets a little dicey and complicated to maintain a whole lot of different things, ya know?
Three kids. A job. A home. A husband. A consignment business. An etsy shop. A cat.
Plus ministry and friendships and family members to maintain relationships with.
There’s a lot going on, I tell ya. Can you tell where I’m going here?
|via Pinterest by ErinMcCarthy|
Really what I’m getting at is that the more I add to my plate, the more attractive simplicity and simplifying become.
SO, I think even on a blog whose focus is on budget decorating, there is room for some life stuff.
Some faith stuff.
I think I can safely say I have come to the conclusion that it is not possible for me to blog authentically without sharing all of these things I’m passionate about.
The pretty, homey kind of things, and the not so pretty, tough and rough life and faith kind of things.
I hope that’s OK with you.
I hope you’ll journey with me, through furniture and faith restorations, through room and heart makeovers.
Will you join me?
I think today is the perfect time to start. This is the perfect example of why I just have to share about all my passions. Let me tell you about my sweet friend, Jennifer, and her amazing heart.
|Here she is… Isn’t she lovely?!|
Way back in February, I shared about a special lunch date I had with Jen. Over that lunch hour, Jen poured out her heart to me, sharing about her passion to do SOMETHING in response to the horrific sex trade and human trafficking industry taking our world by storm.
Did you know that an estimated 1.2 MILLION children worldwide have been sold into sex slavery? We’re talking modern day. Right now. In our world. Even in our country (yes, America. Check out this article on human trafficking in the US, dated March 30, 2012).
Today, would you consider buying a T Shirt or a water bottle to help an incredible cause?
The water bottles are only $5! They come in all sorts of pretty colors for your picking. Mine is teal and I absolutely love it. I love remember what that sweet little elephant means every time I take a sip of water.
You can buy them right here. If you’re out of our local Virginia area and place an order, Jen will contact you regarding the shipping. Hop on over to www.ArtworkForFreedom.com for more info & options.
Oh, and please take a sec to “Like” Artwork For Freedom on Facebook and help spread the word!
If you are not familiar with the international human trafficking crisis, I urge you to learn more through Jen’s site and other reliable resources. Abolition International, led by Christian recording artist Natalie Grant, combats sex trafficking through “advocacy, education, and restoration.” Please educate yourself on this crime against humanity and consider making a donation to Abolition and Artwork For Freedom today.
Know that we know, we cannot stay silent. Let’s be active participants in bringing light into this very dark place. Hope starts with us. With me. With you. Refusing to stay quiet. Refusing to do nothing. —-
Thanks for reading today, my friends. I hope you’ll leave a comment and let me know what you think.