10 November 2011

called to give


About six months ago I felt a nudge to start caring for people in need. Just in small ways, and with my kids. I started posting here twice a month, sharing our experiences in trying to bless others out the abundance we've been given. That is how bakin' it to the streets was born. Then last week I was catching up on my friend Danielle's blog take heart and read this post. I was so encouraged by it, I asked her if I could share it here. It's the very heart of what I feel called to, and I hope it will bless you as much as it did me.


her.

last week i was leaving walmart in a rush. i don't particulary love shopping at walmart, anyone with me on this? i could be there at 2 am and i would still wait in line for at least 25 minutes. i could go on and on of the crazy stories that have happened to me while at wally world, but today i will just state that their toilet paper, paper towels, toothbrushes, and things of that nature, are a whole lot cheaper than at the grocery store... and we were in need of all those things and more. caleb was working in late. my mom was watching the boys for me, foster had an awful diaper rash and was waiting on the desitin that i just bought. they were all ready to eat dinner. it was 5:30 and i was running late.


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as i pulled up to the light to turn out of walmart and go pick up our pizza for dinner i saw this girl. a woman, really. she looked about my age, maybe a little younger. she had short, frizzy hair, a big puffy jacket on, a sign in her hands, and nothing else. her sign said something along the lines of "traveling. have no food. anything will help."

i was three cars away from her in the turning lane, and the light was changing to green, as i stared at her. even from that far away i could see the sadness in her eyes. it was cold and it was getting dark. she was hungry. was anyone going to give her food? where was she going? where was she from? what was her story? what was her truth? i couldn't stop thinking about her. i said a quick prayer for her as i was driving, and called my mom and told her i'd be a couple more minutes.

it's easy to put myself first. it's easy to put my excuses of running late, the hungry kids with diaper rashes waiting at home, and relieving my mom of watching them, first. those are not bad things. i need to care for my family and care for them well. but, she needed a little love and little food tonight. i have those two things. and i have 15 minutes. most of us have 15 minutes.

i went back home the long way, pulled over on the side of the busy intersection and handed her some hot new york pizza and garlic knots. and if you haven't had garlic knots, you haven't lived.


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she was so thankful. she said it, but even more so, i could see it in her eyes. thankful for something hot, thankful for something to fill her belly. thankful for a smiling face. i was so thankful that the Lord reminded me that i need to be more intentional about serving those in need. i was so thankful for the blessing of blessing others. i need to do this because He commands it of me.there is many a scripture that i can write off as not applying to me. well, you know, this was written a long time ago.... well, that was back then.... well, i'm a busy mom of young kids. i have my family to take care of. but, wait my friends! He is talking to us. He is talking to me.

"sell your possessions and give to the poor. provide purses for yourselves that will not wear out, a treasure in heaven that will not be exhausted, where no thief comes near and no moth destroys."- luke 12:33

james 1:27 “religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
i share her story not to boast of what i did. because, quite frankly, i could have done a lot more. i didn't give her all our groceries, i didn't invite her to our house for a warm, homemade meal. i didn't invite her to church and say Jesus loves you! i just handed her a slice of pizza and a couple garlic knots, smiled, and said i was praying for her.

i share her story to remind myself to do more. to take the extra minute to smile at the stranger, to thank someone, to help someone who needs it, to give to those in need.

i share her story to bring you, and mostly me, back to the place of what thanksgiving, christmas, and this whole holiday season is all about.

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“remember this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. and God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. as it is written: ‘He has scattered abroad his gifts to the poor; His righteousness endures forever.’" 2 Corinthians 9:6-9

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5 comments:

  1. Tonight over dinner, my husband and I were talking about what we would do if we had abundance... and one of the things that we agreed upon was that we would want to express the EXTRAVAGANT LOVE of God to people - to go above and beyond just meeting their needs, to giving them something that questions why someone would abundantly pour out for them. We are in a place of great need, but are on the crux of a dramatic life change. Right now the house is scheduled to be auctioned off on December 6th, our gas, cell phones, and water are about to be cut off. But there is a business meeting tomorrow that may result in a huge financial breakthrough for us and the beginning of a life where we have more than enough. And with that abundance we KNOW we want to be big time givers. Heck, we give now, even in our lack. Thanks for sharing your story. Many people don't realize that the very little they can do for someone may change the course of their life.

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  2. oh how i loved this post. even better a second time! i struggle with selfishness, always need these posts;)
    so crucial to the kingdom.
    to spend our days with eyes open-noticing, seeking need. who are these people? what are their dreams? who do they love? do they know Who loves them? i find myself asking these questions. i never want to look past someone, you know? i love these reminders. i am on this earth to love. i've been praying that i would love in more tangible ways, more sacrificially. god is so faithful! xo

    love you and danielle!

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  3. thank you for sharing this, and having me, my friend!

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  4. Loved this post, and love your heart.

    I just read Under the Overpass. If you are a reader, you've got to get this book. You will love it! :)

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  5. carina, i might've already said this but what you do is so touching. you are inspiring me to get out and do the same however i can.

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