Monday, February 13, 2017

Celebration Times

Ok, friends...I am coming off such a lovely weekend!
It was my birthday weekend and from start to finish, I could not wait to share all of this with you!

Let me tell you.

I started Saturday morning serving with the Adopt a Block ministry at our church. I didn't know what to expect or even, really, what they did, BUT I knew I wanted to get involved.
It was time to start putting words into action.
It's really easy to say you want to help others; want to make a difference.
It's a whole other level when you decide to actually commit!
It was time to put my words into action!

And, my goodness.
My eyes were opened.

We prayed for our city and those we would be reaching before and after our delivery...
A mixture of young and old, school aged children to great grandparents, black and white...
Hand in hand connected in one huge circle.

Ryleigh and I helped pack about 3000lbs of food and then, within our respected Green, Yellow and Red Teams, helped deliver those bags of food, in addition to breads, desserts, and beverages to 120 homes right here in a "not so great section" of town.

This is how I'm reminded just how "good" I have it.
I cannot even tell you the last time I drove through that section of town.
Or on purpose for that matter.
If I'm being honest, I don't even think twice about it.  It's not on my way anywhere.
I have my route and I stick to it.

I ended up on the van helping get the items as needed at each house and at one point, as I'm singing worship music right along with the radio (I may or may not have embarrassed my daughter), simply praying for the people in each house we came to, I was reminded that we are so much better together and so thankful I was starting my Birthday doing something for others!

It's not that I'm unaware that people right here in my city don't live like my family does, I'm very much aware.  And it was just about 2 years ago when this passion for helping people right where they are, right where we are, started stirring in my soul.

But when you take time to truly take notice of your surroundings, well, it's eye opening.

Right now, it's every other Saturday...yep, a Saturday - the one day most people like to sleep in.  But I can honestly say those 3+ hours spent with my new Adopt a Block family were better than any extra sleep I would have gotten!

As we start to get plugged in more, I know I'll be sharing more and I cannot wait to see where this leads!
This is what love in action looks like to me.
No strings attached.
Our church simply recognizing there is a need in our community and filling it.
You don't have to be a member of our church to participate - you just have to be willing to meet people right where they are.

An experience I won't soon forget.

And then...I came home to this:
A box filled with LOVE!

For those who don't know, I am very much a "words" person...It's my love language! I'm not one who needs "things," but fill my love tank with words of affirmation and I'm good to go!  I know I've mentioned it in a few of my posts, but I've been running on empty for a bit and, God bless my hubby,  he knew JUST what I needed.
He and the girls gave me some quiet time to read through each note.  And goodness...This box was filled with so much love (and a little chocolate and cup for my Cherry Coke)!
I sat and read each note and was simply brought to tears.
I have read and reread these notes and all I can say is my heart is full.

I have never liked to be in the spotlight or the focus on me - it's just not who I was meant to be.

However, in the privacy of my home, reading these notes and words of affirmation from the people in my life - I felt like I was famous!
For real!!
Each note was so personal and reminded me that I MATTER and that I am LOVED!
I had the ugly Oprah cry going on for sure.

We ended the night with a little dinner before going to the Newsboys concert as a family!
From beginning to end - just an awesome day!

But...this isn't about me.
Well, kind of, I guess!

I don't think it was a coincidence that the message at church yesterday was focused on what is your cause, are you committed, and what are you willing to do to make it happen?

The focal passage was from Mark 2:1-12 where there is a huge crowd gathered because they wanted to "hear" what Jesus had to say.  But there was a paralyzed man, carried by four men, and because of the crowd, unable to get to Jesus.  However, these men knew that just one experience with Jesus could change what did they do?  They made their way to the roof and, digging, made an opening and lowered the mat the man was lying on.
It's more than just words.
More than listening to a good word or speaking a good word.
It's in the doing!

It's celebration time, my friends!
Love the people in your life.
Do what you have to do to get to them to where they need to be!
Make a difference!

I believe we are better together and I believe it's through people like in this Bible story...
People who are committed to a cause...
That we are going to start seeing change!

I'm determined that I'm going to make a difference anyway I can this year and a perfect way to start is by walking in love!
I'd love for you to join me on the journey!

1 comment:

  1. There is no doubt that God has placed His hand on your heart! You always make the words of Philippians 2:5 so very relevant! I love you, baby girl!