Over the last few months God has really been changing my heart. He has incredibly blessed my family and my life. I am so thankful for the things that He is doing in my life, and the ways that He has used my life experiences to bring me closer to Him. I spent so long believing there was no way I could truly change, but that's such a cop out! I am remade in Him because His perfect and pure son paid the price for ME. I could not believe that for a long time, and I am still in awe of that. I have grown sooo much in the last 6 months and God has changed so many things in me. One thing is my desire to serve in any way possible, and not just in a church setting, but ANYWHERE. I want to help those in need -- Near and far, friends and complete strangers, those severely in need and those who just need someone right now. It is my desire that all my actions would be an example of Christ and His love for everyone, and that through my actions and willingness to help and serve people would be drawn not to me, but to God. I know that not everything I do is an example and there are a lot of things I could change, but I truly feel God working in me to change the things I struggle most with. It is my desire that I would be the most welcoming person and anyone anywhere could come to me for help or just someone to talk to because they see the spirit in me. I want to be an example in all things in my daily life, but also in the bigger things that I do. The great thing about this is that I am not alone in these desires. My husband has a heart to serve those in need as well. I am hoping that when we get to Maryland and he gets home we can find some sort of way to volunteer to serve those in need in our country be is children or adults, but I also want to reach out to people outside of the country. There are people starving to death all over the world, drinking bad water or living with no electricity, working in extremely poor environments, and living in war torn countries. I want to reach out to those people too. I am not sure how exactly I can do that, but I plan to.
At our church this past Sunday they introduced a mission program we support called Kenya Children's Fund. They were doing their annual Easter Basket Fundraiser. For a mere 15 dollars you provide a basket of food that feeds a family for an entire month! Amazing right? Anyways, I instantly wanted to buy one so I wrote the check took the DVD and went on my way not thinking too incredibly much about it. Today I got an email from a lady at our church who works with KCF. I attended the women's tuesday study last fall and on missionary day signed up for the emails. In the email she talked more about what KCF does and how they need help. For 30 dollars a month you can sponsor a child to provide food, school expenses, and medical for the whole month. They send you pictures and letters and truly become a little part of your family. I really feel moved to become a partner with KCF and sponsor a child. I am going to talk to my husband about it and pray on it and tomorrow watch the DVD. I will let you all know what we do. Check them out HERE
Also, check out this song.. it's really made me think lately.. I am new.. So many people think they know me from years ago.. and in a sense you do.. but I am not who I was I've been remade by His blood and I am new.
Also, we close on our house on Monday. Getting so excited but also a tad anxious. Praying for God's peace as we make the biggest investment of our lives. I know it has been blessed by God though and am looking forward to many years of using that house to bring glory to Him.