I am so grateful to be part of a church that is generous. Over the last couple of weeks my church has feed 10,000 people through our annual Feed the City initiative. And tonight student ministry joined in on the fun. All grades from 6th to 12th had the opportunity to bless 2 families with Thanksgiving dinner. It’s our very own version of Ding-Dong-Ditch!
Yup. We Shop. We Ding-Dong. We Ditch a Turkey on their front step!
Then we run and hide and watch as they open their door to this Thanksgiving surprise.
To be honest, I almost didn’t want to go tonight.
I was leaving work and kinda was just in the mood to head home and lounge… like if I hadn’t done enough lounging over the weekend… refer to yesterday’s post here.
I called my middle school director unintentionally trying to get out of it and she didn’t even let it come up in the conversation.
Yea… NO EXCUSES!!!
I was late but I made it in time to listen to the rules.
#1 Safety First!!!
And as all the grades split up into their groups I quickly realized that we had 3 students in attendance from our grade….. it’s like God keeps trying to tell me something through our ever decreasing numbers.
But thank goodness for Heather reminding me what it was all about. She talked me into doing both houses instead of just 1 and made me laugh in the process.
It ended up being an amazing, amazing experience! As I knew in my heart it would be.
We were able to bless a ton of families in need and share the love of Jesus while we were at it.
Shout Out to Winn Dixie for amazing discounts and additional discounts with the reward card!!
Keep Shining, Nat
How are you blessing a family in need this holiday season?
A rite of passage
A night that is typically a dream.
The chance to be a Princess or, better yet, a Queen.
Not the typical prom.
A room of Jesus Freaks trying to live in a world that is not their own.
A better title would be: Christian Prom 2003.
A red carpet dress and glass slippers obtained for free,
From the girl met randomly at Walgreens.
A fancy up do and classic makeup to frame the smiling face of the naïve.
A raffle ticket at the door.
Prizes and oddities galore.
The mention of a crown and scepter.
Yet another round of numbers called.
The unexpected becoming reality as you find yourself walking up to the front.
The exclamations and cheers from your table mates as they celebrate your newfound royal status.
How could it be?!
A coronation and royal introduction as the Queen and King meet.
A photoshoot to follow.
Remember to return the scepter.
But the crown you may keep.
A story to go down in history as the day you walked in a girl with a raffle ticket and exited a Queen.
A poem to commemorate my untraditional senior prom. It’s actually a wonderful memory.
Keep Shining, Nat
Did you go to your senior prom or an alternative?
Last week we met Zipporah, Moses’ wife. Today I want to continue sharing her story with you however the post will be short due to Nano Poblano and my posting everyday this month. I hope you’ve been checking out my Nano Poblano posts.
In Exodus 4 we see Zipporah again. This time she is protecting her husband from death.
Exodus 4:24 At a lodging place on the way, the Lord met Moses and was about to kill him. 25 But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said. 26 So the Lord let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.)
You see the Hebrew covenant called for all baby boys to be circumcised. Zipporah however was not Hebrew and she did not have her son circumcised.
Time was passing and Moses has an encounter with God who calls back to Egypt to lead his people out of slavery. Moses reluctantly accepts the call and let’s his father in law know that he would be going back to his birth-land. So Zipporah backs their bags and accompanies Moses back to Egypt. However on the way there Moses nears death. According to commentaries it seems that Moses’ near death experience could have been the result of overwhelming stress due to the fact that his son was uncircumcised. Basically his conscious was literally driving him crazy to the point of death.
I love that Zipporah jumped into action at the sight of her husbands torment. Commentaries also suggest that the son hadn’t been circumcised at her request. So that fact that she turns around and swallows her pride to save her husbands life speaks volumes. Zipporah circumcised her son herself and immediately took the bloody proof to Moses. Yup, she saved his life! Maybe she caused the problem to begin with but when she realized the harm done she corrected her mistake.
Let’s take her story as an example. Let’s correct our mistakes. Let’s stay humble and not allow our pride to be the cause of torment in other’s lives.
My Prayer for You:
Dear Jesus, help us to be aware of our mistakes. Help us to discern your sovereignty in our lives. I pray that every reader and I may be able to humble ourselves and accept responsibility for our actions. Help correct our mistakes. Please do not allow our pride to hurt others or ourselves. Thank you for your grace and mercy. In Jesus’ name, Amen.
Memory Verse: Proverbs 28:13 Whoever conceals his transgressions will not prosper, but he who confesses and forsakes them will obtain mercy.
I’m excited that this post was under 500 words… woot woot!!!
Love you guys!
Keep Shining, Nat