This past week I've spent a lot of time reflecting on blessings. I have so many. Too many to count, really. And I'm so grateful to all that God has provided for me: a wonderful husband, beautiful children, good health, a home to live in and plenty of food to eat... and so much more.
I have a bloggy friend whom I've never met who also has many blessings. God has blessed her with deep faith, a beautiful family, the ability to home school her kids, a wonderful husband and an incredible network of people who love and support her.
But she and her family are also facing some challenges right now. They've been unable to sell their home. Her husband has had trouble finding work after they sold their business so their finances are tight. And she had surgery today to fix a not-so-tiny hole in her heart.
After reading some of her recent posts – and one in particular where she let it slip that her children's Christmas is going to be a small one this year – I felt a little whisper in my heart. Maybe I could share one of my blessings with this wonderful person. True, our only correspondence has been through the comments section of her blog... but does that matter?
I thought about something small I could make for each of her kids using my stash, since our budget is tight and the baby is due to arrive any time now. And then I remembered that they do a lot of journaling as part of their home school curriculum... a covered journal for each of her sweeties seemed perfect.
I floated the idea to her in a comment on one of her posts and she was so sweet in her response. She said she would love them and that she'd contact me soon. Well, a few days passed and my pregnancy-induced insanity must have gone into overdrive because by this Friday night I had four patchwork journal covers (using Rachel's awesome tutorial) finished and ready to go.
"I’m glad that I made them then! :)I’m sure you’ll have many opportunities in the years to come to be on the giving end of things. For now, it’s okay to be on the receiving end of things. There is Grace and goodness in being able to say “yes” when you need help the most. God provides us with many blessings throughout our lives. Right now, you are blessed with many people who want to help you and I am blessed with the ability to help. Sometime soon, I know, you’ll be back to fighting form and God will once again bless you with the ability to help someone else."
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