This is Sunday afternoon at our house. Things are nice and quiet and relaxed and I have a lot rolling around my mind.
Last week was quite a week for our family. While we were in the mountains, my husband's grandmother had a severe stroke. The prognosis is not very good. This is a time of anxiousness, fear and sadness for our family.
Then over the weekend our niece with her newborn baby boy came to visit and our cousin Steph had a beautiful baby girl yesterday. What a time of joy and thankfulness for two new creations - gifts from God.
We are just coming from vacation and about to begin our first new week with our minds on the joys and sorrows of our family. Now is the time when everyone is wanting to "do" something. It helps to feel useful during times like these and it is a huge blessing to the family having people who care near to do needed tasks.
The thought came to me of how important it is to love, care and bless those around us EVERY DAY and not just during extreme times.
This morning at church the pastor mentioned that each person is either a giver or a taker. Takers suck the life out of people while givers give life, joy and blessings and everyone loves to be around a giver. It inspired me to be more of a "giver" in everyday life. Things as little as a smile, a touch or a kind word can be great gifts and don't take much effort on our part. I hope that you will join me this week in looking for opportunities to "give". Also, please keep our family in your prayers. Thanks!