January 23, 2018

Helping Others Helps Yourself

Hi All –

Lately, as I watch my adorable children evolve into, well self-centered teens (yup I said it!), I have been pondering how to turn this bus around. And one day it struck me!! Serve others! You see, whenever I need to get my eyes off my own navel, I find something to do for others. Up both my eyes and my attitude go!

At first, I would do one thing a month that God brought my way; clothes for a family whose home burned down, meals to a grieving family, a ride to a medical appointment for a needing friend. Those kinds of things. And since our family has always had a servants heart, I thought this would fill the gap. What I found was this did it for me, but not so much involvement for my kids. We needed to serve more than our sweet Compassion child, whose support was via auto-deduct from my checking account and weekly prayers at family night!

So what to do that would have the same effect for my teens? A lot of the options I know would certainly elicit a groan and rolled eyes. Not wanting to fight that battle too, I started praying. And what to my wondering eyes should appear in Facebook, but a request from our local teen homeless ministry a need to make sack lunches monthly. Hmmm? Could it be?

Now I must tell I did start praying as soon as I saw the request, but well life and kids and work…blah blah blah, excuses I know!! But God did not let me off the hook so easily. Sure enough a month later, the request on Facebook reappeared. Thanks for the reminder God! Message sent taking the offer and arrangements made with them to start this week!

Sunday then all hands on deck (minus 1 college boy) making and praying over lunches to be delivered on Monday. What will happen in my kids’ hearts and attitudes, I don’t know for sure. But I know Someone who does….

Chat soon ~


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Julie is an awesome parent (along with her husband Matt) to five adopted kiddos and the owner of the Parenting Allies website.

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