Acts of Kindness, Tender Mercies and Truth

by Darla on February 13, 2014

in Reno, Nevada

I’m not really sure how to title this week’s post.  Our assignment was any of the 4 topics below yet I find there are elements of all of them throughout this post.

1. #Truth ~ What truth are living by? Whose truth are you believing?

2. 2 Corinthians 12:9 ~ Unpack our scripture for the week and share with us what you learned. Use verse mapping as an optional study tool. (Click here to learn more about verse mapping from our awesome friend Heather Bleier or copy the following into your browser:

3. (Pity) Party Central ~ What clues you into the fact that you are relying on your own strength in your battles with food (or any other struggle)? (Ch. 10, RQ 3)

4. Afternoon Acts of Kindness ~ In Ch. 12, Lysa encourages us to “fill our afternoons with His thoughts of love toward others” instead of wallowing in discouragement or frustration over our struggles. Do this and share how it does or does not help you.

This week didn’t go like I thought it would.  Bekah’s new job has her going and coming all times of day and night.  Unfortunately, she doesn’t drive yet so it means that as parents we are helping her get where she needs to be.   Every bit she earns helps with the cost of tuition so it is worth it besides the life lessons learned.  She is also seeing the benefit of being able to drive which is motivating her.    You need to know this, to know that today was packed as the week has been.

This morning, I went to feed the dogs and realized we were completely out of their food which tipped me over the edge.  On the way to the store, I said a prayer admitting my weakness in regards to the day and not sure how it was going to come together.   Last night slept through for the first time in several days but overslept and felt so overwhelmed which didn’t help.  I got home, feeling rushed to get breakfast so the day on the road could start.

Mid first bites of leftover oatmeal, instead of the lovely eggs my husband was making (Pity Party), Bekah’s supervisor called to let her know they didn’t have a store to practice last week’s training so she didn’t need to come in this morning.  Breathing there is room.  As a result of the cancellation, she is now able to be in charge of dinner preparations and I assist.  More space in the day.

My dad was off to the bishop’s storehouse assignment to help needy families get their food.  A friend that I had been missing (sickness and travel) works there.  There was time to put together a package of gifts that hadn’t been delivered from Christmas, something for a friend of hers that is dealing with some health challenges along with a quick note.  There wouldn’t have been time with the other schedule.

Then my business conference call for accountability, dreaded it because quite a few of the items on my list hadn’t been finished, turned into a blessing.  I’ve been having a challenge getting some of my personal development time in which is a huge motivator.  My mentor suggested using a cd in the car – why didn’t I think of that.  She also suggested mp3 and listen while I walk, of course.  She was saying that but my mind was thinking of other things that could be accomplished in the same way.  Thank you for the space that just opened in my day.  She mentioned what she had been listening too and said hey you qualified for that freebie and is sending an email on my behalf to get that for me.  She asked if I had listened to Wayne Dyer before and said no but really wanted too.  She had it sitting there for a month trying to figure out where it should go, so she is gifting that to me as well.  Something I dreaded turned into such a blessing.

Then I checked an email for my 11am appointment to register my son for co-op was actually from 1-3pm.  We had time to finish up school work before I needed to leave and I could eat lunch at home instead of Chuck E Cheese.  Fantastic because not only did we not have the money for that but home would be more nutritious.

As I finished, my son told me that he was off to walk the dogs – it is my turn today.  I told him to wait up and I would take the other dog and go with him.  Motivation was super low for walking and not quite sure where I was going to squeeze it in.  This provided the perfect incentive to get out and enjoy the sunshine.  I thanked him for helping me to accomplish a goal today that seemed impossible to do.  He even walked my 40 minute loop with me.   He loves that I listen while he talked about Mine Craft for awhile on most of our walks.  I don’t understand it but listen and try to put in good words here and there.

When we got home, my dear husband was struggling with a work related problem.  I suggested perhaps it was time to break for lunch while kneading the knots out of his shoulders.  He took me to lunch with his free money.  We had time to chat and connect.  Another tender mercy.

Dropped him off at home and left to go register Samuel for co-op and since there was time,  would go to the bookstore and figure out the title of a book that my friend asked me about.  Able to chat with a few friends at the registration that I hadn’t seen for awhile.  On to the bookstore.  The manager that recommended the title wasn’t there and I couldn’t remember the name of it.   Just as I was about to check out she came back and knew just the book I meant.  Thank goodness there wasn’t a need to make another trip back.

Here’s the truth.  If I hadn’t asked for help, would these mercies and gifts have been there?  Not really sure, they could have been.  The next question is would they have been recognized as gifts?

I’ve also been contemplating the scripture 2 Corinthians 12:9-10, it is one of my favorites.

And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

 10 Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in necessities, in persecutions, in distresses for Christ’s sake: for when I am weak, then am I strong.

It is only, when I turn to Him in my weakness can weakness be turned into strengths.  I’ve seen evidences of this throughout this day and in my life.  I do not comprehend how anyone can walk through this life without his grace or strength.  The hardest part is to remember to turn to Him and not try to carry on in my own strength.

This week I got a phone call in regards to an acquaintance, committing suicide.  My thoughts turned to the desperation she must have felt to make that choice.  I prayed for her family, friends and loved ones.  I prayed to know if there was anything that I could have been done?  The answer came that no there was nothing any mortal could have done.  The subtle whisper was that only God could have helped her but she didn’t ask or turn to Him.

There is no way to know which will be the moment that is our undoing.  I’m grateful for the whispers of comfort that come during those times of need.   I am humbled by them and the tender mercies that were shown to me today.  I’m grateful for the opportunities to be of service to others and the blessings that come as a result.   This day there have been many prayers of gratitude.

Thank you for reading until the end.  If you feel moved to do so, please share a tender mercy that you’ve experienced recently.  I hope this inspires you to look for the tender mercies in your life.

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1 Collette (Group 50) February 14, 2014 at 6:41 am

What an encouraging blog. Living life can be so overwhelming at times, but oh His tender mercies and faithfulness – how beautiful when we are patient allow Him to show up!!!

2 Darla March 1, 2014 at 3:43 pm

Thank you for your compliment.

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