I spoke with a woman today who needed some help with something. When I finished helping her, she told me she was going to add my name to her church’s blessing box.  I was touched and told her thank you and that I already felt blessed.

She went on to say she was going to pray I received a double portion, pressed down and running over.  I told her I would pray the same for her.

Such a blessing.  A simple conversation with a simple request for assistance, and in the end we both walked away with hearts fully and spirits lighter.

In a world of “me-me-me” and “what do I get out of this deal?” It was refreshing to share a part of me with another person.  It didn’t hurt me to share it, I am not poorer for giving her what I had.  I am actually richer for the experience.

On the way to work today I heard a message by Chuck Swindoll who challenged us to be an intercessor, a mentor, and an encourager for someone every day.  He went on to say that those traits are in the Trinity and as believers should be part of us as well.

Praying-interceding for others— specifically praying for needs and then writing down their name, the need, and the date when God answered the prayer would draw us closer in our own relationship and also impact others in the process.

Mentoring someone — Chuck said, “We are all older than someone.” And I thought of a wonderful young woman named Sarah, who is growing in her faith at church and how could God use me to help her on her journey.

Encouraging others— Chuck laughed and said, “Don’t do more than one encouraging thing for a person a day– they might faint.” But the idea of doing something for someone, no ulterior motive, no expectation of returns, just appreciating them for the being there, for being faithful in their tasks.  I strive to do that every day for someone, whether it’s my sons, or a friend, and especially my husband.  It matters that each person knows he or she matters.

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” (Luke 6:38).

Overflowing with blessings…

About gretchenr17

Wife, mother, daughter, sister, friend. Writer, farmer, fellow sojourner... at every turn I learn a bit more about God's wild mercies.
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