I just have to share with you what I saw today. I went to Wal-Mart this morning in my jammies. Yes, I did! And I’m not ashamed of it at all! It actually felt good to go somewhere wearing my comfy clothes. I did it all the time when I was a stay-at-home mom and had no time or energy to take a shower in the morning, to put on some nice clothes (which I didn’t have), and to put my “face” on. I wasn’t rushed today so I took my time. And I noticed a couple of things that made me think and see and then become grateful for.
Ask Jackie: Unexpected Blessings
Everybody wants to be loved… This is a beautiful man with a very important message to those who feel broken, not worthy of being loved, and abandoned. It’s crucial to know that we are not alone in the walk of life and that through God anything and everything is possible.
So the other day I was in the check-out aisle in Wal-Mart by myself with two people ahead of me. Was I in a hurry? No way! I was enjoying the fact that I was by myself so I patiently waited for my turn. Then I look up and I saw her. It was me eight years ago. She was tired and anxious. I could see it in her eyes. She had two small boys, one hanging on her leg and the other crying in the cart. She fumbled through her purse and took out her W.I.C. coupons and handed them to the cashier. What was she feeling? I can tell you how I felt years ago. I felt ashamed, embarrassed and sad. But yet extremely grateful that there were programs available to help young families that were struggling. Scott and I are very thankful that there was help when we needed it. Yet every time I was in that aisle, I could feel the looks, stares, and assumptions from the people behind me. Were they thinking that I was abusing the system? Or, that I was possibly too lazy to find a job and that if I couldn’t afford to have kids I shouldn’t have them. Probably!
Lately, it seems there are two days that have been killing my joy and consuming my time…Yesterday and Tomorrow.
This is a beautiful example of how we can let our light shine both on the court and off.
This family is a beautiful example of what love and courage can do. They have an important message to give to this world. May God continue to bless their efforts in touching lives and inspiring others to follow their dreams and to touch millions along the way.
When I look at the ugly truth about my own sinful nature and insecurities, I can become very depressed and discouraged. I then feel like I’m failing as a mom, wife, friend and co-worker. There are days when I look ahead at the tasks in front of me and I ask myself, “How am I going to get through that?” or “What if I say or do the wrong things?” or “Life is going to get more difficult so how am I going to deal with it?” Those days are pretty hard to get through and I just want to climb into bed and go to sleep. Looking back, that’s probably what I should have done.
This week I want you to be the leader that you are…but to lead with a servant’s heart!
The below is a devotion from a Pastor that I felt was well-worth sharing! I hope you feel the same and share it with others too.