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Intentional Acts of Kindness

I had just gotten off a 6 hour flight with two toddlers. You can imagine how relaxing that was! As my husband rushed to pull the car around, I hauled both kids (and their car seats) to baggage claim. With a baby strapped to my back and a tan little preschooler in tow, I hauled SEVEN huge bags off the conveyor belt. One right after the other. I have to admit, I was slightly offended that no one saw me struggling and offered to help.

As I inched toward the pick up area with all seven bags, my indignation grew. All these men standing around and not one offered to help. Ugh! I felt like some kind of super hero as we completed our task. Counting each child and each bag twice to be sure I wasn't missing anything.

It was 12am and I just wanted to get everyone home and off to bed but I had a nagging feeling that I had left something on the conveyor belt. Auntie stayed with kids and I ran back in. Nothing of mine left at baggage claim. Relief. As I turned to meet my husband and get the crew home, something caught my eye. A beautiful woman in a wheelchair.

She was struggling with airport staff to transport her and her bags at he same time. This is what I forgot. It wasn't a bag- it was her! Put down your agenda, Anna. Slow down and look around you. Who needs help? Who needs a smile? Some love. Who needs to encounter God through me?

I walked back to the sweet young lady in the wheelchair. "Do you need some help? An extra set of hands?" I smile and throw up some jazz hands which quickly turned their surprised faces to smiles.

I grabbed her bags and followed them through the airport to the pick up area. They kept saying over and over "You are so kind, thank you so much!" The airport concierge was clearly shaken up.

He kept asking me where I was from- insinuating I must be from somewhere where people are actually kind and helpful. I just responded, "I'm from here, Seattle. And it's really no problem. I just saw you needed help."

By this time, the sweat was dripping down my back- the baby was fussing and I really needed to get back to my crew and start loading my own bags into the car.

"I bet she's a Christian - you're a Christian, huh?" She asked, knowingly.

The words hit me like a wave. Before I had a chance to tell them that it's my GOD who sends me, it's HIM that is loving people through me, she recognized it!

The act was so small, so easy. But it impacted these two. I blurted out, "Of course! The Spirit in me sees the Spirit in you."

The transporter said "What?!?" As I walked away, baby Sloane still strapped to my back, I could hear her explaining to him how she knew I was a Christian by the way I stepped in.

God willing, she was able to share the Gospel with that man. I don't know why she was bound to that chair or what was going on in her life. I don't know what religion that man grew up in or if that was the first time he had ever experienced the God of the Bible and His love in action.

All I know is that I listened to that still small voice and obeyed. God is clearly showing me that He is behind my Intentional Acts of Kindness. This was a simple act of grace but what matters is that it brought glory to God. The glory He deserves. He is so good. He cares so much about His children. He is still moving, still seeking His lost sheep. PRAISE GOD that we get to be a part of that!!

We are not a people set apart to simply enjoy the riches of Christ's love amongst ourselves. We are hand-picked, redeemed, transformed, and empowered to join in the work of our Creator! What an honor.

We are not all called to sell all that we own and become international missionaries. There are people all around us hurting, longing, seeking.

Let's practice starting each day with "God, what do you have for me today?" Practice #intentionalactsofkindness right where you are. In line at the grocery store, with your husband, with someone who is less than kind to you. Share your stories to encourage a movement! Join me in being Kingdom Makers!

Giving: Samaritan's Purse

The Human Highway, Refugee Crisis in Europe.

Samaritan's Purse is a non-denominational, evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, they have met the needs of people who are victims of war, famine, poverty and other natural disasters. All with the heart of sharing God's love to make Jesus' name great.

Source is committed to doing the same thing: giving back to make Jesus known. As we prayed about where to give our profits from the holiday season, giving towards what Samaritan's Purse is doing to help aid the refugee crisis in Europe is what we felt God was calling us towards.

The mission of Samaritan's Purse is inspired by the story of the Good Samaritan (Luke 10:30-37), where Jesus said “to go and do likewise.” At Samaritan's Purse, their desire is to share the hope of the gospel with hurting people who need it most.

