Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Summer with a purpose

Moms, was anyone super excited about the arrival of summer, but spring break hit and you got a taste of all kids in the home for 7 straight days and you realized you need a summer game plan? Maybe it was just me... I find our crew can do 1-4 days of no items on the agenda just fine, but after day 4 it is like an all out stir crazy, argue fest, where I am constantly refereeing or coming up with the solution to "I'm bored". Not gonna happen this summer. We decided we are going to not just survive our way through summer but SERVE our way through summer. Matthew 25: 34-40 says "Then the King will say to those on his right, "Come, you who are blessed by my father, inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you fed me. I was thirsty and you gave me a drink. I was a stranger and you invited me into your home. I was naked and you gave me clothing. I was sick and you cared for me. I was in prison and you visited me..." And the King will say "I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it for me"
 I think so often we get busy  in the monotony and schedules and feel like we "can't find Jesus". It feels like he isn't speaking to us through his Word, we don't feel him when we worship, we can't find time to hear his voice with all kids underfoot in the summer. But He has told us where he can be found, with the sick, the hungry, the stranger, the orphan, the widow. When we serve these, we find him, we get to experience him. This isn't about loading up good deeds on our summer calendar, this is creating an opportunity for our families to experience him, to show our gratitude to Him by loving the very ones he spent time with, to show our kids generosity and service aren't an afterthought or inconvenience but yet the source of  deep joy and purpose. I invite you to join me this summer in adding service to our purpose this summer. It can be small or it can be huge, it can be a gatorade and granola bar to a homeless person or it can be an all out neighborhood yard sale with proceeds going to your favorite charity.
This booklet (goodies pictured not included;) will provide your family a tool to brainstorm and plan your summer of service. Order here! Your 5$ that it takes to purchase this booklet will go 100% to orphan prevention in Kenya through Care for AIDS. Gather a group of moms and plan 1-5 gatherings throughout the summer where you do one of these service projects as family groups. It will be a blast I promise! Serving has never been so fun! Comment below with your summer service idea and I will give one free booklet away to a random winner! Or tag a friend on this post on Facebook and you'll be entered as well! Lets light up our communities this summer!
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  1. I like the idea of passing out popsicles this summer - seems doable with a toddler?!

  2. I like the idea of passing out popsicles this summer - seems doable with a toddler?!

  3. Leaving/giving a cold drink for/to the maim an or garbAge man with a note of thanks. - carina