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Kindness Act Day Six!

“Neither rain nor snow nor sleet nor hail, can keep the postal workers from delivering our mail.”

We’ve heard the saying.
We’ve believed it.
And truth be told, we’ve come to expect it.  No excuses.

The postal service has an important job to perform and they take it seriously.  Nothing is to stop the delivery of the mail.

Have you ever stopped to think about what that means?  I think about what it means to me.

I get passes on certain things when the weather is bad.  The mail carriers do not.

I may get to crawl back under the covers and go to sleep if an event is cancelled due to weather.  The mail carriers do not.

I may get to work from home instead of getting out in the snow.  The mail carriers do not.

These mail delivery folks have to be patient people.  Think of all the times we get Amazon packages delivered.  If every person on our mail route ordered and received a package all in one day, that’s a lot of extra packages in the delivery vehicle.

Yes…these mail deliverers need some extra kindness.  So today think about a way you can show some extra kindness to your mail carrier.

Some kindness ideas:  a gift card; some candy; a small gift basket of chips, water and chocolate for the drive; a bag of Oreo cookies with a bow around it.  Pinterest is full of random act of kindness gift ideas.

Take time over the next couple days to show some kindness to the ones who drive through rain, sleet, snow and hail to deliver our packages and drop off our mail.  We really can make a difference in this world, one act of kindness at a time.

 

Kindness Act Day Five!

I pulled into the driveway 3 hours past my normal arrive-at-home time.
Tired.
Cold.
Wet from rain.

I actually took a deep breath and laid my head on the steering wheel dreading to go into this piled house that needed a good cleaning.

My life had been crazy lately.  Just a lot of things going on with work and feeling pulled in many different directions.

On one hand, I couldn’t wait to get inside and give my husband a hug and a kiss but on the other hand, I dreaded the chores awaiting me on the other side of that gray door.

I took the plunge and drug my exhausted, wrinkled-clothed, messy-haired body out of the car tugging my weighted-down computer bag on one arm and my  stuffed-to-the-max purse on the other and opened that gray door.  I put my baggage in the designated storage bin and went in to kiss my honey.

And oh what a sight for sore eyes – not only seeing Roger but he had picked up the house, ran the sweeper and swept the tile!  A hundred dozen roses couldn’t have made me happier than the act of cleaning up the house.

As we continue celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week, our challenge today is to look for something you can do to make life easier for someone else.  Maybe it’s babysitting a friend’s kids for a few hours or taking dinner to a working mom.  Maybe it’s taking one of the kids’ chores and doing it for them this week or taking out the garbage for your husband.

Whatever the act, know that you are making a difference in this world, one act of kindness at a time.

 

Kindness Act Day Four!

“I miss Mayberry.
Sittin’ on the porch drinkin’ ice cold cherry coke.”
*Lyrics to “Mayberry” by Rascal Flatts

Man, how I miss those simple days when I was little and we would take Sunday drives over to grandma and grandpa’s house and sit on the front porch and just swing on the porch swing.  I remember so many times going to my parents’ friend’s houses on the weekends just to visit.

No cell phones.
No watches that told you when you had a text message.
No electronic device to watch movies on.
Nothing to distract you.
Just you and the person you were visiting talking about your week, your day and what you thought were bad times in the world back then.

I miss those days of feeling like I can just go and sit and talk.  I have a sweet elderly neighbor that loves that and I need to do more of that.  I’m sure you have people in your life that would love to have a little Mayberry time with you.  Think of someone in your life who would love to have a visit to just sit and talk.

Make it a point to visit them this week.  Leave your phone and your talking watch in the car and just focus on them and have conversation about what’s important to them.   It may be too cold to sit on the front porch, but I bet they would appreciate an ice cold cherry coke.

I need to plan a little visit.  Yep, I miss Mayberry, too.

*Remember it’s Random Acts of Kindness Week.  Paying a visit would be a great act of kindness.  We really can change the world, one act of kindness, and an ice cold cherry coke, at a time.  🙂

Kindness Act Day Three!

Fifty for Fifty!

For my 50th birthday, my friend, Michelle, contacted about 50 of my friends, coworkers and family to write a note to me sharing kind words and memories from my lifetime.  She had the letters mailed to her home and she gathered them in a beautifully wrapped box tied up with a nice, neat bow and sent them secretly with my husband on our trip to Arizona.

The morning of my birthday, Roger presented me with the box filled with good wishes and kind words.  I sat and read each of those cards with a smile on my face and tears running down my cheeks.

It was not about the physical cards but rather about the time it took Michelle to contact all these people; the kindness of those people to write those nice words; the effort it took for Michelle to gather all those cards and letters and make sure Roger had them to give to me on my special milestone birthday.

It was an act of kindness, of agape love, I will never forget.  And the kindness in that little box continues to fill my life with joy as I pull it out when I’m having a bad day and reread a few of those cards and letters and do it again over and over as a reminder that I am loved.

