Archive | January, 2013

The Widow’s Mite

21 Jan

Do you remember the story of the widow and the rich man’s offering? He had given a ton of money and she gave two mites (similar to two pennies) . We would have been impressed with his offering, but God wasn’t. He was impressed with hers because she gave all she had! I have always thought of this story in terms of giving offerings to God, but yesterday it came to my mind about helping others. Someone once told me if I had the money I would be helping others, and there are times I think that I could do something to help someone if i had more money. The truth is God wants us to help others, no matter what. Like that widow, he doesn’t expect us to give above what we have. Just help with what he’s given us.
Make a dinner for someone that is sick, bake some cookies for someone who is depressed or hurting, offer to babysit for a young mother. Just do something for someone, and newsflash it will make you feel better. While growing up that was mom’s answer for everything if I was depressed. She’d tell me to go do something for someone else, and then I would forget about my problems. Guess what? It works!!
This past week was the birthday of three of my favorite bus riders. I realized they didn’t get much of a celebration so I brought them a cake and a few of their favorite treats. It cost about $10. Less than what we would spend at McDonald’s, but even that small amount can be a blessing to someone. So take the time, find a need that fits your budget, and have fun filling that need. The result? A better day for you and the recipient.

I Am a Tool

19 Jan

I am a tool in the hand of the Master Builder
What a privilege to be in service for my Lord.
When he chooses me and uses me, I see His mighty hand.
I am a part of His ever loving Master plan.

I’ve been listening to this song all day in the car. It has made me think what a blessing it is to be used by The Lord!! I am so grateful that He has chosen us to be in His service!

Don’t Lose Today Worrying About (or Looking Forward) to Tomorrow

17 Jan

In two and a half weeks we are blessed with the opportunity to go to Hawaii! I’m super excited!! I’ve been there once before and it is like paradise! Most of my family left this past week, and will be waiting for us when we get there.
Someone asked me last night if I was ready to go, And my reply was, “No, I have two and a half weeks of my life to live.” Sure, I’m excited, but why miss out on these weeks of blessings?
What could I do for Christ this week, or how could I help someone find Him? How could I be a blessing to my husband or others around me? What tasks could I finish? What could I learn about? How could I grow as a Christian? You see there are so many possibilities to have two and a half weeks of productive blessings. Why miss out on that looking ahead. I’m going to live in the moment, and then when I get to Hawaii I’ll enjoy those moments, too!!

Out With the Old – In With the New

1 Jan

New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day are very interesting for me. I spend the first day reflecting on the past year, and the second day looking forward to the year ahead. That is 730 days of thoughts packed into 2 days.

Some of the highlights from last year:
My newest niece was born, 4 of my nieces and nephews asked Jesus in their hearts, my husband had the privilege of baptizing all of them, our 8th anniversary, our trip to Fort Lauderdale, our trip to our summer “ocean” – Lake Erie, one of the biggest bus kid big days we’ve ever had, several kids and adults who got saved because of the bus ministry, a new bus route started, countless good memories with family, the teens, and our bus route, the Lord’ s provision and blessings through it all!

Some of the low points:
No baby, our first full year without grandpa,  the death of Bro. Mellor, the month of December, a.k.a the month of the flu,

Looking forward to 2013:

Mike will finish his degree, our trip to Hawaii, making a decision as to where God wants us to go and what he wants us to do, and who knows what else!!!!

Here is looking ahead to having a better year than last year, being a better person than last year, and trying to be a bigger help to those around me.

Happy 2013 – thank you, Lord, for bringing us another year to serve you!