Thursday, April 9, 2020

Getting out and sharing tea

I was challenged on Sunday by my pastors online message.

We are blessed here in the US. I should be asking what does God want me to do with what He has given me to bless others.  How I can I point others to Him?  I was reminded to give where I am able, to pray for people, and also to remain faithful.  As Christians, we all have a ministry.  This ministry is a honor, we have the privilege to serve Him- the God who created and cleansed us.  We need to use everything He has given us to honor Him.  God shines His light in and through me.  Not my light, but His Light shining through me!   I am His servant. 

 II Corinthians 4- was our text.

To be honest, I love sheltering at home.  I hate people are sick and dying.  I hate people are loosing their jobs.  I hate that people are scared and fearful.  But, the fact that I get to stay home and be a home body is something I really enjoy.   

As an introvert that masquerades as extrovert, I give and give when at work and in public, but I need my quiet time to recharge.  My tank is gets filled at home.  I realize during this time I am being really selfish.  I can spend all this time enjoying being at home and not thinking of others.  I can easily spend all day and not reach out to a single person. I was reminded that by focusing on myself right now and not reaching out is not ministering to anyone!  I am not showing God's light to anyone!

I was hit in the face with the reality that I needed to reach out, I needed to get out of my comfort zone, that I need to be ministering to others... I need to stop being selfish. It's not all about me.  How much does it mean to me someone reaches out to me for no reason? The answer is a lot. I need to be a blessing to others.  I tend to like to do things on my own terms, when I am ready.  This is really selfish.

Instead of being motivated by selfish ambition or vanity, each of you should, in humility, be moved to treat one another as more important than yourself. Philippians 2:3

What have you learned during this time?  We have had more time to be at home and to learn about ourselves and grow.  Are you doing that?  As a Christian, I need to take this time to spend more time with God and be in His Word more. I admit I have not done that.  But, I need too.   I need to take this extra time to do that.  I already learned that I need to think of other first, what more does God have to teach me in this time?

I love tea and I have a lot of friends who love tea.  I decided to share tea.

 I had so much fun on Sunday dropping off tea and little notes to friends.

I took my little bag of goodies and drove around and dropped of little blessings.  It always amazes me when you go to bless others how much you get blessed in return.  May God receive ALL the glory!!!

We social distanced appropriately. 

I hope you are finding ways to find joy and spread joy!

On a side note-   You all know I love tea (and my love language is gifts),  so I have been using tea and giving to reach others.  Each morning since we have been sheltering and working from home I do a live feed on Facebook and I feature a different tea.  I then invite people to stop by and try the tea.  I have had several take me up on it.  They stay on the porch, but it is a small way to encourage and be a blessing.  Go ahead and laugh, but to me it is a small way to minister and show love.  And people seem to love to stop by – try the tea and say hi.  All are welcome to come and have tea to go!  

I made this sign- If it is on the front door, stop in for tea!!

Are you finding ways to reach out?  If so, let me know.  Let's give God all the glory!!!

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