It's been over a year... :)

Hey there! I haven't posted on here in a LONG time, but I thought I would share a devo that I wrote for a camp that I went to last week. :) I hope you enjoy reading it!

Serving with a Loving Heart

Quotes on service:
“There is nothing more beautiful than someone who goes out of their way to make life beautiful for others.” ~ Mandy Hale

“The way you treat people who are in no position to help you, further you, or benefit you reveals the true state of your heart.” ~ Mandy Hale

“Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water - it will make ripples throughout the entire pond.” ~ Jessy and Bryan Matteo

“If you want to touch the past, touch a rock. If you want to touch the present, touch a flower. If you want to touch the future, touch a life.” ~Author Unknown

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Galatians 5:13-14 – “For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Deuteronomy 10:12 – “And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God require of you, but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul,”
*Serving others isn’t an option, it’s a command. Our attitude while serving others is our choice. How will you choose to serve others; with a loving and loyal heart or with a hateful and selfish heart?

1 Samuel 12:24 – “Only fear the LORD, and serve Him in truth with all your heart; for consider what great things He has done for you.”
*One of the great things that God has done for us and continues to do for us: He gives us opportunities to serve others and through serving others, we are serving God ultimately.

1 Chronicles 28:9 - “As for you, my son Solomon, know the God of your father, and serve Him with a loyal heart and with a willing mind; for the LORD searches all hearts and understands all the intent of the thoughts. If you seek Him, He will be found by you; but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.”
*Just as David told Solomon, we are to serve our God with a loyal heart and a willing mind. We should never serve God and others by grumbling our way through it; we should want to serve and choose to serve at any opportunity we are given as Christians.

Matthew 23:5 – “But all their works they do to be seen by men. They make their phylacteries broad and enlarge the borders of their garments.”
*Think about why you choose to serve others. Do you serve to be seen of men, commended by men, and praised by men? Or do you serve to honor your Father in heaven and give the glory to Him? You shouldn’t feel the need to be seen by men when serving others, you just need to remember that God is always with you and sees all that you do. We need to succeed God’s expectations for us, not men’s expectations. If we are striving to be seen by men, we are most likely trying to succeed men’s expectations even though we should be doing the opposite.

1 John 3:16-18 – “By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren. But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth.”
*Sacrifice of many kinds might be involved in service. Jesus gave us the ultimate example of serving with a loving heart through sacrifice when He gave his life for us. Our service, most likely, will not involve giving our lives… but no matter the size of the sacrifice, will you be willing to serve?

James 2:24-26 – “You see then that a man is justified by works, and not by faith only. Likewise, was not Rahab the harlot also justified by works when she received the messengers and sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.”
*Service involves faith and works. We must have faith in God and in the works he called us to do; without God we wouldn’t have the ability to serve others. We are justified by our works, or in other words, our service. Are our works dead?

*Where can we serve people?
-In our congregations
-In our homes
-In our schools

*How can we serve people today? (What are some ways we can serve?)
-Preparing meals for people
-Visiting people & giving them your time
-Sending people cards and flowers
-Kind and loving words
-Corrective words can be of service also
-Offering to help with babies/children (during worship services, helping them carry something to the car, etc.)
-Hospitality

Don’t wait for opportunities to serve people. Search for the opportunities. There is always an opportunity to serve, you just have to find it and take advantage of it.

-Julia
  • sirtarin
    Good to hear from you again! And good thoughts, too. :)
    by sirtarin at 09/02/14 4:38PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    YAY for your name turning white! Thanks for sharing your devo. ♥
    by cyber_space_cadet at 09/02/14 8:18PM
  • beavermom
    I love your heart!
    by beavermom at 09/18/14 3:48AM
  • canardmom23
    I completely agree.
    by canardmom23 at 11/05/14 9:34AM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    Thank you for contributing. :)
    I miss you!
    by cyber_space_cadet at 04/26/15 11:19PM

05/12/13 8:40PM

Happy Mother's Day to all you moms out there!! :D

Today is for being thankful for moms and for celebrating moms, right? Don't get me wrong, that's absolutely great! :) BUT, do we only express our thankfulness for motherly figures today? There are 365 days in a year and only 1 day is specifically set aside for this. We need to be thankful to God for all of the motherly figures in our life *everyday*. :)

I hope you all have a fantastic week, and I hope to have another blog up later this week. :)

Love you guys!
-Julia-
  • truckerswife
    Very true! Looking forward to another update soon. Nice to hear from you.
    by truckerswife at 05/12/13 8:46PM
  • sirtarin
    A Perz posted?! :)

