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Tuesday, December 27 2022

Another New Motto.

By Susan Gahan

People always tell me thank you so much. I don't know how I could ever repay you. Payment is not an option for me because it came from my heart, and you know my first motto is to do the right thing. My new one is payment is not necessary, but prayers would be appreciated. As I'm sitting here after all the presents are opened, and it's another Christmas that is over, I think about how many people need presents. I personally don't need anything. God provides all. It is a learning curve for me to rely on him totally, but that's what I need to do every day. It's a new thing and not an easy thing, but I'm learning. Could we not use a prayer or two in place of a present? Our greatest gift was Jesus. Something that you cannot wrap or put a bow on. Someone who can and is willing to answer our prayers.

I have heard many people say that we all have a gift from God. After all this time (and many years), I am finally figuring out my gift. I'm a giver. I do not want one thing in exchange, but I would take a prayer or two. It warms my heart to help someone or give someone something. I have learned that very few things mean anything to me. I can live without a lot of things. But one thing I cannot live without is Jesus. Many people say, "Jesus is the reason for the season." Jesus is the reason for everything. I don't know what I would do without him. I can tell you that I know what I was like before I had him in my heart. I am so happy being a giver. I am thankful that I have something to give. It doesn't have to be money, and it doesn't have to be a gift. Give someone an ear to listen to their issues and problems. It could be a shoulder for them to cry on. It could be a hug, and if any of you know me well, I am not a hugger. But I'm learning. It could be a text message or a phone call, or a card in the mail. Just reminding someone that they are special. Let me tell you something: a prayer will suffice for me any day. I can always use one or two 😊

Happy New Year, everyone!

Thank you all for the positive feedback on these blogs. It makes a difference.

Posted by: Molly Painter AT 05:16 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Tuesday, December 27 2022

Another New Motto.

By Susan Gahan

People always tell me thank you so much. I don't know how I could ever repay you. Payment is not an option for me because it came from my heart, and you know my first motto is to do the right thing. My new one is payment is not necessary, but prayers would be appreciated. As I'm sitting here after all the presents are opened, and it's another Christmas that is over, I think about how many people need presents. I personally don't need anything. God provides all. It is a learning curve for me to rely on him totally, but that's what I need to do every day. It's a new thing and not an easy thing, but I'm learning. Could we not use a prayer or two in place of a present? Our greatest gift was Jesus. Something that you cannot wrap or put a bow on. Someone who can and is willing to answer our prayers.

I have heard many people say that we all have a gift from God. After all this time (and many years), I am finally figuring out my gift. I'm a giver. I do not want one thing in exchange, but I would take a prayer or two. It warms my heart to help someone or give someone something. I have learned that very few things mean anything to me. I can live without a lot of things. But one thing I cannot live without is Jesus. Many people say, "Jesus is the reason for the season." Jesus is the reason for everything. I don't know what I would do without him. I can tell you that I know what I was like before I had him in my heart. I am so happy being a giver. I am thankful that I have something to give. It doesn't have to be money, and it doesn't have to be a gift. Give someone an ear to listen to their issues and problems. It could be a shoulder for them to cry on. It could be a hug, and if any of you know me well, I am not a hugger. But I'm learning. It could be a text message or a phone call, or a card in the mail. Just reminding someone that they are special. Let me tell you something: a prayer will suffice for me any day. I can always use one or two 😊

Happy New Year, everyone!

Thank you all for the positive feedback on these blogs. It makes a difference.

Posted by: Molly Painter AT 05:16 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
Thursday, December 22 2022

I wrote the following poem one day after encountering a homeless man on the street. The stoplight happened (?) to turn red right at the place he was sitting, so my car was right beside him. I couldn't ignore him, look away from him, or run away. There he was, staring me right smack dab in the face. I felt a rush of heat flow over my body. I couldn't believe that I didn't have any money. I think I had some change that had dropped in the bottom of my purse, but I thought to myself, by the time I scramble for it, the light will turn green, and the car behind me will be anxious for me to go and begin honking., at least that is what ran through my thoughts.

I drove off, praying that God would send someone to help. I felt awful. The poem below began flowing out of me, and I knew I must use it somehow. So, this is the way I choose to use it. Through prayer, I knew that I was going to propose to keep a specific amount of money in my side purse for anyone who sat on the side of the street begging. I wasn't going to judge or curse them for being there; I was going to help them.

I have heard all sorts of people condemn people who beg on the side of the road. Yes, some are doing it unjustly, and God will deal with them, but it takes more time to complain about someone than just opening your purse and giving the poor fellow a dollar. We don't know what happened to get them there. Sometimes we have a person summed up before they can even speak. And we say, many of us, that we are followers of Christ.

Therefore, the next time you see someone on the side of the road, I challenge you to help them. Don't judge them. Who knows, maybe it is a test from God!

Please Don't Pass Me By

I held up a sign.

You passed me by.

Little did you know I'd just lost my home.

I had a job, but it wasn't enough.

I wanted to give up.

I wanted to quit.

But something said no, not yet.

So I stand on the street with a sign in my hands.

I've been reduced to this even though I have tried as hard as I can.

I just got so I couldn't fight anymore, you know?

Surely, there is someone when they see I wrote "God Bless You" who would help me, isn't there?

Isn't there someone who won't judge me?

Everybody needs help sometimes, haven't you?

Isn't there someone who will help me get back on my feet?

Or even give me enough so I can eat?

Please. Please. Please.

Merry Christmas!

Posted by: Molly Painter AT 02:50 pm   |  Permalink   |  0 Comments  |  Email
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