Room In the Inn
Denise is so right... Christmas is everywhere and everything is out!!! As a matter of fact, I spent this week decorating my home (most of it). I actually went to a decor class this Sat. to learn a few tips to stretch out my craftiness as well as update a much needed Christmas look. I love the new colors for Christmas - especially the celery green. I think it looks fabulous with red. Anyway... I crafted and crafted until I could craft no more.
The end result was 2 large wreaths, my mail box and my entrance both outside and inside. I am pooped!!! It takes so much work... how do people do so much more than I did... where do they find the time and the "elf's" to help? ( I will try to have some pics next time).
In the end, I am glad I took the time to go to the class and to finish most of my home. Since we are on the road most of December, the month of November is our time to truly enjoy our home at Christmas time. (Dana wanted me to put it up Oct 1st). And the decor does put me in the "Holiday" frame of mind.
Our Sunday school class got started on a Christmas tradition just this Monday. Our church helps support a fantastic organization called, Room In the Inn. A tremendous outreach to those less fortunate during these difficult times. Room In the Inn is a crisis support, hospitality, education, shelter and long-term solutions ministry. For more info. you can go to roomintheinn.org.
So every Monday through the month of March our church provides shelter, meals and clothing for those that come. We never know exactly who will come but it is not uncommon for us to have women (because we have separate shower facilities ) as well as men. However, this time we had a family - Mom, Dad, a 4 yr. old, and a 2 yr. old. We also had a pregnant woman whose baby was to be born in 10 days. Please pray for these people, our prayers are indeed an extension of His hands and feet.
Each year we encourage our kids to come with us and help serve, etc... and BOY, did our kids serve. I think they took more of a blessing home with them than anyone!!
First the kids prepared a bag with notes, letters, scripture and candy for each person, while we adults were finishing up the food prep.
Next, we all sat and ate together with our guests. The kids took over the side of the table where the family and the children were (of course they did)... At first everyone was shy and then as time went on, you heard giggling and then more giggling.
After our meal our awesome S.S. teacher prepared a quick devotional but before he came one of our kids shared a song on guitar. Cooper, is a very talented musician already... he wrote this song and shared it with all of us that evening. The song was entitled, "Through it all". Perfect message gracefully done...
During clean up we noticed ALL our kids were"entertaining" the toddlers... one of our parents allowed the use of their I phone to take "silly" pictures. Once the children saw themselves on the phone, they just laughed and laughed...they thought that was so funny...However, once I started taking pictures, the 2yr. stopped laughing. I don't think she liked me getting in the way of "kid time". They are so cute!!!
If you are like me and are super busy during this time of year - remember to make "room" for those you love and take the time do something for someone else.
Many blessings, leigh