But I will be taking advantage of my free Friday. First, I am going to hang out with my mom and the Vugteveen kids (my nieces and nephew) until I head to one of the opening events for the new Helen DeVos Children's event. Yes folks that is right...a new $300 million facility right here in little ole Grand Rapids, Michigan. I am acting as a host for my floor (the fabulous 7th floor) this afternoon for a couple of hours!!! Want to know more...check us out here. It's a pretty BIG deal. Afterwards, the hubby and I are meeting his parents at Logan's (yummy) for dinner and then we have some Christmas errands/shopping to do. And then we normally end most weekend nights watching a movie if we don't have other plans. And then its work for me (Sat and Sun) and (I like to think) a long 2 days for the hubby who always misses me something incredible :) when I have to work all weekend long!!!
In the spirit of Christmas and giving...I have one plug. The other day I received something in the mail. It said:
Lindsey Helmholdt, I know I've taken a risk in sending you this dime...
There's a chance you might not return it to me along with a few dollars of your own to help us reach out to the nearly 1,500 babies born prematurely and about 330 babies born with serious birth defects each day.
But when President Franklin Roosevelt established the March of Dimes to save children from polio, it was really dime after dime, from people like you, which conquered that terrible disease. Since polio has been beaten, why are we still asking for your dimes?
Because America's babies are still losing their lives, only now, it's due to premature birth. Some babies delivered too soon won't survive their first month of life. Others face lifelong disabilities from disabling birth defects like blindness or mental retardation.
Just as children once needed caring people like you to beat polio, America's babies need you now to prevent premature birth and serious birth defects. So please, return your dime to us along with your donation. Thank you so much for your kindness.
So if you're in the spirit of giving...please click here to make your donation. You can even make it in honor of Alayna and Ella Helmholdt. As I write their names I start tearing up so please consider saving another parent the devastation of losing their precious lil one(s) too soon. THANK YOU!!!
A powerful Psalm that a friend had on her blog a few days ago...
In you, LORD, I have taken refuge;
let me never be put to shame.
In your righteousness, rescue me and deliver me;
turn your ear to me and save me.
Be my rock of refuge,
to which I can always go;
give the command to save me,
for you are my rock and my fortress.
Deliver me, my God, from the hand of the wicked,
from the grasp of those who are evil and cruel.
For you have been my hope, Sovereign LORD,
my confidence since my youth.
From birth I have relied on you;
you brought me forth from my mother’s womb.
I will ever praise you.
I have become a sign to many;
you are my strong refuge.
My mouth is filled with your praise,
declaring your splendor all day long.
Do not cast me away when I am old;
do not forsake me when my strength is gone.
For my enemies speak against me;
those who wait to kill me conspire together.
They say, “God has forsaken him;
pursue him and seize him,
for no one will rescue him.”
Do not be far from me, my God;
come quickly, God, to help me.
May my accusers perish in shame;
may those who want to harm me
be covered with scorn and disgrace.
As for me, I will always have hope;
I will praise you more and more.
My mouth will tell of your righteous deeds,
of your saving acts all day long—
though I know not how to relate them all.
I will come and proclaim your mighty acts, Sovereign LORD;
I will proclaim your righteous deeds, yours alone.
Since my youth, God, you have taught me,
and to this day I declare your marvelous deeds.
Even when I am old and gray,
do not forsake me, my God,
till I declare your power to the next generation,
your mighty acts to all who are to come.
Your righteousness, God, reaches to the heavens,
you who have done great things.
Who is like you, God?
Though you have made me see troubles,
many and bitter,
you will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth
you will again bring me up.
You will increase my honor
and comfort me once more.
I will praise you with the harp
for your faithfulness, my God;
I will sing praise to you with the lyre,
Holy One of Israel.
My lips will shout for joy
when I sing praise to you—
I whom you have delivered.
My tongue will tell of your righteous acts
all day long,
for those who wanted to harm me
have been put to shame and confusion.
And the prayer offered in faith will make them well; the Lord will raise them up. If they have sinned, they will be forgiven. Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:15-16