Welcome to Make A Difference Mondays, a place to get intentional about starting our weeks focused on the positive and put our heads together to dream up ways we can make a difference in this world!
So yesterday I literally stumbled on these words written by my daughter,
on. the. internet.
“Hi this is Emma Brun here founder of the caring for Chicago project, right now I only have $65 of my $5,000 goal any and every donation will be greatly appreciated, and remember for every $5 dollar donation you receive a chance to win an American girl doll”
I found this adorable plea sent into cyberspace on a pin on Pinterest of all places 😉 She has been given access to Pinterest, so that she can pin to the group pinboard we share all about her
Caring for Chicago Project.
It really got me thinking about what I can do to be an example and cast an encouraging vision for my kids to grab hold of. I want them to believe that one kid truly can change the world. I want them to take to heart and make their own the words of Mother Teresa, “We cannot do great things, we can only do small things with great love.”
Scripture says, “Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, and in purity.” (1 Tim 4:12) So as a parent, how can I teach my children to bring those words to life and embody them in their actions? How can I encourage Emma in her dream to make a difference in Chicago and cast a vision to keep dreaming big, despite all obstacles? I found some resources to share with kids to motivate and inspire them to make a difference – despite their age, despite their limited resources, despite ALL obstacles. I have already shared most of these with my Emma in hopes of educating, empowering, and encouraging her to stay the course in her Caring for Chicago project and I hope you may find them useful as well!
This video was probably the most captivating and compelling resource I have found so far to encourage and motivate Emma that no matter how things may look now, Lord willing she really can help the homeless in Chicago!

I love this practical & beautiful list from Missional Women! It’s definitely relatable and motivational for any kids 🙂
25 Summer Missional Activities
Seeing examples of what other kids are doing around the world can cast an awesome vision for what our kids can do too!
Tween Serves Up A Side Of Compassion With Food Program
“By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” – John 13:35

Make A Difference Mondays is a weekly linkup designed to encourage and inspire us to live each day on purpose—making a meaningful difference in someone’s life in even the smallest of ways. There will be five women regularly co-hosting this link-up that will appear on all five of our blogs and we also have three wonderful co-hosts who will fill in as guest hosts on the occasional day that a regular co-host is not able to post. Read on to learn more about our vision, mission, and how to link up!
Our mission is to provide a consistent gathering place for like-minded women to build online connections, share inspiration, and provide mutual encouragement and accountability as we seek to live intentionally and make a difference in the lives of those around us.
Every Monday we will invite bloggers to link-up any blog posts that encourage women to live life on purpose. This could include testimonies or goals from your own life, small acts of kindness or service, creative tips or ideas for showing consideration to others — the possibilities are endless. Our objective is to use our God-given time and resources to His glory!
The Make A Difference Mondays team has created two fun new ways to keep us all connected! Now we have our own facebook community group to stay in touch beyond the blog posts AND we also have a new #MADMlinkup group Pinterest board! We will be pinning our favorite posts from the linkup that inspire and encourage us to make a difference. We are so grateful for you and would love for all of you to join us for fellowship in the above linked community group and you can follow the Pinterest board right here to watch for your posts: Make A Difference Mondays Pinterest Board
Be sure to grab the sparkly linkup graphic or grab the same image in the square version from the sidebar for your posts and/or include a link back here within your posts. Any on-topic posts are welcomed, no matter how old and no matter how many! If you’re linking up a post here, would you be so kind as to reach out in the comments below? I love getting to know new people and it really helps to put a ‘name to the face’ and find you in the linkup 🙂 Maybe even mention the title of your post in your comment? Thanks friend!
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