Currently, the refugee crisis is dire with more than 500,000 refugees having arrived in Europe last year. Mainly escaping violence from Syria, but also Afghanistan, Iraq, Eritrea, Nigeria, Somalia, and Kosovo. They flee their homes seeking the safety and opportunities that Europe can provide them.

Samaritan's Purse has staff working in Greece and Croatia to help refugees. They hand out essentials like soap, food, water, and dry clothing. In Croatia they have set up several large hand-washing stations to help address the hygiene issues. They are also helping in Macedonia and have Christian partners in Serbia and Hungary.

By purchasing from Source this holiday, you were able to help us give a financial gift to this incredible organization that is helping those who are vulnerable and needy. So, thank you. While we know that this is a highly controversial subject, the one thing that we can say with certainty is that Jesus commands us to love those who are in need and to make the gospel known to all the nations. We feel that is what the people at Samaritan's Purse are doing. There are so many more ways that we as Christians can be helping in this crisis, and you can read more about Samaritan Purse's efforts on their website, here

I urge you, please be praying for these men, women, and children. For their safety and well-being, and that they would hear the Good News of Jesus Christ and that their hearts would be changed. For the staff, that they would be able to clearly show the love of Christ through their hands and feet. And for peace in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. 

Thank you for helping us give back to an organization that shares a desire for helping others and making Jesus' name known to many.

Source Gift Guide 2015

Holiday shopping is upon us and this year Source has made it easy to give gifts that make his name famous. We have great gifts for nearly everyone on your list that they will be sure to love.

Our popular tees and sweatshirts are a fabulous gift for the fashionista in your life. They are comfortable, stylish, and serve as a great reminder of who this season is really about.

We carry cute and functional tote bags for the student, athlete, nanny, or mommy on your list. They are the perfect size and roomy. They have a zippered pocket on the inside, perfect for organizing.

Our delicate hand lettered necklaces are a gorgeous and unique gift, a perfect choice for your best girlfriend, sister, wife, or any other special lady in your life.

If you are looking for an encouraging gift that is beautiful, encouraging and easy to ship to your faraway family and friends, or the perfect gift to bring to a hostess, our 4-pack of holiday prints is the perfect choice.

All of our gifts are under $50, which makes it easy to do all your shopping in one place. We all need a daily reminder of God’s truth in our lives and when you shop Source this holiday season you are shopping with a purpose and making it possible for us to bless so many others.

1. Loved at my Darkest Sweatshirt, $44.50
2. He Calls me Beloved Shirt, $28.50
3. 4-Pack Holiday Prints, $15.00
4. 'Seek' Pendant Necklace - silver, $40.00
5. Beauty is Fleeting Tank, $25.50
6. Find Rest Tote, $24.50

Changes

We have loved hearing your feedback and have recently made some changes to our line.

Source shirts have moved away from our original unisex style shirts and now have a more flattering scoop neck. Since the colder seasons are upon us, we added some sweatshirts to our line. Along with gorgeous hand-lettered necklaces and holiday themed prints - perfect for gift-giving! We hope you love the changes we made!

Sometimes hearing feedback about your behavior or attitude can feel a bit abrupt and harsh. How do you respond when you are confronted with correction? Are you open to hearing what they have to say, or seeing their point of view? Do you ask the Holy Spirit to help you to have a soft heart to make the appropriate changes?

For me, I notice when I get defensive it is usually because the criticism has revealed unbelief or pride in my heart. Because I have a desire to be more like Jesus, I pray that I can be open and willing to hear the areas in my life that need change and growth. I pray that I can begin, by the power of the Holy Spirit, to make those changes joyfully and without condemnation.

Will you join me?

Giving: Compassion International, Literacy for Mothers

Source is committed to giving away 100% of our profits to deserving causes. To find out more about our heart for giving, visit the Give page.

