15
Jan

How You Are Helping To Rescue Abused Girls In Israel

Everyday, children around the world are being abused, abandoned, and trafficked. At King’s Ransom Foundation, caring for children is one of our highest priorities. That’s why we were so delighted to learn about a very special home in Israel that provides unique care for some very vulnerable young women. We recently received a letter from the home manager …

26
Dec

WHY Are We “Boxing” The Day After CHRISTMAS?!?

Okay… let’s get REAL! Although we do genuinely love our family and friends, the holidays can bring out both the best – and often, THE WORST – in everyone. So, it’s not uncommon to associate a bit of “fighting” with these holiday gatherings. However, we’re not putting on the gloves to go a few rounds with guests …

19
Dec

Heavenly “Angels” Aren’t The ONLY Ones Who Bring Joy To The World

Let’s start with a little “thought question” – Do you believe in angels? I’m not necessarily talking about those little cherubic beings we usually picture with fluffy wings, hovering around us… although I do believe in God’s biblical messengers! But for our purposes today, let’s focus on those earthly angels who seem to float into …

12
Dec

Waiting For The OTHER Shoe To Drop!

Have you ever noticed, seasons – not unlike people – seem to project certain emotions? For instance, Summer could be easily seen as “carefree,” while many feel Spring embodies “hopefulness.” However, if you had to pick just one “emotion” which dominates THIS particular time of year, without a doubt, it would be ANTICIPATION! Consider everything going on …

5
Dec

“Do You FEEL What *I* Feel”…Or Just THINK You Do?!

Remember either telling a story or listening to someone recount their experience… and finally, it all ends with “Well, you just had to BE there!“? We can all IMAGINE something, but to genuinely “feel” what someone may be experiencing, is a horse of a COMPLETELY different color! See, true empathy can be a tricky thing. …

14
Nov

Finding Your OWN “Attitude Of Gratitude”

Last week, we touched on the idea of a “Blessings Journal” in observation of this “Thanksgiving Month.” We’ve all heard about the whole “attitude of gratitude” thing… but we also understand “gratitude” may not always come easily. And while the idea of keeping such a journal may sound good, some days just FINDING anything to be …

27
Nov

“Yeah…But What’s In It For ME?!?”

Okay, you’ve located your faithful “post-Thanksgiving” sweat pants, the dust has settled on “Black Friday” and “Cyber Monday” and you might have patronized your local shops for “Small Business Saturday.” AND it’s over, right?! Ummm… not exactly. In response to all the naked consumerism which seems to have overtaken Thanksgiving weekend, a few years ago …

21
Nov

Remembering WHY We Give Thanks

By now, your Thanksgiving preparations are probably well underway… turkey thawing, pies baking, EVERY square inch of your pantry, refrigerator and counters filled to overflowing with feast fixin’s! Surveying the bounty definitely makes it easier to be thankful as we approach the “big day” this Thursday. We plan, we prep, we gorge, we collapse – sound …

7
Nov

CAN We Find Hope In A “Hopeless” World?!

Honestly, I struggled to write my thoughts this week. Sometimes you get so many emotions battling inside, it’s just easier to wave the white flag of surrender and let them run rampant. And that’s exactly where I found myself this weekend. Relaxing in my home, reading an entertaining novel, doing a few loads of laundry, …

24
Oct

Is Halloween REALLY Worth It?!

I’ll be the first to admit, I absolutely LOVE autumn… the cool snap in the air, nature’s endless spectrum of colors, a cozy fire, snuggly sweaters – what’s NOT to love?!? But, it also signals the beginning of BIG holiday spending. No matter how much we may fight it, once Labor Day rolls around, so does …

17
Oct

Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Recently, while a friend and I chatted, our conversation veered WAAAAAY off-course… and ended up on the subject of compassion. Along the way, we reminisced about our respective childhoods and upbringings, specifically noting the culture of those times. We discussed those nostalgic and “throw-back” social media memories – whether saddle shoes and sock hops, flower power …

3
Oct

“Frugal” Doesn’t Equal “No Fun” – “Frugal” Actually Gives Life MEANING!

Have you noticed, some perfectly normal words have gotten a “bad” reputation? Words like “comfortable” – honestly, what’s WRONG with being comfortable?! Most of us LIVE to be “comfortable!” And, how about “fine”?! Put it together with almost anything, and it becomes elevated: fine wine, fine features, fine fabrics. But all ALONE, it’s a terse …

26
Sep

In A Dark World…Shine YOUR Light!

