faith life

Minister to Christ by Serving Others

In the day of Facebook and other social media, it’s easy to “like” a post or say “praying for you” and then letting that be the extent of our involvement in another’s life. There are so many tangible ways that we can serve people and minister to them, whether it’s in a time of need or “just because”. Here are some ideas:

  • Visit a new neighbor with a basket of goodies and perhaps dinner prepared to make their first night a little easier.
  • Have a yard sale to raise money for missions, whether for your church or other organizations.
  • Write notes of encouragement to shut-ins, widows, and others.
  • If your church has sign-ups for meals for the sick or new moms, sign up! The meal doesn’t have to be elaborate because all are thankful for any meal they didn’t have to prepare!
  • Encourage your pastor by notes of thankfulness and prayer.
  • Serve the elderly by checking up on them during storms or winter weather, sit by them in church, or listen to them (they have a lot of godly advice).
  • A simple “hello” to someone on a Sunday morning can brighten their day. Look for people other than your friends–introduce yourself and welcome them to your church.
  • Whenever your church has a gathering, try to sit or meet with someone new. Remember what it was like to be the newcomer.
  • Notice the teens and young people in your church and encourage them in their walk with the Lord.
  • Have a ministry of prayer and send those you pray for a note to let them know. Who wouldn’t like to receive such a note to know that someone is bringing you before the throne of grace!
  • Whenever you enter are meeting of a group of people, whether at church or work or at a party, etc., ask yourself, “Who can I encourage?” and ask the Lord to bring you in the path of those people who could use a listening ear, an encouraging word, or maybe just a hug.

These ideas are nothing new and just a sampling of ways to serve. I’m sure you can think of many, many more ways to serve and encourage others. The first step is doing it!

God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. ~ Hebrews 6:10

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many. ~ Mark 10:45

afternoon of life, Bible study, books, daily life, health, simple living

Various Updates

Sunset view in my backyard

My friend and I are almost finished reading “12 Ways” and I have already begun making changes. I will have an update and longer post soon. This book was eye-opening and very helpful. I knew that I needed to change things but had been putting it off. This book and the accountability has pushed me to do what I know I need to do!

I almost feel silly writing this because I only work two days a week but it has been a huge change for me. The main thing is how tired I am! As soon as the kitchen is cleaned from dinner, I want to go to bed! There are many things that I have put aside because I’m just too tired.

I will be starting a new Bible study in the fall and it will be on Thursday nights, one of the days that I work. I will head home, eat, and then go out. I am praying now for the strength and energy to not only go to the study but also to work on it each day.

Lastly, one of things that I enjoy the most during the spring/summer/fall is being able to sit outside on my deck. We have a canvas gazebo that covers it along with a few chairs and a 3-seat swing. Oh, how I love sitting there and watching the birds in my backyard and listening to the sounds of nature. Last year I made a little fountain and the sound of the water is lovely on a hot day.

daily life, simple living

8 Gifts That Don’t Cost a Cent

The Gift of Listening: But you must really listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.

The Gift of Affection: Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back, handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

The Gift of Laughter: Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. These are fun to put inside a card or letter.

The Gift of a Written Note: It can be a simple “thanks for your help” note. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life!

The Gift of a Compliment: A simple and a sincere “you look great in red” or “you did a super job” or “that was a wonderful meal” can make someone’s day.

The Gift of a Kindness: Every day go out of your way to do something kind.

The Gift of Solitude: There are times when we want nothing better to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition: The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone. It’s not really hard to say “hello” or “thank you”.

afternoon of life, beyond homeschooling, blogging, daily life, Grammie

Exciting News

Our first grandchild, a girl, was born almost a month ago.  We are thankful to the Lord for her safe delivery.  She is a tiny little thing, weighing in at 5.15 lbs.  Michael and I call her “The Bean”.  Ever since we saw the first ultrasound that has been her name.   Michael is Grandpa and I am Grammie.  I don’t know if those names will stick or if she will choose something of her own.  I’m fine either way.

Sleeping Aribelle

I’m thankful that she is close by!  My daughter-in-law is very sweet and sends me pictures several times a day.  I can’t get enough of that lovely face and I look forward to every visit I have with her.  It has been fun to see my son in the role of “dad”.  He is very gentle and loving with her as I knew he would be.

In other news, I’ve decided to bring this blog back to life as it first started out:  a journal of my life here at home.  When I first started, I was a stay-at-home homeschooling mom.  Now I’m a stay-at-home wife…and now a Grammie!  I’m no longer homeschooling but my days are full, although much quieter.

I hope you’ll join me as I try to be more consistent here.  I do miss writing and I feel like Facebook has really taken away a lot of what I used to do here.  So, Lord willing, I hope to visit here more often!

 

daily life, faith life, nature study, simple living, thankfulness

ESG: My favourite picture of the month September

I’m doing my Swap this month as a blog post.  My favorite picture of the month is actually a series of pictures.  One evening when I was leaving a nearby craft store (where else??), I stepped out into the parking lot and was greeted with this magnificent sunset.  I stood in the parking lot and took this series.  There was another person taking pictures also but there were also many who were not even looking up!

These were taken with my phone and I have not edited them in any way.  I think this is one of those “once in a lifetime” moments and I’m glad I was able to witness it.

The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims His handiwork–Psalm 19:1 

afternoon of life, daily life, nature study, simple living

An Evening on the Reservoir

Last night we went out with friends on their little boat to enjoy the sunset.  We went out around 7:00 so the heat of the day was mostly gone.  We had dinner on the water and then spent some time watching the sun set.  The Lord certainly knows how to show off His creation!