Home For Christmas By Camey Gravley

Parker

Zpět v létě, náš nejmladší syn, Parker se děje na misi výlet do Idaho. Naše 11-rok-starý syn nemohl dočkat, až jít podíl o Ježíši. Jsem věděl, že bez pochyb, Měl jsem jít s ním. Ne, že je "expert" na poli tak říkajíc, ale aby sloužil spolu vedle něj. Shortly after I decided to go, my husband, and two other sons jumped on board. It was our first time away together as a family in several years. I also knew my husband was going to hear clearly from God while in the mountains. And sure enough… his cell phone rang while on a mountain in Utah. While floating in the Payette River in Idaho during what seemed like some free time, God told me to get out of the boat. While in the water, I heard clearly that we moving. Today I write this from a much different place than in my previous articles for SERVE e’zine.

For many years our family had been praying for the next place and individuals we would serve. My husband and I already had planted deep within us a love for this place and these people long before we knew the details. V 2005, when we gave away or sold almost everything we were blessed to call ours, we weren’t sure how long that part of the journey was going to last. While we wouldn’t trade a moment of taking care of my parents and serving that town and community – not even the ones that hurt like heck, we knew we wouldn’t be walking in the outflow in staying. God saw to it that every detail was taken care -that included my mom marrying again and no longer needing us to live with her. So, back during Labor Day weekend, we filled up a moving truck and with tears and yet much excitement, made our way here. In the truck were many gifts that God saw to it were ours to take freely.

We are now in a tiny town in the panhandle area of Texas. My husband is the pastor of a church here. And I am no longer a paid staff member of a church but am able to stay at home without also being a caregiver for my parent(s) while inside her walls. This is a house that happens to be located directly across the street from our physical church building. And while this house is not necessarily ours in a sense that it belongs to the church -it is very much our home. And for the first time in many years, this mom can welcome her sons to invite friends over any time. It is not uncommon to find a teenage boy whose last name is not ours – opening our frig to get some sweet tea or checking out our dining room table to see what goodies I’ve baked up in the kitchen we’re having a blast in or sitting down to eat with us.

With my husband being the new pastor here, we received several invites for Thanksgiving. Invites from where we moved from came in as well even if it meant a quick trip. But my husband and I knew we were to stay at home. And for the first time in the 20 years we’ve been married, we celebrate Thanksgiving Day together in our home with our sons. We laughed. We played games. We ate pie for breakfast instead of waiting for whatever other guests to arrive and lunch had been devoured. I even wore my sweats and didn’t have on a stitch of makeup. We were simply chilled to the max and napped for hours. It was a very different Thanksgiving Day indeed for the 5 of us.

We are blessed in the fact that all three of our sons are not only Christ-followers but get what living in the outflow really is. But there are times when it is okay to say no. Ano, even for a new pastor and his family. And at 6:00 p.m. the doorbell rang. It was a teenage boy who has been spending much time at our home. Our sons could have said, “Send him away.” Instead, he was welcomed in like every other day. He sat on the couch with my husband and I while we were watching the movie CARS with Parker. And in a moment of sheer comfort he said, “Your house is the safest place for me to be.” This Wednesday night, he said he would be across the street with us too. Remember? Across the street from our home is where the physical church building is. Showing us yet again, one can serve their family in the outflow and catch others up in the wave of God’s love and kindness.

Now that the Christmas season is upon us, may we be reminded that in training up a child – sometimes the parents can learn a lesson or two along the way. Our family looks forward to the “Parsonage Open House” we’re having on December 20th. We’re baking up goodies not only for our own church peeps but will also be taking some along with baskets of food and everyday items to neighbors here in our new community. No doubt our favorite Christmas already! And December hasn’t even officially started yet!

We are praying for you daily as you seek His Kingdom first! Remember – those closest to you are paying attention even when you’ve taken your makeup off. And may you be home for Christmas!

Camey Gravely
Camey

Camey Gravley is an Unashamed Christ-follower and Lifestyle missionary. Her passion is to help others notice God in the moments of every day life and living. Prayer of dangerous prayers too! It is her pleasure to serve others out of the outflow of God’s love!

Plánování Dovolená haličských

Existuje několikrát během kalendářního roku, kdy Ježíš následovníci mají jedinečnou příležitost pospojovat mezi Božím srdci a srdce zástupy zraněných lidí v naší obci. Vánoce jsou snad největší z těch časů. V jistém smyslu, my mají téměř nespravedlivou výhodu, protože i skeptici jsou zahlceni všemi prázdninových endorfinů a vzrušení. Můžeme jasně zaměřené na to, co lidé jsou hladoví po, když jsme zpomalit dost dlouho naslouchat tomu, co je v jejich srdcích. Jsme tu o Vánocích pracovat v tandemu s Božím Duchem, jak čas sezony nám umožňuje dostat se do kontaktu s lidmi v unikátním způsobem. Možnosti, které leží před námi, jsou obrovské, pokud jsme ochotni být zaměřena.

