For some of you, the temperature outside makes little to no difference on the temperature inside your home. But for those of us who live in homes built before 1925, with the original windows still intact, soaring temperatures outside mean soaring temperatures inside.
So at 5:45, after a full 48 hours of the AC never clicking off, my house was a toasty 82 degrees.
Luckily for the eight of us, it was still 103 outside so my house still felt cool-ish. We also had peach Bellinis on ice. And goat cheese stuffed dates wrapped in bacon and a succotash salad with ribbons of basil and bites of avocado which kept our mouths distracted enough to not feel the heat.
At least that’s what I’m telling myself as I sit in the dark daring the sun to rise and burn my house to the ground.
But I digress. I didn’t pop in here to tell you all about the heat. I popped in here to tell you about Noonday.
I first heard about Noonday in 2012 when the company was just barely a company. I was on the edge of looking differently at poverty and my neighbors and I was hyper-aware of anything that brought awareness to vulnerable people groups AND gave voice to the stories of their lives.
Noonday did both and went one step further.
Noonday not only told the story of vulnerable people groups and their art, they partnered with global artisans and empowered them to grow their businesses by creating a marketplace for them to sell their products.
I could write you a thousand words on all the ways Noonday loves our global neighbors but I won’t. I’ll just encourage you to click here and check out the simple flow chart of how this company functions to the glory of Jesus and to the dignity of others. They way Noonday serves and loves others inspires and challenges me to love my own neighbors better.
And honestly, I love the art this company brings to my world.
Each piece curated by Noonday is handmade in one of 13 countries with resources that are found in their backyard. Some pieces take as many as 40 hours to complete and each piece tells a story.
A joy-filled, life-giving story.
I’m sharing all of this with you because I sincerely believe that as Jesus-followers, we should care about where and how we spend our dollars.
Do our spent dollars lift the heads of others or do they keep someone in bondage?
Do our spent dollars perpetuate a selfish consumerism mentality or do our spent dollars propel another person into a life of 3 meals a day?
Isaiah 58:10 says this:
“If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.”
I want to shine like the noonday.
How about you?
HUGE thank you to Emily Sexton for being such a great ambassador and for enduring the heat of the Harris casa. If you’d like to support Noonday by making a purchase that will lift the head of someone today, click this link. Look for my name in the Trunk Show field. It will be there for the next few days. Also, LOTS of items are on sale right now so grab them before they sale out. Each piece is a work of art that will quickly become your favorite.
Here’s a short video if you’d like more info on Noonday.