Great Day Of Service

Wow.  Just wow.

This is the 3rd year that our church has held the Great Day of Service (GDOS), but our 1st time participating.  Our previous church did something similar last year and it was so neat to be a part of something like this again.

Just picture 800 people, all dressed in neon orange shirts, gathered together for an abbreviated service of worship and communion, and then we all loaded up and went out in to the city and surrounding areas to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  Putting our faith into action.  Physically showing God’s love.  It. Was. So. Awesome.

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It was kinda strange to show up at church and everybody had the same shirt on…but it was so cool as well.

We left K at the nursery, participated in the short worship service, and then packed in the truck to drive to our work site.

We had filled out a small survey when we signed up requesting to be a part of a project with “light construction”.  I wanted to be on the same team as Chad, but I knew that I could work hard if needed.  We hadn’t met anybody that was on our crew, and it was a sweet blessing to meet our team leaders and the others on the crew.  Not to mention the grateful homeowners.

We got a call earlier in the week from our team leader (just picture Ron Buhrman!) I was almost certain I was talking to his twin.  He was PUMPED about leading this group (and barely let me get a word in…ha!)

You probably aren’t surprised, but hubs wowed everyone with his sweet construction skills and genuine hard work.  The women from the group cleared brush and other “junk” from the backyard, while the men dismantled an old chicken coop.  Chad led the demo and then reconstructed the gate to make it a functional storage space for the homeowners.  He also went the extra mile to fix the gate to the backyard, so that it was usable again.  (Sorry, I’m just a proud wifey…and I’m also thankful he wasn’t hanging off a roof or in a tree cutting down limbs like last year!)

We quickly filled up that back of the truck with brush, so me and another gal took a load to the community chip pile to unload.  I have no doubt that God placed us together in that truck.  Such a sweet lady – she has a daughter my age – and we got to know each other just a little bit more.  She shared her experience of being 11 years cancer free (yes!) and her wisdom regarding some family issues that she has encountered over her life.  She was so genuine and took a sincere interest in my life.  And then, we unloaded the truck (just us) we weren’t scared of a little hard work! 🙂

After we had spent about 2 hours at the work site, we cleaned up, prayed together and then headed back to the church where they had lunch provided for everybody.  We picked up K and hopped in line for lunch.  I was expecting a sandwich or something.  Oh no, it was an all out taco bar, chips and salsa, fruit cups, and cookies.  It was an awesome surprise!  We got to meet even more people while we gathered around a table to eat.

We had one more load in the truck, so we quickly ran that by the chip pile, meanwhile K cashed out.

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So thankful that we signed up to be part of the incredible day at the church and the ways that God is using it to be an impact in the lives of those who are serving and those who are receiving the fruits of their efforts.

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First Day

We sent Chad off this morning to his first day at the new job.

Chad and I are so different.

I probably would not have been able to sleep last night, would have been a moody nervous wreck all last evening {and in the morning too} worrying about every possible scenario, would have left the house far too early, sweat through my nice work outfit just after arriving at work….etc…

But not ChadRad.  Cool as a cucumber.  SO ready to start.  SO excited about the opportunity.  Looks like Ko was excited too!

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And then I got a call over his noon hour.  Even more excited about the job than before he left in the morning…telling me how perfect {i know, nothing is perfect, but he’s pretty darn excited!} it is going to be, how great this job is for him…and on and on.

And then I got this picture….talk about a perfect day!  I was mildly jealous.

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What an answer to prayer.  How absolutely amazing to see God’s hand in this entire situation.  No, it was {and still is not} easy to leave many friends and our families to move closer to Chad’s new job.  No, it was {and still is not} easy to leave our church family…{but God is providing}.  Yes, this gal who loves predictability, and planning way too far in advance, said Yes to the Lord and listened to her husband, who needed this new opportunity.  And God is here.  He is with us.  The pastor at the new church we’ve been checking out stopped by our place tonight.  This church is much bigger than anything we’ve ever attended.  He stayed for an hour and half…I fed him brownies and ice cream, but that’s beside the point.  He answered lots of our questions and got to know us a little better.  So thankful for him.  It was a very neat moment in this journey that we are on.

P.S.  The pastor told me that I look like the girl from the Haverty’s commercial.  This is also how he described us to other staff and the KNEW what couple he was referring to.  Do you see it?  I feel like she is a tad more quirky than me…

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Tuesday Truth

This post was supposed to be titled Sunday Truth…but alas, the post didn’t happen that day.  Oh well, it’s given time for the thoughts on this entry to simmer.  Prepare to be amazed..

The church we are visiting is in a series on the Beatitudes.  We’ve missed the last few {obviously}, but this Sunday was on Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. 

The Pastor started out by defining what it meant to be pure of heart and about how the heart is the “master control” for the body.  To be pure of heart means to be not polluted by Sin.  He used scripture from Proverbs, a verse that I know well.  A verse that my good friend from college, Lauren, used to say that her mom would yell every day out the car as she was going in to school.  What a smart lady.

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TRUTH for your Tuesday.

And because every post needs a little mommy & baby K love…

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