THIS IS A COMPASSION BLOG HOP
A STORY ABOUT A COMPASSION MOM – YOU GET TO CHOOSE THE ENDING
Vilmae paused and sat back on her haunches. It was so hot and steamy. There was not even a breeze. She wiped the sweat off her brow and looked behind her. The floor definitely looked better where she had scrubbed it.
Although it was hot and grimy work, she knew that she was one of the more fortunate ones. Many of the other moms in her village only had dirt floors. At least she had something to scrub! She sighed again. They all needed a miracle. The whole village. She cared, but what could she possibly do to help? She had enough worries of her own.
Like Estefany for instance. What kind of future could she give her beloved child? Would Estefany be reduced to this sort of life, too? It was hard enough for Luis just to find enough food for them all to eat. And now that the old horse had died, it would just get harder and harder. He had nothing now to help him plough.
‘Education?’ she muttered. ‘Impossible!’ She sighed again. It all seemed so hopeless. She had so many dreams for her child. She just didn’t know how to make them happen. ‘Please Lord,’ she whispered, ‘I give it all to You. You know my heart. But yet, not my will, but Yours be done…”
She was interrupted.
Estefany bounced in the open doorway. Her sweet face shone with excitement. “Hey Mom! Guess what? I’ve been accepted for the Compassion program! The teacher stopped me today and told me! I don’t know how, but they already have sponsors for us! See, here is my first letter. And there is something in here for you too. Look! See that tag? It says, ‘Please give this to your mother with our love’. I know. My teacher told me.” she added triumphantly.
For the first time in a long while, Vilmae felt a strange emotion. At first she didn’t realise what it was.
That’s what she felt.
‘Thank you, Lord’ she smiled softly as she wiped a tear away. Of the two of them, only she realised the full significance of what had just happened. She was sure her shoulders felt a ton lighter, as she got up from her knees and hugged Estefany.
“Really?” she said. “How wonderful! Let me see it!”
THE END OF THIS STORY IS YOURS…
What was in Vilmae’s packet?
It’s your choice! How will you bless your sponsored child’s mom? Here are some paper gift ideas to sow seeds of love and faith, just to brighten her day. Why not send something to her today?
PAPER GIFTS TO BLESS YOUR CHILD’S MOM
~ BIBLE VERSES / SAYINGS / PRAYER
frog notepaper, frog note cards, frog bookmark corners, frog photo frames free printable paper gifts with Bible verses by Paper Gifts for Estefany. These little zany frogs would be just perfect to lighten Vilmae’s day and make her smile!
Joy is the settled assurance that God is in control of all the details of my life; the quiet confidence that ultimately everything is going to be okay; and the determined choice to praise God in all things. This free printable would make a lovely postcard or poster for any mom.
She knew that she was formed by God’s hands dreamed up in His heart and placed in this world for a purpose. Designed on a blackboard background, this free printable could be printed as a poster, postcard or even used as clip art to encourage your child’s mom.
Psalm-23—Mom’s Version Bless your child’s mother with this beautiful Psalm; while you are there, why not copy and print an extra copy for yourself or a friend.
Father’s Love Letter A selection of Bible Verses in a free printable love letter / poster from God to reassure Vilmae that she is beloved; 107 different languages including Spanish; French; Portuguese; Amharic; Hindi; Indonesian
Butterfly and flowers Bible bookmark with Psalm 20:4; free printable
A Mother’s Prayer black text on white background decorated by a colourful flower footer; free printable
~ STATIONERY / LITTLE PAPER GIFTS
elli.com has lots of cute and elegant free printables to bless your child’s mother – cute petal shaped cards, note cards, gift boxes, stationery (which can be personalised), envelope liners, and even printable hearts, gift wrapping, paper bows and flowers. Happy exploring!
juliabettencourt.com has great ladies ministry free printable ideas; encouragement tags; handouts; and devotionals specifically designed for women and moms, like this adorable tiny ladybug envelope. Isn’t it the cutest thing ever?!
Or how about these free printable To-Do Lists with cute pink strawberries? Prefer red? Try these cute free printable strawberry basket and envelope party items just for moms.
Spring flowers free printable stationery with pink and mauve flowers and a 2 bluebirds – or make them into tiny note cards – or use it as a photo frame for her child’s photo (your Compassion child) – very sweet. It is very possible that she might not even have a photo of her own child.
shabbyprincess.com has free printable quality scrapbooking and pretty papers/kits that moms will love if you prefer to make your own. Maybe she might even like them as a craft pack.
