Where I Serve

For the longest time, I knew that as a Christian, you are supposed to give your time, money, and talent to the Church. It’s what I was taught at a very young age, and my mom lived this out to it’s fullest. She was a great example of this. If she wasn’t home when she was a stay-at-home mom, she was at church giving her time and talent as an artist. So as a youth, I gave my time helping at events for the church and parish school I attended. My mom also gave me 50 cents or a dollar to give on Sundays to get me into the habit of giving money to the Church. (I know some people have a hard time with the concept of giving money to the Church especially with the bad reputation of certain, not all, megachurches abusing the concept. The truth is that God asks for our first fruits of our labor. Ten percent is they general rule of thumb, but God wants us to be cheerful givers. If you aren’t cheerful about giving a certain amount, He will be happy with what you do choose to give. If you don’t want to give anything but you feel forced, He doesn’t want it. That’s off topic, but for some verses on where this is stated, check out Leviticus 27:30-33, Numbers 18:21-28, and Matthew 23:23-24. Anyways, what I was lacking was serving with my talents. I sang in the choir but it wasn’t for him. I just liked singing. As I have gotten older, I noticed I either lost that talent or I never really had it to begin with. Let’s face it, I suck, but that’s okay haha.

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Wrapping up the youth pastor to “gift her” to her new job

As I was figuring out what I wanted to do with my life and how God wanted use me for His glory, I figured out that the struggles I went through after high school were meant for more. They didn’t happen for me to suffer. God put it on my heart to bring children and adolescents closer to Him so that they wouldn’t feel the need to turn to someone like a boyfriend or girlfriend to feel loved. So this brought me to youth ministry.

I started with teaching 8th and 9th grade at the church I grew up in (Catholic). As my relationship with God transformed, I went to a different church (non-denominational). I then worked with the 4th and 5th grade student. I then went to middle school, and I am now working with the 2nd grade students. I tell you… THESE KIDS ARE AMAZING! They give me so much energy for God and lift up my entire week. They say the cutest things like “are you a mom? You should be a mom! You would be great at it!” Haha. And that was even after I had to scold a child for being too rambunctious. I wasn’t even being their best friend. I was being the adult like you need to be when parents put their kids in your care. I get to see them grow in their immature faith. I get to see them get out of their comfort zone. I mean, seriously… like 10 year old boy wants to be singing Silent Night when he’s a “cool kid.” Well, I saw it! I honestly cannot wait to do this full time and as my job!

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Paper Plate Twister

Christians are called to serve God and those around us. 1 Peter 4:10 says “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God‘s grace in its various forms.” So I want to encourage you to find where you can use your talents or time to serve God’s people and those that don’t even know Him. 

Call to Action: How do you currently serve? How could you serve but just haven’t found the courage to start?

 

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XO Ashton

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Thanksgiving Devo Day 2

And one of them, when he saw that he was healed, returned, and with a loud voice glorified God, and fell down on his face at His feet, giving Him thanks. And he was a Samaritan. —Luke 17:15–16

When I was working with the kids at church this weekend, we talked about the 10 men with leprosy. Jesus told them to go to the priest to be healed, but on their way to go see him, THEY WERE HEALED! One of the men realized this and turned around to go thank Jesus for what He has done because he knew it was Him who heard him.

I get goosebumps thinking about this because in that particular time in history, leprechaun was said to be an incurable disease. If you had leprosy, you couldn’t have contact with others. And this included family. What a lonely life especially since family was everything back then. So to think that these men could go back to their families and work, it was such a miracle!

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Thanksgiving Devo Day 1

Photo not my own. Credit: Harvest Ministries

Let them give thanks to the Lord for his unfailing love and his wonderful deeds for mankind, for he satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things. – Psalm 107:8-9

When we think of how many times that we have gone to God in the past week, month, year, or decade, it might be embarrassing how many times it was to ASK for more instead of thanking Him for what we already have.

Speaking of thanking God, when was the last time that you thanked God for His love? We thank Him for our food, our things, and people in our lives. That’s all great, and we should continue to do that! But we need to remember to thank God for the love that He has for all of us and that is impossible to end.

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