Great discussion yesterday on both giving up and taking on something for Lent! Here are the four winners of the notecards:
|Kara in CO
If you won, you will be getting an email from my assistant Kim at the address you left when you commented so we can get your mailing address. Congrats!
Do you ever switch circles?
You know, change churches, no longer have a child in a certain sport or stop being part of an interest group to which you once belonged?
As a result, people you may have rubbed shoulders with pretty consistently at one time now rarely cross your path. You may think of them sometimes; wonder what (and how) they are doing.
When such a person crosses your mind, consider that it may be God tapping you on the heart, trying to prompt you to reach out to them.
I did just that yesterday; called someone I used to see weekly when our kids played a homeschool sport together. I hadn’t talked to her in nearly a year.
We were only able to visit for a few minutes by phone but it was clear why God wanted me to call.
She is in the midst now of severe health issues and going through an unpleasant and unwanted divorce. It did her heart good to know someone cared and had been sensitive to that heart-tapping of the Lord.
And it made me sad for the times I think to send the note or leave the encouraging Facebook comment, but am too busy to follow through with actual action.
While God has been teaching me lately not to pack my time with trivial over-connections with people (so easy to do in the age of social media and instant access to others by texting, cell phones, etc), I need to be ever mindful that there are times He wants me to be His hands and feet and show His heart to a hurting soul.
Those gentle nudges are the reason I need to create white space and margin in my days so I can stop for a few minutes and reach out.
If God lightly drums on your heart today prompting you to reach out to someone you don’t see so much anymore, do it.
You’ll (and she’ll) be glad you did.