The last couple of days has been colder than normal…we are already in the 30’s and low 40’s. I have been asking the kids on the bus..”where is your jacket?”, and for the ones who willingly tell me its in their backpack, I say ” put it on, someone made you bring it, so that you wear it”…Today, five year old “angel” (that is really her name, and she fits it very well) climbed on the bus and said, “Miss Darla, look I have a jacket, and I have it on……my mom said you are a pain in her butt”, so I smiled at her and she at me, and I told her to tell her mom “thank you”. LOL Shortly after this, I unload the elementary children at school, but Angel stays on the bus with the other Kindergarten kids, as I pick up more kids to go to the Kindergarten Center. She stands up when the others have left, and promptly reminds me that I no longer say “where is my kindergarten let me see your hands? stay on the bus” I explained that I don’t need to do that anymore, because I know who they are, and they are so smart to know to stay on the bus. She looked so sad and said “Just do it one more time”. Although it seemed silly, I did it anyway. I aim to please! She came running down the aisle and gave me a big hug and said “Here I am, your kindergarten kid!” LOL
Everyday I am more amazed at how things we take for granted, like someone just talking to us, or smiling, or caring enough to say “put your jacket on” means so much to someone who doesn’t get this in thier life. I know what my childhood was like, but I did have a mom who wanted to see a jacket on…simple things, yet when they are not present leave such a void. This year I have more kids without parents than I did before, and lots with parents in Jail. Its so sad, and after the last 8 weeks, I am finally breaking through to some of them. I get a smile, and at times a laugh.
I have one little girl on the Kindergarten bus who stops in front of me every day and says “Miss Darla are you coming back for me”. But the one that broke my heart today is Madeline. Her hair is never combed, and is always very very quiet, no smile, fear all over her, and I asked her today if she would be my line leader and lead the kids out of the bus, and she just came closer to me and said “do you think you could be my mom?” I don’t know her story, but my prayers are going up for her and the other ones on my bus. Everyday, I pray “please don’t let them leave here with out you”… I get weary and tired, and then these little ones break my heart, and make me laugh, and fill me with great joy…and I remember why God put me in the bus, and after turning my world upside down to get me here..OH how HE loves them!
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This is a little piece of my heart-
Lately, working on gathering names of women and children who are needy in my community, so that as a church we can provide for them. I have done this for several years, but last year was the first time that I had the experience of a church family that got involved and helped. For most of them it was a first time. I am huge on follow up, I don’t want to just feed their bellys (although if that is all they will let me do, I am okay with that). So normally I plan a follow up Christmas party (happy birthday Jesus) and invite the same families, and try to pull Christmas together for their children. They always get the Gospel message in this.
This year the Lord has been laying something different on my heart. As I worked through it and talked with my Pastors, I became very excited about it. This year we are looking to the church family to adopt a needy family, and when delivering the food for thanksgiving, start building a relationship with them, follow up with providing Christmas for the same family, and share the Gospel with them, invite them to church, and genuinely just walk beside them.
My first time doing this, I ended up on a doorstep of an elderly woman in a three room apartment with three generations living with her, when I spoke of Jesus she cried…and my heart shattered to here her story. She was under a witness protection program, moved and forgotten…she hugged me and said…”I know Jesus and I know HE sent you to help me, thank you, this little baby only has two diapers and is drinking his last bottle” HE does things like this if we just follow…oh that we would have spirits that follow!
Some of my readers that have been with me since http://darla-overcomer.blogspot.com know that this is my heart. I love talking to these people, and showing them Jesus. When one comes to Christ, I know the party in my heart that goes on, I try to imagine the party that happens in Heaven.
As the Holidays are fast approaching us, would you pray for the Lord to guide you to that one person who truly needs something that you can provide? I don’t have much and I can tell you that it isn’t a prerequiste. God always provides.
Father God, please help us to be your hands and feet, to have willing hearts, and to be a picture of your love…not just some days but everyday, and every where we go. I love you so!
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God’s heart/compassion is close to the oppressed. How do I know that? Its throughout the Bible, and so often as followers of Christ we neglect HIS heart, and neglect to do what HE has already told us He wants. Just a suggestion…but maybe we are at a loss for what HE wants, alittle too much of asking for our boundaries to be expanded, and not enough of working it out where we are..just my thought… In Exodus 22:21-27, not only is HIS heart with them, but a stern warning that they will cry out to HIM, and it will kindle HIS anger. I have heard the arguments about this scripture being only for Isreal. But are we not the spiritual seed of Abraham? (Galations 3:29) If that is not enough to assure you that we are to be about this work, take a look at Daniel 4:27, Daniel’s advice to King Neb…repent..and be kind to the oppressed. I know I know I know…still old testament and still not convinced that it has anything to do with today in this present age. Look at Matthew 25: 31-46. This passage of scripture always lights a fire under me. Sheep or goats?? that is what is the question. Below I have listed the scripture for all to read from the HCSB. We seriously want to be sheep and not goats. There has been much talk of “Doing Something”, and Mandy started it up on line, and got a bunch of people motivated…I don’t think God is merely asking us, ya know if ya have any extra time…I think HE is telling us..DO SOMETHING! THIS IS MY HEART! One more argument..”I don’t know anyone” my advice to you is..pray to meet someone who needs your help. Tam has a post up that encourages us to meet our neighbors, wonder what we will find right out our door?
21“You must not exploit a foreign resident or oppress him, since you were foreigners in the land of Egypt.
22“You must not mistreat any widow or fatherless child. 23If you do mistreat them, they will no doubt cry to Me, and I will certainly hear their cry. 24My anger will burn, and I will kill you with the sword; then your wives will be widows and your children fatherless.
25“If you lend money to My people—to the poor person among you, you must not be like a moneylender to him; you must not charge him interest.
26“If you ever take your neighbor’s cloak as collateral, return it to him before sunset. 27For it is his only covering; it is the clothing for his body. What will he sleep in? And if he cries out to Me, I will listen because I am compassionate.
29And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise.
Daniel 4: 27
27Therefore, may my advice seem good to you my king. Separate yourself from your sins by doing what is right, and from your injustices by showing mercy to the needy. Perhaps there will be an extension of your prosperity.”
Matthew 25: 31-46
31“When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, just as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33He will put the sheep on His right and the goats on the left. 34Then the King will say to those on His right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.
35 For I was hungry and you gave Me something to eat;
I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink;
I was a stranger and you took Me in;
36 I was naked and you clothed Me;
I was sick and you took care of Me;
I was in prison and you visited Me.’
37“Then the righteous will answer Him, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? 38When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or without clothes and clothe You? 39When did we see You sick, or in prison, and visit You?’
40“And the King will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of Mine, you did for Me.’ 41Then He will also say to those on the left, ‘Depart from Me, you who are cursed, into the eternal fire prepared for the Devil and his angels!
42 For I was hungry
and you gave Me nothing to eat;
I was thirsty
and you gave Me nothing to drink;
43 I was a stranger
and you didn’t take Me in;
I was naked
and you didn’t clothe Me,
sick and in prison
and you didn’t take care of Me.’
44“Then they too will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry, or thirsty, or a stranger, or without clothes, or sick, or in prison, and not help You?’
45“Then He will answer them, ‘I assure you: Whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me either.’
46“And they will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.”
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