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What I Can Do For My Family

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Being part of a family is a beautiful thing. Loving, caring for, and truly knowing your family is an incredible thing! Growing up in today’s society, if you don’t fight with your little brother that’s thought of as a step up. But God wanted the family to be more than that. The family you are placed in is not an accident. I promise you the stork didn’t slip two blocks away from the intended house number. You, and only you, can fit the role you have in your family the best. So, here are a few ways to practice doing some wonderful things for your family.

 

Pray for them

The first and most important thing is to pray for your family. Now, if you have a super-sized family like I do, that might take a little while! But it is worth it. Never underestimate the power of prayer. If any of your family members are struggling they need comfort and encouragement. But God is the only One who can truly help and guide them through their struggle. Pray that their hearts would be opened to whatever God is trying to teach them.

Even if there is no struggle in their lives that you know of, you can still pray for them. Pray that they would grow spiritually. Pray that they would grow in maturity and good character.

 

Serve them

There will be different ways you can help different people in your family. Everyone plays a unique and important role in the family… and each family is different and therefore there will be different ways each of us could serve our families.

For mothers, it could be taking it upon yourself to take care of the things you are able to – like change the baby’s diaper, or load the dishwasher – so your momma can work on other tasks that only she is capable of doing for the family.

For fathers, you could wash the car and clean it out for him. That could really help him out and probably is something he doesn’t have to worry about it on his to-do list.

To serve your family, the main thing is to keep your eyes open to what needs to be done around the house.

 

Notice the little things

Take time to notice the little things, too. What’s your momma’s favorite CD? Have that playing quietly when she wakes up each morning. What’s your sibling’s favorite game? Ask them to do a “tournament” with you. What’s your daddy’s favorite dessert? Have that baked and ready to enjoy after dinner one night a week. These are just a few suggestions. YOU are a part of your family. You have the opportunity to get to know them the best!

 

Make sure your responsibilities in the household are a priority

This is a huge thing to do for your family! Do what you’re expected to do. I know, sounds silly, doesn’t it? But everyone has chores; do yours cheerfully, thoroughly, and without being reminded. With that, go the extra mile, too. If one of your chores is sweeping a specific room (or rooms) then dust as well. If you have an assigned room to keep clean, don’t just keep it tidy, make sure to organize it, too.

 

Perform thoughtful acts of kindness

This one really ties into the “notice the little things” category I mentioned earlier. If you are out at the store and see your sister’s favorite candy or a movie your family would enjoy (and, of course, if you have a little extra money) buy it for them. If you notice your momma is feeling a bit down and tired say something encouraging. Something as simple as, “I love you,” or “I think you’re a wonderful momma,” could really cheer her up. When you get to know your family and what they like the most, you will know how best to perform acts of kindness toward them. Learning each person’s love language can go a long way in helping you with this. Learn more about love languages from Gary Chapman’s series of The 5 Love Languages books.

 

Loving, serving, and caring for your family is hard work. But it is the most beneficial endeavor you will ever undertake! Like I said at the beginning, God placed you in your family for a reason. Take hold of the opportunities to let them know how much you love them by serving them, noticing the little things, and even praying for them.

 

 

My Book Club Journey

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Today I wrapped up my very first book club! It was a lot of fun, and I think/hope my girls enjoyed it, too!

We read Little Women by Louisa May Alcott. If you haven’t read this book yet, I cannot stress enough how much I think you should drop every other book you are reading and pick up Little Women. It’s about four young girls – Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy – growing up in the Civil War era in Concord, Massachusetts. L.M. Alcott does such a wonderful job at sharing the girl’s struggles and joys that you laugh and cry right along with them. I have read the book three times myself and pick up some new “lesson” each time. I know it’s a fictional book, but there are a lot of great things to learn from it, as well as just a fun book to read. I highly recommend it to girls of any age.

