Giving without receiving…

Giving without receiving. That is what we are meant to do as Christians. To give to others without expecting a big return in the end. I have not wrote in the blog for a while. This has been something that has continually weighed on my mind as of late.

While reading post on Facebook today, I was surprised by reading two peoples post, in particular, that raised thoughts about giving. I had noticed that they often share about things they do for others or the community. After seeing this a lot it seemed to be more about attention seeking than anything else. I am not judging the intent. I do believe that they are doing it from the heart. But, more upsetting to me is the need of gratification and praise from others. It just seemed this way to me according to the description of the post and reply to comments. I see this pretty often. People eating up the praise they are given by their Facebook friends. It seems less genuine when you see people seeking praise.

I was reminded of something my mom told me once about giving and tithing. “You should not do things for people expecting to get something in return. You do it to honor God”

If it is a physical, financial, or an emotional gift we should be giving because it is want God has put us here to do. Not for recognition by others for the deeds we do. Giving is something I have always believed should not be done for praise from others.

The deeds I find most honorable are the ones where people are not sharing it on social sites or using it to get ahead in the community standing.

For example, A man gives a million dollars to a needy charity. He does not leave a name just the money. He never expects to get praise. He did it out of kindness and wants no one to know he did it. Only that God himself knows.

Another man does the same but, has the media at stand by when he hands over the check. He gloats over the praise and people reverie him for it. Both are doing it out of kindness. But, which one of the two men is being more like Jesus in his giving.

Mathew 6 tells us: “Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.

2 “Thus, when you give to the needy, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that they may be praised by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward.But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing,so that your giving may be in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.

I gather from that scripture simply this,when applying it to today’s social media and the now generation. When you do something for an individual or your community, do it out of love. Do it for the good of man but, keep it off of social media. The only one who we should be seeking praise for our deeds is our Lord and Savior.

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FBC anti-Bully event revealed BIG NEWS!

I want to thank everyone who came out last night to support the anti-bully event. We touched a lot of young lives and our speakers made a huge impact to the event. Thank you to Mayor Graham, The Mid America Science Park, John Jones Auto, and, especially Anita Walker of the SCEDC for all your help and sponsoring the event.

I would like a to give a special thank you to DJ Eric Montgomery, all the volunteers, IWX Wrestling and all the wrestlers who attended. Spider Murphy, Johnny & Sabrina Sixx, Overdrive, Big & Little County. (Sorry if I missed anyone) Thank you Johnny, Sabrina, Spider Murphy and our Pres Jasmine for sharing your bully stories with the kids. Your words made a huge impact on a lot of young lives.

On top of some videos about  bullying  the FBC Sorority preformed a small skit. We would like to thank our FBC mentor Synthia for teaching the dance and all your help with the event. You are wonderful and we all love you.

The official announcement was made last night of the new division of FBC (FBC Bros) will begin for boys ages 8-18. But that was just one of the big announcements…..

If you were not able to attend the event you missed the highlight of the evening. The event BIG surprise was from Wrestler Johnny Sixx. He announced on stage that everyone at last nights event will be receiving Free tickets to Blake Shelton with VIP backstage pass! The kids were stunned and still talking about it today. Thank you Johnny and Sabrina for your help at the event from the kids and myself.

FBC goes teal for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

This is a story on faith, courage, family, and Ovarian Cancer. From FBC founder Loretta K.

This is similar to the letter I had written for my brothers, family and friends just days after my mother lost her eight year long battle with Ovarian Cancer. What I learned from her in those few years will forever be a reminder to me about the power and love of God. ***

What can I say about my mom, Carolyn, that could ever express the joy my mother gave to her family and friends. Her humor, love of her children, and love of God was something that I only pray I can hold true in my own life. Everyone who knew her felt a strength and a joy you can‘t describe.

ImageIn 2002 my mom was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer Stage 4. After a 15 hour surgery and three months in and out of ICU she returned home to begin her eight years of treatment.

In the years since, I have learned more about faith, hope, and sacrifice than ever I have known. Very rarely will you find someone who can find the positive in being diagnosed with an illness such as that.  Her faith in the Lord became a testimony for many who knew her. No matter how sick she was, she always saw the positive in every situation. She was more of a support for us than we tried so hard to be for her. Showing us that in every situation, a light can come from the darkness.  She truly knew what Gods grace and love can do.  She often would say while having treatment, “ Look at that poor person over there. You can feel sorry for yourself but, there is always someone who is far worse shape than you.”

