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You’ve Just Been Served

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There is a pastor in El Salvador who makes this for us every time. He has a servants heart wanting to bless us with this amazing meal.

Serving, it is not the easiest thing to do. Putting others needs first, being aware and looking for ways to fill others’ needs is hard but definitely worth it. It helps us to be humbled, brings us joy and most importantly it blesses God.

Don’t forget to comment on how your challenge went this week!

Here are some verses in serving:

But Jesus called them to Himself and said to them, “You know that those who are considered rulers over the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you shall be your servant. And whoever of you desires to be first shall be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.” Mark 10:42-45

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Galatians 5:13-14

Bondservants, obey in all things your masters according to the flesh, not with eyeservice, as men-pleasers, but in sincerity of heart, fearing God. And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for* you serve the Lord Christ. But he who does wrong will be repaid for what he has done, and there is no partiality. Colossians 3:22-25

Let as many bondservants as are under the yoke count their own masters worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and His doctrine may not be blasphemed. And those who have believing masters, let them not despise them because they are brethren, but rather serve them because those who are benefited are believers and beloved. Teach and exhort these things. 1 Timothy 6:1-2

Wednesday Web Sitings

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My father is one of the most servant hearted people I know. That’s why I chose that picture above. He is always putting others first and serving them. Its a blessing to watch.

On to our web sitings for the week!

This website has a whole slew of options on how to serve others! If you are running out of ideas on how to serve the person you have chose for this week’s challenge then skim through these for some inspiration!100 Ways To Serve Others

Random Acts Of Kindness Can you believe it? A whole website on random acts of kindness! That’s awesome, happy exploring!

In light of the recent school shooting in Connecticut NBC published the following list of ideas, suggesting that people do random acts of kindness in the name of those killed on that tragic day. NBC’s Idea List

Here is another fun list of ideas from Good Housekeeping http://www.goodhousekeeping.com/health/wellness/acts-of-kindness

Granted some of these lists are for random people or directed towards anyone in your life but you can find ideas or adjust them in light of this week’s challenge. While these are mostly random acts of kindness its still in the heart of serving others. That is kindness and service, seeing a need and meeting it.

Don’t forget to leave a comment on how your challenge is going!

Sneaky Service

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She does him good and not evil
All the days of her life.
Proverbs 31:12

The above picture represents service to me in a couple of ways. There is a gentleman that I know who loves to serve people. He looks for needs to fill. Small needs, big needs, it doesn’t matter. He will fill it if he is able. One of the small things he does that most people don’t even realize is that when he hands you a mug he will turn the handle so that it is facing you. If its a soda he will open it and turn it so the opening is facing you. All you have to do is reach out and grab and take a drink.

The reason I love this quality is because it is such an unnoticed act. It is the perfect example of serving without seeking recognition for what you have done but simply for the sake of serving.

This is our challenge for the week. Pick someone to serve this week, preferable an authority figure (if you are married I suggest your husband). Look for something small every day that you can do to serve this person. Try to find something that won’t be realized. Something small and simple that will bless that person without them realizing it or knowing who it was that did it. We want invisibility or anonymity, either one. The goal is to purpose this every day. Pick the person now, its easy to switch it up every day but I want this to challenge us. So stick with the same person for the challenge, but don’t let that keep you to only that person for the week.

The second reason I love this picture is because it is my father’s favorite mug when he comes to visit me. When he is here I try to serve him his coffee in this mug because I know he likes it. This is a perfect example of a small way you can serve someone. Notice what they like or dislike and try to make that happen. If they like a certain type of coffee, bring in an extra bag of that, even if its not your turn to bring in the coffee. If your husband has a favorite mug, make sure its clean on Saturday morning before he gets up.

Don’t forget to comment on how it is going throughout the week!

Day 12

Today’s lesson in humility is a reminder to myself to rely on God and not myself. I learned this lesson the hard way so many times that I could share story after story illustrating what I am about to share. Here’s the lesson in a nutshell…when I do things that I am good at I tend to rely on myself. I don’t realize I am doing it, I simply do what I am good at. And I fall flat. I might not fail miserably every time but every time there is always the one thing that will happen that will cause me to feel like I failed miserably. But, when the opposite happens, when I do things that I am not good at I am driven to my knees to beg God to help me. Those always go much better than expected. Why? Because my pride is gone and my humility is in play. What I need to do is twofold, one to remember that even the things I am good at are only there because of God’s grace, and two, when I do have those moments of feeling failure to thank God for the lesson in humility and rely on Him.

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I went the entire day yesterday with my post being titled “day 9” and no one noticed. That made me laugh.

She said to Him, “Grant that these two sons of mine may sit, one on Your right hand and the other on the left, in Your kingdom.” But Jesus answered and said, “You do not know what you ask. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?” They said to Him, “We are able.” So He said to them, “You will indeed drink My cup, and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with;* but to sit on My right hand and on My left is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it is prepared by My Father.” And when the ten heard it, they were greatly displeased with the two brothers. But Jesus called them to Himself and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and those who are great exercise authority over them. Yet it shall not be so among you; but whoever desires to become great among you, let him be your servant. And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your slave – just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”
Matthew 20:20-28

I want to put forth a challenge to myself today. Anyone who would like to take this challenge with me feel free. Today I want to seek out acts of service. But I want to do them in a way that promotes humility so I will be doing those acts of service that only God sees. I might clean that cup, pick up that trash, maybe clean up the bathroom. I am not sure what it will be but today that is my goal. Now the ironic part is that if I told how it went tomorrow that would be counter productive.

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