While I Was Sleeping, I Mean Sick

So, while I was sick and sleeping a lot, I lost most all communication with the outside world, all blog reading, all updates, all face time with a screen. And it was necessary and essential to my rest and focus on healing. And now that I am nearly recovered, I would love to keep much of that time I had saved and serve more in my church and community and our garden. I hope to start small for our family at first and see what grows well here and abundantly so that we may help other families/widows around here needing veggies that are often quite pricey in the stores. I will freeze or can and minister to others as we can. That is a goal. I speak of revival and service and this is one more step for us toward that end and making this life count for the kingdom of God. So there it is. I will blog as God leads. God is so good!! Love you!❤

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Serving Your Purpose/Designer

I am great with two groups of people: kids and the elderly. I am not good with the in between ages. That is how it has always been, except my few friends that mean a great deal to me. I used to think I was just weird, and I really am ok either that, prefer it actually. But lately, I think it is my gifting from God, my design. And in my service to others, I excel the greatest when I am working with kids and elders. And I do so as often as I can while still maintaining my responsibilities at home. And I really enjoy coaching 2nd and 3rd grade homeschool P.E. and I just live my kids. We have it every week and it is great. And my kids are feeling like family, telling me all about their weeks, holding my hands while we walk, racing me, giving a hug after class. It is just the sweetest thing. And I would encourage you, whatever age group God built you for, to serve them somehow. It is truly beautiful when we do what we were designed to do. Artists should do art. Musicians should do music. Politicians should really work on their moral code. Lol  Do what God made you to do. It is worth the startup effort and God blesses your effort for Him well. ❤

Serving Together

My answer to the selfishness that attempt to sneak into us all is service. I force myself and now my kids (my peroggative) into a position of being humble enough to serve someone else. This forces focus onto someone else and you reap the internal rewards of joy God gives you for it. We just started delivering food and commodities to the needy elderly through a wonderful local organization. We drove to very beat down areas of town and some smelly situations and destitute people and gave them needed things and warm hugs and smiles. Immediate gratification: we felt good for having helped and loved and were honored by being Jesus for them in that moment. Also, my kids felt genuinely amazing for having helped and us doing it together. They also were able to appreciate our seeming riches in contrast to the humble we saw. We were humbled at ever grumbling or wishing for more than we had for it was obvious that in the scheme of things, we are so so very blessed already. I challenge you to serve the community somehow as a family if you can and aren’t already. When you help anyone, you help God. There is nothing like it and no beauty so clearly true than doing so. ❤

Serving the Selfish

When we volunteer with any organization that seeks to serve the Lord and serve others for Him, we unwittingly sign up to be abused. Gone are the days when service and good are truly appreciated and rewarded. The evil in this world and its subsequent selfishness and narcissism have given people a sense of entitlement, that they deserve to be served, pampered, worshipped, and yet these same folks are the most insecure people in the world. Why? They are wrong, that’s why. Serving ourselves brings glory to us. Serving God is a much more worthy and Noble cause because HE MADE US. Serving our Creator satisfies our soul, gives us fulfillment and positive self-esteem. We are important because the God of all the universe made us are nd says we are and wants a relationship with us. Serve anyway, even under persecution (don’t stay where they hurt you but don’t give up on trying to serve). Let God have your service and heart and He will give you peace and joy unlike any you have known. So worth it!❤

Really Helping People

Helping people should never be about us. It is about the person we are helping. And much is missed if we go through an entire day only helping ourselves. Much. Helping people because it honors God who made them is vital to happiness and satisfaction in life. Selfishness only ever gets you the temporary, myopic thing you want. It is 2 or at best 3 directional. Selfishness cannot take you to to the fulfilling 4 dimensional spiritually dynamic joy that humbly helping other people can. That is special, different. That serves Jesus directly and nothing is more beautiful. Praise God! ❤  

Hopeful Examples of Service in Community

Well, I have been working so hard on cleaning up and hauling away our yard and our neighbor’s and mom’s since Irma plowed through that I have not lived up to my visions of helping everyone I had before the storm. Everyone has power around me, thanks be to God and our good power company, so that sort of food help and air and water help is not needed. And everyone is pitching in so much that I can focus on cutting up and hauling away our dilapidated jasmine fence. Anyone wanting very, extremely very healthy jasmine roots, you are welcome to them, by the way. And tomorrow we will do the same. I am so impressed with our city and community and everyone chipping in and helping serve. It is incredible to see. In some towns you see the worst after a disaster, looting, destroying, making worse, but here I see caring, helping, serving, thriving. And this is hope for America to get back to that sort of unity. That is who we are made to be. That is a form of godliness. That is good, beautiful behavior. Love it! Praise God! ❤ 

The Gift to Myself

I do these things and live this life

Entirely for God above

But what everyone does not realize

Is the I gain the greatest gift of all

I receive grace, forgiveness, peace

I gain heaven as a reward

And all I give is all I have

For that is what I read in the Word.

So when I fight the greatest foes

And freely give what I receive

It looks as though I selflessly love

They don’t see what comes back to me.

For all I do, the more I give

The gain is always so much more

So highest honor of dear service

Feels so rich, so full if power.❤