I started this book club in September 2013 as a way for me to not only get to know and hopefully be an encouragement to other girls in my area, but also share my love of reading with girls who are coming up behind me. I wanted to invest love: my love to the girls, and a love of reading. This was a fun way to do just that. So when I picked out Little Women I got started on finding a book study to go along with it. If you are interested, I found this book study at Currclick.

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I divided it up into a 15-week study where my girls and I read about 3 chapters a week, did a creative writing assignment, and had vocabulary words to do activities with.

I really loved getting creative to put my own personal touch to it. I would bake a goodie and light a candle. If you have an older girls book club, you could even serve coffee if you wanted!

I added tabs to keep track of different parts of the study:

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And kept lots of quotes on hand, which I do quite often. I love words. So every time I read anything pen and paper are always found to write down anything that I really enjoyed:

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Some of my favorites were:

“When you feel discontent think over your blessings, and be grateful.”

-Marmee

“The great charm of all power is modesty.”

-Marmee

“Wealth is certainly a most desirable thing; but poverty has its sunny side, and one of the sweetest uses of adversity, is the genuine satisfaction which comes from hearty word of head and hand”

Louisa May Alcott

“Love is the only thing we can carry with us when we go.”

-Beth

“How good she is to me! What do girls do who haven’t any mothers to help them though their troubles?”

-Jo

I do think that families are the most beautiful things in all the world!”

-Jo

Lessons in patience were so sweetly taught her, that she could not fail to learn them; charity for all, the lovely spirit that can forgive and truly forgets unkindness, the loyalty to duty that makes the hardest easy, and the sincere faith that fears nothing, but trusts undoubtingly.”

-Louisa May Alcott

“I want to be above the little meannesses, and follies, and faults that spoil so many women. I do my best, and hope in time to be what mother is.”

-Amy

A book club is a great way to spend time with others, get to know them, and have a good time. And for young women, like myself, it is an excellent way to serve the younger girls in our community.

I hope you have enjoyed this post! And if you have done, are doing, or plan to do a book club, I would love to hear from you! What did you read? What were your favorite quotes?

Missions Begin At Home

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I want to share with you something I read in No More Wasted Years by Olivia Brodock:

For some of us, the mission field is thousands of miles away. For the rest of us, God was gracious enough to let us be born into it. We get so wrapped up in the excitement of foreign missions or in our own selfishness that we often forget about the little girl tugging our skirt asking for a simple glass of water.

We forget that as daughters we have a ministry to our fathers, mothers, and siblings. By helping them and building them up we keep them strong enough to fight their battles. Whether it is through cooking for our families, making or thrifting clothes, pulling weeds from the garden, or changing another diaper, it is all kingdom building.”

I said many a “hallelujah” and “amen” while reading this because it is exactly what I think, too. Whether we mean to or not, oftentimes we believe that being a missionary to far off places like Uganda or China is the most honored and highest of calling for a Christian. While I am by no means trying to devalue those roles, because they are very important, there is a need right out the front door that is simply overlooked by so many daily.

God has placed you right where you are for a reason. That means the country you live in, the city, church, school, job, even home and family for a reason. Every single one of those places have people you can be an example to of God’s love. And that is what being a missionary is about: spreading the hope and love of Jesus Christ.

One thing my mom told me when I was younger was to genuinely seek and listen to what God has put before us to do, because sometimes it is so simple and miniscule that we just simply don’t recognize it. You may think to be a missionary or someone of great impact you must go overseas, but really God has given you the opportunity to be someone of great impact by inviting that girl next door to Sunday morning service with you. He has given you the opportunity to be a missionary to your little brother by reading him that book, or helping him study his AWANA verses. Missions truly do begin in the home. Be loving and faithful to your father, mother, and siblings, like Olivia writes in her book. Learn to serve them, and if God does call you to foreign missions you will be better equipped to know how to minister and serve others. Work hard and be diligent with the little things God gives you, and when you have He will bring you bigger and more challenging things.

“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord…” –Colossians 3:23

*You can purchase a copy of the book I quoted from, No More Wasted Years by Olivia Brodock, here.