You know what is a little thing? Saying the word “Yes” or “Sure” when someone offers to help.
It is such a little thing to allow someone the gift of doing something for you.
Yes, I am speaking from my heart here. I absolutely love doing stuff for people. It is part of what makes me me. And when someone is kind enough to just say “Yes,” that is a delight to the soul. Continue reading
What does it mean for something to go “viral”? It means it spread like wildfire through the Internet. Basically that is it, correct?
If that be true … then we should have heard of it, read it, seen it, whatever the case may be.
If that be true … then we would likely have been impacted by it, stirred, inspired, outraged, made aware; again, whatever the case may be.
If that be true … then it should impact our daily life. Continue reading
2 Corinthians 9:7 tells us clearly that God loves a cheerful giver. Don’t give under compulsion, Paul tells us, but give what you determine to give. And give it cheerfully.
That entire passage is specifically speaking of money. Cash. Dollars. So it cannot be confused that we are to give money cheerfully.
But I am wondering if that principle couldn’t also be applied to other instances of giving. Continue reading
It is something we do. An action verb. We should do this action often. On purpose. Repeatedly!
It’s so easy to say something kind and uplifting. Really, it’s not hard. And usually only takes a moment or two. But is isn’t performed as often as one would think.
I love to send out notes. It is one of my favorite things to do. But it is easy to forget with the general busy-ness of life. But is only takes a few moments (I remind myself). So do it! Continue reading
This is my mom, Sue, and her dog, Joey. I can talk about how therapeutic a pet can be until I am blue in the face; but this picture alone is worth 2,000 words (I am counting 1,000 per character in the photo).
My mom had lost her little red-headed poodle named Zoe. Her heart was broken. Zoe was the last dog in a long line of dogs through my mom’s life. We had dogs all the while I was growing up: cockapoo, mutt, another mutt, little pug-style mutt, German shepherd. And she had two Lhasa Apsos before the red-headed poodle. Continue reading
I am such an avid knitter that it should be included on my About Me page. Perhaps I’ll edit that soon. I learned to knit when I was 8 years old. My aunt taught me. Aunt Jean was a purposeful lady. If she thought a thing should be done, it would be done. She was a no nonsense lady, too. Got a job? Tackle it and get on with it.
Her grandchildren called her Heidi. Her name wasn’t Heidi, it was Jean. But they called her Heidi because every time she went to see them or vice versa she would greet them with a rambunctious “Hidy!!” So that’s what they called her. I thought that was adorable. My grandkids call me Grammie or Nana. Not as exciting as “Hidy” now that I think about it. I love hearing “Nana!” just the same. Continue reading
Part 1b of a 3 part short, helpful series.
Ready for the second half of the 16? Here they are! I’m excited to hear what you can add to the list:
8. Think outside the box. I know there are a few “regular” meals everyone thinks are meals you take to those in need. But what does your family like? Make that. Don’t worry about recipes everyone else says are a good idea, make what you like. If you have a family favorite, it is probably something you cook well. That’s always fun for the recipient. And include the recipe. That would be an extra nice touch.
9. How about, instead of signing up to make a main meal, bringing muffins and cookies and chips and cereal and crackers and juice and tea? That will be a fun thing when the caregiver or bed-ridden friend wants a munch or a snack. It’s not all about the main dinner.
10. And what about breakfast? Or breakfast for dinner? That would be a welcome change of pace. Or, in addition to a simple dinner, add a breakfast casserole that only needs to be put in the oven in the morning. Boy, would you come out looking like a hero.
11. Go by mid day and throw a meal in their crock pot (make sure they have one) so it will be ready for the dinner hour. They get a hot meal and – BONUS –they get to enjoy their house smelling awesome all afternoon. Continue reading
Part 1 in a short, helpful series
(Well, part 1 had to be broken into two parts, so I guess this is Part 1a)
What is meal gifting? You know, gifting a meal to someone who is in need of one.
There are so many people that have helpful hints about bringing meals to those in need. Why do I want to do one more?
Because it is a BIG deal!
When someone falls ill, or has a baby, or loses a loved one, or is caring for a loved one with an extended illness, or is placed on bed rest; there are so many areas of need. One blessing that can eliminate a large headache is having meals brought in for a while.
It cannot bring back a loved one, make cancer go away, or cause bed rest to be a pleasure. But it does help. It really does.
Some illness situations can carry on for a while. The need is extensive. Just having people care and understand that their family is under tremendous stress brings comfort. Continue reading