I’ve been a supporter of SOH (Star of Hope) for a few years now. The extent of my support historically has begun and ended with my checkbook. Until recently.
My family had an opportunity to serve "Cookies and Goodnight" at the Women & Family Emergency Shelter where we engaged 300 residents with homemade cookies, juice and smiles.
It was the single biggest impact my family has experienced in service work.As we were going to the shelter, I thought I’d hand deliver my check in an envelope. My 8 year old daughter, Peyton saw me doing this the day before we left, asked what the money would do and how it would help SOH. Peyton said she’d like to give some money to help for Christmas and began to consider what she’d give. I wanted to tell her that it wasn’t necessary but I needed to let her decide. To my amazement, the next day she told us that she wanted to give $20 to SOH. She said that she felt good about that but when she considered less, it didn’t feel so good.
Peyton reminded me that we are to give joyfully.
2 Corinthians 9:7 says “Let each man give according as he has determined in his heart; not grudgingly, or under compulsion; for God loves a cheerful giver”.
Even though all that I had done for years was write a check, Peyton was able to see that act, understand it’s meaning and see the joy and blessing it brings our house. She understands that we are blessed to be a blessing. What an exciting opportunity!
Good Orderly Direction
I’m a slow learner and as such I have to simplify my relationship with God. For me, God is Good Orderly Direction. When I choose to listen to those that I respect and admire, when I emulate what they do and when I trust God, knowing that he is faithful even I am not, my life improves exponentially, my relationships are healthy and my peace of mind is of the charts.