It’s the end of January and Christmas is just a memory. It seems like summer just ended and we are already in the new year. Thanksgiving has passed and Christmas is over.
This is your golden opportunity to serve others. Christmas is the time of year when most everyone has a heart toward helping others. We see the Toys for tots boxes sponsored by the United States Marine Corps, the volunteers who ring the bells for the Salvation Army donations, shoe boxes for children in third world countries, coat drives, nursing home visits, poinsettias given to the elderly and shut-ins, Angel trees where people take a name and buy gifts for the child who would otherwise not receive any Christmas presents. Yes, it is a wonderful time of the year and I am so thankful for all the wonderful things people do for others, even strangers in this time. People’s hearts seem to be touched at Christmas more than any other time of the year.
It isn’t hard to get a person/people involved in a service project during December. I love all of the services that are accomplished and if you are a part of a project to help others, I want to personally thank you for your sacrifice.
Now we are deep into the winter season and people are still going through the ups and downs of life. People still need us. What a blessing that God has gifted us in so many ways. We have the ability to share our blessings all year, and it may be even more important to share now when it’s not as expected. The impact may be even more significant because it’s not expected.
If you aren’t currently involved in an effort to help, may I suggest a few services that you, your family, your friends or maybe the group from your church or neighborhood could easily do any time of the year.
There are many ways that you can do a small service to help another person during this “wonderful time of the year”. My challenge to you is simply to “DO SOMETHING”.
We’d love to hear about your services! Please connect with us on Face Book and share about your ministry.
We’d also love to pray for your ministry, so feel free to share your prayer needs with us.
Hi everyone! We are really so glad it’s finally Fall in the South! Loving some cooler weather although we thought summer would ever end. We are getting ready for the Holidays that will soon be full force upon us.
Greetings again from the Deep South! Our temperatures are finally cooling down some and we have had the rain that we so desperately needed. It is college/high school football season here which is greatly debated. People including me get so excited over a football game on Saturday afternoons. We wear our shirts, colors and everything else that represents our teams proudly, even if they lose. We are die-hard football fans in Alabama.
What does my football team have to do with my Spiritual growth you might ask? Well, our Spiritual barometer can be measured against what is important to us. If my favorite football team has more of my attention and allegiance than my Heavenly Father, something is gravely wrong with my Spiritual status. If I am more anxious to talk about my football team than Jesus Christ to my friends and family, then something is gravely wrong with my Spiritual state of mind. Can you see where I am going with this? Nothing and I mean absolutely NOTHING should be more important to us than our relationship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Not our families, our friends, our houses, our wealth, our education, or any other tangible thing (something that we can touch).
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
He is a jealous God and He wants to have first place in our lives. What does it take to give Him the first fruits of our lives? Spiritual growth (spending time with Him, getting closer to Him). How does any relationship grow stronger? By spending time getting to know each other. Reading your Bible and studying what you read is the best way to know God more. Praying and listening to His voice on your life is another one. We often pray, asking Him for things that we want, but don’t stop to listen to Him talk back to us! We wouldn’t be friends with someone for very long if they did all the talking and never allowed us to speak.
The holidays are right around the corner, so as we approach the rest of 2019, let us all challenge ourselves to spend more time with God each day than the day before. To desire to love Him more and learn more about Him. He is the reason for all the celebration that is ahead of us this year. We give thanks; for our country, our freedom. our blessings, our food, our families, our health, and so much more. Then we follow with Christmas where we will celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ, the only Son of God who made Himself lower than the angels to come to earth and sacrifice His life so that we can be in a right relationship with the Heavenly Father.
He is so very worthy of our love, our worship, our time, and our fellowship. He is the very reason that each of us exists today. We owe Him everything because He gave us so much. Praying that you will grow Spiritually each month as we approach 2019.
Love y’all, Margie
Hello there! So happy to have you back with us. We love everyone who reads and responds to our messages. Now that summer has passed and fall is upon us, we can settle down from summer vacations, pools, outings and get back to what we do best……Serving others!
