Friday, August 30, 2019

FOR HIM: Back to School Feast 2019

The best part of our Back to School Feast is unveiling the theme.
Mr. Nielson and I start planning months
 ahead to find the perfect words to guide us throughout the year.
We presented the theme once the family sat down at the table with crowns on our heads.
This year we chose our theme from one of the most influential 
talks I've ever heard given by Joy D. Jones entitled: For Him
"When serving our God becomes our 
main priority in life, 
we lose ourselves, and in due course, 
we find ourselves"
The talk is about learning how to do everything and anything in life
with Him in mind, particularly service.
Sister Jones says: 
"Can such a godly focus apply in everything we do? 
Can performing even a menial task become an opportunity to 
demonstrate our love and devotion to Him? I believe it can and will.
We can make each item on our to-do list become a way to glorify Him. 
We can see each task as a privilege and opportunity to serve Him,
 even when we are in the midst of deadlines, duties, or dirty diapers.

On each Nies dinner plate was a little box.
Inside the box for the boys was a tie clip with a Morse code
message on the front that says: FOR HIM  
Inside the little box for the girls was a dainty gold
ring with their birth-month flower engraved on the front.
On the inside of the ring is two words: FOR HIM.
"For Him" is a reminder for the Little Nies
 to remember that EVERYTHING we do is FOR HIM.
With that powerful message in mind,
daily serving, loving, and finding compassion
with those we live and work with or who we go to school with will
be easier and more meaningful for them and for us.
And He will help us shift our minds and hearts
to serve out of love rather than duty.

Do it (whatever that may be) FOR HIM because when we love Him,
 He can help us truly, honestly, and deeply love and serve others.

"The Lord taught us how to make the process of serving others
 easier and more meaningful...
"Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, 
with all thy might, mind, and strength; and in the name of 
Jesus Christ, thou shalt serve him."

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Feast Details:
succulents for the table
Morse code tie clips
gold rings
Theme design
notebooks, photo theme game, framed theme

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