Homeless Packets

As a couple who both serve in vocational ministry, Jared and I spend A LOT of our time planning intentional opportunities for spiritual growth for those we work with.  We sit though hours of meetings and make countless phone calls all with the purpose of nurturing spiritual growth.  However, there are 2 little people who live at our house that we don’t always spend quite as much time purposely planning opportunities for spiritual growth.

I was reading the beginning of a book called Notes from a Blue Bike by Tsh Oxenreider for her blog tour, I came across this line:

to live with intention means to make little daily choices that resonate deeply in our souls—that make sense deep in our being and ring true.

The main premise of her book is about slowing down which I’m a HUGE fan of, but this is the line that struck me.  Living intentionally.  I’ve taught it, I’m not sure how many times.  I’ve tried to live it.  But, on this Saturday, as Jared turned to me and asked “What do you want to get done today?”  That line rang through my mind.

Instead of making a trip to the indoor playground because it was cold, catching up on the laundry or even enjoying a quiet morning at home, I wanted to live and parent intentionally.  (Now, please, don’t misunderstand.  I didn’t just decide for this one morning we would be intentional parents.)  I wanted to make a small choice for that day that would resonate deeply in me and my children.

So, as a family, we began to talk about the homeless that we see on the street corner as we drive.  We began talking about how we could show God’s love to them by being prepared to help them.  And, then as any godly, 21st century mom would do, I went to Pinterest!  I wanted to find some ideas for what we could put in some packets for the homeless.

We began to take inventory of what we already had at home and made a list of the things we needed and off we went to Dollar Tree and Wal-Mart.

Picking out items that we could give to our friends in need

Picking out items that we could give to our friends in need

fish

We may have had to make a stop to look at the fish!

One of the perks of being on staff at the church is having keys!  So, once we got all of our supplies we decided to take them up to the church to put together our packets so we could play on the playground after we were done.  We made eleven little piles that would be the makings of our homeless packets.  Jared & I would hand the kids the supplies and they would make sure there was one in each pile.

kie helping

You don’t have to be old enough to fully appreciate who you’re helping to still make a difference and be a lot of help! (okay, a little bit of help!)

We finished our packets with cards.  As the four of us decorated (with Hello Kitty & Bob the Builder stickers) and wrote on the cards, I was struck by what I saw Kati Ann writing on her card.  She wrote the words, “I love you and so does God.”  Homeless or not, I wonder how many people need to hear that someone loves them and so does God.

card making

Card-making was serious business for this budding artist!

And you thought Pinterest was just for helping you get in shape or get fat or make cute crafts…think again!  Here’s a great example of something I found on Pinterest that makes a difference.

Question:  What are some other ways you have seen parents intentionally parenting their children?  Do you have some fun ideas you’ve used yourself?  I’d love to hear them.

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