Monday, November 3, 2008

Believe T-shirts

When I began this journey a year and a half ago, one of my main concerns was how I was going to finance my adoption.  I am a single teacher in Alabama.  I am not exactly rolling in the dough.  But as usual my God came through for me.

After much prayer for not only a way to raise money for the adoption, but a way to supplement my income after I brought a child home, God gave me the answer.  He gave me the idea to start a t-shirt company.  All of the t-shirts are based on scripture or biblical principals.  My hope is for this new endeavor to not only be a way to make income, but more importantly, a way to spread God's word.  I am starting slowly with just a few designs.  I should have a website up after Thanksgiving, but I wanted to share with my blog buddies now.  I hope to be able to offer the shirts as a fundraising opportunity for other adopting families in the future.  Please take a look at the shirts and give me your input.  
The white t-shirt is short sleeved and is available in adult  small to extra-large.
The pink shirt is short sleeved and available in children's sizes extra-small to large and adult sizes small to 3X.
The brown shirt is the Thanksgiving design.  It comes in long sleeves and sizes from adult small to 3X.  I can get the shirt in children's sizes xs-l in a lighter brown.
The gray shirt is long sleeved and is available in children's sizes extra-small to large and adult sizes small to 3X.
the price is $16 for short sleeved and $18 for long sleeved plus $3 shipping and handling.

If you are interested in ordering a shirt please e-mail me at  I will take a check until I can get a PayPal system set up.  If you want to email me your order I can have it pulled and mail it as soon as I get your check.

If you do order a shirt please use it as a witnessing tool.


Saturday, November 1, 2008


As you have seen in my earlier post, God seems to be hitting me over the head with this waiting and praying thing.  Blog posts, books I'm reading, Bible study lessons, Sunday School lessons and conversations with friends keep coming back to how important prayer is in our lives.

I have been asked twice this week, "Who taught you to pray?"  The examples of prayer that I had my life were of course my parents and my grandmother.  But I must say that the associate pastor at my church, Delmus Anthony, has taught me the most about how to really pray.   He had a great lesson for us on Wednesday night on the subject and I thought I would share.
We should look to Jesus to teach us how to pray(Luke 11:1).  He prayed first thing in the morning, alone, and even all night(Luke 6:12).  We should pray earnestly(Luke 22:44).  We should pray committed to do God's will not ours(Matt 26:39).  Pray and not faint (Luke 18:21).  Pray for laborers (Matt 9:38).  We should pray in Jesus' name(John 14:13-14).  We should keep 'knocking'(Luke 18:1), be persistent in our prayers.  And very importantly, God's house should be a House of Prayer(Mark 11:17).  

Some other things I have also learned from a study of Charles Stanley's book "Living the Extraordinary Life" are God has 3 answers for prayers: yes, no, and wait.  Why does go make us wait?  To see if we are spiritually ready for what we have asked for.  To test our sincerity.  To build our faith and to develop patience within us as we wait until His timing is right.  Prayer and waiting are to be active processes.  We should still be about seeking God's will though prayer, studying His word, and seeking wise counsel. 

Another thing that has helped me in my own personal prayer life is keeping a prayer journal.  I simply write my prayers down as I pray to God.  I can go back and look at where God has answered prayers. It also helps me see how He is growing and maturing me as I spend time with Him.
I hope this post is helpful to someone.  These things have been very important to me and my growth as a Christian.