I spend a lot of time in my van. I am a busy homeschooling mom of three active kids, and a lot of our talks about God happen while on the road. It is important to me to have Jesus as the driving force in our family. When we moved from Kentucky to Nashville, Tennessee, I had no idea how quickly this would unfold. During our adventures driving around a new town, we found a ministry where we could serve together and it has become important to our family. As a parent, I always wanted to give my children the best, but not by giving them things. I wanted to raise kids that have a heart to serve God. Downtown Nashville presents daily opportunities to connect with the homeless. Many carry their lives on their shoulders or pull it in a cart. Looking for unoccupied benches, they try to find a place to sleep at night. My children’s hearts, as well as mine and my husband’s, were troubled. As we discussed it with our kids, we let them know that these are people just like us. God is not a respecter of persons, and He loves them just as much as anyone, but they have just had some hardship that put them in a bad place. We agreed that helping people is what Jesus would want us to do. Our desire ignited us all to look for ways to do just that. As a family, we determined we could help by making “blessing bags”. We gather supplies that these individuals may need: soap, combs, washcloths, warm socks, snacks, water, etc. Gallon ziplock bags are filled with necessities. We leave them in our van and when we see someone to bless, we pull over to offer our gift in the hope it will bring comfort and let them know someone cares. I never imagined that our van would be a place where my family would connect to God or that God could use it to help us connect to others. We are going to keep on rolling and bring change one bag at a time.
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