Yesterday was a really nice day being as though I got to spend time with my daughter. We went around to a couple different stores just browsing and having fun. One of the stores we went into had a whole bunch of school supplies on sale at really reasonable prices. As we were looking at all this stuff we started piling different items into the cart which turned into quite a bit but still didn’t hurt the wallet. I felt like God put it on my heart to get a couple extra things that I could donate to the school that way people who couldn’t afford much could have some also. So we put some more things into the cart but I didn’t feel as though that was all God wanted me to do. A woman and her child had come in looking at different items, picking them up then shaking their head and putting it back down. Everything that they were picking up had to do with school like a backpack and paper. I kindly asked if they were shopping for school supplies and they said no that they were just looking. The Holy Spirit prompted me to go over and help them out. My daughter followed me as I went up and asked the lady if we could bless her with the purchase of all of her school supplies and the woman was very excited. I told her to put whatever she wanted to into the cart and that we would purchase them before we left. She didn’t get as much as I thought she would get but it was just what they had needed to start off the school year. This reminds me of every time we’ve needed help and prayed about it God placed someone in our lives that helped us out as well. My family and I love blessing others as much as we have been blessed. It doesn’t stop there however, those people turn around and show others the love of God as well making a ripple effect all over this world. The most important thing however was at the end of the purchase and the conversation I told her God bless you. Letting her know that it was God who prompted me to help. Philippians 2:1-4 therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like minded, having the same Love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, not looking to your own interest but each of you to the interest of the others.
Published by Matthew, Karen, and God
Karen Guthrie, a retired Bank Manager, Vice President, and Matthew Moore, who works in construction, are members of the same church. In March 2014, they both joined the Oakdale Rescue Mission Board of Directors. They started sharing their stories with one another on how God has greatly impacted their lives. View more posts