Obalové dárky
To je jeden z nejúčinnějších způsobů, jak mohou sloužit osoba během této doby roku. Je to silný, protože jste schopni zapojit se do skutečného rozhovoru s nimi, jak si zabalit svůj dárek. Víckrát, než to, budou se ptát, proč děláte to pro ně. Že zvědavost poskytne přirozené možnosti pro evangelizaci. Díky, že řekl, je to snadné uvíznou ve fyzickém působení současného balení. Musíme dbát na to, zapomenout na duchovní aspekt slouží jim. Je vždy lepší zpomalit trochu. Vezměte si dostatek výhodu a příležitost podělit se o Boží lásce.

Obalové dárky – Large Scale Project
Existuje několik rad, mějte na paměti, pokud děláte to jako rozsáhlejší akce. Budete muset začít nábor dobrovolníků poměrně velké síly nedělej odkládat-start vidění-osazení nyní! Klíčem k tomuto přesahu budou pracovníci které jste shromáždili. Musí být nadšený a na stejné stránce. Hledáte pro lidi, kteří jsou vzrušení katalyzátory ve vaší církvi. Tito lidé se daří na energii a radosti ze sezóny. Začněte sbírat materiál nyní! Nepokládejte to pryč. Objednat spousta, co budete potřebovat. Mějte na paměti, nechcete, aby zmařil svou dobrovolnickou sílu. Název hry zde je, že "více než dostatek", takže lidé nebudou muset kroutit jejich palce čeká na doplnění stavu, kdy by mohli být sloužit veřejnosti a mají božské konverzace. Začněte nyní modlí! Budeme spojení s lidmi, kteří dosud nejsou spojeny s námi ani nejsou spojeny s Bohem nebe a země. Jsou v obrovské duchovní potřebu, bez ohledu na to chodit života, které pocházejí z. Jsme jeho zástupci. Nejsme jen balení dárků – jsme duchovní velvyslanci. Musíme míchat duchovní akt se modlí fyzický akt sloužící. Pokud se rozejít s naším porci přestáváme být efektivní v naší činnosti. Jsme jen honí naše ocasy.

Strategie
Naším úkolem je sloužit všechny a nechat Boha třídit je. V minulosti lidé se domnívají, že bychom se měli snažit sloužit pouze opomíjené, ale já bych tvrdit, že jejich definice chudoby, může být příliš úzký. Krása balení dárky obchodního centra nebo obchodní dům, je, že se setkáte s lidmi s rozdílnými sociálně-ekonomického statusu, ale všechny mají duchovní a emocionální potřeby. To je to, co jsme opravdu snaží dotknout. Nenechte se utápí dovednosti. Dokonce i když jsou všechny palce, Je pravděpodobné, že jste stále dělá člověk ohromnou službu. Ve skutečnosti jsem měl lidi převzít obal ode mě můžete jednoduše předat jim zásoby a podržte klapky a struny, zatímco oni dělají propracovaný obal. Co je to opravdu jen o rozhovor sdílíte, zatímco dar je zabalen. Nemusíte být vysoce kvalifikované řemeslo osobou pro tuto činnost. Všichni můžeme zapojit do jednoduché sdílení linii "Jsme tady, abychom zabalit svůj dárek jako součást XYZ Community Church ukázat nějaké love this Vánoce. Ujistěte se, že připomínat lidi: "Nejsme součástí nákupního centra / obchod personálu – platíme za tuto sebe, aby ukázal Boží lásku praktickým způsobem ke komunitě. Naším záměrem je, aby Boží lásku, ne jen o tom mluvit. "Některé jednoduché tlachání bude stačit, dokud neskončí další osoba klikne na nějakou potvrzení toho, co říkáte. Buď se jednat s vámi, nebo se změní předmět. Mnozí budou chtít povídat trochu. Mějte na paměti, budete výsadbu semen velkorysosti v srdcích většiny lidí, které přicházejí do styku s. This will be one of many seeds that person will need to come in contact along their trek prior to their conversion to Jesus. We all have a unique path into a love relationship with Jesus. Very rarely was it a sudden conversion. Our part as his followers is to tell our story along the way between now and then to as many as possible. In wrapping presents we get plenty of chances to share our story and his story at the same time.

It should be noted that if you don’t have the resources or volunteers to do this at a mall or large department store, a smaller discount store with a limited schedule could be a perfect starting location for your group. You can always work towards the goal of broadening this event in future years. People will join up in your outreaches for many reasons, but they will stay for one main reason – because they enjoyed working with the people. You need to work with the shift leaders present to make sure you are not frustrating the people present in any way if that is at all possible. I recommend the primary leaders of this be connected with, be brought coffee while the shifts are going on, be asked in a jovial way, “Are we having fun yet?" – engaging ways of connecting the dots with the team by various levels of interactive approaches to show care to all involved.

