February 22, 2010
Wow….getting these outreaches off the ground and running has been quite the process!! I had to have a background check and references done to visit the Senior Citizen home. That took a week, and now I am in the clear (phew!) so Addie and I will go and visit some of the elderly this week at Brighton Gardens.
Last Thursday we also delivered some homemade chocolate chip cookies to our local Wheaton Fire Department. That was so much fun!! The firemen were so grateful. They even offered for us to come into the firehouse and chat for a while. I explained to all of them that Addie and I just wanted them to know they were appreciated and that we made the cookies to show our gratefulness for their courage, service and sacrifice for all of us. I also slipped into the conversation that God loves us so much and we want to demonstrate HIS love to those around us.
On our way home I talked to Addison about what we had just done. I know she doesn’t really understand it all right now at 16 months, but my prayer is that I instill in her what it means to show God’s love to those around us. This is such an important lesson to learn, and my prayer is that Addison will become a woman who resonates God’s heart!
Below are some pictures that I took on the day of our outreach. Unfortunately, I left my camera in the car when we went into the Fire Department, so I didn’t get any pics of the firemen that we delivered the cookies to.
February 11, 2010
Today was supposed to be the start of my 52 week challenge. Addison and I headed to a nursing home to hand out Valentine carnations to some of the elderly there. Unfortunately, due to a communication error between me and the activities director, when Addie and I showed up for our visit at 3:30 today there was a special event taking place, and the activities director asked if I could come back another day. I was completely bummed! I had really looked forward to spending some time with the people at the nursing home and hopefully brightening their day with our visit.
I am hoping that we can try our visit again on Friday afternoon. I will tell you how it goes on Friday. Until then…..
February 3, 2010
I am starting this blog to record a challenge that I have created for myself to reach out to others once a week in a very tangible way! For those of you that know me, you know that my heart is Outreach! I once had a job as an Outreach Pastor in Colorado and in this position it was my job to plan an outreach (sometimes 3-4 a week) for the church. Ever since leaving my “dream job” (for a man in Chicago….can you believe that!), I have longed for the day to get back to doing this again in a church.
After having a beautiful little girl almost a year and half ago my life has change significantly! I am a stay at home Mom now, which leaves me no time or availablitlity to find a church that will hire me as their Outreach Coordinator/Pastor. Not to mention, these kinds of positions don’t really exist at many churches (well at least paid that is). This leads me to my 52 Week Challenge. Over the next year I am going to plan an outreach once a week to the people around me! I realized through prayer and some wonderful mentors God has put in my life, that I don’t need to be on staff at a church to fulfill God’s call on my life to reach out to people in need!
The reason that I am blogging about this is two-fold: One: I want to teach my little girl what it means to live a life of servanthood, compassion, and love. What it means to be a Woman with heart that emulates God’s. Two: I am ready to use the gift that God has given me to reach out to people with love. We life in a world that is selfish and cold. What we need is men and women to step up and be an example of what it really means to love like Jesus loved! 1 John 4:7-8 “Dear Friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.”
So let the challenge begin!! Week one will start on February 8, 2010. I’m excited to see over the next 52 weeks what God is going to do through me and in the people he gives me the honor of blessing with his never-ending, unconditional LOVE.