Yes, I said it!
Have you ever said something you wished you could retract quickly?
This happened last night at our church small group.
No…. I didn’t say a bad word…. Although that has happened.
I you don’t mind that I’m sharing a little crafty and personal today, it boils down to being grateful!
Words Have Meaning
After spending a few hours in the kitchen yesterday fixing my new recipe of Mexican Casserole-I was starving.
I was so excited to attend our small group because it was Mexican night. WAHOO! My favorite.
I walked into small group last night and the aroma of all the delicious food hit my face immediately and that’s when it happened.
I let out a big scream and said…
Really, I was! I cooked all day and didn’t have a bite to eat. My belly was growling.
I wasn’t kidding. I was starving.
It was at that moment when my girlfriend looked at me and laughingly said, “Girl, we don’t say that word in our house!”
Instantly I thought to myself… well why not? Are you silly?
Hearing the Truth with Love
Of course in the moment it didn’t dawn on me what in the world she was implying.
My great friend is also our Pastor’s wife. When I looked at her puzzled she lovingly responded with, “With all the countries we’ve visited and they are truly starving…”
She didn’t have to finish her sentence. The words “I’m starving” was all I could hear repeated over and over again. In fact I was hearing them in slow motion now, over and over. She was still speaking but it all sounded like Charlie Brown.
I admit that I didn’t mean to say those words out of context and of course my sweet friend was not implying anything negative when she made her statement.
While the word starving kept resonating in my head all night, it was the events after that moment that were more convicting.
Manna Food Bank
There is no doubt that I love to see God working in my life and today was one of those days.
Today our church passed out food to our local community in need.
Was it irony that I happened to be passing out food a day after I said I was starving?
I would have to answer no. I believe this was God lovingly showing me that I’m not starving for food, but maybe a little more spiritual awareness of the many blessings he bestows upon me. Plenty of food is one of them.
It gets better and honestly kinda funny.
I was behind the table passing out meat. Tons and tons of meat like chicken, beef, pork and even PIG EARS!!
Why funny you might be asking?
Something that makes me gag quicker than anything is touching with my bare hands meat packages. I don’t know if it’s the nurse in me who is scared of salmonella and E-coli, but touching those packages was truly painful. PAINFUL, but I did it.
Learning a Lesson
There was a big lesson for me to learn today. Realistically I knew I was not starving. I promise I did. However, it made me re-think the words I use.
Not only was it a lesson about the words I use, it was a lesson of gratitude.
I was grateful I could take the time to help those in need in my community and the food on my plate!
While touching the meat was a fear I had to push through I knew that I was helping someone else.
It was all for the glory of the one that provides me everything in life, God.
The Lesson is Simple
Where does all of this fit in my crafty world? You know it does…
It’s a simple reminder of being grateful about everything. Grateful I can get up in the morning and create. I’m grateful I have someone to send a card to. Lastly, I’m grateful Stampin’ Up! creates images that I can bless someones life.
The lesson is simple- gratitude! Plus I’m grateful I have a card to share with YOU.
Paisleys & Posies Stamp Set
This stamp set is amazing and perfect to share how thankful and grateful we are.
Can the Paisley be anymore beautiful? The Petals & Paisleys Specialty Designer Series Paper is rich in colors.
Today I challenge you to create a card and share the blessing with them.
If you have a story similar, I would love to hear about it. Leave a comment and share. We all learn from each other.
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