do it yourself
March 13, 2017


By: Michelle Ankrum [Marshalltown, IA]

I have always taken Lent pretty seriously. Last year, I decided that on each day of Lent,

I would knit a hat for a premature infant foundation. I gathered my yarn and was ready to go. Some people thought I was crazy since I had a full schedule at school and after school; but I accomplished my goal. If I knew I had a test to study for, I would make several hats in advance. By Easter, my yarn box overflowed with hats.

“Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.”
Matthew 10:8 (NIV)

Knitting became a form of prayer for me. When I’d cast on, I would start praying for the infant who would wear that hat. As I tied off, I would leave my prayer with God. How cool that God used my hobby as a way for us to grow closer as I served others.

Service doesn’t have to be far away, it doesn’t have to take place during Lent or spring break, and it doesn’t have to be hard. Even if you are raking or shoveling your own property, you are serving your family. Turn a hobby or a talent into a DIY service project to help you live out your faith and grow closer to God and those you serve.


ACT ON IT: Pray while you serve. Pray for the people who may be affected by your actions. Service can mean living each day with the intent to serve others in the little things. Open doors, rake leaves, knit hats—serve the Lord!



Try It

Look for opportunities to be of service. Even if you do something small, it is sure to have an impact.

do it yourself


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