Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Awww.....my kids are very cute! Just sayin'. Oh and Elizabeth came with us as well, but you know sometimes she is like a butterfly- she flits her and there....he he he .... (Abigail stayed back with the 3 littlest.)
Feeding Children Everywhere packing events. If you want to see those they are Here, and this cool God story Here.
Well this time our church said.....we partner with a couple of schools- Dowdel Middle School and Clair Mel Elementary. We have programs of tutoring and mentoring. That is where we handed out back packs. These schools are close by and it has been a great partnership- schools are places that NEED support!
(**There were tons of other activities and services going on at the same time. Putting in new landscaping, painting an new mural, facepainting and bouncy houses for the kids, free food, loads of items donated to help families and bless them, and loads of yard work. I am pretty sure I have missed several other things that went on that day- the list was llooonnggg... :)
I also say that WE ARE BLESSED!!! By getting to enjoy our time, cheer each other on- hey everyone loves to be cheered for right?, by being excited about getting to pack food for those we know need it, and for really LOVING TO SERVE!
Guess what? I think it changed everyone who was there. Because it becomes not a have to or I guess I will....but a I CAN'T WAIT TO DO IT!!!!
My friends- THAT IS THE HEART OF GOD! They have "caught" it. They get it. That attitude of service and giving is in their mind. They even went as a family to try to find this man again. Now even though they didn't find him today......I am pretty sure they will keep looking. I am pretty sure the next time they see someone in need they will have all kinds of great ideas of how to help!
If you watched the service Jason and I got to be a part of in sharing our heart for foster and adoption- you would have also seen the person who has worked for Life Care (the local pregnancy crisis center), the people who have started a nursing home ministry at the nursing home that is state run. AMAZING HEARTS for God! The next week- people who have a heart for those on the street- s*x slavery in our area, people who lost a son to heaven through cancer and support others having to walk this horribly hard road, and a business woman who gave her life and her horrible job situation to God and HE BLESSED her in amazing ways- because she surrendered it to HIM!
Andrew at one point when we simply said we may stop with 8 children. Looked at us and said but mom and dad there are so many more children that need homes. GULP! Ummm.....yep parents listen when your children are preaching- they get it!
Yep- this is their heart!
When we sat down with our kiddos and said we are going to be bringing home a child that will be very different from us. They will need all of us to support them together- our kids cheered!
When we have said let's do some service whether it is give away a bunch of food, or buy a meal for someone standing beside the road, or packing food, or buying presents for others at Christmas, or sending money to Vision or Compassion or other ministries and we talk about how they will be able to provide services to others all around the world.
GOD SAYS: I have already done it all for you! Your service to me is a way to realize the depth of my love. Would you like to know HIS LOVE? ME TOO!
God says: Give to me. Give to me your time, your money, your energy, your talents, your HEART! I will make it into something way bigger- because after all I am THE GOD OF THE WHOLE UNIVERSE! I CAN with you :). PRAISE HIS NAME!!!!
What are some of the things you do in your family to crate an attitude of service?
Monday, October 29, 2012
(By the way the above picture is of my sweet oldest baby who is turning 13- VERY SOON!!!!) Passing on the tradition of making yummy cookies!
***HUGE PRAYER REQUEST: For this horrible hurricane Sandy......and the devastation. PLEASE PRAY FOR SAFETY!!!
***Please pray for a sweet baby girl named Joy. She is a few weeks old and was born with a heart condition. There have been some amazing miracles happen, but she is in a very very severe situation and needs God's continued healing! Thank You!
***Please also pray for our family....it is so crazy because I feel like change is our "usual" he he he....but anywho. There is more change for us coming as well.
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