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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

My own little world

Hello! I want to share something that has been weighing on my mind for 2 years now. When I first started working at OneAmerica my sister in law and I rode together and we would see a woman on the corner of a large intersection day after day, well that turned into week after week, month after month and you guessed it year after year. Can you imagine being on the corner for over 2 years? Now I know that some people do not like to give to the homeless for fear of what they are really doing with the money- I kind of feel that way too.

But I knew that I was being called to DO something. Long story short a number of events in my life- church sermons, Bible verses, books I have read, stories I have heard have all reinforced this feeling. I have started reading a book by Francis Chan called Forgotten God which is all about the Holy Spirit. The good old Holy Ghost is a really, really hard concept for me to grasp. Even after reading the Shack! But what I have found is that when I hear a "voice" or continue to have the same thoughts, or things happen that constantly remind me of something it is really the HS! Crazy huh? Five years ago if you would have told me I would be blogging about the Holy Spirit talking to me I would have said you were off your stinkin rocker! Basically I thought people who claimed to hear the voice of God were lunatics! But what I have come to realize is that hearing the voice of God is NOT having a sparkly vision of a winged angel or hearing a booming voice coming from heaven.

Hearing the voice of God comes through reading the Bible and then randomly a verse or story pops in your mind. Hearing God speak to you comes in the form of a simple conversation with a friend at just the right time. Hearing God is listening to your 2 and 3 year old children talk about their faith. Hearing God's voice is letting the lyrics of a song on KLOVE really sink in and apply to your life.

So for 2 years I have ignored the voice I have heard, until about 6 months ago. I decided to step out in faith and write this woman a letter! That is right I was going to make contact with her! So I typed up a letter and tucked it in a hand made card and included a self addressed stamped envelope for her to mail me a letter back. Well, well, well darned if I didn't slap an expired stamp on that self addressed envelope. So there I sat waiting for a letter, only to realize one day when I went to mail a letter that my stamps were not forever stamps!

Talk about feeling awful- I had gotten this womans hopes up and then totally slammed her to the ground if she had tried write me back! So this past week I wrote another letter and I got a letter back!!! As I said earlier I am not a huge fan of just giving out money to the needy because you just don't know what they will do with it right? So in my letter I asked her to tell me what they needed. In her letter she stated that it would probably be easier to talk on the phone with her as her disabilities can make it hard for her to write. Oh my gosh did this woman just tell me I had to call her! Yes she did. So I actually took a night to say a few prayers about it and make sure it was the right thing to do and last night I made the call. Talk about being nervous, silly though to be nervous to help someone right!? The first phone call with her was just short of one hour!

Well as it turns out she is in need of some basic everyday items like soap, toothbrushes/paste, toilet paper, feminine products, lotion etc and clothes. So I gathered the sizes of her family (she is a single mother of a daughter and son both in high school) and I am working on getting some of the everyday items for her. The Bible study I am in will be working to gather these items. We can't do it alone so we are asking those who can help to do so. This woman does have a house that she and her children are living in and she has a car- so gas cards would also be a great thing to donate. There is a Speedway really close to the house that she lives in. If you are interested in donating please contact me- if you would like to give a monetary donation I would welcome that as well and please know that we will use that money to buy a gas card or some of the items needed above or clothing.

We are called to love one another join me in showing this woman the love that Christ showed to us by dying on the cross.

I would like to leave you with a few Bible verses that have led me to this journey

Matthew 5:16 In the same way, let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father

Acts 20:35 In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.

Matthew 25:45 "And he will answer, 'I tell you the truth, when you refused to help the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were refusing to help me.'

James 2 14-17 What good is it, my brothers, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is poorly clothed and lacking in daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and filled,” without giving them the things needed for the body, what good is that? So also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead.

Also this song from Matthew West speaks deeply to my soul every time I hear it reaffirming that I know that I have been called to do this.

My Own Little World

In my own little world it hardly ever rains
I've never gone hungry, always felt safe
I got some money in my pocket, shoes on my feet
In my own little world, population: me

I try to stay awake during Sunday morning church
I throw a twenty in the plate but I never give 'til it hurts
And I turn off the news when I don't like what I see
Yeah, it's easy to do when it's population: me

What if there's a bigger picture?
What if I'm missing out?
What if there's a greater purpose?
I could be living right now
Outside my own little world

Stopped at a red light looked out my window
I saw a cardboard sign said, "help this homeless widow"
And just above that sign was the face of a human
I thought to myself, God, what have I been doing?
So I rolled down the window and I looked her in the eye
Oh, how many times have I just passed her by?
I gave her some money than I drove on through
And my own little world reached population: two

What if there's a bigger picture?
What if I'm missing out?
What if there's a greater purpose?
I could be living right now
Outside my own little world
My own little world

Father, break my heart for what breaks Yours
Give me open hands and open doors
Put Your light in my eyes and let me see
That my own little world is not about me

What if there's a bigger picture?
What if I'm missing out?
What if there's a greater purpose?
That I could be living right now
I don't want to miss what matters
I wanna be reaching out
Show me the greater purpose
So I can start living right now

Outside my own little world
My own little world
My own little world

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