Psalms 1:3 He shall be like a tree. Planted by the rivers of water. That brings forth its fruit in its season. Whose leaf also shall not wither; And whatever he does shall prosper.
I want to be a tree. I want to be filled by the life giving waters and shade to others who are still growing and learning to withstand the winds. God put us on this earth to bless us; so that we may bless others and draw them to Christ. That is the reason we are here. To bring glory to God.
Do you ever get caught up in the “what ifs” or the “If onlys”. Sigh. I’m ashamed to say that sometimes I fall right into that pit. There are so many things I want to DO in my life. Living in Boonsville doesn’t always lend itself to diving into anything – since anything is always 2 hours away! I start wondering at times what on earth God was thinking when he put me here – ME, being such a people person as I am! My husband can go weeks without seeing a soul and he’s perfectly fine with that – where I am perishing.
Have you ever done something for someone else, thinking it would bless their socks off and in the end, it’s you who is blessed? When I started planning L’s benefit, I wanted it to be SO special. I wanted them to feel really loved and cherished and be able to continue on their journey feeling so supported – without financial worry. I love details. I thought of all the little details that would make them feel loved.
God had other plans. Of course, they did feel loved. The turnout certainly blessed their socks right off but God had a message just for me. When we moved here, I really didn’t fit into this community. I have mentioned that when we met, I didn’t own a pair of jeans – all dress cloths and professional wear. I didn’t know the first thing about cows or horses. I had never done a potluck dinner and the thought of someone ‘dropping by’ sent panic through my heart. ‘What if I didn’t have enough food’? Everyone was patient with me and made me feel really welcome…but it’s been a big adjustment in my life. I have wondered at times what God expects from me here – being WAY out of my element.
I think that might be the key 😉 It isn’t out of God’s element. He loves the ranchers and their set and funny ways, and the professional people with their busy lives, and the young and old and everything in between. There is much I can do in Boonsville. I am a server by nature, an encourager – there are places to serve and encourage where ever you are. In planning this benefit, God wanted to show me this community I live in, through HIS eyes. The calls I received offering help and the ways that everyone just pitched in when I was organizing items and running around like a crazy little Canadian girl – touched my heart deeply. I was amazed…blessed. In fact, I was blessed beyond measure and thinking about it brings tears to my eyes. I know I mentioned that there were 140 items donated to auction off. Many people came with 5 or 6 things to give to auction and THEN they spent money there and gave more. This community is truly unique and I know that God just wants me to serve…to love them because they are mine to love. To accept the challenge (not that it’s hard) of just being with them and serving them – blessing them because He has blessed me!
I wish I could adequately put into words how this event has touched my heart…how God has shown me such beauty where I hadn’t seen it before. It’s not that I don’t love it here, or enjoy the people here; I really do! This place has my entire heart; it’s just seeing it with fresh eyes. I thanked L for allowing me the gift of putting this benefit on – I know she has no idea how it touched MY heart.
No matter where you are – no matter what situation you find yourself in, be like the tree. Meditate on the Word. Soak in the life giving waters and use your branches to shade others, to protect others, to care for others…to serve…to bless. Take what He gives you and multiply it, pour it out. That is what He wants for us.
Blessings. You can’t bless others without giving them your time. Time is so precious. FIND the time to be a blessing, to bless others. Jesus always finds time to bless us.
2 Corinthians 9:8 God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work.
From My Heart to Yours, With Love
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