If you know me then you know that I’m not the most sensitive person. At the same time, there are certain things that I pay attention to that can really make me cry like a baby. I cannot explain it honestly. I get emotional at the most random moments.
One of those moments is when I see people giving to those in need. I’m not talking about that “I want to be seen so let me give when someone is looking” type of help. Rather I’m referring to that humble, “I don’t have to even tell anyone I gave” type of help. The selfless, effortless giver.
When I first saw this photo awhile back and read the story behind it, I was filled. To be honest, I didn’t have to read the story because the picture said everything it needed to say. You know… it’s one thing to give to people we know, but to give to a complete stranger is an entirely different thing. God blesses a cheerful giver.
I ran across this photo again and I was led to post it. I pray it moves you as much as it moves me. This man offers his shoes to a boy he sees without shoes. Simple as that. He saw a need and he met that need. Often times, we have things that others need more than we do. Unfortunately, we take these things for granted both knowingly and unknowingly– keeping it just to have it, rather than giving it to someone who needs it. I make it an effort each to day to pay attention to those I encounter, whether stranger or not. If I see a need and I can do something about it, I do just that.
This photo is such an inspiration. Thank You God for showing me this and reminding me of my purpose. You’re amazing.
With My Love,
Good afternoon beautiful people!
As you know, today is day 2 of Check Your Pockets and I am grateful and excited about everyone’s participation. Yesterday I checked my pockets and found $0.62! When placing it in my Mason jar, I thought of all those who joined the vision. It is amazing how when a group of people (small or large) come in agreement to help others, no matter if we’re in different states, a vision can make us feel so close. I’m reminded that it isn’t the size of the group or the amount of money people have, but the heart and determination behind those willing that will touch lives! I appreciate each of you! Thanks again for joining!
If you have not joined us yet and would like to be a part, feel free to read the details here: Check Your Pockets!
Again, I thank everyone for coming together and praying and fasting for the homeless during the month of March. I am so excited about the vision God has given me for April! For those who were not able to fast with us in March, you will be glad to know what’s in store.
Scripture Focus: “Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.” (2 Corinthians 8:12 NLT)
Have you ever noticed how much change you collect by the end of the day? Seriously, at the end of everyday I find myself emptying my pockets and I am just amazed at how much change I have, whether in my pockets or at the bottom of my purse. It’s everywhere! One day my mom and I decided to gather all of the change we had collected from our pockets, purses, car doors, and anywhere else change had decided to hide itself and we had at least $20 worth. Although it did not seem to be that much looking at it, after we sat and counted it we were taken aback. The thought of $20 lying around the house was unbelievable. A dollar worth of change? Yes. But $20? No way. I thought to myself, this money can be given to someone who really needs it.
Often times, people feel pressured when asked for a specific amount to donate. This vision is just asking us to empty our pockets. No pressure. For the month of April, we will be collecting change for the homeless. The change does not have to only come from your pockets. It can come from change you may find, your car door, or you can choose to collect it from others. Where the change comes from is not as important as where it is going!
My prayer is that by the end of the month, all of those who have made the commitment will donate their change to a homeless person or a homeless shelter/organization. You are welcome, but not obligated to donate it to The Covered Ministry. Of course, all funds raised are used to purchase food, personal hygiene products, and other necessities for those in need.
How Do I Join?
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If I could send each and everyone a personal ‘thank you’ card, I would definitely do so. I am so grateful for all of the support during this month of March. Although I have taken a break from Facebook and Twitter, I have received texts, emails, and phone calls from those who had heard about the vision for March (“Fasting + Prayer = Fruit”)– even from someone I don’t know. God definitely moves in mysterious ways and He never ceases to amaze me. I pray that lives are changed and hearts are moved to help those who are homeless or in need. I am learning day-by-day that my passion is not everyone else’s passion, so I’m even more grateful when people decide to join and support the vision God has placed on my heart. Many of you fasted and prayed with me in spirit and I thank you. Others were not able to fast, but still chose to pray and I thank you too. I appreciate every effort that went forth. I received an email from a parent of one of my peers, informing me that she would gladly join the fast. I received a text from a young lady that read “when I see homeless people, I think of your ministry…”. During my Saturday prayer call, one of my prayer partners revealed to me that her mother had come across the details for the fast and she wanted to join. These things mean a great deal to me. A vision that God revealed to a 23 year old young lady from Tennessee had reached Georgia and California. Only God can make moves like that!
You know… I sat and thought of all of the things I prayed for prior to entering into this month and I realized God had gone above and beyond what I had asked. Unexpected blessings. Admittedly, I found myself thinking about food at the most random moments. I had to stop and thank the Lord that, although I wasn’t allowed to eat during those times, at least I had food in my refrigerator. This was also a time to include more fruit in my diet and save money. There were many benefits that came from the vision for March. I pray those of you reading this continue to keep the homeless in your hearts and in your prayers. If you would like to know more information about The Covered Ministry and/or join God’s vision for homelessness, feel free to visit www.thecoveredministry.org. Also, ‘like’ us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/TheCoveredMinistry.