Screen Shot 2014-02-03 at 9.01.12 AMI’ve come to the conclusion that we can say whatever we want to about injustices that we see and hear about on national TV. We can post Facebook status’s that share countless wrongs in the world and that heighten our awareness.

And at the end of the day, we’ve done nothing to make a difference. Nothing.

Isaiah 1:17 (NLT) says …

Learn to do good.
    Seek justice.
Help the oppressed.
    Defend the cause of orphans.
 Fight for the rights of widows.

Learn.

Seek.

Help.

Defend.

Fight.

Each and every one of those verbs are imperatives (commands) with the implied subject being YOU.

Vicki, YOU learn to do good.

Vicki, YOU seek justice.

Vicki, YOU help the oppressed.

Vicki, YOU defend the cause of orphans

Vicki, YOU fight for the rights of widows.

Oh, you are SO not off the hook on this. Your name fits perfectly in the space before the command too, honey. You can wipe that relieved look off your face now. #sorrynotsorry

I recently read that it’s best to give the bad news first, so let’s just get this out of the way … You don’t need to be given time to pray about or consider IF you are going to do anything that God has commanded you to do.

Let that marinate.

God isn’t asking us to do something. He isn’t suggesting that it’s a dandy idea. No, He’s telling us to do good, seek justice, help the oppressed, defend the cause of orphans, and fight for the widows. PERIOD.

Don’t get me wrong, I get it. If you’re like me, you’re just trying to get through another week in which your Google calendar is billowing smoke, another month in which the paycheck ran out before the month did, another life-surprise ambushing you on Monday (always on Monday). And in the midst of it all, you long to walk in obedience to God’s Word, to love others in your community and beyond, and to leave a legacy.

How … seriously, HOW then are we going to make a difference in the area of justice?

Whether we want to admit it or not, where and how we spend our money speaks volumes.
Putting it more simply:

Your wallet IS your voice.
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Several years ago a courageous, determined, beautiful friend of mine, Patty Brown, started a little organization called Freedom Boutique. Her heart for supporting women and children who had been rescued from human trafficking was contagious. Truly, she was the first person I heard talking about fair trade products.

IMG_3443There are many fabulous justice-minded, fair trade retailers who are making a difference in the lives of women and children around the world. For some of the women, crafting these products keeps food on their family’s table, shoes on their feet, and a roof over their heads. For others, this is a second chance … a new beginning after they’ve been rescued from slavery or life on the street.

In FORTY-FIVE days, Kadi and I leave to go to Nepal with a team from Tiny Hands International. Tiny Hands is staunchly committed to supporting voiceless women and children in Nepal, India, and Bangladesh. For the last several Mondays, I’ve shared about different aspects of their organization. Please go back and read about their incredible work.

Tiny Hands has a store that allows you to tangibly contribute to the work they are doing with orphans, street children, and victims of sex trafficking. Bags, bracelets, fleeces, necklaces, scarves, and t-shirts … it’s all there! Beautiful things made by beautiful women in Nepal.

You can absolutely visit the store and make your selections. In fact, why don’t you do that right now? Click right HERE. (We’ll be here when you get back.)

Another option is for you to come to my house and do your shopping. That’s right, we are having a Tiny Hands party at the Tiede house!! I’ll be wearing my head warmer that you see me stylin’ in above. You can wear whatever you want to wear. Deal?

Tiny Hands Party

Saturday, March 1, 2014

1:00 –  4:00 p.m.

Link with more details

We have an opportunity to DO something.

To make a DIFFERENCE.

To purchase with a purpose … a Kingdom purpose.

Matthew 6:21 says, “Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”

**I’m a fan of MANY justice-minded retailers and will be sharing links to some of those in coming weeks. If you have favorites, let me know who they are!

***The wallet pictured above is from Joyn and can be purchased HERE.