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“This is a horrific event,” Aurora Police Chief Dan Oates told a news conference, adding that a suspect was taken into custody in the parking lot behind the theater. He had initially put the death toll at 14, but a spokesman later told NBC the toll had been revised to 12.

taken from – http://news.yahoo.com/ten-killed-denver-movie-shooting-local-radio-083209128.html

I, like many people in this “Smartphone age,” woke up this morning to check facebook and see what happened while I was sleeping.  The first post I see is from a friend in northern Virginia posting the following status:

“Woke up this morning to see that life is now imitating art. Everything on the news reflects every bad movie out there. Praying for the families who thought they would see their kids come home from the movie last night. I’m going to the source that brings light, not dark.”

I wasn’t sure what she was talking about but figured maybe someone up in her area had had a car accident or something and teens didn’t make it home from a movie.  As I scrolled a little further, I saw many other comments and posts about how they would be praying for the families involved in the shooting in Denver.  In my mind these were still separate incidence and began to really agree with my friend’s original post.

“Everything on the news reflects every bad movie out there.”

What it would be like to live a day in the Leave it to Beaver days.  I know it is just a TV show.  I know that everyday life wasn’t like that.  But oh to be able to rest in the fact that when your kids went to school, you could bank on the worst they would come home with being a black eye from a scuffle on the playground.  And even, it would be an isolated incident.  Throw a couple punches and it’s done.  Oh to be part of a world where are kids are generally safe.  Where you can leave your car doors unlocked and help people stranded on the side of the road.

When I think about how we can make that type of a world a reality, I can’t help but be reminded that we have to be the change we want to see in the world.  Every change starts with me (and you).

For me, I know that I have to make the following changes, today:

  • Time with my Maker isn’t only reserved for the morning hours.  Thank Him for everything I have, see and love.
  • Make time to smile at people in the stores.  Slow down…
  • Tell people what they mean to me, DAILY.  Never assume they know.

If I made these changes in myself, maybe a domino style avalanche would happen in the lives of people I have contact with.  And then maybe the people they have contact with.  Maybe over time, we’d see a renewal in our country and the world.

These are my three changes, what about you?  What do you want to see change in the world and what will you commit to changing in order to see that change in the world?

Cheers,

Andrea

PS: If you blogged about the Denver Shootings, please comment with your link below.  Lets offer support to each other during this time of confusion.  Offer support to those you see hurting.  Offer a kind word, a smile…

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{March 31, 2012}   Zoe needs our help!

URGENT! Zoe needs our help!

As a mother of three, ages 8, 6 and 13 months, I can only image the way Kelsie Bernstein must feel right now. Her daughter, Zoe, was in a car accident and the outlook is uncertain according to doctors.  She is in a coma right now and has two skull fractures.  My brother-in-law posted this on Facebook today:

HELP! SOMETHING WORTH SHARING. This is my friend Kelsie and her daughter Zoe. Zoe suffered severe head trauma in a car accident and is still in a coma like state, she has 2 skull fractures and some bruising of her brain. We won’t know extent of the damage until she is more awake. This is your normal everyday little girl, and this could happen to any of us. Please pray for her, share this, and if you would like to do more Zoe has an account at Wells Fargo in her name account # (ask me) , we also have PayPal set up under the email Kbernstein2123@gmail.com for all of our non local friends and family.

There are 4 ways you can help.  Two are listed in the Facebook post above.  The other two are listed below:

Scentsy:
All you have to do is visit Brian’s website and shop until you drop. 25% of the sales will go to Zoe’s fund.  You can also friend Brian’s Facebook Page to get updates on the fundraiser and promotions.

Miche:
Visit my online store and shop under Zoe’s Fundraiser link by clicking here.  All orders will earn the family 10%  However, Miche has four shells that reflect her name and they are on sale!  Should you decide to purchase a Zoe Shell, I will give 12% on that product.  If you purchase a base with one of those shells, I’ll give them 12% on that too!  Below are the Zoe Shells:

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ALSO if you would like to book a Skype, online or virtual show show in Zoe’s honor, I’d gladly give 10% of your show sales to her fund also!

PLEASE REMEMBER: When ordering from either Scentsy or my Miche website, please be sure to select the option to have your order shipped directly to you.  This way Kelsie doesn’t have to take the time to divide the orders out and mail/deliver them.  She has so much on her plate right now.  Before checking out, make sure that your order is attached to her show.  You should be given the option to attach the order to their show at any time.  Just select Zoe’s Fundraiser if you didn’t follow the direct link.

Thank you very very much.  If you are unable to support this family by way of donation or purchase through one of the options above, please pray for them.  Pray for Kelsie’s heart as I can’t imagine what she’s going through right now.  Pray for Zoe’s healing.  Pray that God does a miracle in her body and heals her, leaving the doctors speechless.  Pray for the hospital staff in charge of her care…that they get plenty of sleep before their shift and work diligently and carefully when around her.

If you wouldn’t mind, could you please share the word?  Post to twitter, facebook, link to your blog, tell your friends, family, church members.  If this was your little girl, you could only hope and pray others would take the time to do this for you. Thanks for caring so much!

Cheers,

Andrea Warren



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