‘To a special Mom’ gift tag – just want you to know I think you’re an amazing mom; free printable
Queen for a Day free printable card just because…
Sweet free printables for Mom modern floral design note cards, matching gift tags and fold over flags that your child will enjoy giving to their mom for Mothers’ Day; free printable
Your child’s mom may like this free printable stationery with red watercolor flowers or free printable stationery with soft pink roses on a soft pink rose border (scroll down)
Free printable coffee bag, tea bag, seed packets (mini envelopes) with adjustable text – perfect for a tiny note of encouragement.
Or how about one of these free printables (members only) from Lia Griffith: floral note cards; personalised watercolor stationery; sweet little treat bags filled with… (you decide!); tropical paper flower lei or a paper flower (for your sponsored child to make up for her); spring recipe cards decorated with flowers; fall recipe cards decorated with tiny leaves; or one of these cute mini envelopes and tiny cards or mothers’ day fold over mini bookmarks (disguised as teabag tags) decorated with flowers will be sure to brighten her day.
She will love one of these free printable and classy design labels with some encouraging words (like ‘Jesus loves you’) or Bible verses on them (many are editable – just click and type your verse before printing; or write it in after printing): Oval frondescent; watercolor and floral; spring valentine; vintage rose; sweet doodle borders; French rococo; vintage framework; sweet birds; vintage flower; soap and candles; Isabella collection; Damask, modern, scallop, Victorian; Choc mint, pink damask, garden birds, Hollywood, plum and sand, seaside; spa; botanical; handmade crafter; handmade crafter 2
Pink and chocolate – recipe card free printable; perfect for a note or a Bible verse
Mothers’ Day Room Service Hanger Some great ideas here, but the food choices will probably not be appropriate, so you may have to design your own blank template or this might be something fun for your sponsored child to fill in.
~ HOW ABOUT A SNIPPET FROM A DEVOTIONAL?
This daily devotional, Streams in the Desert by Mrs Charles (LB) Cowman has been an excellent, comforting, and gentle arm around the shoulder for many moms going through tough times. Choose a page of her gentle wisdom to bless your child’s mother and help them know that God is there no matter what they are going through.
This devotional from set apart girl.com is designed to encourage women to live holy, pure and Godly lives. Or perhaps they might enjoy some Godly wisdom, inspiration and insight from Nancy Missler. Or a poster or postcard from the Father’s Love Letter daily devotional 365promises.com (one for each day) with photos. Lightsource.com also has some devotionals specifically for moms (scroll down). More devotionals
~ A DANISH HEART FOR MOM
Our Compassion moms will enjoy one of these Danish hearts tucked into their envelope. This site has easy how-to directions. You will find more Danish Hearts with good illustrations here. And if you are feeling really adventurous, why not try one of these fancy Danish hearts.
~ HOW ABOUT SENDING HER TO PARIS…
Just imagine her wonderful surprise to receive some pretty free printables from Paris…
~ SOMETHING FOR THE KIDS TO GIVE TO MOM
‘You are my wonder mom because…’ your child’s mom will love a note on this cute white / apricot card with apricot / black paper bow from their child
Her younger children will enjoy – and appreciate her all the more – with this cute colouring of a mother bear watching over her cubs as they play.
SOMETHING FOR YOU, THE READER, JUST FOR MOTHERS’ DAY. SOME FREE PRINTABLES. AND THEN THIS TINY AND ENTHUSIASTIC MOM WILL WARM YOUR HEART… ENJOY!
A heart-warming short video about ‘Peeps’, a baby hummingbird who fell out of his nest and was then released back into the wild, after being lovingly nursed back to health by humans. While he was in ‘hospital’ Peeps was taken outside each day to get nectar from flowers. As Peeps sits cupped in human hands, Mrs Hummingbird hovers anxiously nearby. The baby calls out to mama; the mother comes closer, and then… you won’t believe what happens next! No mother can resist the call of her child, no matter what the danger.
And when you write to your sponsored child, don’t forget…
Did you know: You can also support mothers who are living in poverty, through ongoing support of a Child Survival Program or by making a one time donation. The Child Survival Program helps save the lives of babies and mothers in poverty by utilizing local churches to assist mothers of at-risk infants and toddlers. Mothers can give their children a fighting chance for healthy development with the supplies and training provided by the donations to this program.
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