Today’s challenge to us for Random Acts of Kindness week is to send some love in a card.  Not just picking up a card and signing your name but really taking time to write something special to that person.  Think of a childhood memory or a funny story from years past.  Write a note as to how that person has touched your life or continues to touch others.

Tell someone how great of a job they are doing as a parent or a teacher or an employee.  Look for ways to share kindness by making a difference with your words to others.

It’s true…..we really can make a difference, one act of kindness at a time.

Kindness Act Day Two!

22!!

That’s my favorite number.  I’m not exactly sure how it came about but I remember when my husband and I were talking about getting married, I knew I wanted August 22nd.  My dad’s birthday is on the 22nd; my grandpa’s birthday was the 22nd; my grandma’s birthday was the 22nd.

Whenever I see a 22, I get this amazing feeling come over me as if God is showing me just a little bit of His presence.  When I am worried about something and praying, so often I see a 22 – on a sign, on a license plate, on the back of a semi truck, etc.

I always try to do something special for myself on the 22nd of each month like get a massage, buy myself some flowers, go to my favorite restaurant, eat my favorite dessert or watch my favorite movie.  But a few weeks ago, my friends surprised me on the 22nd.

I was planning to have dinner with my friend, Lisa, to help her break up her busy season as an accountant.  She chose the 22nd because she knew it was my favorite number.  When I went to meet her for dinner, she had planned a small week-early birthday surprise dinner with a few other of my very close friends.

There was a huge bouquet of balloons dancing in the air,  gifts at every corner of the table, excited smiles as I rounded the corner and there – sitting in the middle of the table – was the most beautiful bouquet of flowers.  A bouquet filled with carnations, daisies and these other flowers that last forever that I love but don’t know the name  🙂 , sitting in the cutest little fence-post container.

What a wonderful surprise it was for me that day.  Just a few friends gathering together at a local restaurant but the best gift was the effort it took to gather busy schedules, pick up balloons in the snowy, windy weather, order the perfect bouquet of flowers and spend a couple hours away from the hustle and bustle of phones and everyday life.  It made my day!

As we continue Random Acts of Kindness week, our challenge today is to find a way to make someone else feel special.  Order flowers to be delivered.  Pay a compliment.  Take time to have lunch with no distractions.  Pick up a cupcake and deliver to their desk at work.  Whatever comes to mind for you to do to brighten the corner of someone else’s world, do it!

We really can make a difference, one act of kindness at a time.

 

Making The Most of Your Life’s Space.

“Make the most of every inch of space.”

That is the theme of blogs, podcasts and TV shows everywhere cashing in on the new wave of tiny spaces.   They refer to their collection of techniques as “small space decorating” or “extreme small space decorating”.  Tiny houses are all the rage and minimalism takes the prize.

I love organizing, decluttering and decorating.  I love seeing how these masterminds take the smallest of areas and make a beautiful space out of it.

Last week while I was in Atlanta, I stayed in a hotel that lived up to that theme.  It was a regular hotel room but it seemed so much bigger.  It had a king size bed, a comfortable couch that pulled out into a bed, an ottomon to rest your feet while watching TV and a little portable TV tray where the legs went under the couch allowing the tray to be brought close for maximized use.

There was no traditional closet as we think of it but rather an inset to the wall on both sides of the window with rods for hanging clothes and a place to keep the iron and ironing board all hidden by beautiful matching curtains.  The refrigerator, microwave, coffee center were inset into the wall next to the bathroom allowing one door to double as a bathroom door and closure to the coffee center with just one effortless slide.

There were shelves all the way up the bathroom wall next to the vanity and a shelf encompassing the vanity area itself maximizing every single space possible.

I was impressed to say the least.  It certainly had the newest industrial interior decorating style while still feeling warm and very functional.  I kept finding  hidden shelves and drawers everywhere I looked.

And then right there on one of the shelves in the TV unit was a blue hard-bound book with the spine facing me.  The Holy Bible from the Gideons.  I gently picked it up, running my hand over its cover with a soft smile on my face and warmth in my heart.  Of all the spaces in that room, they still found a perfect spot for God’s Word.

That should be our life’s mission.  In all the decorating of our homes, the search to make healthier choices in our lifestyles and the decluttering of every corner of our lives, we should always find room for God.

We can be dressed in the most stylish of clothes, have the coolest of home decor and the most organized of schedules but if we don’t find room for God, we’ve missed the boat.

As you start your adventure through this day, take time to make room for God.  I believe He loves tiny spaces, spinach smoothies, leopard-print outfits and shiplap decor but only when He can be found in the center of it all.

JIC – Just In Case

Two large checked suitcases.  Two carry-on suitcases.  One backpack.  One over-the-shoulder bag and a purse.

That’s what it took to take all of our necessary items on our two-week vacation.  Well maybe not ALLLLLLL of it was our NECESSARY items but our necessary items plus our JUST-IN-CASE items.

Okay, I will be honest…I think we could have survived comfortably with one large checked bag, one carry-on, a backpack and purse.

