Sunday Scripture 2

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and 
proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.”
~Mark 16:15~

“…but now they (the disciples) are authorized to go into all the 
world, and to proclaim the gospel of Christ to the whole creation,
to the Gentiles as well as the Jews; to every human creature that
 is capable of receiving it. These eleven men could not themselves
preach it to all the world, much less every creature in it; but they
 and the other disciples, with those who should afterward be
added to them, must disperse themselves several ways, and,
wherever they went, carry the gospel along with them. They
must make it the business of their lives to send those glad tidings
 up and down the world with all possible fidelity and care, not as an
amusement or entertainment, but as a solemn message from God
to men, and an appointed means of making men happy.”
(Commentary by Matthew Henry)
Have a sweet day in the Lord,
Naomi

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Compassion Bags

 

For there will never cease to be poor in the land. Therefore I command you, ‘You shall open wide your hand to your brother, to the needy and to the poor, in your land.’ (Deuteronomy 15:11)

My family has a real heart for the homeless community near our home. Anytime the Lord gives us the opportunity to feed them or assist them, we seize it. We know they each have a story and its real. How they got to their homelessness is not important only that we remember that they are still created by God and He loves them too.

On Wednesday evenings, you will find our family at our church serving a meal to homeless and less fortunate people. It is such a blessing to us to serve in this way. Though we believed we were doing a great thing, the truth is they have really touched our hearts. We know most of them by name and they recognize us immediately when they come through the door. What JOY feels my heart to be there serving alongside my family in this capacity and reaching out to those in need.

This brings me to our compassion bags. We’ve been making compassion bags for a long time now. It was (and still is!) one of our favorite ministries within our family. We put these together and take them with us when we are out and about. When we see homeless people standing on the corner or street seeking help, we give them a compassion bag. I bet you’re wondering what we put in these bags of love?

We put lots of goodies they can use. It is our desire to “feed” them physically and spiritually. So…in the brown lunch bag goes the following items…

~Body wash & shampoo*
~Toothpaste & toothbrush*
~Lip Balm
~Hand wipes*
~Deodorant*
~Feminine products, as needed
~Lotion*, esp. during winter
~Gloves, during winter
~Cheese & peanut butter crackers
~Chicken salad & crackers (prepackaged)
~Hersheys Kisses or other small candy
~Small Bible and tracts
 (*Travel size unless otherwise noted.)

Yes…it all fits, too! And it is not an expensive ministry. Sometimes, we even decorate the bags to make them even more special. We keep a couple in our car so we have them handy. I have witnessed the blessing these bags are. I’m so grateful the Lord gave us this ministry and a love for the homeless. It is my prayer that you will be moved to make this a ministry in your family.

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Meals Together, Part 2

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Yesterday we discussed making it a point to have family meals daily. Today I wanted to give you some helpful ways to accomplish this tradition in your own family.

First step is TO PRAY. Pray the Lord will bring your family together each evening to “break bread” with one another. Pray He will free up their evenings and bring them home safely. Pray for His provision and blessing.

Second step is TO PLAN. Plan your meals a week ahead if you can. Meal/menu planning helps you not have to think each day what you will make for dinner. You will already have it planned and just have to get it to the table. Planning also helps you decide, if you must, which night(s) you will have to eat out and where so your family knows where to meet. Try to avoid eating on the go if you can. Sometimes, packing your meal is another nice way to make sure you eat together wherever you must be.

Third step is TO PREPARE. Pick one day a week that you can do your grocery shopping and prep your dishes accordingly to each evening’s meal. Chop veggies, cut up meats (if needed), package items together that go together. This way you only have to pull out each prepped meal and prepare it for the evening. This saves you time and keeps you on track with your menu for the week.

Lastly, ENJOY your family time together. If this is a new tradition for you, be patient as your family learns something new. Trust the Lord to work in their hearts to appreciate this time together over a meal. It will become a special and desired time.

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Meals Together

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One of my favorite times of my day are our meal times together. How important are they to me and to our family. It is rare we don’t sit down at the end of the day to enjoy a meal together. It is a WELCOMED routine part of our day!

Eating together serves two purposes: feeding the physical body (Psalm 103:5) and allowing for fellowship time with one another (Deuteronomy 6:7).

In talking with other families we know, I have found that the family meal time has fallen to the wayside. Most families are so busy running here and there that this most important time for families to be together is neglected. They often eat their meals on the go! Fast food restaurants replace that meal time together and conversation is lost amongst the hurry to get to the next activity while feeding their bellies. I will admit that every now and then fast food places replace our home cooked meals BUT not our fellowship time. If you must eat out, SIT and EAT TOGETHER!

Eating together as a family is important. When you are sitting down and eating together as a family, you are creating a precious memory for your family. You are allowing the family to converse about their day, life concerns, share laughs and even learn new things. Yes! The family meal is meant to be a time of coming together at the end of a day….sharing, relaxing, encouraging and enjoying one another. I believe it strengthens and encourages positive relationships within the family structure as well as creating strong family bonds. And throw in good food to boot….what a treasure in your home!

I hope tonight you will enjoy a family meal with your loved ones. Tomorrow I will discuss the “how-tos” in accomplishing this wonderful tradition in your family.

Siggy2015

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Sunday Scripture

Psalm 100

A Psalm forgiving thanks.

 1Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
 2Serve the LORD with gladness!
   Come into his presence with singing!
 3Know that the LORD, he is God!
   It is he whomade us, andwe are his;
   we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
 4Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
   and his courts with praise!
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