Hello sweet friends! I hope you are all enjoying a bit of simple summertime pleasures! If finally feels like summer has arrived here at our house and the sunshine and warmer days are wonderful! It has been good for me to have taken a break from spending so much time on the computer, and to be honest, it is with a little hesitation that I start back up again ~ but I’ll have to look to the Lord for His wisdom in all of this! You are such dear ladies and have added such richness to my life ~ and the sweet fellowship with you all is very special!♥
Lately I have spent time pondering the aspect of truly caring for one another. It is something I have been thinking and praying about, & reading scriptures and doing other reading on. It is something that is dear to my heart and yet what does this really mean, what does it look like in practical ways, and how do I live this out? I want my caring not to just be a feeling that I have, but I really want it to move me to act ~ even when it means a sacrifice on my part. The Bible says, “By this all people will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35 (ESV) I know this verse well, but do I really take it serious? I want the truth of this to be more than a plague on my wall, but a life lived. I think often times I have good intentions in this area and then I fail to see them through. They can be such little acts of kindness that I put off ~ often out of busyness or even fear ~ but don’t we all know how the “little things” can make such a difference? I love Dorcas because it says she “was abounding with deeds of kindness and charity which she continually did.” Acts 9:36b (NASB)
Abounding & continually ~ I think this sounds like it was a way of life for her!
I enjoyed a couple of sweet surprises this week and I thought I would share them with you because they brought encouragement to me and speak so much of what the Lord has been speaking to me lately.
The lavender farm was holding their annual festival and we were looking forward to going. This year we mentioned it to our oldest daughter and daughter-in-law and so our whole family met together at the farm yesterday. There were booths with crafts and things for sale and the first one we were looking at had a lot of fun treasures. This bread box was one of the things Annaleah and I were talking about, and our daughter-in-law, Jennifer, was obviously paying attention. We eventually went on to other things and I had noticed her talking to Bill and scurrying around, but I didn’t have any idea of what she was doing. When we finished at the farm and I went to get into the van ~ there was the bread box! Jennifer had purchased it for me and got the keys from Bill to our van and put it in there. What a sweet surprise! What a special act of kindness and blessing! What an encouragement of love!♥
Just the day before, on Friday, the weather was quite warm and Annaleah called in the morning to see if her and the little ones could come over to visit as their apartment gets quite warm when the weather heats up. She mentioned on the phone that she had a present for me! She said she had gone to the store earlier in the morning and had found some cage free eggs on clearance and she had picked some up for me too! I thought that was very sweet! What a special act of kindness and blessing! What an encouragement of love!♥
As we start a new week, I hope it is a week that the Lord will use me in acts of kindness and caring. I’m sure they won’t be anything on a grand scale ~ but I hope that I will be alert and willing to show His love. It says in Psalm 34:8a (ESV) ~ “Oh, taste and see that the LORD is good!” I have been learning day by day ~ even in some hard things ~ just how good HE is! Let’s be those who delight in showing His goodness!
I Thessalonians 3:12a (ESV):
“and may the Lord make you increase and abound in love for one another and for all”
Looking forward to visiting with you soon!
With blessings ~