Wednesday, September 16, 2015

A Different Type of Fall Decor

So I had a post all scheduled for today about home decor for the fall and great exciting tips and ideas, but after spending a little time in prayer I realized that I was going to write a new post instead. (No worries, the other Fall Decor piece will be coming at ya next week.) But I couldn't let the week go by without giving a little bit of my heart to you all. So this post is going to be all about a different type of Fall decor.

Last night, a group of us from my church had the amazing opportunity to visit The Ronald McDonald House and get a little craftastic with the kiddos there. It was a beautiful night. For those of you who do not know what the Ronald McDonald House is all about, it creates a home-away-from-home environment for families of terminally ill and critically injured children who need to access the local specialty hospitals that they may not live near. Ronald McDonald House has over 284 homes spanning 31 different countries all over the world. It's a truly amazing organization.

As a group we had the privilege of gathering with the beautiful kids that utilize the facility and create adorable "fall decor" for their rooms. There were multiple designs that allowed each child the ability to cut out their favorite and glue the pieces together on construction paper, creating a fun fall scene. Throughout the night there were tons of giggles and amazing artwork created. And it melted my heart to see the lovely friends I ventured there with really light up each child's night.

Even more so, it nearly brought me to tears to see the parents have the ability to sit on the couch, relax, make a phone call, and simply chat among themselves. I am not yet a parent (although I've had the past month to start learning) so I can't even begin to imagine the stress it must be to not only have children, but to have a child who is in a season of such terrible sickness. Being able to provide an opportunity for these parents to sit on their own and relax for a little while, truly made my heart sing for joy.

So we sat and crafted, and laughed at the seriously funny comments some of the kids were making, and smiled til it hurt, and lived life together for those few hours. Not for a blog post or a pat on the back or even a "great job," but simply out of love. Love for God, each other, and our fellow man. The Bible says:

"A new command I give you: Love one another. 
As I have loved you, so you must love one another.
By this everyone will know you are my disciples,
if you love one another."

"You, my brothers and sisters, were called to be free.
But do not use your freedom to indulge the flesh;
rather, serve one another humbly in love.

Jesus has asked us to love each other and look out for one another through serving. I know that may seem like a scary thought, even a bit intimidating. But let me encourage you my dear friends, serving and loving others can become as natural as gulping in oxygen. Your lungs are burning from the discomfort until you simply open your mouth, breathe it all in, and your natural instincts step up to the plate and give you the breath of life your body is demanding. God is our oxygen and serving and loving His people only helps us to grow and to breathe life. 

Nothing in the world would have made me miss out on the giggles, antics, and love of last night. To see the joy on each child's face as they crafted away, made every ounce of the night perfect. And to know that God sat directly beside me, orchestrating each moment, each connection, and spreading His love to each individual made every second priceless. 

What is God calling you to do in your local community? How is He asking you to love those around you?

If you're interested in other great ways to get involved in your community then check out this post!

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