Tuesday, January 29, 2008

Giving stuff

So yesterday, a portion of my prayer time with God went something like this. "Father, don't let me get stuck on the "things" in my life. Don't let "things" take away from my heart for people.

In the process of writing that I recieve an email from a friend that a guy in the local college here in town needed a place to sleep. He has an apartment with some other guys - but didn't have a place to sleep in that apartment. These guys are all international students, but come here without much money just for the chance to go to school in the US. Some of them have no money for a meal plan and admitted that last semester they were hungry all the time.

As I read that he needed a place to sleep, I looked into my kitchen (yes, the ovenless kitchen) and saw my futon.(no oven in the kitchen.... but I had a FUTON there!!! I know.... what a strange decorating concept!!). Covered in mail that needed to be thrown away and other random stuff. My futon has been sitting there collecting dust and all other things for 7 months. So, I emailed the friend and told her that I had a futon for him.

*** note to my friend Shannon.... futon is pronounced f00-tahn.... not fuh-ten.... ***

How crazy that God offered me a chance to see the person over the thing IMMEDIATELY! Even WHILE I was praying! So last night, they came and picked up my futon and took it to the guy so he would be able to sleep somewhere other than the floor or couch in his apartment.

Don't think I am bragging or anything. I usually fail tests like that - but this time... Praise God I didn't miss my opportunity to bless someone with my excess. We have SO much to be thankful for! I am so thankful for the chance to help him out!

Anyway - today is my brother's birthday. He is spending it in Iraq. If you get a chance to stop by his blog - please tell him Happy birthday!

Also - I had a creative moment today, and made one of those fleece blankets for a friend who just had a baby. I feel so.... accomplished:)

Gotta go to staff meeting now.
Have a great day:)


Tricia said...

I would love to know how to make one of those blankets, where did you get the instructions?

Julia said...

i learned how from a friend in bhm a couple years ago - basically, just get two pieces of fleece - cut them to be the same size "roughly" - then have two pieces of cardboard for patterns. one is a square, about 5-6 inches - the other is the length of the square and about 1.5-2 inches wide. match up the fleece - cut the corners first (it helps to pin the pieces together, but that isnt necessary) then go around the edges cutting the strips using the smaller pattern... then tie the matching strips in small knots... you have a blanket!! :)