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Are You One of the Thirty-Six?

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It’s been months since I’ve had time to sit down and scribe one of my “Appointments with God” and I missed Him.

Now, I know that’s okay, because there are moments within my life when life happens and I can’t stop and say, “Well, I’ll work after I get done writing down something that I never want to forget!” or “I’ll stitch up your arm so you don’t bleed right after I’m done  with this important thought!”

No, there are moments when writing must wait, but today God graced me a little time and a great story that I never want to forget!

Within Grass Valley, CA. is a tiny store-y that we opened that sells things so we can buy comfort for hospitalized children. It’s probably the tiniest store-y in town. It’s a little “thrift-consignment” store that sells the products of others, and because each person who donates or creates something wonderful has a story, hence: we call our “25th of Remember” store, “The store-y!”

So, back to my store-y!

A few weeks ago one of my dear friends, Irene Masteller, donated a stack of books, so I did what I normally do… I wrote: Donated by: Irene,on the tag, added a price and then placed it on the shelf. Then last night as I was closing up, God put it on my heart to pick “one” book a week, read it, and then put the book up for sale so I can share with those who shop here why I believe they would enjoy the book.

The book I walked out with was titled: My Grandfather’s Blessings, written by: Rachel Naomi Remen, M.D.

Then this morning I grabbed a cup of coffee and started reading the book and within a moment I was in love with Rachel’s grandfather, and I wanted to call her and tell her that I couldn’t put the book down!

The book is a beautiful book about the lessons she learned from her grandfather. Her grandfather was an Orthodox rabbi and shared great lessons of life within his stories, and one story he shared made me cry…

The story told  dated back to the time of the prophet Isaiah. It’s the legend of the Lamed-Vov.

Do you know it? If not, no worries… I didn’t either.

The legend goes that God decided He would allow the world to continue as long as (at any given time) there is a minimum of thirty-six good people in the human race. People who respond to the suffering of others. These thirty-six people are called the Lamed-Vov. If at any time, there are fewer than thirty-six such people alive, the world will come to an end.

As she continues sharing her grandfather’s story she asked her grandfather if he knew these people and he replied, “No, Neshume-le, only God knows who the Lamed-Vovniks are. Even the Lamed-Vovniks themselves do not know for sure the role they have in the continuation of the world, and no one else knows it either. They respond to suffering, not in order to save the world, but simply because the suffering of others touches them and matters to them,” he answered.

It turns out that Lamed-Vovniks can be anyone within the world, “And because no one knows who they are, Neshume-le, anyone you meet might be one of the thirty-six for whom God preserves the world. It is important to treat everyone you meet as if this might be so,” said Grandfather.

When I finished reading the story God showed my heart that each day I’m touched by people I will never see again, but the moment they walk into my life they’ve touched my life and changed it.

I do know one thing. I agree with her grandfather. I have no idea who these thirty-six people are, but I’ll bet… YOU ARE ONE OF THEM!

And, as soon as I’m done reading the book I don’t want to sell it, but I want to share it. If you’d like to read it when I’m finished, please send me a personal email and I’ll send it to you. Then when you’re done reading it, you can sign your name within the book, and send it back and I’ll send it the next person on the list and so on and so forth. Then when the last person on the list is done reading it I’m going to send it to Rachel and show her how many people “one” book blessed!

If you’d like to read the book, please email me at:

ourstore-y@iloveowie.org

L.B.

Now, onward to seeing how many of the thirty-six of you I meet today!

 

 

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CAN YOU BE HOMELESS FOR THE HOLIDAYS?

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Saturday afternoon I decided to go to the mall. It was as if I could hear the Christmas music coming from that direction and had to go and see if that was where the music was coming from.

Sure enough. It was.

As I was walking around the mall, I grabbed a Starbucks,  went and sat in a chair and called a few friends. I wanted to let them know that Christmas had arrived. When my phone calls were finished I walked through all the stores. So many people were out shopping and it seemed as if the spirit of peace on earth and good will to men  had arrived early, and on that happy note I decided it was time to go home.

Anyway, as I was leaving I saw a woman sitting on a chair selling something when my heart heard, “Go talk to her”  and before I had time to say, “no” to myself…I was standing in front of her kiosk asking, “So, how’s your evening? Are you enjoying all the people in the mall?”

“Yes.” She replied.

