Simple things…

I’m attending a seminar this weekend where the hubby is a featured speaker.  During sessions, I brought lots of things to keep me busy. 

Last week I had a big birthday celebration on my author page (yay, me!  I’m officially 45 and have been a published writer for 10 years!)  As a part of that celebration, I gave away a ton of books, did some fun games, and offered prizes to winners. So in my downtime at the seminar, I decided to go through all of the games and sent messages to all of the winners. 

Then I shut down my laptop and picked up a devotional book I’ve had for years but hadn’t read.  God’s Purpose for Every Woman was edited and compiled by Lysa Terkeurst in association with the Proverbs 31 Ministries.  I got to a certain chapter called “Pass it on” written by Susanne Scheppermann.  In it, she relates a time when she sat in the drive-through line at a coffee shop and found herself in a “pay it forward” train.  According to the attendant at the window, eleven cars had participated so far, each paying for coffee for the vehicle behind them.

The end of the chapter offered a challenge to share a small blessing with someone and to ask God to reveal ways to share his message of salvation. 

I pondered this, wondering how I should be sharing God’s message.  Brows pinched tight together in thought, I was distracted by a little ding on my phone and looked to see one of my birthday “winners” had messaged me back.  Instead of accepting the Amazon gift card she’d won, she told me to keep it and buy myself a book I’d been wanting to read.

I was blown away.  I wept because while this might seem a small thing, it was really so much more.

This “winner” wasn’t just another reader of my books.  She’s a beautiful “prayer friend” I’ve been in intimate contact with online for years.  Yvonne and I (along with Tawdra Kandle) have shared prayers, shared heartbreak, shared worries, and needs all with heads bowed and absolute hope in God’s goodness. 

When I thanked Yvonne I had to tell her about the book I was reading and how AMAZING God’s timing was. Her sharing that gift happened just as I learned about how important it is to share the goodness of Christ.  And I told her how blessed I was by her friendship.  Her response cemented the moment:

I am blessed by you as well.  Sometimes having someone pray for you when needed is a blessing. You blessed me with just a reminder that I may not have riches, but I am so rich in Love and friends and God’s love.

And this reminded me of a phrase Tawdra Kandle uses often:  God’s economy.  The truth is, “passing on” the goodness of Christ isn’t brain science.  Because growing in relationship with God is growing in relationship with others.  Relationship is built on small things.  A kind word.  An attentive ear.  A warm hug.  A promise for prayer. 

In God’s economy, the simple things reap big dividends. 

We can’t let the challenge of sharing God’s message overwhelm us.  Sometimes just a simple act is all someone needs.  And that simple act always comes back to bless us as we enrich our relationship with and through Christ Jesus.

Gracious Lord, Thank you for good friends. For their love, their encouragement, their example. Thank you for the opportunity to do the small things and thank you so much for taking those simple things and making their GREAT for Your good. Lead me always in Your ways, Lord and bless me with ways to serve you daily in all I am and all I do. Your servant, Amen.

By oliviahardinwriter

When Olivia Hardin started having movie-like dreams in her teens, she had no choice but to begin putting them to paper. Before long, the writing bug had bitten her, and she knew she wanted to be a published author. Several rejections plus a little bit of life later, she was temporarily “cured” of the urge to write. That is, until she met a group of talented and fabulous writers who gave her the direction and encouragement she needed to get lost in the words again. Olivia has attended three different universities over the years and toyed with majors in Computer Technology, English, History and Geology. Then one day she heard the term “road scholar,”' and she knew that was what she wanted to be. Now she “studies” anything and everything just for the joy of learning. She's also an insatiable crafter who only completes about 1 out of 5 projects, a jogger who hates to run, and she’s sometimes accused of being artistic. A native Texas girl, Olivia lives in the beautiful Lone Star state with her husband, Danny, their corgi Bonnie Sue, and their new rescue Heidi Ho.

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