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Why giving away our time redeems our time.

(My mother died two weeks ago today. I’m reposting this as a tribute to her and an encouragement to me. It was written four years ago.)

I love you, mom.


I don’t know about you but I have found the oddest thing to be true. When we give our time up for someone else, we almost always find we end up with more time.

Yesterday was a day totally spent on someone else. It’s Mother’s Day Sunday. My mom has had a tough winter. Two weeks ago she suffered a small stroke. I was concerned that would impede all the great progress she has made since her fall last September. She can’t get down on her knees anymore so gardening is out of the question.

I was at her house by 8:45 and never got out of the dirt till 1:00. The sun cooperated and stayed behind the clouds while I worked feverishly, weeding, spreading weed preventer and straightening her brick edging.  After that we went to Home Depot and bought flowers for her deck and front porch. She loved seeing all the flowers. I loved seeing her enjoying the day. Last September I didn’t think this day would ever come again for her. I didn’t think this day would come for me.

I left her around 3:00 so she could rest. She fell asleep and called me when she woke up. Here’s what she said, “I looked outside and couldn’t believe this was my yard.” My eyes are tearing up a little as I write.

This has been a stellar day. It always is when you give it away. With Mother’s Day fast approaching, can I make an obvious point? It’s trite but that doesn’t make it any less true. What your mother needs is your time not your gifts. It’s easy to buy a gift. It’s much harder to give of yourself.

What was really cool today is that not once did I begrudge the time. Not once did I worry about my own yard and how I would get her gardens and mine done before the weeds took over.

When I came home I walked through my own gardens to assess what yet needs to be done. Guess what? It is further along the way to be being done than it has ever been at this time of year. I know there are no “garden genies” doing the work. I know God hasn’t performed a miracle. So you tell me, what is going on?

My gardens are bare now. But that’s the point. The weeds are gone and waiting for the lush garden hibernating underground. The “wall” was built so when someone is on the deck, they can’t see the entire garden without walking into it. It also serves the purpose of giving the climbing rosebushes somewhere to climb. The first picture shows the wall in bloom.


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When we give away ourselves, we always get so much more in return.

God bless and have a good day.


What does the tapestry of your life look like?


I’ve never believed we live in separate compartments, little boxes of separateness.

I  think we continuously weave in and out of the various segments of our life and our tapestry is completed only when God call us home. If our tapestry looks like a bunch of separate stitches, we’ve had it wrong. The stitching in our tapestry should show up as swirls, circles, zigzags, all connected. We could use a puzzle as an example, too.

How puzzle pieces makes up the picture. There are any different example people have used to describe the wholeness of a life.

When we do divide up our life, we will never understand how God uses every part of our life to grow us into spiritually whole beings.


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When I exercise, it’s another stitch in my relationship with God. It tells God I know that my body is a temple. My health is a gift. I need to take good care of it and when I don’t my relationship with him suffers.

If I need see to my mom’s needs early in the day, it’s a spiritual an activity as anything else I do. If I don’t get in my “quiet time” with God, I suffer no qualms about it because I know it’s God-ordained. Those days I’m in quiet communication with him.

When I clean out my basement and donate the items, it’s a spiritual activity and it reminds me how blessed I am.

When I pull weeds, I am reminded that there are weeds in my own life that needed some digging up and throwing away.

It all works together.

Oh, I”m just like you. I screw up.  Like the rich young ruler, I don’t understand that God is requiring something of me for my own well-being. It made no difference to Jesus whether the young man was rich or not. What mattered was that his heart wasn’t ready to abdicate the one thing that was getting in the way.

Like Abraham, he might have got to the point where he was ready to sell everything, and Jesus would’ve stepped in and said, “No, that isn’t necessary now.” just like God stepped in and spared Isaac from sacrificing his son.

Jesus was saying to him, just like he says to us, “I want to be that first love”.

I am convinced that many Christians remain spiritually immature because they don’t understand the ever-present God in every part of their lives. That’s one of the reasons Christian get so caught up in sin. Somehow they don’t see how one part of their life affects all the other parts of their lives.

There is no way that sin in one area of our life doesn’t affect every other area in our life.


Where are you today? Do you divide up your life as if none of the pieces work together to from a picture?

Do you divide up your life as if none of the puzzle pieces work together to from a picture?

What about your tapestry? How’s it being sewn today? A stitch here? A stitch there? But the stitches never meet?

Let God in on every part of your life today so there is a continuous pattern so that every stitch is creating a beautiful tapestry. I don’t know about you, but I want my tapestry to be beautiful to God.

God bless and have a good day.

What you can't recover

Some inspiring words of truth you really have to read

I found this on Pinterest and wanted to share it with you. But I want to add a few more:

What you can't recover

  • the prayer that was never prayed.
  • that person you didn’t smile at
  • the senior citizen you didn’t help
  • the call you didn’t make
  • the money you didn’t give
  • the apology you never made
  • and so on

These are just some I came up with. You can add your own.

The point is that time is fleeting and when we hear the Spirit of God prompting us about something, we should always take it. The opportunity may never present itself again.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

Why “anyway” can be a great encouragement


(continued from yesterday)

  • The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.

Think big anyway.

  • People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.

Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

  • What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.

Build anyway.

  • People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.

Help them anyway.

  • Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.

Give the world the best you have anyway.

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