The kids are back in school, and this weekend is Labor Day weekend which is considered the unofficial end of summer. It is a time when people pull out their autumn bucket lists. The ones that are filled with hayrides, bonfires, apple picking, etc.
For the last couple of years I have made my own autumn bucket lists. This year I plan to do something a little different with my autumn bucket list.
This year the Lord has been teaching me a lot about community and relationships so I want this year’s bucket list to be focused on relationships and community building and loving others. It is more about being a doer of the Word than simply a hearer or reader of the Word.
1) Crochet 30 hats for children with cancer in September.
2) “Adopt” a country and learn about it. I am praying that I get to go on a mission’s trip to Guatamala in March with the church that I grew up in so I am going to “adopt” Guatamala for the next 6 months. I plan to brush up on my Spanish. Learn about the country. Learn about its customs, food, and people. I also plan on learning more about the orphanage that they are going down to help. Maybe even sharing about it here on the blog.
3) Have a “hometown” mission trip. Everybody has heard of a staycation where you take your vacation in the city that you live. Well, what if we did the same thing with a mission trip? I’m not talking about passing out tracts or Bibles to people that you pass in the street. I’m thinking more like spending a week volunteering at a homeless shelter or weekends serving at a local food pantry.
4) Start a gratitude journal. I have started gratitude journals at different times in the last few years. I want to be a more grateful person, but sometimes it is hard for me to see the gifts in front of me. I have decided to start using Ann Voskamp’s Joy Dare Collection and my camera to start a visual journal by taking photos everyday of the things on her list. (And hopefully adding in a few things of my own.)
5) Have a Sole Hope shoe cutting party. At a shoe cutting party, you take old jeans and cut them out for Sole Hope’s shoemakers to make shoes with. Then with a donation of $10 you send the cut out denim to Sole Hope. From there they use them to make shoes for children in Uganda.
6) Start a book club. I love reading, and I believe that starting a book club will be a great way for me to reach out and start rebuilding my community. Now that my grandmother is doing so much better I’m hoping that I can be more involved with things outside the house.
7) Join a Bible study or start my own.
8) “Boo” a neighbor.
9) Have a fall “carnival” or find one to volunteer for. I love the idea of hosting a “carnival” for the neighborhood kids on Halloween or one weekend around then, but I might just wait to see if the church I have been attending has one that I can volunteer at first.
10)Start or join a card ministry. I have been participating in the #fmfpartysnailmail. In the party we mail cards on a weekly basis to someone on our list. There are 8 people on each list so that is one card per week for 7 weeks. It has been so much fun and so encouraging to send and receive these cards. I have decided that I want to do this on my own. I’m going to write up a list of people to send cards to and then send at least one per week.
11) Have a football party. I love football, and the KC Chiefs are my favorite team. I want to check the schedule and then plan a Sunday to invite some friends over to watch the game.
12)Make autumn cookies with my niece and nephew.
13)Have a monthly Girls’ Day/Night with my mom & sister.
14)Organize photos with my grandmothers.
15) Start a prayer journal. My relationship with my Heavenly Father is the most important relationship in my life, but spending time in focused prayer is not a strength with me. I used to keep a prayer journal that I wrote in sporadically, but I’m thinking I need to learn more discipline in this area and start journaling on a daily basis.
What are some of the things that you have on your autumn bucket list?
Now it’s your turn…