Who will you feed?

As the weather starts to dip, colder weather comes in, I spend more of my prayer time on the way to work praying for people who have no home, don't know where they will get their next meal, trying to find work and just make it through one day. We pass them on the street corners, see them walking and wonder what more can we do? How often do we take the time at any time through out the year, to stop and consider what we could live without so that someone else has a place to sleep, a hot meal, or a job? What should we be doing in Jesus' name to help others? Every year I try to come up with some new way for our family to give back and since having Chloe I feel like we've not spent enough time working on that. It is easy to get busy and let things fall to the sidelines when even the simplest of acts of kindness can make a world of difference in someone's life. So, how about saving the money you'd usually spend to buy yourself coffee on the way to work today and use it to buy some canned goods for the local food pantry? How about getting your family together one night this week to make some cards, put together a few goodie bags and go to the nursing home to share your smiles and a sweet gift with the residents? How will you respond when God asks you, "Who will you feed?" We are reminded of a story that teaches this very lesson to us in Luke 9. The disciples saw that the people needed to eat and rest, and as they approached Jesus it became a powerful moment. Because they saw the need and asked the Lord to provide, He did just that and used their willingness to serve as the delivery method. Ask Him, provide the open and willing hands to do it, and God will give you the opportunity to meet some needs.

Phillipians 4:6 In everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.

We are still walking a difficult path, not sure where God is leading us but thankful for the journey. I hope we can use this time wisely by looking for more opportunities to be the hands and feet of Christ in a world that desperately needs Him. Thank you for continuing to pray for us, especially for Ryan today as he started a new job. He will be working the night shift, not a favorite but still--it is a job and for that we are very thankful! God is giving us a glimpse or two of some possibilities in ministry, but these are just possibilities. Who knows where He will lead us--He has our best in mind and will direct us where He intends for us to go. We will move forward with determination, leaving no stone unturned. Extraordinary moments are ahead of us, I am certain of it.
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