Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Big Idea Festival - Give

When I first read that the word for Day 4 of the Big Idea Festival was GIVE, I could not come up with a layout idea. I thought it would definitely be an easy one for Brenda because she is always giving away the quilts that she makes (I have been the lucky recipient of quite a few!). When I mentioned to her that I wasn't sure what to scrap about, she said, "I can't believe you don't have any idea considering how much you've given to my kids over the years." Honestly, that comment really made my day, however I decided that my layouts probably already reflect that side of me as I often scrap about the wonderful visits with my nieces and nephews.

I decided to flip through my storage binders from the past few years looking for inspiration. I began to notice photos of me doing various types of volunteer work - my way of giving my time and talents to good causes. There was a photo of me reading for story time in a 2nd grade classroom. Another photo showed me receiving a plaque in recognition of my service on the Board of Directors of a missionary organization, while another photo was taken the day Robbie & I helped load toys and bicycles during our community's Christmas toy drive. I decided these random photos would make the perfect GIVE layout.


 Journaling Reads:
Giving of My Time & Talent
(a few examples from 2007-2011)
*teaching Ladies’ Bible Study
*cooking & delivering meals
*speaking at Pearls Impact
*teaching in Noah’s Park
*helping clean the Rock
*setting up prayer room
*working in the church nursery
*hosting & leading home group
*story time in Stacy’s classroom
*working at the ACO Food Pantry
*serving on the Christ for India Board
*assisting ACO at Allen Recycles Day
*serving on the Pearls Leadership Team
*helping at the ACO Christmas Toy Drive
*coordinating the Christ for India banquet
*co-leading Financial Peace University class
*proofreading Camerons in Kenya blog posts
*serving as prayer partner at Power for Life services
*reading in Stacy’s classroom for Read Across America


I also think this layout works for the Week 7 layout in The Mother LOAD workshop - to create an intentional layout, choosing embellishments that enhance the theme. I chose a patterned paper with stars because they often represent accomplishments and achievements, which I thought went along well with accomplishing something for the benefit of others. I feel truly blessed that I am so often able to give my time to others, whether it's simply reading a children's book or coordinating a banquet for 300 guests.

I hope you are all doing well - the last few weeks have been extremely busy here as we adjust to Robbie's new full-time schedule and I prepare for teaching two Bible Study sessions this fall. I was somewhat behind on blog reading and my Google Reader was overflowing this morning. I took time to scroll through the posts quickly and then had to mark everything as read so I could have a fresh start. So, if you posted something you thought I'd really enjoy or linked back to me, please let me know as I don't want to miss anything. I'm really looking forward to getting back to my regular daily reading and being inspired by your posts later today!

(Don't forget - there's still one more day to get in the draw for the first book of Pass the Book:Year Two - check it out here.) [Pass the Book:Year Two has concluded!]

8 comments:

Brenda Kay said...

Love the layout and it truely shows a wonderful side of who you are as a person.

Alison said...

Great LO Melissa.....perfect for the prompt!
Alison xx

Ginger said...

Those are wonderful examples of how you Give Melissa :)
That reader sure fills up quickly doesn't it :) thanks for your comment today :)

Jimjams said...

A splendid record of a truly giving nature Melissa - a well deserved round of applause coming your way across the internet!!!

The only thing of note over on my blog is that I too am doing a book "passing" of my own - started by Ruth - a World Book Night Book - the post is here

Sian said...

I love reading your "auntie" posts - I can just tell how much you give :) And that's before I saw all the other wonderful work you are doing..

Tammy said...

This is such a great record to have in your album. You are doing so many wonderful things. I hope that you are getting your crafting time worked in too! :)

Beverly said...

I love this layout! Funny that even we don"t know each other IRL as soon as I saw what the prompt was I thought of your gift of time in volunteering. Stuffing the 8 balls was exactly what I thought of doing...wouldn't that be cute for a luncheon! Which Bible studies did you decide on for the year?

Sandra said...

From reading your blog it's easy to tell what a kind person you are and what you give back, and now seeing how much , you truly are amazing