“How long have you worked here?” I asked.

“Not long.” She replied.

Our conversation was easy and we talked about everything from where she came from, to how many children she had and then I saw it. Her eyes went from open to trusting. That’s the best way I know how to describe what I saw. She trusted me and said, “I don’t know why I’m telling you this but… I’m homeless.”

She then told me her story, and like so many people I’ve met in her situation her story seemed to be the same except she told me more. She started to share that has time goes on, and one can’t find a job, one comes to accept that their car is their place of residence. She was sharing how she learned how to survive and how when she would meet others who were in her situation she would tell them where to shop. How to shower, and as I listened to her speak she said, “The only thing that happens to someone that is tragic, is after they’ve been homeless to the point where they can survive, they get embarrassed to tell people. We stop going to places that we’re invited, because it’s much like an illness— when one looks healthy, but then shares they have cancer there’s a silence that falls over the room, and the same goes for those who are homeless. Silence falls.”

For the past few days I’ve been thinking about this woman and yesterday I reached out to a young woman, who I know works in the mall. The funny part is  I actually met  this young woman a few months back at the DMV and she invited me to her church, and because of her heart, I went and met all those she goes to church with. So, yesterday I reached out to this young woman and asked if her church could  help her, and this was her message back to me:

“Okay, Gina. I would love to meet her and send her flowers or something. Maybe we can get a group of women together and take her to lunch and go on a prayer walk or something.  Let me know what you think would be a good idea. We’re having a midweek service if she wants to come too. Please give her my phone number.”

What I loved about her response back was she wasn’t thinking, “Okay. Let me ask those in the church if they know anyone who is hiring or I’ll pray for her.” No, this young woman thought about the things that make people know they are valued. Friendships, flowers, eating with friends, moments.

And, what I learned from this woman is the only thing she seemed to miss were the friendships of others, because she never once said to me, “I wish I had a big house. I wish I had a nicer car. I wish I had better clothes. I wish I had more food.”

No, she didn’t.

She said, “I miss having friends.”

One of my favorite reminders  of what a true friend is resides within the Bible and reads:  “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in..” Matthew 25:35

My hope in sharing this story is that each person who reads this will become HOMELESS FOR THE HOLIDAYS… and all year-long! Now, I don’t mean I want you to give up your home and live on the streets or within your car, “NO!”  What I mean is whenever you see someone who is homeless, don’t fear them. Do not look away because you think that if you look at them YOU HAVE TO GIVE THEM MONEY! You don’t have to give them money. You don’t have to give them food. YOU DON’T HAVE TO GIVE THEM ANYTHING…

ALL YOU HAVE TO DO IS…

Say hello!

Wave!

If you’re walking by, reach out your hand and introduce yourself.

Ask them their name. Nothing is more comforting to a person than to hear someone say their name.

Pray for them. Don’t tell them you’ll pray for them. JUST DO IT!

And, yes.. if you’re walking by with a sandwich and “half” some left… offer it up, because that’s what friends do for their friends.

Yes, this holiday season and beyond please join me and become Homeless, because when we embrace the love that arrives within the smile of a new friend…

There is where peace on earth and goodwill to us arrives!

NOW, ONWARD TO THE HOLIDAYS!

L.B.

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The Most Valuable Lesson in Business… I Learned from a Lemon Tree!

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Has anyone priced the cost of lemons these days? In California a simple lemon is going for 89 cents a piece, and the way I use them,  I realized that I’ve been spending around $53.40 each month to keep them stock piled so I wouldn’t run out. Last Saturday the unimaginable happened. I ran out, and when I went to the store they were out. What was I to do?

I came home and told my husband that the world was running out of lemons. He laughed and  shared that his sister had a lemon tree and he would see if she would share. She did and WOW did she have lemons. She has a lemon tree that is over 25 years old and each lemon is the size of a softball, so I decided that I would take six lemon seeds  from her donated lemons and plant them. I would grow my own lemon trees so that I would never run out again.  I planted the seeds and shared with my husband that I had solved my ‘problem of the lemons’ and within 3-to-5 years I would be producing an abundance of lemons!

“Are you serious? he said. “You’re going to wait 3-to-5 years for those seeds to grow?”

“Yep!”

Then yesterday happened. My husband walked into my garden and saw my bright yellow container with a note that shared there were lemon seeds within the soil and he said, “That’s it. Get in the car. I’m taking you to a nursery and I’m going to buy you a lemon tree that has a lemon on it.”

