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Wednesday, November 26, 2008

A Thanksgiving and Christmas Story in One

This little boy.............


.....is now this young man!
I am so thankful for the wonderful children that God has given me. They are as different as night and day, and have their own unique and special talents. I am thankful for the adults that they are becoming, and their desire to walk with the Lord in all they do.
Now for my story. My boy came in last night and we were talking, and out of the blue he says." I was thinking about giving away the sofa and chair at my house." To which I replied, "what are you thinking, absolutely not!" Now keep in mind we have gone to great lengths to furnish his place on a budget, but these are two nice pieces that were given to us in like new condition, from friends. We won't happen upon a bargain like this again. Then I asked,"What would possess you to just give away your sofa and chair leaving you with no furniture in your living room?" Then he says,"Our church is getting together things to help a family this Christmas. A grandmother raising four grandchildren and they have nothing. They need my sofa and chair much worse than I do." Still thinking there are surely other things we can give besides the sofa and chair, I said we needed to think about this a while. I had definitely burst his bubble. After I settled down and went to read a while before going to bed, the Lord quietly spoke to me and said do you think it is too hard for me to provide you with another sofa and chair? I am then thinking to myself, O ME of little faith! I have been blessed to raise a child with a heart to give to others and I am discouraging this opportunity. When my husband came in this AM and I told him about it, he said " let him give it". He reminded me, that we have plenty of other things that we can give too. Would I dare miss this opportunity to truly be a blessing to someone else? I think not.
We will be calling this afternoon to see what items on the list we can provide, and I am excited about being able to have this opportunity to bless someone this Christmas season. After all God gave His most precious possession for me, His Son. I do not deserve to be so blessed with a wonderful son, material possessions, good health and so much more!!!!! A chair and a sofa is a small thing to give!

"But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
Matthew 6:33
Just a note.. I had things underlined in my Bible and the note I had written was ...things we need to live.
Have a wonderful, safe and blessed Thanksgiving. Jackie

14 comments:

Stacey said...

What a great family story to share. You will be blessed a million times over for giving to that family. You are such good parents and I'm so proud of your son. Sometimes our kids just amaze us, don't they?

Songbirdtiff said...

You have definitely raised him right. Good for you for listening when the Lord speaks to you.

Neabear said...

Wow! This gives me the goose bumps. Can you give us an update on this? What did you end up deciding to give to this family? Happy Thanksgiving to you and your beautiful family!

Gina said...

What an amazing young man! You and your husband have to be so proud. Thank you for your honest story.

linda said...

What a wonderful story...and son! This just made my day. Thank you for this gentle reminder, especially with the holidays upon us.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

salpetitt said...

Thanks for sharing! He is a handsome boy, and just as beautiful inside it seems. You are indeed blessed...we all are, and you're right- we need to live it!

Lipstick and Laundry ~Jen said...

WoW... I can totally relate, we raise them to be sensitive and giving and then when they exercise it, we freak, until we are "gently" reminded it is ALL His, and He is using our children to bless others... Thank you for sharing your "giving" story!
~Jen

Handmade Housewife... said...

I know you have to be one proud mama! We have the opportunity to give this year too. A young mom is in need of everything baby so my son's old crib will be going to her. It was a gift to us and it's a blessing to be able to pass it on to another sweet baby. Hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving.

PS - you won my Christmas mug giveaway!! Email me through my profile and let me know where to send it. Thanks so much :)

-Hayley

Kim said...

That is beautiful! You must be so proud. That random act of unselfish kindness will come back to him in abundant blessings!

Christina said...

jackie,

your posts always encourage me. what a blessing your son is (to you and to the needy family) to think of someone like that.

Also glad to hear about your mammogram. God is good.

I hope y'all had a beautiful Thanksgiving. I have missed reading and commenting on blogs the past couple of weeks. (busyness and computer woes-my hubby's laptop is hard for me to use for some reason).

Simply Dandy said...

Hi,
I just had to stop by and introduce myself. I found you through another blogger...Hubby and I are facing an almost empty nest. Our daughter is married and our son is 20 and almost never home. I too am a Christian and have a miniature schnauzer (I think a saw a schnauzer in one of your pics). Anyway, it is so nice to meet you and please stop by sometime.

Hugs,
LeAnn:)

Shannon said...

What a sweet boy and I'm glad your mammogram was all clear!

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

I'm glad your test brought happy results. I'm sure it added to your Thanksgiving joy.

Sweet Wishes,
Sara

Anonymous said...

I just found you through Meredith. I'm an empty nester too, and this post made me smile. Isn't it nice when they're done with the teenage stuff and you get to see what kind of grownups they'll become? yay for your generous son.
Lisa