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Unexpected lesson {Into the Word Wednesday}

I love when the Lord speaks to us in unexpected ways.  Today was one of those days.

The kids and I were headed out to grab a quick lunch with my mom earlier this week.  As we got in the car the rain started to drizzle.  As we left the driveway the sky turned dark.  There was an unknown car parked on the street across from our house.  I had seen it last week in the driveway of a neighbor but didn’t think much about it.  We continued on about our way.

The rain was coming down in buckets, thunder crashing.  We thought twice about heading to the restaurant less than 4 miles from our home.  We turned back.  The rain continued, not planning to stop any time soon.

As we drove back to our house we saw the car again.  The window was open.  Rain pouring inside the car.  All I could think of is what an awful mess it would be to clean up.  Scouring the garage to find something, anything to cover this window my oldest was trying to help.

He’s 5 going on 12.  So inquisitive.  The entire time he was asking why I was covering up the window.  I explained to him that sometimes we do things to help others.  I knew the neighbors were at work and didn’t know how long the storm would last.  I explained that this small thing would take 10 minutes and a change of clothes for me to help.  The damage to that car sitting in the rain for an entire day would take much more time for the neighbor.

We found a large lawn trash bag.  The big one watched the little one in the safety of the garage as I ran down the driveway.  I didn’t take an umbrella because it would really have been of no use.

I opened the door, covered the window as best I could just trying to keep the water from rushing in.  After changing and drying off, I started getting lunch ready.

My oldest turned to me and said ‘Mommy, that was a really nice thing you did for those people.’  Wow. I was floored.  I don’t know why.  I guess I didn’t expect him to think much more about it but he did.  The wheels had been turning.

I began thinking about how much children watch our actions rather than our words and what the bible says about this. You can hover over the verse to see more.

Proverbs 22:6

James 3:13

1 John 3:17-18

Colossians 3:23

Is there a time recently that your children watched your actions and reacted to it?  I’d love to hear about it!

 

–Join my co-hostesses and I this week for Into The Word Wednesday!

Becky at Tales of Beauty for Ashes

Sarah at Fontenot Four

Kelly at The Houtz House Party

Falen at Upward Not Inward

Kelly at Exceptionalistic (looks like you found me!)

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1. Link up about something you are learning this week.

2. Follow all hostesses via GFC or Google +.

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Into the Word Wednesday {What it means to be free}

It’s the freedom of our country, the freedom of our people, freedom to be anything we want to be, to own a business if we so choose, to live where we’d like, raise our children as we wish…

I went searching through the word this week looking for verses about freedom.  This verse really stood out to me.

You will soon see that the title of this isn’t even really what this ends up being at all.  Freedom and Independence Day is what I wanted to post about yet I was led in a very, very different direction.

We are called to be free.  It is our right to be free.

Now I don’t know the bible by heart.  I know some verses of course but I’m no biblical scholar.  I’m working my way through learning more right now as I’m a work in progress. I didn’t know the next verse would change my entire post.  I didn’t know that the next verse would be blog post changing.

I hadn’t planned on talking about this at all but here we go….

Love your neighbor as yourself, love your neighbor as yourself, love your neighbor as yourself.  These words keep resonating in my mind.  Have I been loving my neighbors?  Have I taken the time to get to know people, help others, show my compassion?

I really haven’t.  I’ve been so wrapped up in my own despair, my own worries the past year or so I haven’t done much for anyone else.  Of course I’m still a wife and mom but there are many more ‘neighbors’ in my life.

However He has opened my eyes to see that in all this I was already loving my neighbors and they were loving me back.  I just found this verse only just last night yet in the past eight weeks I’ve been changing.  Looking outside myself.  Really seeing how I can be a blessing for another.  I didn’t realize I was doing it.  I’m not mentioning it here to brag about it.  I want to share so you too can see how you may in fact be changing even when you don’t see it!

I’m mentioning it because in the past eight weeks a TON has happened yet I was too worried about other things to see it happening!

  • I met an extraordinary group of ladies through my Good Morning Girls bible study group. Praying for them has been really eye-opening. They do not live in close proximity to me at all but I feel as we’re growing as close as neighbors.  I’m loving them from afar.
  • I made several new friends that do live near me and I’m slowly becoming close with them.  What I find interesting is that even though I’m struggling with my own issues each of these ladies is battling something much more dire in their lives.  I believe they were brought into my life to show me that things could be much worse.  It doesn’t belittle anything my family is battling but it is showing me that if I can muster up half of the strength these ladies have then I’ll be okay!!
  • I’ve started this blog, learned a lot about myself, grown by leaps and bounds.  Made a ton of new blogger friends that have shown me that there is no reason to be afraid of making friends, online or in real life.  Each one has been helpful and sweet in their own way.

So on this Independence Day in 2012…how have you loved your neighbor today?  Have you been doing it all along but were too overwhelmed to see it?  I would absolutely love to hear about it.  It’s amazing what we see when we free our eyes and heart to really ‘see’.

 

–Join my co-hostesses and I this week for Into The Word Wednesday!

Becky at Tales of Beauty for Ashes

Sarah at Fontenot Four

Falen at Upward Not Inward

Kelly at Exceptionalistic (looks like you found me!)

Into the Word Wednesday blog hop rules (if you wouldn’t mind!):

1. Link up about something you are learning this week.

2. Follow all hostesses via GFC.

3. Grab a button to put on your blog – the more the merrier!  Check out our sweet new button…

Tales of Beauty for Ashes

4. Check out (and comment) other people’s blogs to bless them today!

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