We got in the car and drove to several nurseries and no one had a lemon tree to sale and all I could think was… The world is running out of lemons. What am I going to do? But as life always seems to work itself out we came upon a nursery that had one lemon tree standing alone as if to say, “Pick me!” My husband looked at the price and said, “Let’s go to a few more places. I can’t fathom paying 24.50 per lemon, because with only two lemons growing,  these will be the most expensive lemons you have ever squeezed.”

Last Tree Standing

We got in the car, headed to a few more places before we ended up back at the nursery with the last lemon tree standing. My husband purchased my tree and when we were leaving I noticed there was a beautiful statue of a little girl sitting in the garden. I snapped her picture and when we arrived home my husband planted the tree for me, I watered it, and the two of us went inside. Our mission was accomplished.

Little Girl Waiting

Then this morning I walked outside  to check on my two lemons and it was there where God showed me the most valuable lesson in business that I will ever learn.

My two lemons

For 25 plus years I’ve been working on a non-profit that has been very hard, and every time I wonder if we’ve given enough, God will put it on my heart to keep going. So, we go!

But, what I realized this morning was that God used the lemon tree to show me the importance of timing, and when He wants someone else to do something for us. To help us. To teach us. To give to us. He will put it on their heart to do so. Just like the tree. I was willing to wait for the harvest, where my husband’s heart was willing to purchase the necessary tree in which fruit was already producing.

One of my favorite bible verses arrives within Habakkuk 2:3, For the vision is yet for an appointed time and it hastens to the end; it will not deceive or disappoint. Though it tarry, wait for it, because it will surely come; it will not be behindhand on its appointed day. 

Now, I know why it’s always been one of my favorite verses, because my Appointments with God have been nothing more than my waiting on His appointed time to teach me the lesson, and He’s right. I’ve never been deceived by Him or disappointed.

And, real quick… Back to the picture I snapped of the statue of the little girl. God used that photograph to remind me that even though my body is aging my mind still remembers the little girl who once sat in a garden and dreamed that the desires of her heart would one day be made possible, and from this day “onward”,   I will never ask God again if He still wants me to give comfort, because much like the tree. All I have to do is plant the seeds and the harvest will arrive.

The fun part of this appointment is within a few years I will have six lemon trees that I will pass on to others, and they too will have lemons in abundance, because there are some moments in life where we plant a seed thinking the fruit is for us, but in the end… He had us plant it to help another.

My hope in sharing the story of my lemon tree  is to share that if God has given you a dream…  keep growing it because one day your harvest will arrive or another will arrive to help and the two of you will harvest “the” dream together.

L.B.
Onward to watering the desires of my heart!

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THE 2ND HALF OF YESTERDAY’S OWIE STORY!

My furever friend

Yesterday morning (September 21, 2013) I shared a story about a mother and her heart and I wanted to share the rest of the story with you now.

For the past few days I’ve been blessed with a moment to enjoy the fun of running a retail store that will benefit our non-profit, Owie BowWowie and Friends. I can honestly write that from the moment the door is unlocked my heart smiles, and not because of the merchandise that is within the store, but because of the people who will walk through its doors, each looking for something unique with their own stories to share.

And, I have to share that I learned something very profound about running a small shop around the corner! What a difference there is in the way people walk into them. When someone walks into (let’s say a large department store like Target or Walmart) they become one of hundreds of people who are shopping that day. They walk in assertive, grab their shopping cart, some grab their cell phones and talk while they shop, or maybe they will need assistance and  will walk around the store looking for that one person wearing the shirt with the name tag only to find that it’s not their department, and the person in the shirt will be back shortly with someone who can help them! But, when a person walks into a small shop around the corner they don’t walk in the same way. Their walk through the door is quieter, a little apprehension arrives… (Will this person want to talk to me? Do they expect me to buy something?) Some walk in with their heads half-way down, do a quick run through and try to head out the door with a quick, “Thank you!” And then there are others from the moment they walk through the door they become your friend for life, and they come back the next day to see you, and that is the reason I can finish this story.

On Saturday a woman came in the store and told me a story about her son who was hospitalized and how he received  an Owie BowWowie that our non-profit gives to hospitalized children.

