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The Sweetest of Rewards

“Wait on Me, My daughter. My timing is always perfect. I know you’re anxious about many things, and I see your passion for all the plans I have put in your heart. I know that you long to fly, and I see your enthusiasm. However, just as a vinedresser nurtures the vine and waits patiently for the right moment to harvest the grapes, so too am I working tirelessly to prepare you to bear much fruit. Don’t run ahead of Me or try to fly before My plans are complete. Your strength will fail you, and your dreams will wither away. Trust Me that My dreams for you are far greater than the ones you dream on your own. You will run farther and soar higher if you will patiently wait for the season of My blessing. Draw close to Me now, and I promise that this season of waiting will bring you the sweetest of rewards.”

But those who wait on the Lord

will find new strength, they will fly high

on wings like eagles, they will run and

not grow weary, they will walk and not faint.

Isaiah 40:31 

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Another Year, Another Adventure

This past year has been one of the most difficult, frustrating, and painful years I’ve ever had.

But, I’m blessed- because despite the difficulty of my 25th year, there was also much joy, love, and learning I was able to experience. One of the best, most influential part of my year was getting acquainted with Jody and Becky and their incredible grassroots organization, The Adventure Project

They way I’ve been challenged and inspired this year by their campaign has certainly played a major role in the ways I’ve developed my worldview this year. I’ve been so blessed to journey with them and be able to take the people in my life along with me.

This year for my birthday the thought of donating my celebration to the Haiti Campaign made sense. It was not a difficult or crazy idea to me whatsoever… however, the challenge of actually upping my goal to 26 stoves was daunting.

And then I remembered… I am surrounded by people who are just as concerned for others, who are just as committed to creating sustainable solutions and who are not only excited- but passionate about maintaining dignity. This was going to go just fine.

And here WE are… 28 stoves later and I’m blown away. We’ve breezed by 26 with no difficulty… and I’m once again reminded of the love and concern the Lord has placed in each of us for those who are in the midst of crisis. I feel so blessed.

 500,000 are still in tent camps, living in the rubble of their past lives- each day being reminded of the devastation and pain of two years ago. Yet, through the collective heart of The tribe of AdPro supporters, 662 families and counting now have a healthy, profitable tool that can improve their quality of life and income. What an incredible journey to be on.

So thank you, to everyone who gave me a stove for my birthday, turning 26 was made into a more beautiful and meaningful experience than I could have hoped for.

The work isn’t over though, if you haven’t checked out the campaign please do so. You won’t regret it. Consider the best $20 you’ve ever spent. 

 

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this is your life.

This is your life.

Do what you love, do it often.

If you don’t like something, change it.

If you don’t like your job, quit.

If you don’t have enough time- stop watching tv.

If you are looking to the love of your life, stop;

They will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love.

Stop over analyzing, life is simple.

All emotions are beautiful, in some way.

When you eat, appreciate ever last bite;

some people don’t have food to eat.

Open your mind, arms and heart to new things and people,

We are united in our differences.

Ask the next person you see what their passion is.

Share your inspiring dreams with them.

Travel often; getting lost will help you find yourself.

Some opportunities only come once, seize them.

Life is about the people you meet,

and the things you create with them.

So go out and start creating.

Life is short.

Live your dream.

Share your passion.

 

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50/50

“Great spirits have always found violent opposition from mediocre minds. The latter cannot understand it when a man does not thoughtlessly submit to hereditary prejudices but honestly and courageously uses his intelligence and fulfills the duty to express the results of his thoughts in clear form.” -Albert Einstein

I flipped a coin today about a decision I need to make and I discovered something interesting… it really didn’t matter what side it landed on, or even the fact that I was leaving the decision to a 50/50 chance. What mattered is that during that small moment when the coin was suspended in the air- I knew. I knew EXACTLY which side I wanted it to land on, and which decision I obviously wanted to make.

There are few moments or pure clarity in life, we cloud our decisions with “what if”s and could’s, should’s and would’s, it creates a world of gray and blurry indecision. So what do we do? We leave it to chance, we ask advice, we think it through (or not, depending on how much you really don’t want to actually make the right decision) we do everything we can to find the “right” answer… when in reality- we just need a moment of clarity sometimes.

Suzanne sent me the quote above when I was in the midst of a lot of gray. One way or another a decision was going to be made and it seemed like a double-edged sword, with neither side any better than the other. I found that in the moment of clarity- when the decision had been made, I knew that’s what I had wanted all along. Even though what “could have been” seemed so great and so right, I found myself shying away from it. I don’t want to be labeled as mediocre… I want to be in the first group- one of the people marked with a great spirit. Yet, it’s so easy to let prejudice, fear, doubt and pride cloud our minds and bar us from expressing ourselves (whether in word or in action) with great clarity.

Don’t live and direct the steps of your life by letting coins and mediocre minds have the determination of what’s good and right. Live your life with clarity and with a clear understanding of which direction the Lord is leading…

“walk in faith, nothing wavering”

Don’t be tossed by indecision and regret.

Continue to step forward.

With great clarity.

Disclaimer- This may not make any sense…. I’m still working on that clarity thing.

