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Last month, I felt the need to give back. I wasn’t sure what, or how, that was going to transpire, but the desire to give to someone was placed on my heart. I have felt those tugs only a few times in my life. I know that we have all seen the commercials on television about giving to children overseas or about how we can donate to save animals or even the ocean. Then, we also hear how those major charities have huge payrolls, and that only a small percentage of the donations reach the ones we were hoping to help. Plus, we all see so many scams now, either online or in-person, that we have become somewhat jaded to the plights of others. That was my issue when I kept looking for a way to help someone. I wanted to make sure that I was helping someone who was in need. I wanted to help someone in my community. But, I didn’t know how even to find someone in need, and I know that a lot of the times, we don’t know what is going on behind closed doors. But, the Lord sees all, and I believe that He orchestrated this entire thing months ago.

I went to the bank and post office this past week for work. I don’t work all of the time, and most of the time, my son is the one who is in charge of those duties. But, that day, I was the one who did the errands. On the way back from the post office, I pulled into a store to run in and look around. I haven’t been to that store in months, and I had nothing that I wanted to purchase, but my car still pulled off the road, and I went inside. I found a couple of journals for a great price that I bought, and I also was looking at some mints when a lady from church popped her head around the corner and said hello. She goes to a different service than I do, so I hadn’t seen her in a while. It took me a minute to recognize her because she looked thinner than I remembered. We spoke for just a few minutes, and then she left. She seemed to be in a hurry, so I went back to looking at my mints, etc.

I never thought another thing about the encounter, and later that night, she messaged and said that she was sorry for having to run off so quickly, but she needed to get back to the house. I mentioned to her that I noticed she was in a hurry, and then I also mentioned that she looked skinny. She said that the doctors think it is because of stress. And that was the end of the conversation. She seemed to assume that I knew why she was stressed, but I had no idea. A couple of days later, she messaged again, and this time, I understood. She explained that her husband had been badly hurt and that they were struggling. The doctors said that he will not be able to return to work and that he was going to require a couple more surgeries. She said that it had been placed on her heart to share this with me, and she had no idea if I wanted to help her or not, but that her daughter had set up an account if I felt the need.

The desire to help someone was placed on my heart before her husband was even hurt. I should never have run into her at that store since there was no reason for me to stop and go inside. Would I have been as willing to help her if she had sent me the same message several months ago? The truth is that I probably would have been more guarded, more jaded. I might have felt like I was being taken advantage of and ignored the message. Do you think that the Lord knew that?

Proverbs 3:27

27 Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to act.

I never meant for my friend to know that I sent her money, I would have liked to have remained anonymous. Unfortunately, the account was set up through PayPal, and I couldn’t find a way around my name showing. I don’t need thanks. I know that I fall short and could do so much more for those in need. I didn’t write this for me to get a pat on the back. This is about the LORD, and how we should all be thankful for His blessings. He was looking out for my friend. His love is eternal!

Look around today, and see if the Lord is placing someone in your path. Maybe there is someone that needs your blessings, whether it is monetary or just someone to talk to, you might be the answer to their prayers.

Have A Blessed Day!

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20 Comments

  1. Long time reader first time commenter. Tanya your Sunday posts are thoughtful, well written and from the heart. They always give me food for thought. Thank you!

    • Tania Reply

      Thank you Diane, for following my blog and taking the time to comment.

  2. Marilyn S. Reply

    That was a beautiful example of you BEING the church. Remain sensitive to the Holy spirit .

    • You are right, not about what you did but what the Lord was doing. It is for His glory!

    • Tania Reply

      Thanks, Marilyn. Unfortunately, I don’t always do what I should.

  3. I LOVE how our Lord places us where he wants us to be! I pray that my eyes and ears are always open to see and hear what he intends. I’m sure I’ve missed or ignored many opportunities over the years, but because He is faithful, it will happen over and over!

    • Tania Reply

      I pray that also, Sue. I pray to open my heart and eyes. If my eyes see, but my heart is not willing, then I won’t act.

  4. Mariana O. Reply

    What a beautiful story. God truly works in mysterious ways. God bless you.

  5. My husband is a giver. He once gave to a man I honestly thought was conning him. He was wearing pieces of a military uniform but smelled of alcohol. My husband gave him money and when I said something about he might just be a panhandler, my husband said he gave the money because he felt a need there. It was up to God to do the rest.

    • Tania Reply

      My Joe is a much bigger giver than me. He sees needs where I don’t. I want to be more of a giver, so I am praying for my eyes to be aware of others plights.

  6. Margie or James Lewis Reply

    Her story is very touching I feel the need to also help. Could you message me the information.

  7. Don’t you love those godly nudges? I was not only impressed by your listening, but also impressed by that lady asking for help. It’s so hard to do. I’m a believer that the church should meet the needs of its people….and by the church I mean us! Yet we are often taught to look out for ourselves….not the joy of community lending a hand up.

  8. What an amazing story that God orchestrated and your servant heart followed! Thank you for being a woman of God and following His lead.

  9. Elaine Luman Reply

    Thanks for sharing. Many of us have become a bit jaded due to all of the hype regarding scams and big CEO pay checks. So glad you followed your heart.

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