Posted by Amber Lea
Sorry I’m late with the post today. It’s been a very busy week and I’ve let myself get behind on a few things.
First, an update on my son, Daniel. He ended up having a second open heart surgery on Tuesday due to some bleeding, but things went well and he is recovering now. I got to talk to him on the phone briefly, and though he was tired, he sounded good. I praise God and thank Him with all of my heart! I know He is there, watching over my boy, even when I can’t be. And I want to thank you all again for your loving prayers!
I am reminded often of how loved and blessed I am by all the kind and generous people God puts in my life. There are many that I may never meet in person here on earth, but I believe we will know each other someday in heaven.
I’d like to share a story that was posted on a new friend’s blog at Morning Story and Dilbert.
The Wise Woman’s Stone
A wise woman who was traveling in the mountains found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveler who was hungry, and the wise woman opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveler saw the precious stone and asked the woman to give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveler left, rejoicing in his good fortune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime. But a few days later he came back to return the stone to the wise woman.
“I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I give it back in the hope that you can give me something even more precious. Give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.”
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This story is the perfect example of what it means to let His Light shine in us, and through us. I know there have been too many times in my own life when I’ve ignored the opportunities my Lord has given me to reach out to others and show His Spirit in me. I don’t want to waste anymore time going through the motions, playing the part of a Christian. I want it to be real, in every area of my life and with my whole heart. When people look at me, I want them to see Jesus.
Lord, I pray that Your Spirit leads me where You want me to go, that Your love is always in my heart, Your truth always on my lips, and that my eyes will see others as You see them. Amen.
Kenny has a lot of inspiring stories over at his blog, full of truth and wisdom. So check out his site at http://morningstoryanddilbert.wordpress.com/
And last but not least, here is the #TBSU List for this week:
You know the drill, check ’em out and if you see something you like, please share! Have an awesome weekend, and God bless! – Amber
Posted by Amber Lea
“Let no foul or polluting language, nor evil word nor unwholesome or worthless talk [ever] come out of your mouth, but only such [speech] as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace (God’s favor) to those who hear it.” (Ephesians 4:29 AMP)
Last night, an elderly woman that I admire and adore came over to me at church and prayed with me. Afterward, she hugged me and told me that I was special and that she really appreciated me and my friendship. I can’t even describe how wonderful hearing that made me feel inside! Her words caught me off guard and I didn’t know what to say, except a heart felt “thank you”. This woman’s words, though simply spoken, did so much more than just make me feel good. Her gesture also showed me just what it means to reach out to others and love them. She showed me a living example of how just a few words can say so much and do so much good in lifting up a person’s spirit. She and her daughter-in-law have been wonderful mentors to me, even if they don’t know it, and have given me great examples of what it means to be a virtuous woman. Not only in their words, but in their lifestyle as well. I greatly respect and admire both of these women, and feel very privileged and blessed to know them. And I pray that in the days to come, I will learn to follow in their footsteps with the examples they have given in living out a godly life, being helpful and edifying to others as Jesus taught.
I am not what would be considered a qualified speaker by most standards, although I can talk with the best of them. But the impact my friend’s words had in my heart last night is the kind of impact I want to share with others. I think this would fall into the category of “random acts of kindness”, and that is something the world definitely needs more of.
So, I pray today that each person that reads this will receive a blessing of kind, loving and sincere words from someone, whether it is from a friend or stranger, and that it will stir up and inspire their heart to do the same with someone else. Let our hearts be led by The Holy Spirit, and our lips always ready with His truth and love. Amen and God bless!