Saturday, September 19, 2009

Good Measure...

Today has been a good Saturday! I am getting ready to go to the Thumb for a few days to be with my family, so I am trying to get things in order for Luke before I leave... not that he needs me to do that, but I want to... I don't like being gone from him, but I really want to be in the Thumb to be with my sister as they are getting closer to being back in their home... 5 months since the fire!

Had a great day yesterday with PFF girls (Pink Flip Flop girls... don't ask!)... I actually did a little, very little scrap booking. Yes, this 2 page layout is all I got done, but we did a lot of chatting & of course a little nibbling too... they are great friends! I am blessed with all kinds of great friends in my life.

I have been thinking lately about blessing people with my actions, words, service, financially... I was raised with the drive to bless others when possible, so that is fairly easy for me... I love to give! However, since I lost my job almost 1 1/2 years ago, the finances have really started to be low... which in turn makes it not as easy to do for others like I would like to. Now, for one of the many lessons God is teaching me through this whole thing is that sometimes I have to be the one to receive the blessing from others... that is a hard one for me! In the past when I have tried to bless someone & they were reluctant to receive, I said the same thing, "I am blessed by blessing you & sometimes you need to not deny me of that blessing"... easier to say than to live... for me anyway. I was talking with my sister earlier today & she just told me to stop being selfish & let someone bless me... she will be happy to know I actually listened to something she said to me. *Ü* I wonder what any of you think on this subject... in general... would you share your thoughts with me?

This verse came to mind today & knew it was what I needed to share with you:

"Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you." Luke 6:38
Thanks for stopping... with a grateFUL HEART, carin


Renee said...

Nice pages Boo!

lynns said...

I feel the same way you do. I was quick to help others that I knew and those I didn't know with financial help. Since I lost my job over 1 year ago, I have no income and have had to adopt the same attitude of allowing my family and friends to bless me. I know that one day I will be back in a position to continue my charitable works, but now I just find ways to volunteer or serve instead of giving money.

God bless you!

Diane said...

Carin, I can tell you have a totally giving heart. It's probably one of several spiritual gifts God has bestowed.

I've been there too, where I was reluctant to accept someone's help. A friend pointed out to me I was robbing them of a blessing. So I relinquished my pride and accepted their gift. I know they were blessed by it...but it's still something I struggle with. I think it's a pride issue really. OUCH! We do need to be more open to the offers of help and compassion by others. They may just be the answer to our prayers!