Then yesterday I was standing at the counter chatting with a customer when the woman came back and as I turned to see who had walked through the door there she was with her son, and her son was holding his Owie BowWowie.

What an amazing moment for me to meet a child who had received an Owie from one of our special donors and I could tell by his Owie that he was worn from love. The mom proceeded to tell me that when she went home the day before she told him that she had met the woman from the organization who had given him his Owie. He didn’t believe her so he wanted to come by and see for himself if she was telling the truth. We hugged, and then he saw Lil’ Owie and wanted one. His mother immediately purchased one, knowing that her purchase would benefit another child, and next weekend they will be back to visit us again.

As they were walking out the door I called him back and said, “Yesterday your mother told me that you lost the bandage that was on your Owie?”

“Yes!” he said as he put his head down.

“She also said that you were upset that you lost your bandage!”

“Yes!” he said as he looked up.

“Come with me.” I said.

He followed me to the counter and I had brought him a bandage in the event that he came to visit. I didn’t know if she would bring him in so I could meet him, but in the event that she did I wanted to make sure that  I was ready!

I placed the new bandage on his Owie, he smiled, we hugged and then he left.

What I love most about this story is it applies to all of us, because there are moments within our lives when we misplace things, but if it’s a desire within our heart, no matter how big or how small, God always finds a wonderful way to give it back to us. Now, I wonder if He allows us to misplace things so we can meet the person who is supposed to give it back to us. Because I truly believe that life is not about the things that we give, but about the people we give things to, because it’s true… It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35 

Because once we give… we actually receive the best thing in life that one can get… A HUG!

And, also we’re nearing the holidays, and being that I am given the opportunity to be a small shop around the corner, I would like to ask everyone who reads my heart to shop this season at your shop around the corner.  Walk in, say hello, introduce yourself, and if you don’t find an item that you want to purchase that’s okay, because you will find so much more… YOU WILL FIND A FRIEND!

And, now I know why decades ago I read something that touched my heart in such a way that I said out loud, “If I ever have a store I’m going to make book markers and hand them out to each person who frequents my store which reads…

People open their business in order to sell things. They hope to become busy so that they will have to enlarge their business, then sell more things, and grow rich, and eventually not have to come into their place of business at all. Isn’t that true?

But, are there other people who open a shop with the hope of being sheltered there, among such things as they most value- friends or tea cups or books- and with the idea only of making a comfortable assertation? They will become part of the block, a part of the street, part of everybody’s memories. They will sit and drink coffee in the middle of the morning. They will get out the familiar tinsel at Christmas. They will wash the windows in spring before spreading out new stock. Shops, to these people, are what a cabin in the woods might be to somebody else- a refuge and justification. Alice Munro, from “Open Secrets” 

So, next Friday or Saturday, if you happen to be in Thousand Oaks, CA., please stop by our little shop around the corner at, 2940 E Thousand Oaks Blvd, Thousand Oaks, CA 91362
From 10 – 6, because I would love to give you a book marker! 

L.B. 

Onward to the little shop around the corner! 

 

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IF YOU’VE EVER DONATED AN OWIE TO A CHILD… PLEASE READ! THIS IS FUR YOU!

I LOVE OWIE!

There are five things within my life that are important to me:

God

My family

My friends

Hospitalized Children

And, giving gifts of comfort to those who are hurting!

Yesterday (before my day began) I thanked God for my family, friends, and the opportunity to try new things  that would allow me to give gifts of comfort to hospitalized children and yesterday a friend of mine, Twyla Monte, invited me to her store to help her sell goods that would help raise money to give gifts of comfort to hospitalized children. I happen to run a non-profit called: Owie BowWowie and Friends, and Owie BowWowie is a stuffed plush dog who comes with his own bandages and is delivered with a hug to children who are hospitalized and in need of a FUR-EVER FURiend!

As I was getting in my car to leave my husband said, “Well good luck. I hope you have a great day!” When I replied, “I know that it’s going to be grand, because I know with all my heart I’m going to meet someone who is going to warm my heart!”

Around noon Twyla had to run an errand so I decided that I would take the Christmas ornaments out of her boxes and place them on her Christmas Tree when a woman walked in, and the two of us began chatting. We chatted for nearly an hour as she shopped around the store, and she began to tell me about her son that had problems. As she began to share her heart she stopped, and I could tell it was hard for her to share too much, so I simply listened until she came to some silverware that she wanted to purchase, but had no money and told me she would come back later. I gave her a hug, and continued  hanging ornaments on the tree.

