Stephanie Hayes is a Mountain View mom, an employee at Earth Fare, a GFCer, and she is working on her Masters at ETSU. She volunteered to plan and organize the feeding of nearly 200 kids and counselors for 5 days last week at our Base Camp. She is an absolute delight and her smile and laughter filled the place. Sunday morning, Jennifer Daniel, our children’s director received the letter below from Stephanie. It was too late for it to be read in the services, so Jennifer forwarded it to me this morning.
This is for your encouragement as you start a new week.
There are no words I can use to describe what I have witnessed this week. I have had the privilege of working with GFC staff to provide free food for the children who attended camp this past week. My passion is hospitality, I am a firm believer that you can reach anyone’s heart with food. Especially food that is prepared with joy and love. I was able to work with volunteers that came in everyday to help make sandwiches, set up for lunch, hand out lunches, and break down after lunch. I watched the attitudes of the volunteers and was amazed at how every day everyone had the same question, “what can I do?” It was asked with a heart of humility and a heart that was eager to serve. They did not realize how much of a blessing they were being by helping to provide lunch. It was more than lunch, it was providing a service of serving others and being a light to God’s own heart which is to feed His people physically and spiritually.
These children were blessed by your willingness to give whatever it took this week to further the kingdom of God. I believe food is an important ministry, Jesus refers to Himself as the Bread of Life in John 6:35 and I think that verse is important to the ministries that you are providing to the Mountain View community. I want to encourage everyone to continue not to only provide their physical needs, but pray that God will show them how much they need spiritual bread as well! I am glad I am not there to read this, because by now I would be struggling to read the end of this letter. But be encouraged, the Bible says the harvest is plenty but the workers are few. This week, not only was the harvest plenty, but so were the workers. So from a mom of a Mountain View child, a mom whose daughter attends Rise Up!, a mom whose daughter participated in the kickball league and in the words of my daughter had an “awesome” week. Thank you! These ministries have been such a blessing, which is why I was able to be able to give to others, by helping coordinate food this week. Is that not what God’s kingdom is about? Being a blessing to others so that we can be blessed and bless others?
Stephanie L. Hayes
Thank you Stephanie! Right on, right on. And thank you GFC! May God continue to grow big hearts within us all!
P.S. If you did not see the Base Camp video yesterday, be sure to check it out by clicking here. Stephanie shines!
Grace and peace,
"Smart Prayers: Less is More" Proverbs 30:7-9
Smart prayers? They don’t have to be long, but they do have to be on target! Many have never heard such a prayer as is found in Proverbs 30:7-9, let alone seriously considered praying it. How about you? Will you struggle with making this your prayer? By the way, most will! If so, just keep asking yourself “why”?
THINKING IT THROUGH
The nearer a lie to the truth the more deceitful it is.
Christians have never worn the clothes of affluence well.
When I have money, I get rid of it as fast as I can lest it find a way into my heart.
LIVING IT OUT
1. How would your life be better if you prayed a prayer like Proverbs 30:7-9?
2. What would it take for this to become one of your regular “smart prayers”?
3. What practical actions would emerge in your life if this prayer was being answered by God?
"Smart Prayers: Big God...Little Me" Job 42:1-6
Author A.W. Tozier once wrote, “What comes into your mind when you think about God is the most important thing about you.” The second most important thing about you might be what comes into your mind when you think about you. Have you ever thought about how closely your prayer life is related to both your view of God and view of yourself? For example, if you see yourself as unlovable you will pray timidly. If you see God as distant or uninterested you will pray infrequently. If you see yourself as deserving you will pray demandingly. But what if you saw Him simply as he is…and saw yourself in light of Him? It would impact your prayer life in powerful ways.
LOOKING IT UP
1. Job was a righteous and wealthy man before God allowed nearly everything he had to be taken away. Most of the book of Job consists of dialogue between Job and his friends questioning why God would allow such suffering. Beginning in Job 38, God finally answers Job’s questions through 4 chapters of awe-inspiring declarations of His power and sovereign control. Read Job 38:1-11 to get a flavor of God’s response to Job.
2. Now read Job’s final response to God in Job 42:1-6. What’s your first reaction to Job’s words? What do you observe about Job’s attitude toward God in these verses?
3. Re-read verse 2. What has Job come to understand about God? Why is this understanding important in Job’s context?
4. Re-read verse 3. What has Job come to understand about himself? How is he comparing himself to God?
5. How would you summarize Job’s view of God and view of himself as expressed in verses 2 and 3?
6. What do you think Job means in verse 5? In what ways had he now “seen” God?
7. In what ways does Job’s change of perspective about God and himself inform the way we should pray?
8. Now read Hebrews 4:12-16. As Christians, how do these verses complement Job 42:1-6 in terms of our posture before God through prayers?
Posted on Mon, June 10, 2013
by Tom Oyler