Step Up and Vote Daily With State Farm Neighborhood Assist

State Farm Neighborhood Assist

I am particularly happy when for-profit companies step up to be generous with their neighbors. That is why I am taking a moment to promote the 2014 State Farm Neighborhood Assist Program. I participated in an Influencer Activation on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for State Farm. I received a promotional item to thank me for participating.

Charity is a daily part of my life. I work in fundraising and development for a statewide non-profit. My husband is a pastor of a church in town with a focus on mercy. As a family, we try to teach our children to be generous. I have chosen generosity as my word of the year this year and try to focus on doing something generous every day.

 4,000 Communities across the US and Canada applied to win one of 40 $25,000 State Farm Neighborhood Assist grants.

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Teaching Our Kids to Live Generously

teaching generosity

teaching generosity

Today at work I hosted a group of middle school students who celebrated Catholic Schools Week by giving back to the community. They whipped through the project I had planned for them, So I took a break and told them about the non-profit that I fund raise for, the population we serve, and some of their stories.

Since my non-profits serves those with cystic fibrosis, we serve a predominantly young population. Teens are especially great champions for cystic fibrosis, because it is likely that they know someone who is affected by this genetic disease. I hope that these young people could sense just how much our association does for people with CF, and how very important our mission is. Continue reading “Teaching Our Kids to Live Generously”

#OneWord365 “Generosity”

Last year I noticed that many of my friends chose a word to focus on in the coming year. I did not have the time to reflect and do so. I was caught up in all things parenting and job hunting. Maybe my word was “work” and I just did not claim it as my word.

I had not consciously planned on focusing on a word this year either. But, as things often work out for me, a word chose me.

I’m rather stubborn.

I often do not know what is good for me. God, however, is really very smart, and he places His Word on my heart just when I need it. So, throughout the month of December while I was on a blog hiatus the phrase “live generously” kept echoing in my head.

Now, since having children, I’ve learned to be generous with them, even lavish at times. Christmas seems to bring out even more of this. In a time when so many get caught up in trying not to give their children too much out of fear of spoiling them; I get caught up in wanting to lavish them with great gifts, as this is a picture of what Our Father in Heaven has done for us. He sent His Son, the perfect gift. God was not worried about spoiling us. He realized better than we do that the gift He gave was not deserved. So, I’ve learned to be generous with my family.

Most of the time.

Except when I’m not.

And I am generous with my resources within my church family and my community.

Except when I’m not.

And I’m generous with my time and my time and my talents.

Except when I’m not.

And that, dear friends, is where my OneWord comes in. The scriptures teach so much about generosity (which by the way, really has less to do with amounts of money than it has to do with the spirit in which the giving is done.) It is time for me to learn more about what being generous really is. I’m going to write about my journey of generosity.

However, this is not going to be my generosity brag, because that is not how God wants our giving to be. That, my friends, is hypocrisy and pride. Instead, I will share with you parts of my journey, my struggles, my insights, and way to help you (and your families) be more generous. oneowordbutton Chime in! Have you chosen a word for the year? What it is it? What made you chose it?