Blessed to be a Blessing

The words of Romans 12:1, 2 as they are stated in The Message, have come to be the way I want my life to look:  “God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life – your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life – and place it before God as an offering.  Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him.  Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking.  Instead, fix your attention on God.  You’ll be changed from the inside out.  Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it.” 

That’s what my husband and I were doing without even realizing God’s full plan for us when we escaped the cold, snowy Michigan winter in February, 2016 to minister in sunny Orlando as two of the 250 daily volunteers at Give Kids The World.  We were so blessed and didn’t think that those blessings could get any bigger until God nudged me and said, “You need to bring other Gracespring-ers to share in this ministry!”  That was the beginning of the Gracespring mission trips to Give Kids The World (GKTW) where Make A Wish families go for a week to enjoy a “doctor/hospital/needle-poking free” seven days.  Everything that Orlando has to offer is provided for them so they can relax, have a fun family time, and experience rest from their daily stresses of emotional and physical pain. 

Ephesians 2:10 tells us that “we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.”   To our teams this means:  to be God’s feet as you twirl a child in a wheelchair around the floor in tune with the music and see pure delight to be part of the “dance”… to be God’s mouth as you share His truth with an international student volunteer and hear his utter amazement that Jesus Christ is Lord… to be God’s heart as you listen to a mom’s story and feel her pain… to be God’s hands as you serve ice cream cones and experience the smiles and squeals of sheer happiness… and to give God’s love as you accept, without condemnation, all kinds of physical and emotional behaviors. 

We are looking forward to serving once again in February 2018.  Our team is ready to go – seeking God to prepare each of us with “God’s heart,” to make ready the new families He has set up for us to serve as Jesus served, and we know we will come back home truly blessed for blessing others!  That’s God’s way!

Post by Robbi Bourne, gracespring member

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