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Water:Revolution


It’s 6am, India’s heat index is rising already and the sun has only just risen. A woman walks down a trodden path through brush, fields, streets and filth. A few thoughts plague her mind… It’s not so much the pain from her jug filled with diseased water, or the growing ache in her belly from the tainted water, it’s not so much the fact while she is trudging this water back and forth each day she’s only barely keeping her family alive while the water kills them… no, it’s that her son is sick. He’s 8 years old and yesterday he was playing with his friends, yet somehow today- he can’t move, he can’t eat and he has diarrhea. The thought that plagues her is how she has watched this scene many other times and she is frightened of its outcome… dehydration and disease kills the loved ones of her village and every time the survivors just have to watch.

Typical story for a woman in India; she may be your age, maybe her son resembles yours, he may even have your son’s name, or your name, he may be your sons age. What is the only difference between her family and yours? Water. Her family could live and thrive just as your family does if they had access to it.

It’s tragedy.

The Adventure Project saw this need and decided to do something about it. By partnering with a unique organization in India, they have decided to raise $22,000 to help train mechanics to rebuild wells that are broken throughout the whole country. Men and women alike are gaining an education and then repairing the broken wells bringing water to thousands of THEIR OWN PEOPLE. This is empowerment at its finest.

This program does not just provide water, it provides:

  • Personal dignity
  • Local economy
  • Health
  • Jobs
  • Education

A sustainable solution, these are the things that every human being desires and has a right to.

What I am asking you, is that you take a moment and a few dollars and donate to the initiative that my dear friends and I developed over the past 2 weeks. Donate $20, $30, $50 or $100 and provide life for that little boy in India instead of ignoring him.

You can click on the picture on the left to donate or go here:

My Campaign Page: http://theadventureproject.causevox.com/tiffanyeriksen

To read more about the project in detail go here:

http://theadventureproject.org/typetap

And here:

http://theadventureproject.org/

Don’t let yourself walk away from this opportunity, this initiative has the potential to bring clean water and disease free living to 10,800 people every year.

Let that sink in.

My goal is not $200 like the calculations spell out. I set a goal of $500 because I believe in the people I am connected to, I know that my friends and family believe in change as much as I do. So prove me right, take your lunch allowance this week, make some pb and j’s and donate that to this incredible cause.

P.S. Anything you give is going to be doubled thanks to The Prem Rawat Foundation. Mad love.

Water, like religion and ideology, has the power to move millions of people. Since the very birth of human civilization, people have moved to settle close to it. People move when there is too little of it. People move when there is too much of it. People journey down it. People write, sing and dance about it. People fight over it. And all people, everywhere and every day, need it.

-Mikhail Gorbachev

 

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Strength by Way of Grace

I love this family.

Nancy is not just a cousin to me, not just a mentor but a friend who loves and desires to see growth and joy in my journey. This is truly a woman who has changed my life.

Nancy and Corey have 6 beautiful children, all with their own unique and distinct personalities. Zach is the big brother who loves while he tortures his siblings, Heidi is the old soul- I think she’s a middle-aged 12 year old, Lindsay is the princess, Anna is the mischievous one and Silas… he’s the one you can’t resist.

Of course, I’ve only mentioned 5 children and after all, I did say they had 6 beautiful children. Eli would be 15 now, likely the most handsome boy around, full of creative energy and independence….

After thousands of cups of coffee, much laughter, and maybe a few tears too many...  I know of Nancy’s tremendous journey. It’s possible that Nancy has one of the most beautiful and compelling stories that I have ever heard. Her journey has been difficult, but through that the Lord has brought her into love and obedience with Him in a way I rarely see.

It was June 16th when the accident happened. Zach was hurt badly, everyone else has some scrapes and bruises, but blue-eyed Eli didn’t make it. The celebration of life service held over 400 guests, there were so many tears, but much joy too- knowing that Eli was up with the Lord. Salvations resulted and family drew close, the immediate side effects of tragedy.

But it hasn’t always been joyous. The difficult moments are heart wrenching for a family who lost a son and brother, loss brings a sting of pain that aches continually. Corey has pulled his family close and walked on in a God-given strength, Nancy has decided to be resolute in her obedience to the Lord even when it’s fearful and is teaching her kids the same. A marriage didn’t just survive, but it thrived when many marriages fail within the first year after losing a child.

Seven years is a long journey, and I’ve watched and listened to Nancy go through it. I’ve listened as she talks about Eli every day. As she teaches her children here on earth how to love the Lord and how to appreciate the life He gives. I’ve seen her love and support Corey while still being human and vulnerable and I’ve watched her gain strength by way of grace.

I’ve constantly been sharpened by Nancy, whether I wanted it or not. She has always given me the ability to be myself and say just what I think even if it is terrible, and then tells me I’m wrong in a way that is unique to her. The ways that Corey and Nancy have impacted my life are innumerable. I’ve learned many lessons and most of them weren’t even directed at me, they were just apparent because of the way they live their life. The Lord has blessed me with them and given me a woman to look to whose journey is far from average and who’s life is abundantly blessed…

“It’s hard, obedience is hard and people think I’m crazy. But that doesn’t matter because I am seeking the Lord with my family and He… is… blessing us.”

-Nancy Banks

Shout out to Corey for being the best teacher in the world. I probably would have no hope of getting a husband in the future without his lessons on cooking, etiquette and desserts.


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