No matter where we turn, these days we can easily feel overwhelmed with news of one disaster after another… hurricanes, wildfires, tsunamis, earthquakes. The images of total devastation, despair and dejection, might leave us feeling depressed and hopeless – wondering what we can do, amid all the darkness. One suggestion? Shine a light! At first, this might …

19
Sep

“Grace Under Fire”…Either You Got It, Or NEED It!

We throw around a lot of cliché phrases: “YOLO”… “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try, again”… “Man cannot live by bread alone”… and, an old favorite… “grace under fire.” First, don’t EVEN get me started on the whole idea of “clichés”; they’ve withstood the test of time and trials – that’s WHY they’ve …

12
Sep

Will Your Legacy Be “Legendary”…Or Non-Existent?!

This past weekend, we celebrated Grandparents Day… admittedly, one of the “newer” holidays, only recognized since the late 1970s. However, it DID make me think about the whole idea of the legacy my grandparents left me! My Mama, Nana and Granny made SURE we learned good manners, proper respect and how to represent our family …

6
Sep

What IS A “Servant’s Heart”?

Frequently – sometimes too often – we’re asked to “step-up”… “serve”… “give of yourself.” And, we’re probably AMONG them! But today, I’m stepping a bit outside of my “writer” role and speaking from a “personal” place. As mentioned last week, I’m actually FROM the Gulf Coast and have LIVED through disasters, so it IS personal for me! …

29
Aug

Can ANY Bystander Be An “Innocent Bystander”?!

Just last week, we talked about exactly how far WE – or OTHERS – would willing go to aid someone in need. And, just as we pondered this question, Mother Nature raised her voice… in a BIG way, with Hurricane Harvey! In the past few days, not only have we seen countless photos, videos and …

22
Aug

What Would YOU Risk To “Make A Difference”?!

While I prefer to keep the focus on the vital work we do at King’s Ransom Foundation – and God – this week let me take a brief detour to highlight something we may not consider, when discussing humanitarian efforts. You see, this past week reminded me of a time, when just doing my job, ALSO involved …

15
Aug

If 1(000) Is GOOD…MORE Are BETTER!

We’ve all heard the saying, “If one is good, MORE is better”… and, in this case, we couldn’t agree MORE! If you follow us on social media, via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube or PikMobile, then you’ve had the opportunity to see the modern-day MIRACLES you made possible in Santa Pancha, Nicaragua – so, why should we stop NOW?! The …

8
Aug

Which Apostle Are YOU?!

When we last visited, you had a chance to gain a little more insight into WHO the Apostles actually were – as people. And, we left you with a little “teaser” about how their individual characteristics may actually relate to YOU! So, let me ask you… are you a “Matthew,” “Mark,” “Luke” or “John”? Believe …

25
Jul

“But, What Can Just ONE Person Do?!?”

Frequently we talk about “making a difference” and how we can impact the world. And, if you HONESTLY think about that idea of “changing the world,” it can be overwhelming… especially if you consider doing it alone! When you let that sink in, ANY rational person might think, “What can just ONE person REALLY do?” …

1
Aug

Dinner For 5000+…NOW?! What Do YOU Do?

As we continue to catalog the abundance of blessings, flowing through Nicaragua last week – all evidence of His power working through thousands like you – let’s continue our discussion about “perspective.” And, add another “p” word into the mix… PROVISION! Remember that elephant and those “big picture” perspective thoughts? Just as this parable began thousands of …

18
Jul

What “Elephant” Do YOU See?

At some point, most children hear the ancient parable of blind men describing an elephant. But, in case you’ve either forgotten this little tale – or never heard it – let’s briefly recap: “A group of blind men heard that a strange animal, called an elephant, had been brought to their town, but none of them were …

11
Jul

“Upon This Rock”…We Build OUR Foundation

“Hang in there”… “Keeps going and going and going”… “Think different”… “The relentless pursuit of perfection”… “Just do it”… “When the going gets tough, the tough get going”… “Built tough”… slogans, inspirational mottoes, corporate creeds and even promises. And these represent just the tip of the “cliché” iceberg! But, have you ever given any thought …

4
Jul

“Happiness”…What A Remarkable Thing To Celebrate!

Happy Independence Day! And while we DO realize this holiday is not celebrated worldwide, we did want to take advantage of this opportunity to use it as a handy springboard. Here, in the United States, at some point in school nearly every child must face those dreaded “memorization” assignments. YOU remember the ones: the Gettysburg …

27
Jun

What A “Waste”

We all have different ways of “unwinding”… for some, a leisurely walk fills the bill or an endorphin-pumping workout at the gym; for others, it may be getting lost in a novel or finding an outlet in cooking. I even have friends who clean like mad fiends! But, for me, it’s escaping into a great …

20
Jun

“1000+” Words…AND A “Once-In-A-Lifetime” Chance For YOU!

