The Peeps that own my heart......

Growing up in the church my social circles consisted of other people who went to church. They looked much like me. They were my peeps. ...

Growing up in the church my social circles consisted of other people who went to church.
They looked much like me. They were my peeps.
 The stereotype consisted of:

two parent home
food in the cupboard 
clothes in the closet
two cars or more in the driveway
summer vacation
fun family outings

I grew up rather ignorant of the world around me. Trapped in my bubble of self perception.
Thinking that most people had the same advantages as me.
Marriage to my man introduced me to other humans who had journeyed on a road much different than mine.
Roads marked with pain, loss, heartache and lack.
At times the roughness of their lives would come out in conversation, or actions. 
As I attempted to understand the origin of the choices they made 
I found myself irritated, or put off at times by the attitudes and the lack of wisdom. 
After time and listening to the Holy Spirit 
I realized that the struggle I was having trying to understand
 was much less about them &
much more about me 
............ the art of 
unconditional LOVE.

Many years have gone by....I have worked at a private Christian school.
 I have been a stay at home mom and now I work for a non profit.
The evolution of my work has brought revolution to my heart. 
My peeps are now the youth from broken homes,
 the families that are struggling to make ends meet,
the grandmother that is raising her grandchildren,
 the girl whose father abused her, the young man whose step-father molested him,
 the girl who has not seen her father in 5 years because he is in jail,
the man whose wife has left him and now he is raising 4 children on his own. The children in foster
care that were forced by their mother's boyfriend to steal TV's so they could be sold for drugs. 
They are white, black, asian, latino, male & female.

These are my "people".
I do not own them....
but they own my heart.

"and when Jesus saw them He had compassion on them......"
Matthew 9:36, Matthew 14:14, Matthew 15:32, Matthew 20:34


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