Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Sharing the Shelter Link-Up and Giveaway

When Jesus Christ asked little children to come to him, he didn't say only rich children, or white children, or children with two-parent families, or children who didn't have a mental or physical handicap. He said, "Let all children come unto me." Marian Wright Edelman

I opened the door to find my sweet Melanie at the door with an armful of IRONED shirts. For the last several weeks she's been taking RB's shirts each week and returns them starched and ironed.  It's been a blessing to me and my arms are very happy, too.  

I really don't think many of our children begin to shelter without first having it show to them. I love to shelter because my mother was the queen of sheltering. I am blessed to receive the sheltering treatment from my daughter, and what joy I get out of seeing my daughter's children shelter, too.

I remember a visiting a friend who handed me a jar of  pickles or jam--I can't remember which--when I left. They had several children and lived on a Christian School teacher's salary. I hated taking something I knew she could use but she was quick to tell me, "My mother didn't have much, but nobody ever left her house without a jar of something she had canned." 

Emily 1995

My friend, Janene, was taught to shelter from her mother. When her youngest (who is getting married this weekend!) was in grade school, Janene made a batch of cookies, thinking she would send a plate to Vincent's teacher. When she entered the kitchen, there was Vincent holding a paper plate with one cookie on it.  "I'm taking this to my teacher," he announced to her. His offering was a result of a grandmother teaching a mother and a mother passing the gift of sheltering to her son.  The natural progression is a beautiful sight.

This week, let's get out our baking pans, call the kids into the kitchen, to help make a treat for some of their friends. If you don't have children, what about making a treat for child you know.  My daughter's friend, Katie, lives near a school. One day she took a basket of cookies over to share with the students.  Even the teachers got in on the goodies.

Jesus was clear about the importance of children. But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, that he were drowned in the depth of the sea (Matthew 18:6). Let's shelter them, and teach them to shelter. One day they'll continue the sheltering virtue by teaching their own children its importance.

Sharing the Shelter Link-Up

Do you have a recipe, craft or sewing project, a blog post sure to encourage us, or other sheltering idea you’d like to share? Link up and enjoy the ideas. I like keeping the rules simple:
  • Grab my button or leave a text link-back 
  • Visit the two blogs before yours 
  • Shelter someone! 


Connie from Family Home and Life won the Legacy of Faith notecards.

Our giveaway this week includes a Fox Run Cookie Cutter Set (you can choose one of four below) and a child's chef hat. 


A few ideas to shelter our children:

Shelter of the Zzzzzzzz
The Shelter of God's Promises
Mind your Ps and Qs
 Linked to:


Esther Asbury said...

Pam, as always I love your link party! Love your themed ideas for sheltering too! Baking up a special treat w/my daughter is on my list of things to do this week -- thanks to you!

Connie Nelson said...

Wow I won! Thank you!

joy said...

This is a very nice idea. Your posts always inspire:)

Denise said...

Wonderful idea, bless you.

Sara H said...

Wow, this is so cool. I was not raised in a home where any sharing went on so I've been trying to figure out how, now that I am a Christian, to teach my children this concept. I think this is definitely something we're going to work on using these ideas. Thanks so much.

Jen said...

Oh I love the photo of your emily! I have an Emily too. We made our treats last night. My son forgot to take his to his teachers. I love doing this happy project. Simple little things can really make a difference. I'm off to enjoy some of these links. :)

Beth said...

What a lovely post!

Gin said...

This is such a lovely post, and I'm enjoying your blog, too. Thank you for visiting mine. Hope you don't mind, but I added my biscuit post to your link party. (Following you on GFC, too). Blessings, Gin

Laurie Collett said...

Wonderful ideas for sheltering! Thanks for hosting, & God bless you & the children!

Marianne said...

I love this post. Would those frozen dough cookies still count? That's the extent of my baking abilities. And ironing?? I am so impressed. Even Joe knows to keep that thing far, far from yours truly.


momstheword said...

I am not sure if sheltering is referring to protection or hospitality? I am not familiar with how you're using it here. I guess I am used to it meaning sheltering (protecting) our kids?

I agree, it's good for your back to get up and move around and stretch your legs a bit. Probably good for creativity too!

Aritha said...

I love this posting. Thank you.