Needs around us unfortunately don’t take a vacation and as many as we try to meet, there are far more that still need to be met. We always go back to the question, yes, but what can one person do? Have you ever heard of the Starfish parable? Well, here it is:
One day, an old man was walking along a beach that was littered with thousands of starfish that had been washed ashore by the high tide. As he walked, he came upon a young boy who was eagerly throwing the starfish back into the ocean, one by one. Puzzled, the man looked at the boy and asked what he was doing. Without looking up from his task, the boy simply replied, “I’m saving these starfish, Sir”. The old man chuckled aloud, “Son, there are thousands of starfish and only one of you. What difference can you make?” The boy picked up a starfish, gently tossed it into the water and turning to the man, said, “I made a difference to that one!”
We need to make a difference to the ones that we can reach. God will send someone else to help the others and that’s the basic principle of WIGS. Women working together in small groups to help others. The synergy (benefit of being together) of two people working together do the work of three! It’s true. It really works. I you do one service each month and get some of your friends to do the same thing, before you know it, you will be making a difference in your corner of the world.
There are so many things that need to be done. Hospitals and nursing homes that need to be visited, shut-ins that need visits or help with groceries or medicines, schools that need volunteers, homeless people who need basic toiletries, on and on and on. I could never run out of things that need to be done. Take a tablet and pencil and just begin to write down ideas of services that you know can be done close to you. You will be so surprised when you look at your list and see how great the needs are around you.
Send us ideas of projects that you plan to do or that you have already done, and we can share them on this page with others. Helping others see the love of Jesus Christ is our purpose. The reason that we were created and are still here. We need to work while we have time and opportunity.
We never know when it might be our turn to need help and how much it would mean to us for someone to stop from their busy schedule and help us.
Please join with us, grab some friends and get them to work with you and get busy doing something! You never know how far God will take you until you step out in faith.
We will be praying for you as you prepare to step out on the road to greater service.
Hi there! So happy that you are back with us. We are already through summer and in fact, back-to school supplies and clothes are already being replaced with winter clothes in the stores. I cannot believe how quickly time is passing. This is a beautiful time of changing seasons, back to school, and sports (especially here in Alabama!).
Our Heavenly Father wants us to enjoy this one and only life that He has given us but not to the exclusion of our ministry to others. Each day presents a new opportunity to help someone. We cannot allow ourselves to become so self-absorbed with our activities that we neglect the wants and needs of others.
We gave you a lot of service project ideas for summer last month, so this month, I want to try to show you something different. I want you to exercise your imagination for a few minutes. I want you to imagine being any or all of the list below:
Ladies, they are all around us. You may be one of them. Allow yourself to feel the pain and suffering that is going on everywhere in this world. Probably in your neighborhood, your church, your city and possibly in your home. Imagine what someone could do that would help make your situation even a small bit better. Feel their pain, their suffering and rejection.
Allow yourself to experience in your mind the grief, the agony of people who are all around you. They are desperate, without any hope at all unless someone reaches out to them. We all see the starving children from other countries on our televisions and iPhones and feel badly for them, but ladies, there are starving children right here around us who, if they didn’t get a meal at school, would have anything to eat all day!
We cannot forget them for the fall because some of them may not be here in the winter.
Please, just do your part. Do something to help someone this month of October. I promise that you will never regret a single thing that you do to help another in need.
Love y’all, Margie
I hope that each of you had a wonderful Easter season and are heading toward summer at warp speed. The older that I get, the quicker time seems to pass. We no sooner finish with Christmas and it’s Easter, summer, Thanksgiving, and then Christmas once again. Have you taken time to serve this month? You will never get it back. Time is a commodity that we cannot store for use later. Service is not an option for a Christian, but it is a command from out Lord.
Happy Spring to you. Hope you are more in love with Jesus Christ than you have ever been. You will never regret time spent with Him. Our focus for the next several months is on a list of important components that I put together for my book to my family. They are things that I want to leave them as my legacy to encourage and guide those who are coming after me. I am only going to talk about the first item on my list this month and in the coming months, we will look at others so you will know what to expect. They are listed in my order of importance:
All Things New!
A very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to each of you. As we approach 2019, we often reflect on our lives, (where we are, where we’ve been and where we wanted to be). A lot of resolutions are made at the beginning of the New Year, but sadly often broken before the first month has passed. Diets are one good example of New Year resolutions/promises that are often broken or end in failure.
This is a delicious ministry, one of my personal favorites!
It's pretty easy (for the most part) to make a meal for someone...after all we probably are going to be cooking dinner for ourselves.
A greeting card ministry is a fun way to make a difference in someone's life. Cards show people that they matter, they are known, they are valuable.