September 4, 2012

Nothing but the truth

Filed under: child abuse, children, Christianity — Tags: , , — yalandarose @ 5:59 pm

I know, I know. It’s been awhile.

If I was trying to gain new readers and followers, I failed to follow blog marketing basics of posting regularly and predictably.

Like many bloggers (I know because I’ve read enough), my day became brighter by the lights of my status updates:  likes, followers, and the apparently once-in-a lifetime – re-blog notifications. Logging in to a dark homepage was discouraging and well, dark.  My status headlights had become an obsession, and I was driven to increase my traffic.

My blog had slowly evolved to posting about God’s Word to revolving around me.

To increase my views, I did everything short of posting, “Look at me, look at me, look at me!”

Until God Made me look at this – a nocturnal photo of 2 young siblings obviously homeless and abandoned. The youngest child probable age 2 had made his bed in his older brother’s lap probable age 4, as the oldest clutched to a probable bag of their belongings –  a bag small enough to throw away.

I thought of posting the photo on this post to justify the length of my absence by the speed in which my heart broke.  However, those kids had been exploited enough.

Though a picture is worth a thousand words, the heart-breaking photo I viewed recently on another blog post required only a couple to get my attention – stay focused – on God’s true religion.

“religion pure and undefiled with the God and Father is this, to look after orphans and widows in their tribulation — unspotted to keep himself from the world.”  James 1:27

People spend their whole lives looking for the “truth” when it’s in the first chapter of a book named James. If only those people knew, they could quit looking for the “truth” and start looking after children and elderly who are hungry, homeless, neglected, abused and scared.

That one look made even my best day for page views mean nothing, especially when I know nothing else about the fate of those kids.

Organizations ask us to save the world, the animals, and even the economy. However, God Requires us to save the vulnerable.

Act like a child to get near to God (Matthew 19:14). Give when the adult in us says don’t share. Forgive, when the adult in us says to hold grudges. Love when the adult in us says it’s easier to hate.

Quit searching the world over for the truth, when the truth may be at your doorstep, backyard or next door.

June 25, 2012

Collective Prayer

Filed under: child abuse, children, God's Love — Tags: , , — yalandarose @ 1:36 pm

Please pray for the 10-year old malnourished girl locked in the closet.  May God Have Mercy on her.


November 10, 2011

Penn State: Leaving a Child Behind

Filed under: child abuse — Tags: , , — yalandarose @ 3:32 pm

A school bully and a trip to the ER forced me to take a reactive approach to teaching my daughter about predators.  Prior to the incident, I thought I had more time to teach her this unfortunate life lesson as she is only 4 years old. The bully however, a mere kindergartener, countered with a lesson of her own – children can lose their innocence all too soon.

Thank goodness the facts regarding my daughter’s incident actually look a lot worse in the opening sentence than the way it concluded.  A kindergartener forced my daughter a preschooler to swallow a rock on the playground. The girl was quickly punished, and the staff at the ER deemed that my daughter’s emergency was actually no emergency at all, and that the best course of action to take was to simply let the rock pass. 

I was fortunate because even though I didn’t have the opportunity to take a proactive stance cautioning my daughter about bullies, the school, the ER staff and I reacted very well to the situation and my daughter recovered with no lasting injuries physically or emotionally.

However, the recent allegations at Penn State reminded me that adults don’t always have the opportunity to be proactive in the wrongdoing of a child, and what could tragically go wrong when they don’t react properly.

 Allowing the burden to pass in my daughter’s case was the appropriate course of action for her. However, passing the burdensome knowledge of an adult violating a child is unthinkable. Unfortunately, the circumstances regarding the children involved in this case are a whole lot worse than what was printed with no peaceful conclusion.

In a world where passing the ball quickly means everything, how could an entire university drop the ball so many times?

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