Often, she was the one who was in the worst condition than most at the center. She never saw it that way.  Mom took each day and experience as a blessing for what she had. She always felt no matter how bad she was there was someone in worse condition that needed her prayers.

Even at her worst she never lost her faith. Never a wavering moment. She knew, without faltering, that her love of God and faith in Jesus Christ would outweigh any pain she may have endured on this earth. She always told me she knew where she was going and she had no need for worry.

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A true example of her nature, my mother became a test study for caner research from the very first day of receiving the news of having Ovarian Cancer. She quickly agreed to be part of research programs in hopes that doctors and students at U of L ,and beyond, could learn from her illness to help others with ovarian and other cancers in the future.

Before her passing, in 2010, I learned what legacy she left. The stories from doctors and nurses alike showed her sacrifices were not in vain. Books and classes were focused on her case and the extremity of her illness. They spoke often about her willingness and kindness to allow them to learn from her case. No matter how ill she was feeling she always invited students to look in her treatment process. I was honored to be blessed with a mother so giving. It is amazing to she someone still giving of themselves in time of struggle to help others. Regardless of our loss we know that others will benefit from her illness and possibly win the fight. If anything comes from her passing I hope people can learn look beyond their own misfortune. Give of yourself to others, as she so often did for everyone around her.  -Loretta K

FACTS ON OVARIAN CANCER

Ovarian cancer is diagnosed annually in nearly a quarter of a million women globally, and is responsible for 140,000 deaths each year. Statistics show that just 45% of women with ovarian cancer are likely to survive for five years compared to up to 89% of women with breast cancer.

Facts:
1. All women are at risk of ovarian cancer
2. Awareness of the early warning signs of the disease could save lives
3. Diagnosis at an early stage vastly improves a woman’s chance of survival
4. Ovarian cancer is often diagnosed at a late stage.
5. Cervical smear test (Pap test) Does not detect ovarian cancer.

In 2014 Fashioned by Christ and Loretta K Beauty Image consulting will be coming together to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer with our Spring/Summer fashion show. Contact Loretta K on how you can help be part of this event. info@lorettakendall.com

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GO TEAL IN 2013

September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness month.

Shout it out awareness, because Ovarian Cancer…it whispers.

Have a passion for Teal fashion!

Image Consultant Loretta K shares some of her must haves for September.

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CLUE # 6. I hope that was inspiring. 🙂 So now back to the fun. Head to the web site where the best models around our posted. You don’t have to worry at this picnic. These bears don’t bite.

Beauty Tip of the Week – Cheep Fashion DIY Odor Remover

ImageThis look familiar? Yep it’s a charcoal briquette.

My mom gave me this little tip years ago. Take an old pair of pantyhose and cut off the feet throw a few bricks in and tie up the end. Hang it onto a clothes hanger and hang in your closet to remove odor. You can also place a few broken pieces around your home, in shoes, and any area you need oder absorbed.

It not only absorbs odor. It also absorbs moister due to them being very porous.

NOTE: Do not use the quick start charcoal of course. The quick start fluid is flammable and can be harmful to children and animals.

FBC Anti-Bullying Workshop

We are working on plans for our first FBC workshop. This will be open to boys and girls 3rd – 12th grades. Parents are welcome to attend. The workshop is focused on the effects of bullying.

You can help! Volunteers and sponsors are needed. More details will be posted as they are available.

FBC T-shirts

FBC Sorority is now taking up orders for FBC logo T-shirts. Members, moms, or staff wanting a shirt can contact us at info@fashionedbychrist.com

T-shirts are:  kids sizes XS-XL Adults S-4X

We have a variety of summer colors to choose from. $14 each.

 

If you are looking for something different you can also choose one of our official T’s.

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Sales from our Zazzle store help support FBC Teen Sorority. Non-members can pick up a shirt from our Zazzle store at:

http://www.zazzle.com/gifts?ch=fashionedbychrist

 

 

Get published with FBC

Fashioned by Christ blog and magazines mission is to bring fashion to the Christian community. To show young ladies that no matter your shape or size that every girl is beautiful.

We are asking you to join our message of faith. Show us your fashion style or just tells us about what Gods love has done for you. Do you have a unique way of spreading the faith or ministry, style story, editorials, want to be featured as a Christian artist, Christian model,  share your testimony, or  ideas. You could be featured on our blog or get published in FBC magazine.

Send submissions to info@fashionedbychrist.com