Hey Swamp Bloggers!
Hope you had a very happy Thanksgiving and that you had a nice long nap after dinner. I want to remind all 7th-12th graders that you can sign up for H@TS (Holidays at the Swamp) from December 29th - January 1st. This is an awesome way to spend your New Year's. Next week I'll be writing a blog on 10 reasons you should come to this celebration! A link to registration and details will be at the bottom of the page.
Lately, I've been thinking about how many needs there are around me. I had a conversation with a friend of mine a couple weeks ago, in which she talked about her heart for people in society who are looked over or whose needs can be easily dismissed. It really opened my eyes to think about people who don't have homes or families or enough food to eat.
During Thanksgiving we think of the things we are thankful for, but how much more powerful is our gratitude when we choose to give to those in need? Jesus is the perfect example of this. He was always spending time with the outcasts, healing the sick, feeding people, and teaching them about eternal life. Even as the Son of God, He did not expect to be served, but rather looked to serve others.
"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many."
-Matthew 20:28 (NLT)
This upcoming holiday season is the perfect time to think about those who are in need and ways we can take care of them like Jesus has done for us. It just takes creating time to think about even one person we can help out, be it in a big or small way. Remember that as we celebrate Christmas and New Years, there are those who are lonely and needy who need our help and support.
This week I want to give you all the challenge to think of one way you can help someone in need. It can be anything or anybody! I'll be doing it to! I can't wait to serve together in Spirit.
Below is a link to a homeless shelter and soup kitchen directory for all different states. It's just one resource for helping reach out.
And click HERE to sign up for H@TS!!
Until Next Week!
Much Love & Respect, Julie
Dec. 29-Jan. 1
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