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Thursday, March 15, 2018

A Different Lent

When I started Lent on Valentine's Day, my intention was to do something kind for someone each day. I was doing pretty good at this until I had my MISHAP.  Then I found myself on the receiving end of kind acts. Believe me I was grateful for each and every one of them.  It gave me a new appreciation for how much we need our friends and family at times.

I have always been a giver. I enjoy giving gifts, writing cards and being an encourager. So I am going to be transparent here and tell you that it has been hard for me to receive. I think God is teaching me a lot in this time of being on the injured list.  I am learning to ask for help...this is another area where I have a hard time. When I first broke my wrist, I had to ask Marvin to fasten my bra for me in the morning. ( TMI???lol). I have had to ask friends to drive me places. And they have been glad to help me out. I have needed extra help with the grands. Amelia has been so good to help me by picking them up at school as I cannot manage the car line right now.

So this Lent has touched my heart in a new way. It has given me empathy for others who are going through trials. While I cannot do a lot to help them right now, I pray for their situation.  It has taught me that there are times to just say, Thank You. God blesses those who are helpers. In the Bible we are told that if we give a cold drink to someone we have done it for Christ.  I am here to tell you that Christ is well pleased with my helpers. They have shown the love of Christ to me in many ways this last month.

I should be getting my splint off the Wednesday of Holy Week. I sure look forward to that day. And I am looking forward to Easter and celebrating the Resurrection, remembering my greatest gift of salvation. So while this was a different Lent, it is one I will never forget.

10 comments:

Dianna said...

What a special post, Arlene. I totally understand the lessons that God is teaching you at this time when you find yourself needing to be on the receiving end rather than being the one who is doing the giving. I am also a giver and in 2011 when I broke the femur in my left leg and my right wrist I went through the same learning experience. You continue to be in my prayers.

Sandy said...

It is very hard to receive. I am so glad you are on the mend. We never know how much to be thankful for good health.

Anonymous said...

A very sweet post this morning. So thankful for the friends/family who are closeby to help you. I wish you a nice day. xo

Robin in Virginia said...

Arlene, this was a thought provoking and inspiring post to read this morning. Thank you for sharing and putting into words your insight on being a giver, but having to accept being on the receiving end along with asking for help. It really resonated with me. Praying your wrist continues to fully heal.

RJ said...

Arlene this is such a touching post and much appreciated. It is hard for many of us that are givers to be receivers so you are not alone. But, I'm so happy you did let people help you. It is a wonderful feeling to be loved too. And trust me the special people in your life felt good about being able to help someone they love and care about who is always taking care of them. Hope your wrist is healing well. RJ

Terri D said...

I can feel your heart in this post, Arlene. It will be a Lent to remember, for sure! You remain in my prayers and I am anxious to hear about you getting that cast off!

Mari said...

It really was a different Lent for you. It's so much harder to be on the receiving end of giving. I'm glad you had so many people helping and showing love to you!

Carol said...

What a lovely post, Arlene... I am horrible at receiving and can still hear my mother's words: "Carol, just look them in the eye and say a sincere thank you!"

You obviously have a lot of love in your life and it is wonderful that you've learned to ask for help and have received it from so many :)

Anonymous said...

Arlene, I total understand what you mean. I am that way too. Perhaps your mishap happened so you could learn this very lesson. xo

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