You've likely heard of Compassion International. Their advocacy and support of children living in poverty is well-known. The ministry releases children from spiritual, economic, social and physical poverty. Their goal is for each child to become a responsible and fulfilled adult. Motivated by The Great Commission, Compassion is not only a social ministry but a ministry called to evangelize and disciple.

Compassion has an incredible Sponsor a Child program that pairs supporters with a child in poverty to provide them with a loving, church-based Child Sponsorship Program. Over 1.5 million children have been sponsored. Additionally, they have a Gift Catalog with a whole slew of giving opportunities. 

As we perused the Gift Catalog, we had the hardest time choosing where to give; there are so many worthy causes! Ultimately, we decided on Literacy Classes for Mothers. As women, we felt this was the cause nearest to our hearts.

Source: Compassion International's Video Compassion’s Gift Catalog: Literacy Classes for a Mother.

Did you know there are 800 million people in the world who cannot read or write? And two thirds of those are women. That means that there are 500 million women in the world who are illiterate. It blew my mind that there are hundreds of millions of women who do not have these basic skills that we often take for granted. 

Compassion is helping one mother at a time learn to read and write. Gaining these skills empowers mothers, amongst other things, to be independent. Can you imagine having to ask someone for help every time you wanted to read something? Furthermore, imagine being a child of an illiterate mother – your mother unable to read to you because she is simply unable. Teaching mothers to read and write means they can pass their knowledge on to their children, breaking the cycle of illiteracy.

Compassion’s Gift Catalog: Literacy Classes for a Mother from Compassion International on Vimeo.

We are so thrilled that through your purchases we were able to give 10 mothers the gift of literacy classes, at $24 each. You can give further to this cause here or browse Compassion International's amazing Gift Catalog (pssst... giving in a friend's name makes a great Christmas gift!).

Giving: Providence Regina House

Source is committed to giving away 100% of our profits to deserving causes. To find out more about our heart for giving, visit the Give page.

Lizzy and Anna with Source's Providence Regina House donation

The Providence Regina House was founded in 1963 at Providence Medical Center in Seattle as a response by the Sisters of Providence to those who sought food by knocking at the kitchen door of the hospital. For over fifty years they have continued the legacy of providing for their neighbors in need.

Providence Regina House is committed to advocating for and meeting the unmet needs of their neighbors in Seattle. This happens at the food and clothing bank they operate during the week, as well as by providing emergency food, clothing, and referral information. Providence Regina House's food bank provides families with a range of perishable and non-perishable food items. They even have a one acre farm at their location, called Marra Farm, and from it they provide families with organic produce. On the first Saturday of the month, they hold Baby Cupboard Day where they provide mothers in need with infant food, formula, diapers, wipes, and clothing.

Additionally, Providence Regina House partners with many community organizations to offer many different resources. They provide health and nutrition services and information, seeds and plant starts, food stamp education, and blood pressure screenings. During the holidays, they sponsor a large holiday program where they focus on providing local families with holiday food, clothing, and toys. 

We are so excited at Source to be giving to such a worthy organization. With your help, we were able to give over two dozen pairs of mens socks, over 1,000 diapers, and over 2,500 wipes. You can give further to Providence Regina House by viewing their list of needs and how to donate here

Giving: Union Gospel Mission

Source is committed to giving away 100% of our profits to deserving causes. To find out more about our heart for giving, visit the Give page.

Seattle's Union Gospel Mission in Seattle provides emergency care and long-term services to local hurting and homeless people. UGM is dedicated to serving, rescuing, and transforming those in the greatest need through the grace of Jesus Christ. 

Our desire to support the hungry and homeless is in response to Jesus' call to give to those who have less (Luke 3:11). We love Union Gospel Mission because not only do they meet the physical needs of the homeless, but they share the Gospel in hopes people will have their spiritual need (John 6:35) met by knowing Christ. 

Source has provided 100 meals through UGM's Just One Meal program. You too can support their commitment to serving the hungry by giving here.

Introducing Source

We are so excited to launch our website and be sharing Source with you! It's our prayer God Source brings glory to God and through it we are able to share his love with many. You can learn what we're about here, read our story here, and find out about our giving here.