I live my life in gratitude and an important thing I do is to tell people how blessed I am by knowing them. Although I don’t know you personally, I am grateful for you being here.
I started this ministry three years ago. I was confused why God called me to help others practice more gratitude and recognize their blessings, but He did. I find living in gratitude becoming easier and easier as I center it around knowing my blessings come from Our Heavenly Father.
I have found my heart so much more peaceful when I am grateful. Knowing I am nothing and would have nothing without my love for God and knowing Jesus. I want everyone to feel what I feel and know the peace I know.
God has placed and continues to place many beautiful people in my life that I would not have had the chance to meet before my ministry. These people include hospice patients, lonely older adults, food insecure people in my community, victims of violent crime, confused teenagers, others in search of HOPE, women that had been trafficked, as well as approaching homeless people. I would have never heard the stories or met the people I have in the past three years if God hadn’t placed me in this ministry.
One beautiful man I want to tell you about is a homeless man I encountered twice. The first time I encountered him was when I was leaving a clinic dropping of crosses and hearts for patients. I was leaving the parking lot and proceeded to the left to go to a main thoroughfare to go home. There was a huge truck blocking the road and I was forced to turn right. Immediately after turning I saw a homeless man carrying all his possessions.
God laid it immediately on my heart to share all my money with this man. I had food, shelter, and my family waiting for me and he did not. I rolled my window down and said, “May I give you some money for breakfast or lunch?”. He responded, “Oh yes, thank you lady, thank you.” I will never forget his eyes or voice. He is Hispanic with dark eyes and a very wrinkled face. I think he was younger than he appeared. I reached over and grabbed my wallet and was surprised to see I only had $4. I always have more than $4 in my wallet. I turned to him and said, “I’m sorry I only have $4 but you may have it. I’m sorry I don’t have more.” He took the $4 and continued to thank me.
As I pulled away I felt bad I only had $4. What can $4 buy nowadays? I drove down the road and felt a peace and happiness fill my heart. I felt a message coming to me from Jesus thanking me for giving what I had because it was given in love and kindness and it was $4 more than he had. Jesus always sees things so beautifully, especially when we are finding fault in our good.
Another time I sat with a woman whose brother had killed his girlfriend, another family member, and then himself. This woman looked as if she had no sleep, she was confused why her brother did this, and why had she found the bodies. She rocked back and forth on the couch we were sitting on. Tears came from her eyes and she questioning why. My heart ached for her and I asked her to pick a heart from my tray of 30 different hearts. To this day I remember her picking an orange one. She held it in her hands as she continued to cry and talk of the hurt and betrayal she felt.
The one thing I did notice is that she had stopped rocking back and forth. She also was passing the heart back and forth between her hands. She would hold it for a few seconds sort of rubbing her fingers over the heart sitting in the palm of her hand and repeating this in her other hand. She began calming down and breathing deeply. I knew she was feeling God’s presence within her and being comforted. I asked her if I could pray for her, she of course said yes.
After concluding my prayer she turned to me and said, “May I ask you a question?”. “Of course.”. She looked me straight in the eyes and said, “May I have a heart for my sister too?”. My heart sank and I thanked God for being there and allowing her to feel His comfort. She chose an aqua blue heart for her sister.
These are just two people God blessed my path with. Two very special people in very different situations that He helped me see a different side of my normal.
I love you, I pray for you, and I am blessed by knowing you! LoLo
Matthew 25:44-45: “They also will answer, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or needing clothes or sick or in prison, and did not help you?’ He will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for me.’”