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Helping Others

Do you know the joy of helping somebody else?

To me, there’s no greater gift that I can give another than to help.

I don’t mean just in monetary ways.

Just taking the time to do a kind gesture for a person.

Not because you have to, but because you want to.

You may be thinking, I can’t make ends meet now.

Helping others isn’t about money.

There are as many different ways to help somebody as there are crayon colors.

And Crayola makes some mighty big boxes of crayons, nowadays!

For instance, here are a few ways to help others:

Hold a door open for a person.

Get something off a high shelf for a shopper.

Put a persons shopping cart away for them.

Allow somebody with fewer items to go in front of you at checkout.

Share your umbrella with another in the rain.

Help carry somebodies shopping bags.

Send a card to a friend or family member just because.

Take time to listen when someone needs to talk.

Take a coworker a coffee one morning out of the blue.

Treat a friend to lunch.

Take food to a family that has lost a loved one.

Help a person rake leaves.

Help weed the flowerbed.

Volunteer to cut the grass.

Take time just to visit a neighbor.

Offer to babysit for a single parent, to give them some “me” time.

Stop and buy that box of girl scout cookies.

Give to the fireman, the Shriners, and other organizations, even if it’s just a dime.

Smile at everybody you see and say hello.

Visit a Senior Citizens home, and just sit and visit with one or two.

Volunteer at your Church for projects and tasks.

Shovel the snow from a driveway.

Offer a hug when someone is hurting.

Spend a few extra dollars at Christmas for a gift for a child, that won’t have anything.

Clean out your closet and donate to others that could use your clothes or shoes.

Donate those extra winter coats and gloves for others.

Drop off books to the jails or prisons.

Volunteer at a library, or hospital, or anywhere people are needed.

Volunteer to read stories to children at your local elementary school.

Just simply show kindness everywhere you go.

If you take the time to think about this,

You will come up with a lot more ideas.

And just imagine if we all just showed kindness and did one small gesture a day,

How much happier the people in this world would be.

The recipient will feel that someone cares, and you will feel a blessing in your heart.

So what are you waiting for?

Let’s all go help somebody, in some little way.

I promise you both will be blessed for it!!!

Til next time, dear friends!!!!

Time

Have you ever wondered about time and how it just seems to slip by so very fast?  It seems like it was just yesterday that it was Spring and here we are in the middle of October already.

Goodness, it passes so fast!

Life and time are so very precious, and yet we just seem to take it all for granted. As you travel along a highway it seems that everybody is always in such a huge rush.

We all complain that time passes so fast, yet in reality, it doesn’t pass any faster than it did 50 years ago, or even 500 years ago.  There is still the same 24 hours in a day, and still 60 minutes in every hour.

It’s not that time really passes too fast, it’s just that we all are so busy and fast-paced that we just don’t slow down and enjoy it.   We get up, go to work, go home, activities, sports, chores,  dinner, showers and off to bed; just to do it all over again the next day, and the next.

We simply just don’t slow down and stop to enjoy it!

If we all would just slow down and savor the moments, we would find out it’s all still there, every minute of every hour, and every hour of every day.  But instead, what do we do?

We wish it away!   Weekday mornings, “I can’t wait till quitting time.”   By midweek, ” I can’t wait till the weekend.”  And on and on that merry go round goes.

God did not mean for us to live like this.  Yes, we are to work and provide and have daily things to do; but I don’t think we are to just rush through our days wishing them away.   Life is precious!

God, was busy making the entire world for six days.  But somehow, I just don’t picture Him rushing through it, wishing He was done and it was over with.  I believe He took His time!  I believe He thought about what He was doing; enjoying every minute.

Just imagine, Him taking the time and pleasure in His work; in every simple thing, He created.  He made the stars, the oceans, the trees and flowers, the birds and butterflies, the animals, man and woman, and everything else in between.

He had an entire world to create, and He did it in just six days.   But did He rush?  No, not in the least.   Why do you ask?   Because He said, “This is good.”

If you take the time to do something or create something, and you take pleasure in it, you don’t go this is good, while rushing on to something else.  No, you stop and take the time to look at it, relish in it, and say “This is good,” most likely with a sense of satisfaction and a smile on your face.  Am I right?

So if God, took the time to create the world, and He enjoyed and thought what He created was good, then don’t you imagine He took His time?

But, the point I am making is what did He do on that seventh day?   He rested.  Hint, when do we ever slow down, savor our creations and tasks, and just simply take a day to rest?  

Life is precious and short, so shouldn’t we stop and rest, just like God did?

My goodness, 50 years ago, people rested.  The women would clean and cook on Saturdays for their Sunday lunch.   And on Sunday, what did they do?   Why they went to Church, worshiped the Lord with one another.   They would go home to a family lunch they had prepared for their families and often others they would invite.

They would sit on the front porch and visit with one another, take an afternoon nap.  They simply slowed down, cherished the moments of the day and rested.      

I so want to just slow down, enjoy my work as God did, and then just stop, relax, rest, sit in that rocking chair on my front porch, go to Church, have Sunday family dinner, visit, nap and cherish life one day a week. 

And while I am at it, slow down and enjoy all the days through the week as well.   Don’t you?

Come on in, sit a spell!

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Come on in, sit a spell…

Growing up I heard those words often.

I grew up in a little community in the country where everybody knew each other.

Why, you just waved and spoke to everybody, never met a stranger.

You could sleep with your windows up, even leave the doors unlocked at night or while you were gone.

Times sure have changed, haven’t they?

But those days were the best!

I loved spending time with my grandparents, spent every weekend I could with them.

It wouldn’t be anything for family, friends, neighbors or just anybody to drop in for a visit.

And what would they hear?

“Well, come on in, sit a spell.”

People would be offered coffee or tea, and of course, a bite to eat… and they would just love sitting and visiting with one another.. talking, laughing, reminiscing.

Those were some great times.

I hope at least some of you had the joy and privilege to have had days like that.

They were simply the best!

So to all of you that drop in…

Well, come on in… sit a spell!!!!!!

 

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