“Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders. Let me walk upon the waters, wherever you may call me. Take me deeper than my feet could ever wander. And my faith will be made stronger in the presence of my Savior.” – Oceans by Hillsong United
The Lord has lit a FIRE under my rear-end these last few months and I’m LOVING it. He puts this extreme passion in my heart for certain things that just make me bubble over with enthusiasm and pure, sincere joy. This is one of those things.
I don’t know about you, but every time I see a homeless person my heart just breaks into a million pieces. There are so many people struggling in the DFW area and asking for help. Can you imagine being hungry and not knowing when or how you’re going to get food? Not having a place to call home? Feeling alone and so discouraged because thousands of people just drive right by you? I can’t fathom the emotional challenges that come with that and long desperately to encourage each person with a bit of hope.
My mom has been listening to Beth Moore studies and absolutely loves them so she passes them down to me when she’s done and I seriously can’t say enough good things about these lessons. I’m currently listening to the lesson over James (for the second time). After reading the book of James a few times, there were two verses that kept sticking out to me– James 2:5 and James 2:26.
“Listen, my dear brothers and sisters: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him?” -James 2:5
“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” -James 2:26
OH MY! “Has not God chosen…” Not only does he love the people who are poor in the eyes of the world but CHOSEN them to be rich in faith. I read on to the part about faith without deeds is dead and felt that fire under my rear-end. Does James shake your world upside down or what? There’s something about his bluntness that awakens the soul.
This past Sunday when Alex and I were in church, I might have let my creativity take over my listening ability (sorry, Matt Chandler–I think you’re awesome) and just stared at the Bible in my hands. Most Sundays I bring my own Bible but I completely forgot to get it this Sunday so I was using the Bible that The Village so graciously places under the seat in front of you. Matt reminded us that these Bibles are a gift to us if we don’t own a Bible and that is when I started thinking about giving Bibles to homeless people I come across. I flipped over to the book of James and re-read the verses I just mentioned and was overcome by an idea that I haven’t been able to stop thinking about since.
If there’s anything that exudes hope, it’s the Bible. I think people who are homeless could use a dose of hope. So why not keep Bibles in my car, with a gift card to McDonald’s or a place that’s similar and has a value menu (so $10 goes a long way)? Why not add an encouraging note to the mix, and maybe create a list of Bible verses with page numbers. And let’s call it “Feed the Faith” (thanks for the name, Dad). Oh man, am I pumped!
The last week has been filled with prayers over this idea and project. I’ve prayed that the Lord will give me the right words to write in the small note attached to each Bible. That He will prepare the hearts of the recipients, but to also prepare the hearts of the giver when the gift is accepted really well or when it’s thrown to the ground. I’ve prayed that the Lord will guide my steps throughout the whole process and that He’ll overwhelm me with peace in His perfect timing. That He’ll provide, if this is His will. I’ve prayed over each Bible while preparing the gifts and prayed that I will be reminded to pray for each recipient. And that these gifts will end up in the right hands and hearts will be changed.
Feed the Faith is a project to serve our neighbors that are living on the streets. Together, we can spread the love of God, the Word of God, and give hope to those who often need it most. Feed the Faith is a Bible, a list of verses with page numbers and a phone number for a local shelter, a hand-written encouraging note, and a $10 gift card to McDonald’s.
If you feel led to help in any way, please reach out to me. I ordered Bibles in bulk and have all the other supplies but not enough gift cards so that is the biggest need right now. If you’re unable to help financially, I’d love for you to join me in continuing to pray for the things I mentioned above.