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Today, I’m excited to introduce you to a new friend of mine – Tori from Fearless Heart Ministries! I hugged Tori two seconds after meeting her because we discovered we were both church planting women and moms of twins. I fell in love with her heart for equipping women to face life with bravery forged from living out God’s Word, and I know you will too! Today, she’s sharing some ideas for banishing boredom and keeping your family ministry-focused this summer!
It’s summer again. The final school bell has rung, the final test paper has been turned in and everywhere teachers rejoice.
Kids rejoice too. For them they see long, lazy days filled with TV, video games, sleepover s and pool parties.
Honestly, as Mom’s I think we would like to rejoice. What’s not to love about a slower schedule, not having to hustle the kids out early to catch the bus, or if you homeschool, get them started into their days work. We look forward to vacation and hopefully a little downtime with the family…and might we daresay…downtime for ourselves too?
I am like any other Mom. I like summer and all the good things, along with warmer weather, that it brings. However, I have to be honest that sometimes, while everyone else is rejoicing, inwardly I am groaning. I sit and wrack my brain over fun things that we can do with the kids. Things that will not only keep them occupied but also things that will do more than entertain.
It’s not just about working hard to avoid that dreaded phrase from our kids…”Mom, I’m….BORED!” But really capturing the time for more than TV and video games. As a Mom I want to help our girls have a bigger world view than just their own front door.
So here are two things that we do as a family to keep our summers more “ministry” focused and not so “us” focused.
Make a missions mailbox
I found this idea on Pinterest and thought it was a simple, yet easy way to help us focus our minds and hearts on others.
First, we went to the craft store and found a simple plain mailbox. Next we took the names and pictures of all the missionaries and pastors we support with our prayers and/or finances, and placed them in the mailbox. Then, each time we have quiet time as a family (either morning or evening) we pull one missionary or pastors name from the mailbox and pray specifically for them.
Another fun twist is to also have your children write a quick note or word of encouragement to the missionary and family…then make sure you mail it to them. Believe me, these words of encouragement mean the world to missionaries on the field.
Serve at a local food bank
Once a month, usually on a Thursday morning, our area food bank asks for volunteers to help bag up groceries for area residents in need. We have had opportunity over the last year to serve in this way several times and we find such joy in helping and serving. If possible we then return on the distribution day to help give out the groceries to our friends and neighbors. The girls love to see the smiles on the face of the families who are receiving and knowing that they are truly making a difference.
For our family this hits especially close to home because there was a time when we relied on the generosity of others to get through some hard times. As we have shared our story with our girls we have seen them develop a real heart to help others in need.
Really, all it takes a bit of thinking and prayer to find a need close to home. Then we have to be willing to take action on that need and opportunity. Take time to look around your community and see where you might be able to serve as a family:
- Food banks
- Animal shelters
- Public library
- Soup kitchens,
- Clothes closets
- Picking up Trash
- Taking cookies to the local Firehouse
- Mowing a neighbor’s lawn
- Caring for a friend’s pet
There are tons of ways we can serve those around us and have fun doing it.
So my question to you is this ….What are you waiting for? Banish those infamous summer words…. “I’m bored”….right to the deepest recess of the basement and jump headlong into summer ministry fun. Because honestly, it might just change your world!
Victoria is a wife of 17 years to her husband Brian, homeschooling mom to four daughters, church planter, photographer and writer. Victoria is a recent graduate of Liberty University and holds a B.A. in Psychology and Christian Counseling. She is the wearer of many hats but above all else she is a daughter of the King…redeemed by grace and captured by love.
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