Wednesday, September 17, 2008

BFS Assignment #102 - Try it, You’ll Like It!

Assignment: This week I want you to do something for someone else. Do you have a neighbor that needs you? Do you know an elderly person or single mom that could use you? What about the homeless? Pack even one single sack lunch and give it to someone in need. Do you know someone in blogland that is struggling right now and could use a note from you about how much you care? Pray about this. Let God put on your heart the perfect thing for you to do for another. Now, here is the kicker…I DO NOT want you to post about what you do. Whatever you choose to do is between you and God. Our rewards are in heaven, not here on earth, Mathew 6:1. I want you to post about how doing this “act” made you feel. Was stepping out of your comfort zone in this area as hard as you thought it might be? Could you see the gratefulness in their eyes? Hear it in their voice? Tell it from their typing? Do you think you might make doing things like this a more regular part of your time? If this is an area that you are already active in, tell us how you feel this has impacted your life.

Memory Verse: Psalms 26:2 NIV Test me, O LORD, and try me, examine my heart and my mind.


This is not an area of my life I have felt comfortable with. This summer we did a local mission project and that was awesome. It is amazing what you can accomplish with God and a group of like minded people. The person we helped was obviously very touched and she is now going to have a much warmer and safer home for a good Michigan winter.

I know this is different than what the assignment said but I have currently been trying to lay myself down for my husband. He is currently stuggling at work and having a rough time. So, I have been reading Created to be his Helpmeet and that has been a true blessing. I have been trying to think of things to do for him to make his life at home much more relaxing. Like I said this is not an area of my life that I have been very good at. I usually get dinner made and then do the dishes but then I am exhausted. So, lately I have been trying to also make time for his projects that he needs my help with. Yesterday I had a ton of things to get done but I tried to also accomplish some things I knew would bless my hubby. For example the lawn needed to be mowed and we also needed wood moved into the basement. I didn't get that done but I am going to try and get it done so then he can just come home and relax.

Maybe this is off topic but sometimes helping the man right in our lives is very important and I have lacked in this are so that is the area I am working at. I will think of a way I can help someone besides my immediate family. I am thinking I might try to help someone who doesn't even know me. So I need spend sometime in prayer about it

Favorite verse:

I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint. Jeremiah 31:25

Jenni

18 comments:

Nikki said...

I really enjoyed your post.I struggle with that area in my life too. How often we forget that our family is our first mission field. My hubby has been working a couple of side jobs plus his main one since January and he has been exhausted. I find I have been doing way too much complaining and not as helpful to him as I could be. I think you have been doing a great job being a servant to your husband. You are a great example to others. Blessings! ~ Nikki

Michelle122161 said...

Thank you for posting this. I think a lot of women struggle in this area. You are doing a wonderful job in blessing your husband.
God Bless,

Sombra said...

Jenni

I can tell you, I've moved more logs in my life than I've cared to, and I know it's a huge job.. but like Flylady says, you can do anything for 15 minutes. If you spent 15 minutes every day this week moving logs into the basement, wouldn't it be about half done by the end of the week? Maybe even a little over half done? (then again, maybe not depending on how many cords there is to do...) and how old are your kids? Don't forget kids are good at helping with these things..

Thank you for reminding us that blessing our families with acts of kindness COUNTS! we don't always have to serve others outside the home!

Mrs. Sombra
BFS Teacher

Sheri said...

I am glad you digressed from the assignment a bit-because what you had to say needed to be said. We cannot forget to minister to our families, esp. our hubbies!

Sarah said...

I enjoyed your post. I think you are right on about needing to sometimes focus on just our family and especially our husbands. My morning Bible Study group just started that book and I am excited to see the changes it will bring into my life and how I can improve my attitude towards my husband. Thank you so much for your encouragement in this area. God Bless!

Jessica said...

Thanks for reminding us to serve our family, especially our husband. Sometimes I think we forget that the people in our own home need us to minister to their need.

christinnjon said...

Oh my, this is also my heart! I, too am reading Created to be His Help Meet! Isn't it a wonderful book?! Good for you! I know it isn't easy, but it sure is worth it! Visit me at:
http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Christin/591408/

Reflections said...

I enjoyed your post. I have been thinking along those lines, too. I have been wanting to bless my husband more. Last night I waited for him to come home instead of going to bed and while I waited I made dessert and some other food. He was home by 10:30...And I was so tired I wasn't much to talk to :-(

Angela

Libby said...

Interesting that you should write this. I have really been challenged by the Lord to do this too!
Thanks for sharing.
Libby

mommyof5 said...

Thank you for sharing your story. I know I struggle in this area and need to make sure I am "serving" at home and not just else where. I have heard a lot of good things about that book.
Lori

devildogwife said...

I personally feel that our first "mission field" is our own home, so I think your focus is wonderful. I'm sure your husband appreciates the extra effort. :)

Jennifer said...

I truly understand your heart in wanting to lay down more for your husband. I am also in that same boat knowing that how I have been to him is not what God wants from me as a wife. I will keep you in my prayers!

~THE BROOKWOOD BEAVERS ~ said...

I enjoyed reading your post. It is encouraging to read about others struggles in this area. :) It means I am not alone. :) Congrats on being a Featured Friend. :)
Blessings,
Vania

~THE BROOKWOOD BEAVERS ~ said...

(p.s) I am JADsMama from http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/brookwoodbeavers

This one only let me use my blog-spot address :)

Pajama Mama said...

You are absolutely right.

If we can't minister to our own at home, how on earth can we do it outside the home?

Blessings Jeannie

Pat said...

Loved your blogger friend post. The thing that really caught my eye was we need to help the man in our life. I know this is an area I have to make a priority.

Kim (momofneb) said...

Thank you for your awesome post! I tend to see the needs of others around me and try to help them, but I often neglect the needs of my Husband and children right here at home! Thank you for sharing this with us. I will strive to do better in serving my family!

~ Kim
http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/momofneb/

babybeemakers said...

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