Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it!

Some days it is hard to put into words all the moments of the day; the funny things done and said, the daunting task accomplished, the sweet moments of bringing value to another person’s heart, the ability to bless others in a tangible way … and I repeat…. it’s hard to put into words.

We are so proud of these kids and I know God took great pleasure in their amazing ‘push through it determination’  and their desire to do the work with excellence.‘

Jesus let us know we would always have those around us that were poor, down on their luck, or just at the end of their rope. He also showed us how to be a blessing to those same people, and that when we did we were doing it as it if was Jesus himself (Matt 25: 40 Then the King will say, ‘I’m telling the solemn truth: whenever you did one of these things to someone overlooked or ignored, that was me – you did it to me.’ the MSG)

It was such a blessing to be able to help those that for whatever reason cannot get out on their property and clean up the debris from a small shed torn up by the winds of the hurricane. There were miscellaneous pieces of tin, wood, household items and just plain ole junk randomly strewn about the field.

Bob was thrilled to have one half of our team helping him again this morning.    The rest of the group headed over to the home of a disabled veteran and his wife.  They  were so happy to have our team come and do in one day what they could not possibly do. The devastation has been sitting there reminding them of their inabilities for 16 months.

But when we take the challenges on in Romans 12:9  I like the paraphrasing of this scripture in the Message Bible. “We have the ability to ‘love from the center of who we are”   

Romans 12:9 ssays Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. I like how the Message Bible paraphrases it.  Love from the center of who you are; don’t fake it. Run for dear life from evil; hold on for dear life to good.  The MSG

Quick showers, an hour on the beach and then a great spread at the local Mexican Restaurant.

After dinner we returned to the church and debriefed the day and as leaders we felt to hold off until the morning after a good night’s sleep to do our final ‘words of blessing’. Please continue to pray for each person on the team, asking God to set in our hearts the things we have committed.

What a great trip!  Your kids are precious, fun, talented, hardworking …  I really look forward to their 10th grade trip to Hugo, Oklahoma next year. LOL   (but for reals)

I will contact the school as we’re leaving, and then keep the school updated on our approximate arrival time.  When we’re about 30 minutes out, we’ll have the kids start calling from our cell phones to let you know how.

Did I tell you the bunk houses kind of look like submarine sleeping units?  But the mattresses are new and are a little cushy and all the girls are able to be together in one unit with all the guys are in another. I know there are many that are sad to leave when there is still so much to do, however we’re calling our work here done and we’ll be heading home.

Partnering Together to spread His Love,

Mrs. G

Be blessed, be highly flavored, BE the salt of the earth!