Rake Leaves for Your Neighbor {teaching kids to serve}

Sometimes, due to illness or circumstance, home owners can't properly care for their yards.

Do you know someone who is elderly, or a family with a deployed parent? Maybe you know a single mom, or people who are out of town for an extended period.

Helping them tend their yard can be a great blessing and relief.

This time of year, the pressing yard work in most areas of the country is raking leaves. Take your children, one rake per person and some big bags, and head over to a neighbor's house to tidy up.

Be sure to check with them first... some folks prefer to allow their leaves to remain on the ground. It could also be awkward for home owners if you show up on their property unannounced!

At other times of the year you might shovel snow, mow the lawn, or pick up sticks. Whatever yard work you do, be sure to encourage your children to be cheerful as they work, and to work with vigor.
Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the inheritance as your reward. You are serving the Lord Christ. Colossians 3:23-24
A nice big cup of hot cocoa at home would be a wonderful way to finish out a time of service together as a family!

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  1. Sounds like fun! I used to love to rake leaves. It would bring back lovely memories to watch the kids doing it now. What a great idea!

    1. I would love it too... alas where we live this is not too much a need. I grew up in New England where the fall leaves were glorious - I can still imagine myself buried in a pile, and can smell the rich earthy fragrance.


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