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Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Be Looking

I have a confession to make.  I've been in my pj's, laying on the couch, feeling lousy for weeks, almost months now.  Yup, I'm pregnant.  Thus, no new posts, (it's hard to be positive when you feel ... pregnant)  Haven't even tried to keep up with the blog.  My apologies.

Due to my health I have had to sit back and watch things not get done, ask people to help and accept offers of help (which by the way is really really hard for me), and accept the fact that everything is OK even if things are on the floor and dishes are on the counter. every day. done on an as needed basis.  (gasp)

On top of that we had a bad storm come through, damaging our house and property in several areas.  I was useless.  We were in need of help!  And not just once.  Things we thought were repaired broke again, sometimes random things just broke, to keep us on our toes I think.  Some nights it was needed a.s.a.p.  It was a humbling experience to have to ask people for help over and over.

One of the things I have learned through these experiences is this: 
You can only help someone if you are able to hear their call for help.  

How grateful I am for the people who weren't too busy to help out at a moments notice.  They were there to answer the phone and hear of our need for help.  Their lives weren't too full to add one more thing to the to do list.  

It seems most everyone nowadays is busy doing stuff.  We feel proud if our lives are packed with things to do, it's like a badge telling the world "I'm important".  You feel good/needed/special when you say no because you're already busy with something else.  

But what about the phone that rings with a request for help that you don't hear because you are busy.  What about the knock at the door from someone who is in need at that very moment, that doesn't get answered because you are too "important". 

I know the holiday season is in fact the busiest season of the year and what I am asking will be hard to do, but let's try to make our calendars a little more open.  Open to help others at the last minute, to hear their cries for help and be there when they need us.  Some of the greatest blessing come when we are helping others in need.  Some of the best lessons we can learn can be in moments of service.  We can feel truly important when we are able to help others in a way that they could not do themselves.  

I can testify of the love and gratitude we felt toward those that helped us.  Please be open to service.  Be looking for those that need you.  Be available, even at a moments notice.  If you do, I believe you will be blessed, just as much as the people you are helping.  

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