Today, we have the honor of hearing a heartfelt story by Christy Pearce. Christy is a mommy blogger who loves the Lord and her family. Please make Christy feel welcome by showing her some love in the comments.
A Blessing to SoMeone!
By Christy Pearce
Proverbs 11:25: Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered. (ESV)
I never expected to be so blessed. I just wanted to be a blessing.
I got a call from my husband a couple of weeks before Thanksgiving. While he was studying and preparing for his sermon, his heart became heavy with grief at the thought of people with nowhere to go for the holiday. We knew the Spirit of God was calling him to plan a Thanksgiving dinner as an outreach in our community. So we did it.
Thanksgiving Day arrived and so did the people. There was a TON of food, but only a handful of people. But that was just how it was meant to be. Because if we had as many attend as we expected, or even hoped for, I never would have met Laton and Louise—the “L and L crew” as they called themselves. And I never would have been so blessed and “enriched” by talking with this sweet couple who loved the Lord.
After everyone was served, I sat down with my girls at a table next to Laton and Louise. We struck up a conversation.
“Laton, L-A-T-O-N, never heard a name like that, have you?” is how he introduced himself. I turned to his wife and asked her name. “Louise,” she said. “Sixty-five years together,” said Laton; “most people today count up all the years they have been married each time and then add all of ‘em together!”
I giggled. And I pondered…
Sixty-five years. What a history. More than that, it was a lifetime of memories, lessons and wisdom. And God put me there in that room in a conversation with them.
“We are here because we just didn’t want to be by ourselves. That’s bad, isn’t it?” said Louise. I told Louise that it certainly was not bad at all. That was the whole reason why we planned the meal!
I listened intently as they walked me through the pages of their memories. They told me about the challenges of having six kids. “They are all too busy to come out for Thanksgiving,” Laton said. They even told me about one son who isn’t speaking to them.
“No child should ignore their parents. They shouldn’t chew us out about how we want to live our lives…. Am I right?” said Laton.
I agreed that he was right. And I told him that instead, children should “Honor their Mother and Father” no matter what stage of life parents or children are in—that is what God’s Word tells us.
When I mentioned the Word of God, Laton and Louise lit up like Christmas trees! They were so excited to share their faith in Jesus. They explained that though they had not been perfect, they knew that they were forgiven. They understood the atoning power of Jesus’s blood, and they were both in awe of God’s love for them.
I was so encouraged and refreshed by their testimony. I was also sad with them when I saw the pain in their eyes as they poured out their hearts sharing their “one wish” that their children knew Jesus too.
“We pray for them every day. We know they need Him,” said Louise.
They shared joys in seeing God’s hand at work in their lives. Tears came to my eyes as they told me stories of times when God provided for them in unexpected ways.
When all was said and done, I had no idea how much just one meal might bless people, or how it might bless me, but it did. I was grateful to be the “someone” that Laton and Louise got to spend Thanksgiving with, and I am overjoyed they were the “someone” for me.
Christy is a wife, stay at home mommy of three, and a writer and speaker who desires to proclaim God’s truth! Christy and her husband, Jim, have three little gifts whom she works hard to serve and train up! While Christy admits that she is far from perfect, she desires that Christ would be preeminent in all she says (writes) and does. Her blog, “Faith Like Dirty Diapers,” was born out of God using every day events—even a diaper change—to strengthen her with words of life. You can also read another great story on her site called, “Don’t Freeze Your Blessings.”
You contact Christy on Twitter.
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