While we still wait on the Lord with establishing a self employed income God is showing me so many ways to give and be a blessing without spending a single cent! Chris' whole military career we supported children through Compassion International. After Chris voluntarily separated from Active Duty last October without a job lined up we knew we had to cut our monthly expenses by as much as possible. Yet there are children in our very own neighborhood that are in need of support!
I know the economy is tough right now and there are tons of families just like mine with not much financially to give yet have a burden to give but don't know how with a small back account balance! Here is a list of things God has shown me I can do =)
1)Babysit without a charge to a family having a hard time as we did last weekend.
2)Meet the children wandering around your town and pray for them.
3)Help them with homework, when their parents are working overtime or refuse to help.
4)Take them to the playground with you or play a board game.
You must create a balance though and not take away from your own children. That is something I am learning as I reach out into our community. Yesterday I even instituted a day of rest for me and the children from the rest of the neighborhood where we just spend time at home with each other with no where to go and no one else coming in and it was relaxing =) I think I still got about 10 door knocks though and it breaks my heart not to take them all in yet I know that my family comes first =)