Service ProjectSometimes, the best intentions lead to nothing. Have you ever wanted to enjoy doing a service project as a family, but just never got around to actually planning it out? Without the planning, the service project probably never actually happened in the crunch of time families face. January is always a great time to plan ahead. Here is an idea to consider:
Set aside one night to work and plan together as a family. Choose 12 people or families that could use your encouragement during the coming year. Brainstorm possible ways to encourage these people. Make lots of cards that you can grab and use quickly.
Choose one person or family to focus on each month. Keep your list by your new calendar or put a name on each month. At the beginning of "their" month, send a card to the chosen person/family. Pray for this person/family each day for the entire month. Imagine an entire month of daily prayers being offered for you!
The planning is often the hardest step to take. Plan for the year now, and your family may actually create a wonderful tradition of intentionally praying for and encouraging other families. Have fun planning for 2006!