Journey Journal: Following the DVD instructions, journal this week’s God-sightings and pray through 1 Peter 4:10.
Service Project Ideas:
- Start a recycling program in your school or church.
- Go to www.estherschool.org to learn how you can help build The Esther School for orphaned and unprivileged children.
- Ask your GEMS Club Coordinator if there are ways you can serve before or after club.
- Visit a nursing home and offer to do manicures for the women residents.
- Talk with your parents about service opportunities that you could do together...
- Work at a soup kitchen.
- Volunteer at a non-profit Thrift Store.
- Make blankets for a local pregnancy center.
- Prepare a meal for people within your church or neighborhood who are sick and/or discouraged.
- Volunteer to help at a Special Olympics event.
- Make gifts for kids in the hospital.
- Ring the bell for Salvation Army during the holidays.
- Clean a neighbor’s yard that cannot do it on his/her own.
- Give hugs and handmade cards to servants within your community – your parents, teachers, GEMS Counselors, bus drivers, school cooks, church janitors, etc.
- Decorate a Christmas tree at a nursing home, hospital, or homeless shelter.
- Organize a gently used coat drive for needy people.
Read Shannon Kubiak Primicerio’s book, Being a Girl Who Serves – How to find your life by giving it away.
God calls us to use whatever talents He’s provided in order to expand His kingdom. Surrender your talents and abilities to God today by asking Him to take your efforts and accomplish more than you ever would have dreamed of.
Rebecca St. James
God has made it clear in His Word that our gifts – and even our interests – were given to us for a purpose. Your artistic ability, athletic endurance, spirit of hospitality, or your super-sharp mind are no accident. God has a plan for you, and your gifts are talents are all part of how He wants you to serve Him.
Shannon Kubiak Primicerio
At church, people always said, “You need to use your gifts and talents.” But I didn’t feel like I had any! Still, I kept trying, even when I wasn’t good at something. I never would have found that talent [singing as a professional singer within Point of Grace] if I weren’t so persistent. If I hadn’t kept walking through doors that were a little uncomfortable, trying things that made me nervous, I might never have found my gift at all.