Are you an over-packer?  I thought I was doing well.  I even told myself I was only taking what I needed.  But I came home with probably 4 extra outfits and I know I had 4 pairs of shoes I didn’t wear.  And jewelry.  Don’t even get me started.

What was I thinking?  I started evaluating the situation and realized that I live my life in the “Just In Case” mode.  What if this pair of shoes didn’t look right with this outfit?  Maybe I should take an extra pair of black shoes just in case.  What if I decide I don’t want to wear yellow jewelry with the gray outfit but rather silver jewelry?  I guess I better take both just in case.

What if I am on the 7-hour plane ride and finish one book.  I probably had better carry on two books just in case.  What if  my computers or phone can’t pull up my emails?  I better take my  iPad just in case.  And heaven forbid I should get hungry on the plane that doesn’t have anything outside of peanuts and crackers!  I should take food and lots of it, just in case.

I realize that this mentality is really fear.  Fear of things not being perfect.  Fear of the fact I may have to suffer a little bit.  My goodness, how would I survive if one pair of black shoes didn’t look right with my outfit!!

There is a song by Zach Williams titled “Fear is a Liar”.  And it’s true.  Fear is of the devil and he is a liar.  Faith is of Christ and He is truth.

Jesus Christ is not here just in case we need Him.  He should be the first thing we pack in our heart and use daily.  Not just in case we can’t do it on our own.

If you live in the “just In Case” lifestyle, I encourage you to join me in starting to dig in to the Word more and find out how to overcome this liar of fear and to look to the only One who can help us. No more JIC living,  Only JC (Jesus Christ)!

 

It’s Slick Out There!

Left?  Right?  Highway?  County roads?  Faster route?  Scenic route?

I have several ways that I can go to work and because I don’t like doing everything the same way each day, a lot of times I mix it up.  A few days, I made the wrong decision and couldn’t wait to get to safer ground.

It had rained a little bit through the night and with highway department trucks placing salt on the highway in front of my house, the roads looked fine.  Left I decided.  I pulled out of my driveway and turned left.  But my car kept going left and the backend went right.  Then I turned the steering wheel right and could gradually feel there was very little traction.  I drove about 300 feet, turned around in the neighboring driveway and headed right back home to safety.

Yesterday it seemed there was just a little snow on the roads so I decided to turn right.  Then right again onto the county road.  It seemed fine until I got to the point of not being able to turn around and it was a solid sheet of ice.  All I wanted was to get to the point of safety and some traction.  I finally reached the highway up ahead and made it safely to my destination.

Throughout each day we have a lot of decisions to make.  The devil draws us to ones that seem easy and the fastest way to what get what we want.  We seem pulled in both directions.  We may know the right route to take but the shortest path seems easier.  We’re all about what’s easier or faster right?

But sometimes God wants us to wait and take the longer route or the route that makes us depend fully on Him but we don’t like to wait or not exercise our independence.  I know.  I’ve been there.  I am there.  I’m tired of waiting on God to open doors.  I’m anxious.  He keeps telling me to hang on.  Be patient.  Enjoy the ride.

But I am so tempted to do things my way and find ways that I think will open the door.  It’s like driving on the icy, snow-covered roads.  Which way do I go?  The short cut or the longer way?

Sometimes I take the icy route and can’t wait to turn around and head back to Jesus.   It may take me longer to get there.  But it will be the right way.

I’m not sure what you’re going through today but I urge you to not be tempted by the devil’s schemes of the easy, faster way but rather to seek God for the perfect way.  Because if we seek Him and follow His direction, we maintain traction and don’t get stuck on the devil’s slippery slope.

Left?  Right? Straight ahead?  Nope.  Look up.  He’ll take you there.  And if you choose the wrong route, don’t be afraid to stop and turn around and go back to Him.  He’s wants to put you on the path with traction.  Which way will you choose?

February Make A Difference Month Challenge ideas:
Day 6 – Give a special treat to your mail carrier.  Sunday was National Mail Carrier Day.
Day 7 – Feb 7th is national send a card to a friend day.  Choose a special card and a special friend.
Day 8 – Buy a dozen donuts and drop off to your favorite business.
Day 9 – Take some homemade muffins to your neighbor.
Day 10 – Put $1.07 in a baggie with a note that says “buy yourself something on me today” and leave it in the toy section at the Dollar Tree.
Day 11 – Give a hug to someone who looks like they need it!

 

February Make A Difference Month Continues.

If you are just joining us – see February Make a Difference Challenge post on February 2.

Here’s a recap of suggestions for make a difference kindness acts:

*Day 1 – send a hand-written card
*Day 2 – positive message sticky notes left in public places
*Day 3- buy something extra and give away, i.e. like popcorn at a ballgame
*Day 4 – donate to your favorite charity
*Day 5 – Buy a gift card for someone and give it away.

*Let’s go make a difference to change the world one act of kindness at a time.  🙂