God’s hands at work

I love seeing God at work. Some times you don’t have to look very hard. I’m finding the more I let go of “me” the more I see God at work.

chaos

Chaos, a storm of questions, a barrage of people, a million handouts, more paperwork on the horizon. I felt like I had been put through the ringer after two hours. And guess what? I wasn’t even the one in the middle of the chaos. I was on the periphery as a support person for my…

Be “that person”

Today our local CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program, Sunflower CASA Project honored the 160 abused and neglected children served by their CASA volunteers in 2011. One hundred sixty children were in the Riley, Clay or Pottawatomie County court system last year. One hundred sixty children were served by awesome CASA staff and volunteers who…

I heart CASA

Have I told you how much I love CASA? If not, let me tell you…I love, love, love CASA! Maybe I’m still a newbie. Maybe I’ll get frustrated and jaded and disappointed, but right now I can truly see how important this program is. My CASA is wonderful and funny. She makes me appreciate what…

Looking forward to my ‘summer’

I’m reading a really neat book called, Spiritual Rhythm: Being with Jesus Every Season of Your Soul by Mark Buchanan. I’m enjoying it and I seem to find an “ah ha” moment every time I crack it open (?) on my Kindle. He talks about growing and keeping our faith and utilizes the ideas of…

A 2×4 of reality

I had my first “Oh no. I can’t do this. I’ve got to get out of here,” thought last night during our weekly three-hour CASA training. We had a panel of folks from SRS, St. Francis (services) and TFI (foster care). Our SRS panel representative handed out photos of cases they investigated. One was a…

CASA step 1

I started the 30-hour training tonight to become a CASA. I was amazed by the number of people there. I think we had close to 25 attendees. It was a good diversity of ages. In fact, I was shocked by the number of college students. What a great thing to do at such a young…

Am I strong enough?

Next year I’m going to start a new adventure–volunteering for the Sunflower CASA Project. I’ve been thinking about it for years but was never sure I was strong enough. Do you know what CASA stands for? They are Court-Appointed Special Advocates who advocate for abused and neglected children in the court system. I’m fearful about…