Still touching hearts after all these years!

Many of you know that God has given me a heart for outreach or reaching out.  Over Thanksgiving we gave away 22 baskets of food to needy families, and 11 of those families registered for a Christmas party at our church.  Families from the church adopted individual children (33 of them) and shopped for them for Christmas.  Yesterday was the party!  As I prayed for this outreach and prayed for guidance in how to pull things together, I was amazed by how God was one step ahead of me, and already had hearts prepared to join me.  I know that God is always steps ahead of me, but I don’t always see it.  Maybe because I am not looking or maybe because HE chooses for me to walk by faith and not by sight.  Honestly I will not ever turn down a chance to see HIM at work.

Our “Happy Birthday Jesus” party went so very smoothly, puppet show, gospel message, game time (even some single dads joined in), birthday cake, and gifts.  I have seen people win large sums of money and not have the smile that comes from Jesus touching them.  I stood in the back for a long time just directing and keeping things moving…and mostly watching in awe of how great is our God.  Very humbled that HE would save me from my past and then allow me to watch HIM at work in hearts.  Mothers smiling with tears in their eyes as they watched their babies smile and laugh, single dad’s have a bounce in their seat while watching a puppet team perform to and rock sounding version of Gloria.  Two Arabic children asked for food on their wishlist…which just totally broke my heart, and the women who took their names felt so compelled to shop like crazy for these children and provide food.  I tremble and tear just remembering and thinking how very much love HE has for us, and that HE is still in the business of changing hearts and being close to the brokenhearted-the oppressed. I just fall in love again and again with HIM.

I urge you to take a moment in prayer and ask HIM where you can join HIM in ministry.  We often tell HIM where we will help HIM, and then complain that the thing is too hard.  There is nothing more rewarding or that holds more peace than just moving in HIS shadow, being obedient and then watching like a little child with big eyes 😯 at the wonders that are going on in us and around us!  I love that HE is immutable/unchangeable…HE was and is and is to come…pouring HIS love in to us and showing us how to pour it out on someone else.  All in HIS strength, and HIS timing…but what a wild wonderful ride!  Don’t miss it, HE is the time of our life!!!

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5 responses to “Still touching hearts after all these years!

  1. Oh girl, sounds like we had similar Saturdays!! I know exactly that feeling and I’m still in awe that He allowed me to be part of what HE did yesterday. Wow.

    Love you!
    steph.

  2. Laurie Lloyd

    Ditto Darla,

    I know exactly what you mean and what a blessing to give generously and see what He does to the hearts that receive it. The needs out there are so great and what a blessing to be His hands and feet as He touches our hearts. He changed channels in my heart unexpectedly and it seems I can’t give enough as He has blessed me with so much. Isn’t He just the best ever???:) I know I don’t want to go back to the old channel I was on.

    Love you, Laurie in Ca.

  3. Amen girl. I just love this. God is using you in such wonderful ways. Keep it up.
    Much love,
    Angela

  4. Steph- just read your post..God is very busy!! 🙂
    I thought some of those same things while looking over those precious babies and watching HIM !

    *** Please go visit Steph’s blog (on my blog roll), if you never did you are in for a treat..I just love her!

  5. Missed you, girl. Sounds like your party was an awesome time of fun and ministry. I think that our church had to cancel some of our Birthday Party for Jesus events because of a lack of people to staff different things, which ticks me off. We are a church of 1000 members and we can’t even find enough volunteers to staff the nursery on 3-4 month rotation. Oops, sorry, I just went off on a soapbox.

    Anyway, hope you are doing great. Take care. Love ya,

    Leah
    http://www.thepoint-leah.blogspot.com

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