Liquor Store Outreach?
As Jesus often demonstrated, we need to hang out with the sinners. The name of the game is, “We are here to connect with people who don’t go to church.” This is always the objective to keep in front of you. The object is not to serve churchy people. For the most part those folks already understand the notion of God’s love. I ran into a group who had latched onto the giftwrapping concept last season, but they got the application pretty much backwards. They set up shop in front of a Christian book store. I suggested they move across the parking lot to a liquor store. They laughed heartily at the suggestion. I didn’t laugh. I wasn’t kidding. Not in the least. Another pastor friend was present when this conversation took place. He chimed in. “Yes, that’s a very good idea. If you are after the head tilt with this project you really need to switch locations. I did an outreach like this a few years ago when I was working for a Church in California and we set up the outreach in front of a liquor store. One guy came in planning to just buy some booze and other supplies for a party, including a last minute gift—the ultimate one stop shopping. Not only was he converted by this radical love he certainly wasn’t shopping for, this guy became a member of the church and over time became one of its most influential leaders!“

Keep in mind not everyone that shops at a liquor store has drinking problem—we are wise to not generalize. We are also wise to go to places that have historically been cast off by the church culture in general. Once again: “serve them all, let God sort them out!” A liquor store may be prime real estate for holding a small, outdoor gift-wrapping outreach. Make sure you clearly explain your intent and the point of the outreach with the owner / manager of the store prior to doing the outreach. This conversation is key to the success of the outreach making it or not.

The Taste of Christmas
Here is a quick and easy outreach you can put together as either a business blast kindness event, or a take-home kit for you to give to church members as the exit from weekend services. The materials are easy to gather: 1) A bulk supply of Ziploc snack size baggies 2) Well crafted connect cards with a holiday design 3) High quality Christmas candy.

Candy Canes are always welcomed it seems. If you really want to make a dent inpeople’s lives, purchase different colored candy canes other than the standard red and white colors. Apparently there are now even exotic fruit flavors available in neon colors, but with the traditional shape. Make sure you have some chocolate. This is crucial. Hershey’s makes a seasonal version of Kisses that are decorated in green foil or red foil. There is actually a large variety of seasonal candy that you will find on display starting in early November. You are going for a mix that is attractive in appearance and flavor. The connect card is the anchor. Ve skutečnosti máme několik nových fantastických návrhů jsou k dispozici nyní v laskavosti Resources LLC. Název této hry je dát pryč, jak mnoho z nich je to možné s malým connect karty vložené do sáčku ziplock. Jedním z cukrové třtiny, pár kousků cukroví je vše, co potřebujete pro každou tašku, aby se malé efektivní dotek. Zakoupíte-li si ve velkém můžete své nákladové efektivnosti se mezi $0.07 na $0.12 na dotek!

Černý pátek Outreach
Někteří odvážní lidé / kostely mají odvahu vzít na sebe obrovské davy, které shromažďují pro nakupování speciály den po Dni díkůvzdání. Tento dosah je třeba udělat v souvislosti s obchod, který je ochoten vám umožní udělat něco velkolepého přímo před jejich umístění. I have neverheard of a store that wasn’t anything less than tickled at the offer of having a Black Friday outreach done in front of their location. I have on occasion heard of stores where they pay for part or all of the outreach materials so long as the people from the local church manned the labor aspect of the outreach. This is actually easy to do. Think of any nice touch to get the attention of a frenzied shopper:

  • Free Coffee/Hot Chocolate (check out the cool back pack dispenser)
  • Free Battery Packs
  • Free Ribbon
  • Free Scotch Tape
  • Free Wrapping Paper Kits
  • Free “Pop Up” Bows
  • Shopping Cart Valet Service
  • Umbrella Outreach
  • Windshield Cleaning Patrol

Final Thoughts
This season, make sure that you remember that people are hungry for relationship. The holidays remind us we are more ill-equipped for relationships than at any other times of the year. We get around those who are perhaps challenging to us, yet they are the ones we love. We are hungry to see progress made in relationships, but we don’t know how to make progress without being driven crazy at the same time. This is a time of year when people are in some ways the most open to a “Big God” encounter. There is a sort of collective verbal outcry that goes very much like this:

Dear God, if you are real and if you answer prayers, please hear mine. I ask that you would change my family and make us more loving toward one another. Amen.”

It is also important to remember that people are in a hurry. Nearly everyone is on a short emotional fuse. Thus, we must be mindful of the tendency on the parts of everyone to be a bit odd about things in general. If it is ever appropriate to proceed with caution now is the time of year for those words to be taken to heart.

We should also make sure that we invest time and energy on retail employees. Given the current economy, this holiday season is predicted to see a record number of new seasonal part-time employees hit the work force. For many this grim reality of a second or third job will be a shock to their system. Budou mít tolik potřebují pro laskavost, když bude další finanční prostředky, které doufají, že získají přidáním deset-dvacet hodin na své již vyčerpávajících hodinách zaměstnání, jen aby se uživil, nebo získat další dovolenou hotovost. Naším přáním je rozptýlit naše semena v období Vánoc, aby bylo vidět návrat k naší lásce jazyka po zbytek roku. V závěrečné části kalendářního roku, můžeme skončit svědky návratu, která je větší než všechny ostatní týdnech a měsících jsme se jít ven a sloužit lidem. Vlastně, Myslím, že to bude blednout ve srovnání. Pojďme udělat co nejvíce z toho, co máme před sebou. Pojďme pospojovat a zjistit, co Bůh je na pravé straně kolem nás. To se stane, když jsme sloužit celým svým srdcem a ležel opatrnost stranou.