Friday, September 9, 2011

Yay...Free Friday!


I love Fridays! We love to bless someone each week with a free doll and know in my heart that God chooses the winner!

It makes my heart full. Typically for extra entries, we ask for you to share with others about Baby be Blessed...and my heart behind that is so we can continue to reach out to more and more people. Yes it is a business but more than that it is a ministry. Each doll that goes out is proclaiming the word of God and as his Word says, it never returns void.

It's easy for me to give. I love giving! What I am NOT good at is asking others to give. I'm not good at coming up with fun ideas to raise money and I cringe when I ask people to make donations. (I'm cringing now just typing it out)

But this week (gulp) I am boldly asking you to help us give....

I LOVE Give a Blessing! From the very start I asked God to use us as a vessel to bless others and that moved forward to giving a financial blessing to a child, family or organization in need. For the past several years we did just that. (Thank you Lord!) Again, my heart was never on the amount of money raised because I tried to keep myself in check knowing that He controls all things and would provide for their every need.

But then the giving pretty much stopped.

Prayers were poured over continuing Give a Blessing because I just didn't want to roll through the motions and get discouraged because the support wasn't there. I wanted to move forward because we were supposed to and we would push through the hard...knowing He held it in His hand.

Over the past few months, I've taken a step back asking the Lord if it was His will. I trusted that He would show us who and when.

Then I heard of Joseph....

Laura spoke of Joseph and requested prayer for his family while he was in the states. He even stayed at their house during part of his stay. She asked me about making a doll for his 5 yr old, Sofie and I was so happy that we could show her the love of Christ through a simple doll. They basically have nothing. It was the very LEAST that we could do.

That was the first time that the thought of helping them through Give a Blessing crossed my mind. Since then Chris (Laura's husband) visited Uganda and saw first hand the needs of the area. Again (I'm a fixer) my heart wondered what we could do to help these people. One thing that rings out in my mind was when Laura told me about an area they visited and the women there BEGGED the Americans to take their children! They would rather give their children away than to see them suffer and more than likely -die. My heart was so heavy...what if I was that Mother? So when it was placed on hearts to raise money and dig a new well for the community that Joseph lives in...for their animals (which is their livelihood) and of course for themselves and the surrounding communities...THIS was something that we could help with! So after prayer (and God not closing the door to help) we move forward with helping raise money to dig a new well.

Eight people have given to this cause ~Thank you!

Maybe you were the only eight that God has called to give this month...maybe all you can give is your prayers...that in itself holds much power.

This post has become a little deeper than I expected this fine -Yay...Free Friday but it is where my heart lies this morning. It hurts for these people (God's people).

To enter our giveaway this week: Please Leave a comment below

For extra entries:
-Share about Give a Blessing via blog/twitter/facebook (include link)

-If you are able...please consider giving a donation (1 entry for each $1)

Winner will be chosen on Monday!

For more information about this months Give a Blessing CLICK HERE.
Thank you so much for your support!

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54 comments:

lisaplus6 said...

praying this may be the week.... my little girls could so use a constant friend with a verse to help her remember to give her anxiety to God! Thank you for your generousity!!

Jenny said...

I would love to win!!

Divine Mrs D said...

I donated. ...should I put the number here or do you know? :)

Baby be Blessed said...

We can track the donations on our end...THANK YOU SO MUCH!! =)

Bethany said...

What you do is amazing:)

Bethany said...

shared about free friday on facebook, and will share give a blessing too:)

nicole said...

Ill pray for your new cause and you should think about adding a donation button to future orders..so people when they order a dollie can donate so another little one can have one too..

Linnea said...

I would love to win to give to a mom in the nicu. Her baby got to go home for a week before returning. He has a trach, chromosome issues, breathing problems is on a vent, seizures and brain development issues. They sure would covet your prayers.

Be blessed
Ashlee

Sarah @ Hearts and Home said...

I would love to win one of these precious dolls for my 4 year old daughter! : )

whippetmom said...

We love your dolls! I'd love one for my littlest one :)

whippetmom said...

I shared on facebook (I tagged your page- as Liz Behm)

Sarah @ Hearts and Home said...

I shared on my facebook page: www.facebook.com/heartsandhome1st

Marcie said...

I would love for the little girl in the red dress (with the pic of Sophie) to win a doll. Every girl needs her very own doll!

Sarah @ Hearts and Home said...

I shared on Twitter: www.twitter.com/Hearts_and_Home

LisaD said...

Winning this give away would be so exciting since we are in the process of adopting a little girl. However, what's more exciting is the cause! May God bless your efforts and provide for the well in Uganda! I'm excited to have made a donation for such a great cause!

Christie said...

I'd love to win one of your adorable dolls!

Kevin and Rochelle said...

Would love to win a Lucy Lou!

Kevin and Rochelle said...

I follow you on twitter!

Kevin and Rochelle said...

I like you on Facebook!

Kevin and Rochelle said...

Follow your blog!

Shannon said...

I would love to win a doll!!

Shannon said...

I donated! I saw up above that you will keep track. Thank you!!

ツ αngie said...

Hoping to get one as a baby shower gift :-)

The Jarrell's said...

Would love to win!!!

grams said...

I am entering for a memorial doll for a friend. Your dolls are so precious!

Dusty said...

I am hoping and hoping that I can win one of these for my 5year old daughter. She would adore it!

Mindy Roelofs said...

Would love to win this!! It would be a great gift!

The Pandolfi's said...

Would love one for my daughter. We love your dolls, just precious, and they send a wonderful message. :)

Dani said...

Thanks for the chance to win!

Valerie and Jeff said...

Thank you for all that you do! It is so deeply beyond just the dolls--although they are pretty sweet--it is a sweetness that has deeper roots!
Bless you!!

Rebecca said...

I would love to be enterd to win. Thanks.

allison & david said...

love these dolls. and would love one for my daughter.

CelesteG said...

I can't wait to get a baby boy doll for my son's first birthday!

April said...

please please pick me :)

April said...

i shared this giveaway on facebook

Jennifer said...

Such a moving post! Sometimes forget all that we are blessed with and this just makes us think more about it!

lace said...

Your generosity is amazing and I love that your dolls spread the word of God to every person that doll meets.

allensgonavy said...

Saying a prayer right now for Joseph. This ministry is such a blessing..saying a prayer for it, too!

Leanne said...

I would love to win a special doll for a friend who just had a baby!!!

Leanne said...

I am a facebook fan!

Leanne said...

I follow your blog!

Beth said...

I would love to win one for my daughter!! Beautiful dolls!!

Mindy Harris said...

still hoping to win one!

Mindy Harris said...

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Watts Family said...

Excited about another chance to win. Gonna make a donation now. I also encourage you to check out the Holden Uganda Foundation (HUF) - www.holdenuganda.org. I think you'll be encouraged by the work they are doing. <3

Lizzie said...

Love your dolls...also like the idea of adding an option to donate when you purchase - like when you add $1 at the grocery store or whatever.

Watts Family said...

Shared BbB and Give a Blessing with my readers - happy to do so.

http://www.runningwithryan.net/2011/09/give-blessing.html

Watts Family said...

It was a joy to support this cause! Praying for the lives this will save.

Beth said...

I just made a donation!
bethfouche at hotmail dot com

Trista said...

Love your dolls! I would love to give one as a gift to a special girl!