Humble Serving // Mama Shares Monday

At the end of the day it feels good to be recognized for what you’ve accomplished. As a stay at home mom it sometimes feels like a necessity to have someone recognize what you’ve done. To make known that caring for children is hard work and justify why the house is a mess even though you’ve been cleaning  ALL. DAY. LONG. If I’m being honest, being praised by your family for a job well done at the end of the day is sometimes all you want. And if the praise doesn’t come, what then? If the recognition of hard work and care and time spent serving doesn’t come, what next? Do you turn bitter? Do you stop serving? Do you give less than your best knowing there is no recognition at the end anyways?

Or do you remember one small infant that came into this world, tiny and humble? A babe fully human, yet fully God. Jesus came so worthy of praise and recognition and celebration, yet didn’t demand any of it.  Jesus gives the best and most true model of serving in humility without expecting anything in return. Of serving out of love and goodness and doing all work to glorify His Father.

That right there puts things into perspective a bit. A reminder to not serve because we want to be recognized, but to serve because of Jesus. A reminder to serve our families in the same humility that Christ has showed us. To know that we serve our families freely for the glory of our Father because of Jesus’s most humble and awesome sacrifice.

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So this Christmas season, and for the rest of the seasons to come, let’s remember the humility and sacrifice found in Christ’s birth. Let’s serve others with this same humility and know that we are here and in this place to glorify our Father. Let’s celebrate the freedom that Christ has given us and the freedom that is found in humbly serving Him alone.

 

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Away in a Felt Manger // Christmas Blog Hop

Here in Uganda the temperature is hovering in the 80’s and the chances of snow are slim to none. Even though it doesn’t quite feel like the Christmas season I’m use to, the story of Jesus’ birth hasn’t changed with the climate change! We will be traveling home shortly for Christmas, but that doesn’t mean we need to wait to start on some Christmas activities here in Uganda!

Back home we had a little plastic manger set for the girls to play with and to talk about the story of Jesus’ birth. We don’t have that with us, and I’m not sure where I would even start looking for one here.

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Felt to the rescue! You could spend a lot of time cutting out intricate felt figures, or you can be like me and quickly cut out some basic felt people! I cut out different color clothing, some angels, baby Jesus, and different animals, and our very basic felt manger scene was ready!

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Gracie and Lillie sat down with grandpa and had fun dressing up each felt person and arranging their manger scene. It’s an activity that they can enjoy working on on their own, or we can dive in deeper and work on it together. The story of Jesus’ birth can be read and the girls can arrange and act out the story right along with the reading.

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It’s a simple, but meaningful activity. One that gives the kids a chance to physically interact with the story of Jesus and use hands on learning. When kids are given the chance to both hear the story and enact the story themselves, the learning and understanding will go twice as far!

So as we walk further into the Christmas season, I want to remember to focus on the true meaning of Christmas with my girls. To dive more into the story of Jesus and the true reason of the Christmas season, and less on the focus of presents. It doesn’t have to be complicated or even Pinterest worthy to be meaningful.

New Christmas Little Ones Blog Hop

Kid’s Pom Pom Christmas Tree by BYBMG
Advent Wreath Craft for Kids by Sweet Little Ones
Toy Free Christmas Gift Ideas by Wife Mommy Me
Making Ornaments Together by Polka-Dotty Place
Christmas Tree Counting Play Dough Mat Activity by The Magnolia Barn
Away in a Manger Felt Activity by Oh Tiny Gifts
Christmas Family Fun + Free Printable by Living In This Season

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Wear {6} // Capsule Wardrobe Recap

I’m so excited to be sharing a bit of my capsule wardrobe with you all today! While I would absolutely LOVE to share some cute Fall and Winter combos for you, that’s not what you’ll see! My family and I are currently living and serving in Uganda so this capsule wardrobe is warm weather only! I still want you to get the idea that you can find freedom in scaling down your closet and only keeping items you love and wear on a regular basis.

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