"Don't wish me happiness I don't expect to be happy all the time....It's gotten beyond that somehow. Wish me courage and strength and a sense of humor. I will need them all." Anne Morrow Lindbergh

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Oranges for a knife

I put out these oranges in my sitting room to add some colour. Seeing them reminded me of the experience I had the last time I went to town. That day as I drove the forty minute drive I contemplated the stickers I had in my purse. I knew that after I finished my grocery shopping I would have enough for a free paring knife. But I asked myself, Did I really need another one? Wouldn't it be better to give it to somebody else? I began to contemplate how I would go about doing that. As I shopped in the produce section I saw 10lb boxes of oranges. I couldn't help but inhale their delicious scent and notice their expensive price. "They will be marked down Friday," the employee said helpfully as he stacked heads of lettuce. "Oh," I said, "I cannot come back." "That's not a problem," he said pulling out a felt marker. You will get the sale price today." "Thank-you," I said pleasantly surprised. After I had paid for my cart full of groceries and received my stickers I turned to the three people standing behind me. "Would anyone like a paring knife?" I asked holding up the stickers and voucher. It made me smile. I had tried to make somebody's else's day better but I only received more in return. My experience reminded me of the bible verse, "It is more blessed to give than to receive." Acts 20:35

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  1. This is a beautiful picture of God's economy. We can never out give Him. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving the nice words behind. I'm glad you did, for it brought me here. I love the authenticity with which you write and share your life. Your daughter is a very blessed little girl to have you for her mommy. I want to spend more time here, to see more of your home, your weaving and your watercolors. (My husband is an artist, too, and is currently teaching a watercolor class). God bless you. ~ Nancy

  2. Thank you for your kind words and for visiting my blog. I've been blogging awhile but only lately have had the time to read other blogs. I like how you share Christ in your blog. Sometimes on this island I miss christian fellowship and in this way your blog is a blessing to me. I am not painting watercolor anymore. I am weaving tapestry when motherhood allows it. I am looking forwards to incorporating the things I've learned from painting into tapestry. Sometimes God asks us to let things go so He can bless us and this has been my experience.