    Nice post.
    by sirtarin at 05/12/13 10:02PM
  • beavermom
    :)
    by beavermom at 05/14/13 2:55PM
  • robynbobm
    :)
    by robynbobm at 05/21/13 2:38AM
  • sallyanne
    Love you! I didn't even see this since I've left for FB ;)
    by sallyanne at 10/17/13 12:25PM

12/31/12 5:23PM

Happy New Year!!!!!! =D
I hope you all have a blessed evening!! =)

-Julia-
  • lovescats
    And you too!!
    by lovescats at 12/31/12 5:28PM
  • truckerswife
    Happy 2013!
    by truckerswife at 12/31/12 11:24PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    Happy New Year and a blessed 2013.
    by cyber_space_cadet at 01/01/13 12:10AM
  • nthnswmn
    Happy New Year!
    by nthnswmn at 01/01/13 4:28AM
  • canardmom23
    Happy New Year
    by canardmom23 at 01/01/13 11:40AM
  • sirtarin
    Happy New Year! =)
    by sirtarin at 01/01/13 12:32PM
  • zsha_zsha
    Happy New Year! :)
    by zsha_zsha at 01/02/13 4:05PM
  • jaydon
    Happy New Year!
    by jaydon at 01/03/13 11:01PM
  • beavermom
    Happy new year from the Mitts's's's's's's's to the Perz's's's's's's's'z!!
    by beavermom at 01/04/13 4:17PM
  • canardmom23
    Happy 2013 (quite late but still Jan. so it's okay?)
    by canardmom23 at 01/10/13 1:50PM
  • sallyanne
    Happy New Year!
    by sallyanne at 01/15/13 12:26AM
  • truckerswife
    Happy Birthday!
    by truckerswife at 01/17/13 6:02PM
  • lovescats
    Happy 13th!!!!!!!!!!!
    by lovescats at 01/17/13 7:13PM
  • marmee
    Happy Birthday to you!
    by marmee at 01/17/13 8:25PM
  • sirtarin
    Happy Birthday, Julia! =)
    by sirtarin at 01/18/13 11:31AM
  • quiltedmama
    Happy Birthday!
    by quiltedmama at 01/18/13 1:49PM
  • ceoltoir
    Happy birthday!
    by ceoltoir at 01/18/13 2:06PM
  • lovescats
    Thank you, sweetie!
    by lovescats at 01/23/13 11:14AM
  • robynbobm
    by robynbobm at 02/16/13 2:06PM

12/24/12 4:30PM

Happy Holidays!! =D

-Julia-
  • cyber_space_cadet
    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, Julia! ♥
    by cyber_space_cadet at 12/24/12 5:35PM
  • sallyanne
    Merry Christmas! It was lovely, huh? :)
    by sallyanne at 12/25/12 11:37PM
  • firebolt
    Merry Christmas Julia!!! ♥
    by firebolt at 12/27/12 12:48AM
  • beavermom
    happy happy!
    by beavermom at 12/27/12 4:17AM
  • sirtarin
    And the same to you! =)
    by sirtarin at 12/27/12 2:40PM
  • zsha_zsha
    Hope you have a wonderful New Year! :)
    by zsha_zsha at 12/30/12 7:07PM
  • truckerswife
    U too!
    by truckerswife at 12/30/12 7:48PM
  • lovescats
    Ooh - you guys are going to have such fun tonight - enjoy!!!
    by lovescats at 12/31/12 3:00PM

12/21/12 10:20AM

Happy Anniversary, to my brilliant parents, Daddy-O and Mum!!!
21 years today!! :D
I love you guys to the end of the world and back!!!! ;p

-Julia-
  • sallyanne
    Love you! Only a few weeks and you can join the FB crowd ;)
    by sallyanne at 12/21/12 1:37PM
  • lovescats
    ^I've been wondering about that!!!

    And yes, you do have brilliant parents, don't you, Julia?! :)
    by lovescats at 12/21/12 1:53PM
  • cyber_space_cadet
    Love your folks (and you)!

    Will be watching you on FB. ♥
    by cyber_space_cadet at 12/22/12 8:01AM
  • zsha_zsha
    Thank you, dearie! Love you, too! :)
    by zsha_zsha at 12/22/12 10:45AM
  • sirtarin
    =D
    by sirtarin at 12/22/12 6:36PM
  • firebolt
    Happy Anniversary to your mom and dad!!

    Miss you and love you! ♥
    by firebolt at 12/23/12 12:03AM