It’s a brand new day.
So, what will you do with yours?
Reclaiming our joy is a choice.
Is it incredible or what that we get to start anew each and every day? I love the scripture in Lamentations that tells us “. . .his loving-kindness begins afresh each day.” Unfortunately, many of us sleep through the glorious sunrise and the knowledge that we’re deeply loved only to stumble through the day wasting it on frantic-living, self-loathing or worse, bitterness.
I began writing my blog and my books not only for others but to remind myself that living in a state of joy is a choice; it is a gift; and it is freedom.
So regardless of our pain, our disappointment, our grief or our fear, let’s decide that to wake up and seize this brand new day for the glory and promise that it holds.
“What if we were known not by who or what we judge but by how well we love.”
— Ellen Miller
Loving those who live or believe differently than us should not be something we avoid or a huge sacrifice. It is, after all, the very essence of the way Jesus lived.
What I’m thinking about today
Kent County is one of the most severely underserved communities in Tennessee. To combat this adversity, Project Sprout seeks to nourish our neighbors at the most fundamental level with healthy food options and a strong support network. All members get a portion of each harvest and surpluses are donated to low-income families whose work schedules prevent them from volunteering.
of families bibendum eleifend
interdum mauris egestas non
Maecenas a ultricies elit
With ten gardens and counting, Project Sprout has seen a significant improvement in mental and physical health for all participating community members. Other than lowering obesity, blood pressure, and depression rates, the crime rate has also fallen. Our children are doing better in school, reporting higher grades and aspirations, and better job prospects.
If you live near one of our gardens, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth, as we use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, and outreach.