When the Village of Hope was first being built, Rose and Cindy had the vision and intention that the children should always have a sense of safety, future, hope, and stability. The loss of home, parents, siblings, friends, entire villages destroyed, was fresh in their hearts and minds, and they were just beginning to recover. These children needed to rest in the safety of God through the things He was providing for them at the Village of Hope. One of the first things they did as they were building the homes that the children would live in, was to decide that each home should have a name. That way, when you ask a child, "Where do you live?", they could say, "I live in Love." "I live in Grace". Truth, Freedom, Victory, Hope, Joy. It was the beginning of a new mindset, and a new life.
God cares very much about what we think. His word has much to say on the matter, like; "Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things." Philippians 4:8. Also, let us not forget 2 Corinthians 10:5, "We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ." Remember, God's goal is to transform the way we think so that we can think the way that He does. Look at what he tells us in Romans 12:2, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will." We must avoid the lies that the world throws at us and transform our minds by believing what God's will is for us!
Knowing how this helped our kids to think positive, hopeful thoughts, in the same way we felt that it would be great for you to have the "redeemed" necklace so that you can think about what that means for you. Go "fearlessly" through your day and meditate on God's power at work in your life. As you face your tough challenges day to day, things that threaten your "confidence", remember you are more than a "conqueror". The Tabitha Artisans have experienced the deepest pits that the world can throw at them, and the highest mountaintops of God's saving Grace, provision, and power. These women want you to join them on the journey of trusting God in deeper and new ways. Think about them as you carry the bags they sewed with their beautiful hands, or wear the beads that they rolled one by one as they prayed for YOU.