"Today is my birthday. I turn 38, and I have decided to celebrate my birthday by doing 38 random acts of kindness. I want to share God's love and bless you today." I said a variation of this nearly 30 times today. It got easier as the day went on, and my cup began to fill up extremely quickly.
I was inspired by another woman who did this very thing on her 38th birthday. I happened to stumble across her blog yesterday, and in an instant I knew that this is how I wanted to spend my day. I had planned on doing absolutely nothing on my day. No housework, cooking, or even answering email. I wanted a completely lazy day, and no arguing from my kids! (that's my usual request every year) :) After reading what this woman did, I too, wanted in on this exciting task of making my birthday less about me and more about serving others. My day was far from the "lazy afternoon" I had envisioned, but I will be forever grateful for the gift my Father God prepared for me on this day.
I am a giver. I love to give. I get giddy over the thought of people seeing God shine through me. It is nothing that I do myself-it is all Him. My Father God. He gives through me, He loves through me.
I also know Him well enough to know that when He has a task for me, the joy of obedience far out weighs any fears that may begin to rise up within me. I also know that although sometimes the task seems scary, His plans are greater--and I don't want to miss out on a single thing that my God has for me!
I began to pray last night. I prayed hard and deeply. I prayed that God would bring people to my heart that He wanted His love shed upon through me. I prayed for the right people to be in the right place at the right time, for me to share His love. I prayed that everyone I came across today would see Jesus in me. I also began to have a little fear. I worried about rejection. I worried that I would stumble over my words-and I did at times. But, the best birthday gift ever was knowing that I made even just a tiny impact in more than 38 people's lives today. Knowing that Jesus used me to love like He loves is such an amazing gift!
This morning started very early, and you will notice in the pictures that my hair is out of control and it appears that I only had a few hours of sleep--wait--I did only have 4 hours of sleep last night! :)
My first task: Bringing flowers and a card to my mother in law and sister in law. I shared with them that although it hasn't been easy living together over the past 2 months, I am thankful that they are a part of my family. My sister in law cried and hugged me when I told her this. Honestly, this first task was a little difficult for me, but God softened my heart very quickly as I hugged my sister in law and told her that I loved her very much. She asked that I not take a picture of them so early. :)
Next, we headed to our church Webster Bible Church, and school, Webster Christian, to drop off muffins and pass out candy and cards to the staff. I am so very thankful for the leadership and teachers at our church and school. It was a joy to bless them in this small way today.
|Michael helps carry in the muffins for the staff at our|
church and school.
|Candy for some teachers and a book for the 1st graders|
|Explaining why I was there-and received a hug! :)|
|small gifts to love on some of our teachers|
|Julia helping out by leaving candy to surprise a favorite teacher|
|The whole crew, minus Ving who was our awesome photog for the day! :)|
What a beautiful day in the Lord!
|Buying flowers for a friend|
|Really starting to enjoy this task God had planned for my 38th birthday!|
|Sharing God's Love is so FUN!|
|this one turned into a field trip! We spent about half an hour here!|
|Tori was so excited to see a real fire house!|
|Thank You, Webster Fire Department!|
|We then went to several different homes of friends and church family to bless|
them with cards, flowers, cookies and even coffee!
|We also thanked our Police Officers|
|She was super excited that the water was free! :)|
|We finished up the day by handing out water in the BJs parking lot|
|Most here were extremely grateful|