"I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace." Acts 20:24

To Tell of His Grace

Monday, February 20, 2012

Work Day...

We had QUITE the work day around here! Brodie and I have been challenged lately to put our FAITH into ACTION! A couple of verses that we have listened to teachings on in the past few weeks have made that challenge really surface. One is Matthew 7:21, "Not everyone who says to Me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the kingdom of Heaven, BUT ONLY HE WHO DOES THE WILL OF MY FATHER WHO IS IN HEAVEN." 
So we've been asking ourselves, "What is His Will?"  To LOVE Him above all else and to LOVE others as He loves. To help the poor and needy. Not just help them, but Scripture says to "spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed." (Isaiah 58:10). And in James we are told, "Do not merely listen to the Word, and so deceive yourselves. DO WHAT IT SAYS." (James 1:22)   We have realized how short we fall in the area of REALLY LOVING others as Jesus loves. 
We want to be ALL about His Will and His Kingdom 
but so often we just end up getting caught up in our own. 

As we have been praying about this and wrestling through our own selfishness, one of the things that has been put on our hearts is to reach out to our neighborhood kids. We are going to invite them over 1 x per month and have pizza, games and teach them about Jesus!!! We are going to open up our garage and hopefully fill it up with kids who need to hear all about Jesus, His love and the Sacrifice He made for them! This left us with a BIG project...cleaning out our entire garage!!! 
We worked as a team and got it done :)

We had one other project today. When we did our devotional time this morning, we prayed about how we can put our faith into action today. As we prayed, Kennady had my Grandpa on her heart, so we decided that we'd call him and take him to lunch (his very favorite thing to do!). Well, when we called, he was out in the backyard trimming some trees - he is 88 years old. So as a family we decided instead of taking him out for lunch, we'd drop by and help him.

He was happy to see us!

Of course, Brodie jumped right in and took over the tree trimming while the kids and I gathered up the branches and began filling the garbage cans with them (the boys did a little sword fighting, too!).  Once the trees were done, Brodie noticed another project that Grandpa could use some help with....
When the big wind storm came through a few weeks ago, his green netting that shades his patio ripped and blew into a big pile at the end of his portico. So Brodie had the great idea to lift Kennady up onto the structure and have her staple it back up. As Brodie was "stunting" her up there, Grandpa said, "You know I have a ladder." 
But Brodie has more fun doing things his own creative way! 
So he got Kennady up there and put her to work!
What a trooper she is to go along with her Daddy's crazy ideas  :)

And now we are off to dinner with Nana and Papa  :)

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