An old adage wisely notes: “One picture is worth 1000 words” – and we wholeheartedly agree! But, as emotional, feeling, caring human beings, we also like to hear those words sometimes. “Good job!”… “You are AMAZING!”… “WOW! You blow me away!”… “I’d be absolutely LOST without you!” Admit it – you liked hearing every one …

13
Jun

“Waste Not, Want Not” Applies To MORE Than Those “Distasteful” Veggies!

Coded into our very DNA, we have certain instincts… survival, shelter, food, safety. And for parents, these kick into overdrive, when our children are involved. That said, most parents want MORE than these “bare minimums” for our kids – to provide a better existence, an better lifestyle. And, my parents were no exception. However, they …

24
May

World Transformation Starts With Unity At Home

Last week, we began a rather “big picture” discussion about the power of unity – specifically, what a united couple can accomplish through their marriage. And while we tend to think more “globally” at King’s Ransom, we actually SEE the daily miracles performed by just two people… fused by a common vision or goal! Just successfully …

1
May

Clean Water…Check; Homes…Almost-Checked; Next…SUSTAINABILITY For LIFE in Nicaragua!

As we begin a new month, King’s Ransom Foundation will kick-off May with a fresh new project, designed to lift the families of Nicaragua out of their poverty cycle… permanently! Working with Food for the Poor and the American Nicaraguan Foundation, we have fixed our sights on establishing bio-intensive orchards for over 100 families, living …

11
Apr

The Finish Line Is IN SIGHT…Thanks To YOU!

There are few things in life more satisfying than setting a big goal… then ACHIEVING it. If you’ve ever done it, you know the thrill of charging across the finish line. And, thanks to you, our King’s Ransom family is about to experience that thrill! When we started our 1,000 Homes campaign in January 2015, …

9
Mar

Let’s Give “Predictable” A Better Reputation!

I don’t know if this happens where you live, but some places I’ve lived my utility bills were never the same two months in a row. One month, my electric bill was $115, the next almost $200 and the month after? $140… honestly, how do you build a budget around THAT? Over time, my wife …

28
Feb

Are YOU Willing To Be The Hands & Feet Of God?

International missions represent a big part of what we do here, at King’s Ransom Foundation. While our goal is to impact the lives of the poorest of the world’s poor, we’ve found this work has an equally powerful impact on the people who support it. In January, a team of King’s Ransom donors went down …

21
Feb

If ONE Is Good…Imagine How Much Better MORE Would Be!

When I first talk to a donor, one of the questions I like to ask is, “How did you hear about King’s Ransom?” Until recently, their responses were pretty consistent. Most of our donors heard about us from Dani Johnson, an AMAZING spokesperson for our organization (you may remember the exclusive free webinar she hosted …

15
Feb

Do You Know Where Your Giving Goes?

We have such an amazing donor family, here at King’s Ransom Foundation – remarkable, generous people who love the poor. Many of them found us, after hearing about one (or more) of our projects and then give to it tenaciously… as if the people they serve were a part of their own family. We also …

7
Feb

You Are A Leader…Do You Know Who Your Followers Are?

Did you know, you are a shepherd? Most shepherds don’t even recognize it! They look to their local clergy as their shepherd (“pastor” is the Latin word for shepherd) and their role is the dutiful sheep. WRONG! We might not have a title or degrees behind our names, but we stand in a position of leadership – …

31
Jan

Some Things CAN’T Be Fixed With A Bowl Of Ice Cream

If you’ve ever had to move across the country, you understand. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of filling up a moving truck and running out of room – before you run out of boxes. It’s one thing if you’re just moving across town and can make multiple trips back and forth, but if you’re …

25
Jan

“Profit-Motive” Does NOT Motivate Anymore!

Why do you go to work? If you own a business, why did you start your business? For most people, the answer is obvious: to earn money, so they can pay for their needs in life. Nothing wrong with that. But what happens, when you go beyond funding the needs of your daily operations? The …

18
Jan

In A “Life Slump”? What Would The Coach Say?

Recently, I was enjoying lunch with a friend, when he began to share some things in his home life he found frustrating. They weren’t major problems – just the kind of things most families deal with from time-to-time – but they irritated him to a point where he was seeing his life, filtered through anger. …