This is the beauty of stories:
A few years back a friend of mine from highschool contacts me, via Facebook, out of the blue. “Hey Kati” she says, “What age is your little girl? I have some clothes I’m needing to pass along and wondered if you’d be interested.”
At the time of that season change we really did need new clothes for our little Emmyn. Her message was right on time.
May this story encourage you to contact someone today– just out of the blue. May you be the answer to their prayers today. May you be the one who shows them what Jesus looks like.
All because you took the time to share.
She tip toes from her bedroom, sleepy eyed and messy hair; still half asleep from her nap.
Quietly, she asks me a question,
“Momma… are these for me?”
With a great big smile– I get to say, “Yes, they are.”
My two big girls and ‘Ting’, the foreign exchange student we had at the time ask, “Who are they from?”
I reply, “A friend from high school.”
“Who?” They ask.
“A lady named Andrea.” I reply.
Ting asks me, “She just gave them to you?”
“Well, yeah” I say.
“Why?” He asks.
My response? “Well, it’s a blessing. God knew our little Emmyn needed some clothes.”
“…always God,” he says.
There are so many clothes, we put a whole bag away for next years size.
Meanwhile, my little Emmyn changes clothes all night long saying, “Look mommy, look how pretty.”
She felt special and pretty all because someone shared.
As I folded all the clothes my friend had passed along to me: I couldn’t help but smile real big. My mind flooding with memories. Memories of fancy dresses, boys, nail salons, tanning beds, and getting our drivers license.
Now, she thinks to give me clothes.
It’s a total God thing. … “always God.”
We’ve been blessed by many, many, many people over the past thirteen years of parenting with great hand me downs and are so very thankful. However, there is just something so special and surreal to see how this web of life continues to spin me in crazy directions of “I cannot beleive this.”
“A friend from high school named, Andrea. “
Sharing is at the core of the God Story.
Last year, after the Community SHARE (a little thing our family does to help in the community) was all over and done, someone approached me asking how it went. After telling them all the great things about it, they had just one question.
“How do you know they aren’t taking advantage of you?”
I replied, “Well, I don’t. But it’s not my job to make sure they use it correctly, it’s my job to give in love and let God do the rest.”
“In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” -Luke, in Acts 20:35 NIV
Over four years ago our family returned to our home town. Moving home was hard. It wasn’t the part of “home” that was hard. It was leaving what had become home behind that was hard.
One of the hardest things was finding a way to help those around us. Where we had moved from, my man worked in a church– opportunities to love and serve were all around. Well, how do you, in the “real world”, create those opportunities?
Think about it.
As a Christian, we use our church as a platform to love, serve, and notice need. If we happen to work in the corporate world where we’re surrounded with people everyday– we can use that outlet.
Well, I stayed home and my man worked with his Dad.
We thought we were going to die for lack of ways to help. So, out of pure desperation, we created ways to help. We got out into the community and started helping. And people always asked (still ask) “Now, tell me again… what church are you with?” and we always reply.
Oh, we’re just a family.
Friends– we are the church… don’t forget it doesn’t take a building. It takes the sweetness of Jesus pouring out of us. Don’t feel you have to stay behind the walls of a church to love.
Remember what Jesus said :
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
The people on the receiving end of that word from Jesus didn’t run to the church building and start a planning meeting. They didn’t set a budget, ask an evangelist to come, or even beg for volunteers.
They just went and did.
We can witness through love at work, at walmart, at school; or at the gym. We can spread love like wildfire through social media, email, letters; and sweet gifts. We can even love through random acts of kindness in the community. We don’t have to rely on the church calender to match up to our schedule [we don’t even have to rely on their approval].
Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow. James 1:17 NIV
THIS is the great thing about giving:
it’s all about grace.
Someone can take your free stuff, your story of the cross, your kindness, your mercy, your compassion and not use it to it’s fullness. It’s true, they can. Makes me sit and think, I sure am glad God didn’t withhold grace from me, contingent on what I would do with it.
John reminds us,
“If someone has enough money to live well and sees a brother or sister in need but shows no compassion—how can God’s love be in that person? Dear children, let’s not merely say that we love each other; let us show the truth by our actions.” 1 John 3:17 NLT
Ah, how simple. We see. We help. Then, Jesus takes control and the Holy Spirit does the work.
Aaaannnnnddd that’s probably best– considering I’d make a pretty lousy Holy Spirit ;-)
Blessed to humbly share this broken story with you today,
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