Date: December 30, 2012
Location: First Baptist Church of Norfolk
For those of you that don't know, I'm obsessed with babies. It's a little severe. Check out my Babies Babies Babies Pinterest board. 70 pins and I'm no where near getting ready to have kids. I seriously just love babies. They make me remember how God works miracles by just giving us life. Plus, they're cute. Who can argue with that?
Anyway, my love of babies and children in general is a gift I have. I know for a fact that there are people who just don't love the kiddos and are not good at playing with them. It's sad to say, but I've seen parents who don't seem to know how to play with their little ones. This is not me. I will play with kids for hours, and often do.
My senior year of high school I was not super close with God. I was upset my parents dragged me to church, so I tried to make the best of it. As much as I love listening to the sermons now, it just wasn't for me then. I didn't get much out of it. Probably because I wasn't listening quite right, but either way it just wasn't happening for me.
I reached out to the children's ministry and somehow got connected to start volunteering in the preschool/nursery ministry. I loved it. This was one of the times I knew I wanted to be a teacher because of how I felt when I was around the kids. I felt love. Real love. God's love. I knew how much He loved those babies and thus how much he loved me for giving me the ability to work with them and make them smile.
Being back at home gives me the chance to work with the ministry more. This Sunday I got to volunteer in the nursery with the infants. They're a blast. No, they don't talk, but their facial expressions and the noises they make are priceless. I laugh every time I'm in that room. I have to admit, the crying is a little over my head and I'm a not good at getting them to burp, but I'm learning and trying.
Giving my time is something easy I can do because it is free! Giving my time to something I love and have a passion for is even easier.