Get Your Serve On

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Once a year there are thousands of people, from several churches that join together in spirit, on a chosen day to serve their local communities.Untitled1

It’s called Serve Day! It’s an awesome opportunity to bless others.

You’ve probably heard the quote, “show me the money.” Well, this is a day when people get to show others the love. I get really excited about seeing people light up when they know someone cares, so I was pumped.

On this day there are numerous recipients from sick and shut-ins to the homeless, from senior citizens and widows to single moms, from schools to community programs. Love is shown in so many ways, and I was honored to participate.

Serve day started for me with a 5 am alarm. For a moment, I considered hitting the snooze button, but I knew better.  By 6:30, I had joined forces with a group of enthusiastic servants. We started the day with a group prayer. Our assignment included tending to a 60 foot garden, chickens and their coop, building a compost pit and weeding a large area of overgrowth.

Did I mention that I’m a city girl? Let me just say, I have a new appreciation for farmers. That said, it was absolutely amazing to see what can be done with a group of people with a single focus.

After awhile, it was time to go to my second location to serve. Here we fed and entertained senior citizens. It was great to see them feel treated to a special day just for them.

Then I was off to a funeral. It was definitely a full day. Throughout the weekend, I had the opportunity to pray for people, and that’s really my favorite kind of serve.

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I prayed for a knee, a leg, a headache, relationships and wounded hearts. It was wonderful. From the grocery store to the funeral home, God’s heart was to love those who were grieving or in pain.

I don’t really know why God allows the answer to some prayers to show up immediately, while the answers to others seem slow in coming. I just keep praying, and leave that up to him, because Mark 16:17-18 (NIV) says,

“And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name…they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

I choose to believe God’s word. He didn’t say they might get well, or that they will if it’s not too difficult of a situation. So I believe. After all, we are believers. Right?

One lady had been diagnosed with diverticulitis and had suffered a great deal of pain. We prayed and asked God to heal her body. When I saw her again, she said “I feel so much better.” I said, “I know,” because Mark 11:24 says, “… whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”

A couple of us talked to a lady with sinus trouble and stopped up ears. She said she was going to leave to go home and get some medicine. We prayed for her and she said her ears were better. Later, someone mentioned that she never left. She just started participating in the games.

A man with two slipped discs said that after prayer, his pain went from an awful high of “15” out of 10 down to a 6 out of 10. Yay God! I should have asked if I could pray again, but instead we thanked God and believed that he would continue the good work he had begun.

I found out that God really loves Serve Day. Whether through physical labor or prayer, he wants people to know how much he loves them. He just uses us to get the message across. On Serve Day, many people felt loved, but I was tremendously blessed as I watched God show up.

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IMG_4135Cassandra Woods is an inspirational writer and speaker who has seen God’s word become real in her own life. She finds great joy in sharing God’s love with other women and encouraging them to develop an intimate relationship with God. Cassandra is married to Christopher and is the mother of a teenager and three young adults. To read more about her, click here.

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