My heart behind As For My House is to share and inspire simple and intentional ways to serve the Lord and each other. At the end of each month I will share some of the ways the Lord provided my family and I opportunity to do this.
Earlier in the month (before the temp dropped to below 30 degrees) we got on bikes and headed to the park. One of the neighbor boys was playing in his front yard while his parents were talking outside. We decided to invite him to come. This was a very simple way for us to reach out to our neighbors. We’ve had them over for dinner now a couple times and are developing a great relationship with them.
November is shoe box month. The kids and I spent an evening shopping and packing a couple shoe boxes for Operation Christmas Child. We had a couple meltdowns when my youngest realized he couldn’t keep the toys we had bought – but it was a good opportunity to teach him about how giving is a blessing. We looked at pictures online of children who have received shoe boxes in the past. He was able to see how happy the gifts made these other children.
The week of Thanksgiving, the kids and I got out the scissors, glue and construction paper to make our Thankfulness Wreath. I found this idea on Pinterest. We cut out a circle in green construction paper about 1.5″ thick. Then, cut out the leaves in a variety of colors and sizes. I asked them to tell me all the things that they were thankful for as I wrote each down on a leaf (as you can see, some of them are kinda hilarious). After assembling it, we hung it up on the wall in our kitchen as a reminder of all the little things to be thankful for.
I love donating my hair. This month, my daughter and I went together to get our hair cut to donate. This was a great opportunity for her and I to serve together..and to teach to her about helping another child who is sick. We found a testimonial from one donation recipient on Youtube and watched it together. I saw a spark of compassion light in her eye as she saw the child with no hair. She is excited to do it again.
We spent Thanksgiving day with our neighbors (different ones than mentioned above). They are actually from the same town we are in California and are related to some of our friends there. We have also been attending the same church together. God definitely knew what He was doing when He had us move next door to these peeps! They have become our family. In this instance, they were the ones who were blessing us! They opened their home, created a wonderful atmosphere and made an amazing meal. So thankful for them!
Many of the greatest ways we serve Him are not the extravagant,
but the simple and intentional.