Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Taking Blessings to the Curb

Psalm 116:12 AMP
What will I give to the Lord [in return] For all His benefits toward me? [How can I repay Him for His precious blessings?]
Proverbs 16:20 AMP
He who pays attention to the word [of God] will find good, And blessed (happy, prosperous, to be admired) is he who trusts [confidently] in the Lord. 
Isaiah 54:2
Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; spare not; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes,

This is my favorite time of year. I know it sounds cliché but it's not because not only because of everything pumpkin flavored, cinnamon scented, or the leaves changing. It's about the attitude of being thankful. Now, my kiddos are a little too young to understand what true thankfulness implies. For right now, we just practice saying "thank you" when someone gives you something. But I remember growing up, my grandmother's dedication to being thankful. When she had dishes to wash, she sang. When she had laundry to fold, she sang. When she had bills to pay, she sang.
Jehovah Jireh, my provider, his grace is sufficient for me
God is our El Shaddai, Our All Sufficient One.
I need to make room for some blessings, not sure about you. During the month of November, my
family has committed to giving away something every day for 30 days. I can honestly say it's taught me more about my character than anything else I've done.

I've learned that I can be more judgmental than I thought I was: I'd post for something free by the mailbox, and before I knew it, I was snooping the profiles of whomever was interested. Inevitably, it would be someone that really just wanted free stuff not that they actually needed free stuff. I was irritated. I wanted the things to go to people who would be blessed by them, not just someone who enjoyed getting freebies - only to sell them later. God really has had to deal with me: when I put a blessing out there, it's out there. I don't get to judge who gets it, why they get it, or what they do with it after it's gone.

I've also learned that there are some crazy needs in my city, and maybe in yours. More than once I've gotten messages, asking if I could hold stuff because... And the reasons would sound so bizarre that they almost had to be true. I would try to do that, and inevitably it wouldn't work out. I ended up just letting it sit there, and hoping for the best.

I've learned that people are inspired by small things more than big things. The kitchenware and cleaning supplies were just as awesome as the giant bag of winter clothes.

People are more desperate for hope than things. More people have commented how awesome it is that I'm doing this than have picked up anything from my house. They're happy that "they're are still good people in the world" and it's been fun to encourage them that they can be the change they want in their own city. As Ghandi quotes: be the change you want to see in the world. You won't change the world, but you can at least change how you view it.

I'm starting to see the floor in my baby's room, which is so much fun. He's just about ready to start sleeping without Mom being right there (actually, I think he's sleeping better at naps because he's not up against me) I'm seeing the empty spots in my garage and closets, and it feels wonderful. I've always had a distaste for extra stuff, and now I can say that I'm making great headway to simplifying our lives.

It is a humbling experience to see that the extra that's been in my closet for years is the miracle that someone else needs. Having been on both sides of miracles is good for the soul, I think.

As is hot coffee,

Cheers, Mommas.

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