A few hours later the woman came back in, walked straight over to the silverware and then when she had the items she needed she walked over to the counter, placed down her items and then looked over at me and said, “Oh, it’s Owie!”

I had brought in Owie BowWowie’s and had them sitting on the counter so we could share with each customer what we were raising the money for, and when she seemed to know who Owie was I asked, “Oh, you’ve heard of Owie BowWowie before?”

“Yes. My son has one!”

Then with tears in her eyes she said, “A few years ago I was standing in my kitchen doing my dishes when I heard a terrible screech and a child scream, so I threw my dishes in the sink, ran out to the street and found my son lying in a pool of blood. I couldn’t breathe. My sister was watching him outside when a car came around the corner and onto the sidewalk and the side-view mirror of the car went through my son’s skull. She composed herself for a moment and continued, “The ambulance came and they took him to Northridge Hospital where the doctors told me that they didn’t know if he was going to make it because of where the injury was and the loss of blood.”

I came around the counter and gave her a hug…

“When they did the surgery the doctor was able to fix his wound but we’d have to wait until the swelling went down in his brain to see what the actual damages would be. It seemed like a long time before he woke up and when he did we couldn’t get him to calm down. He kept crying, and crying, and crying, and crying, and crying, until finally the doctor told my son that he would be back with a special weapon that would help him. A little while later he walked in with a woman who had an Owie BowWowie for him. She pulled it out of the box and told my son that Owie was created just for him and that he was there to be his friend, and within in a moment my son stopped crying and held the little dog.”

Then she looked at me and of course I had tears in my eyes when she asked, “How do you know about Owie?”

“Long ago God inspired my heart to create him for hospitalized children.”

She gave me a hug and then pulled back and said, “What are the chances that I would come into the store today and find a toy that made my son stop crying. Are you the one who gave him to my son?”

“No, I’m not the one. There’s no way I could comfort all the children without the help of so many people who donate them to children like yours. If you look in the coloring book you will find the name of the donor who gave him to you!”

She said, “He didn’t get the coloring book because in my stress I forgot it at the hospital when we left, but if you could thank the person who you think gave it to my son…” She couldn’t speak anymore and I simply nodded.

“How is your son?”

She shared how he was doing, saying that with time he should be fine, but then she said again, “What are the chances that I would walk in this store today and meet you? How random!”

Now, I don’t believe that random acts of kindness are ever random, they are orchestrated like a symphony that practices each day for that one moment when they get to perform for those who arrive to hear something beautiful!

And, I wanted to share this story because if you’ve ever donated an Owie BowWowie to a child, this one could have been the one that you gave, and I love the fact that she wasn’t sure who gave it, because it doesn’t matter who gives the gift, what matters is that “WE ALL KNOW THAT IT WAS DELIVERED!”

I do all this for the sake of the gospel, that I may share in its blessings… 1 Corinthians 9:23

One of the definitions of gospel is:  Something, such as an idea or principle, accepted as unquestionably true, and for this reason I wanted to share its blessing with you!

L.B.

ONWARD TO SHARING THE BLESSINGS!

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I KNOW LOVE PERSONALLY…

A few hours ago I called my friend, Shirley, who is at home recovering from brain surgery. A few weeks ago she had to have several tumors removed and as they were going through her body they noticed that the cancer had spread and her outcome was Stage 4 Bone Cancer.

As the two of us were chatting on the phone I could barely understand her. She needs to have a tracheotomy so she can breathe, so her words were  raspy and soft.  At this moment her body is so ill that her lungs are filling up with fluid and it’s hard for her to breathe, and because her body has endured so much in the past few weeks, the doctors need her body to heal. They are afraid that if they put her under they might not get her back.

The two of us talked for about 15 minutes, and as we were chatting I realized that it was her illness that brought us together. Had it not been for her being hospitalized and her cousin, Linda, asking to give her an Owie,  the two of us probably would have never met, but we were brought together because of an illness.

During our conversation the two of us started laughing and Shirley said, “You know we’re going to be friends forever. That’s why God brought us together so when you’re having a bad day I can lift you up and when I’m having a bad day you can lift me up. It’s like when people say we’re in this for better or worse!”

