It was just a simple message in three short sentences.
It came by way of a text message to my cell phone.
It simply said,
“You’ve been heavy on my heart all week.
I’ve been praying constantly for you.
Just wanted you to know.”
There is no way my friend could have known how burdened our hearts were that particular week. We were praying over an issue we hadn’t discussed with anyone.
As I read her timely message, I felt like it came straight from heaven.
God impressed upon my friend’s heart to think of my family, to pray for us, and then to let me know about it.
I was blown away and blessed by a simple word of encouragement at the exact moment I needed to hear it.
I felt like God Himself had sent me an expression of His love.
But the thought came to me...
·But what if my friend hadn’t been “in touch” with the Lord?
·What if she hadn’t been prayerful and sensitive to the Holy Spirit?
·What if she had neglected to send that text message to me that day?
Then, we both would have missed out on a sweet blessing.
~ Do you have some? I know I do!
Has God laid it on your heart recently to call someone, to send a letter, to stop by and check on someone, to invite a friend over to dinner, or to give a gift to someone else?
~ Did you do it?
~ Did you follow through?
Or, did you miss the blessing and the opportunity to be blessed in return?
Personally, I believe we miss blessing opportunities all the time.
We think about giving something...
We even pray about sharing a blessing with someone else.
But, we never quite get around to it.
Today, someone in my life and in your life is praying for a miracle, for a little cash, for a friend, for a word of hope, or for something else.
They are petitioning heaven, and heaven wants to use us to answer their prayers.
Maybe they need an act of service:
o A senior adult needs some assistance with yard work.
o A new mom needs some help with her housework.
o That single mom really could use a babysitter.
o That friend with cancer needs a ride to the doctor and someone to stay with her while she waits.
o You sense God is leading you, but time has just gotten away from you.
z Why not call that person today?
Possibly someone in your life needs your time:
o To hear their hurts with compassion,
o To laugh with them,
o To take the time to play a board game with them,
o To enjoy a long walk with them,
o To spend quality time with them. You know God wants you to give this person your concern and your time.
z Will you contact them tonight?
Maybe God has put it on your heart to give someone your physical touch and affection.
o Or a neglected child who could use a friend to hold them.
o God has encouraged you to open your arms and extend the gift of physical touch.
z Will you open your heart and your arms?
There could be a friend, neighbor or family member who desperately needs to hear an encouraging word today.
o It’s never been easier to send hope via email,
o Or Facebook,
o Or a text message,
o Or a phone call,
o Or even an old fashioned card in the mailbox.
z Will you send a word of hope today?
“So speak encouraging words to one another.
Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this,
no one left out, no one left behind.
I know you’re already doing this;
just keep on doing it.”
(1 Thess. 5:11, MSG)
Finally, there may be a person in your sphere of influence who needs a tangible miracle today
o A bag of groceries,
o A sack of nice clothes that your kids have outgrown,
o That trampoline or basketball goal that is just sitting in your yard or driveway,
o Money – cash or a gift card,
o Use of that extra car that is just sitting in your garage,
o Use of your lake house for a much-needed getaway,
o You have so much, and you could easily share a little of it.
z Will you offer some tangible or financial kindness today?
Why should we be willing to do this - to bless others?
1} The Bible tells us to do the right thing - to do good.
do it is committing a sin.” James 4:17, CJB
“But if a person knows what he should do and he does not do it,
he has done something wrong.”
Js. 4:17, WE
~ Wonder how many times God led us to do
good and we didn’t do it?
~ Wonder whose prayers were not answered as quickly
because of our disobedience?
~ Wonder how many people the Spirit had to impress
upon before He found someone willing to obey?
~ Wonder what blessings we missed out on today?
2} If we bless others, we will ourselves be blessed. When we give to others what we need, we will be filled with joy.
“Generous persons will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25, CEB
“Generosity will be rewarded: Give a cup of water, and you will receive a cup of water in return.” Prov. 11:25, CEV
“Give to others, and God will give to you. Indeed, you will receive a full measure, a generous helping, poured into your hands—all that you can hold. The measure you use for others is the one that God will use for you.” Luke 6:38, GNT
Someone around you needs a blessing RIGHT NOW.
They are crying out, and God is tapping you on the shoulder.
~ Will you follow through?
~ Will you be the hands and the feet of Jesus today?
~ Will I?
I pray that we will!