The soup kitchen yesterday was such a blast. The kids were so helpful and eager to do whatever it is we needed help with. We served about 45 people, mostly homeless men. Makenna was going back and forth between two jobs; serving corn on the cob and filling cups of water and juice. Everyone raved about her and asked her age. No one can believe that at 5, she is so excited to help out. I did explain to her why we were there. I know she doesn't fully understand why some do not have homes or money. But she does get that people are in that situation and may not get good meals very often. It made her want to do whatever it took to make these people happy. I managed to get some really good pictures of the day which I will post later. The kids have asked if we can go back and help again. It is a wonderful experience to see the kids not only willing and able to help but actually enjoying themselves enough to want to come back. We are going to pick another date soon to help again.
This morning at church Pastor Tricia talked about her GPS and how it kept yelling at her to turn around when she hit road construction. She ended up turing it off and using a map. Pastor mentioned how God would never yell at us. Whether we make mistakes or just stop listening to Him, he is simply there to care for us. She mentioned how we have a built in GPS within ourselves which is Him. He guides us where we need to be. We may not like where we are headed, we may hit road blocks on the way. However, He will lead us to where we are supposed to be.
I believe that we are all here to do God's work. My mom and dad are reading a book titled 40 Days of Purpose. A reverend wrote it. He believes fully that we are not just supposed to go to church every week to show our belief in God. He believes that we need to get out there and make a difference in the world. Without even knowing about this book I already feel strongly in agreement to his belief. My children and I volunteer at the shetler every Thursday night and on some weekends. And, my youth group is all about engaging in various community service projects. Then of course my store with our fundraisers. I am proud of all that my family and I do. If there was more time, we would do more.
As far as my thing for today....I asked for something from a woman at church to give to a friend of mine. They were giving out these paper cell phones that say 911 Words of Hope in Times of Need. When you open it up it has different emotions then bible verses that go hand in hand with them. Here is my bible verse for today:
Patience............ Jamies 1:2-3 Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.
What I am thankful for today:
time to myself
Doris (love that lady)
Erika for spending the day with me
time with my mom and Jenn yesterday
the screen door on my store
getting my teachers gifts done today!!
my Iris's in bloom
Shawn telling me the sweetest thing the other day
my Stampin Up! stuff
Makenna and her smiles
Linda and my parents for taking the kids this weekend
Christine and Chris
the best neighbors