The moment she said, “for better or worse” it hit me… With each person we meet we start out with the better of what we have to offer, and then as we get to know each other, we get to see the truth of what is truly within us.  a I met Shirley when she was/is going through her worse, and  what I found was this…

1 If I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, but do not have love, I have become a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 And if I have the gift of prophecy, and know all mysteries and all knowledge; and if I have faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 And if I give all my possessions to feed the poor, and if I deliver my body to be burned, but do not have love, I am nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind, and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, 5 does not act unbecomingly  it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered, 6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth; 7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all thing, endures all things. 8 Love never fails… 1 Corinthians 13 1:8

When I hung the phone I looked to heaven and  said out loud, “I know love personally!”

At this moment there’s a woman who can’t sleep lying down because if she does she’ll drown, but in the midst of the uncertainty within her life God showed me the meaning of one can be stripped of all that one owns, but as long as one continues to love others… love is ever lasting.

If anyone happens to find my Appointment with God today, could please join me in prayer for Shirley Brown. I would like to pray that God gives  “love” a second chance at enjoying the rest of the best of what “life” has to offer her.

L.B.

ONWARD TO BELIEVING!

 

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HOW MUCH TIME DO YOU THINK YOU HAVE TO LIVE?

Meet Shirley Brown
Picture taken
September 17, 2012

 

Since yesterday I haven’t been able to stop crying. Not the tears that are uncontrollable, but the tears that come from the heart.

Each day I’m surrounded by those who are hurting.  A parent who found out their child is ill or someone who has lost their job and wonders how they will feed their family. Parents whose children are fighting for the freedom of others and wake up each day wondering if their child is going to make it home, and those who are ill and wonder how to survive their illness and live out the rest of their days knowing that all things work together for good.

This past month I was introduced to a woman named Shirley Brown. I was introduced to her through her cousin, Linda, and since the day we met I’ve never felt so connected to one woman. A month ago I went to the hospital to meet her and from the moment our eyes met my heart knew that we would forever remain friends.

This past week Shirley had to have five tumors removed, and yesterday she had her final surgery. The doctors found cancer which has spread throughout her body. Today Shirley is resting, and will be released from the hospital soon to go and live the rest of her life knowing that only God knows how long that’s going to be.

It’s amazing how each day I meet someone who has been given a card. It’s almost as if life stands up, looks at us in the face and says, “Pick a card. Any card!” We pick the card, and then we have to wait and see how the hand plays itself out.

This morning I was thinking about how wonderful it would be if we each learned to play the game of life together. Almost like the game: Go Fish. Someone stands up and says, “I need to match an extra $20.00 this month to pay my electricity.” And instead of the world saying, “Go Fish!” We’d each stand up and say, “MATCH!” Here you go.

There are some days I know that I write my Appointments with God because I don’t know who else to talk to. It breaks my heart to know that Shirley and so many other people within the world in which I live  are not home enjoying their families or enjoying a day at work,  but so many are waking up  wondering just how to get through each moment.

I know that I’m rambling right now, and that’ okay. I want to get in my car and I want to drive around and I want to heal all the people of the world who are sick. I want to feed all the people in the world who are hungry and I want to hug all the people in the world who are sad.

And it’s within these moments  when  I realize that while I can’t do all that I want to do there is one person who was able to do all of that and more, and I believe with all my heart that person was Jesus Christ. We might not be able to live on this earth as long as we would like, and we might not have all the riches of the world, and at times we might have to live under an umbrella… but I believe that God created heaven so that when we arrived we would appreciate the true riches that we were able to meet within our lives and that was all the people who passed us by each day simply wondering how they too were going to survive.

My whole life all I’ve ever wanted to do was see the true value of a simple SMile and it seems I finally found what I was looking for through those who have lost the most and realized that each day is such a gift that they live it to the fullest.

Today I have no idea if anyone will read my Appointment with God, but if anyone happens to I’m asking for you to please take a moment and help my friend, Shirley. She is needing much help in paying her medical bills and we are raising money to help her. If you would like to know more about how you can make the difference in the life of “one” please read more here! 

And like my good friend Jesus always says… I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

And if you happen to know of someone who is in need of help, my prayer today is that reach deep within your heart and help. The world may try to say that one person can’t change the world, but if we all join together, than the world just changed!

L.B.

ONWARD TO CHANGING THE WORLD!

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