Sep 11, 2010

Saturday morning...

Happy Saturday...
 I hope with your cup of coffee this morning, you are enjoying the fall like temperatures we are experiencing here.

I debated whether or not to do a 9-11 post this morning.
Not because I wasn't sure it was worthy...
 as proud Americans, that morning is forever etched in our minds...




but because the news surrounding it this year is so filled with hate.

I prayed for something to share with you and as is my routine, while my coffee was brewing,  I opened up one of my favorite blogsites Living Proof Ministries, to find the most beautiful post on Compassion International. 
I was reminded that while there is much anger (rightly so at those who terrorize) and hate (unjustly so) toward those that are different, there is also much to be learned and gained in helping those less fortunate and in need.


My devotional this morning is from John 13:4, 14-15,

"So he got up from the table, took off his robe, wrapped a towel around his waist, and poured water into a basin.  Then he began to wash the disciples' feet, drying them with the towel he had around him....And since I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you ought to wash each other's feet. I have given you an example to follow. Do as I have done to you."


In My Utmost for His Highest, Oswald Chambers says, "Ministering as Opportunity Surrounds Us.  This does not mean selecting our surroundings, it means being very selectly God's in any haphazard surroundings which He engineers for us.  The characteristics we manifest in our immediate surroundings are indications of what we will be like in other surroundings."

He goes on to say, "The things that Jesus did were of the most menial and commonplace order, and this is an indication that it takes all God's power in me to do the most commonplace things in His way.  Can I use a towel as He did?"

What does your "towel" look like and are you using it as Jesus did?  Are you using it right were you are and not waiting until you go on a "mission" trip? 
Can you help a family in need in your neighborhood?
Can you sponsor a child in another country?


How can you lighten someones load or bring a smile to a child's face?
Ask God, 
be still,
and look around...
I'm sure He will reveal it to you.

Blessings,
Patty

15 comments:

Whidbey Woman said...

Happy Spiritual Sunday! Posting those photos remind us that although the world stood still on 9-11, life does go on... and we have many opportunities to serve God's children.

Emma said...

I am glad you did your lovely post....x

Jayne said...

Wonderful post Patty.

Leslie said...

Pretty post. Peace to you on this September 11.

Tina Eudora said...

Wonderful post Patty and so uplifting on a day when it is hard to have a happy heart! Thanks...
Tina xo

Renee said...

What a lovely post and I so enjoyed the photos of your sweetheart....blessings..

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a wonderful post, Patty! I love anything written by Oswald Chambers! Thank you for sharing and I pray you have a delightful weekend.

Blessings,
Sandi

sarah said...

what a sweet child. Her little face brighten my day. And your message...good one.

Diane said...

Another wonderful and well said post from you!! LIke you, I debated about posting about 911, but I did.....a hard day for our entire country!

NanaDiana said...

Patty-That is a beautiful post. I debated about the 911 thing too. I didn't~but I hope that I live it in my heart every day...and never forget what that one day did to all of us~ Diana

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage said...

This is somthing that we all need to think about.
Thank-you,
Ginger

Marydon said...

Your dimpled darling is gorgeous & I love the write.

Have a beautiful week ~
TTFN ~Hugs, Marydon

Saleslady371 said...

As you can see, we love the little one's photos as much as your words, Patty! I am really be convicted of serving right where I am so this is perfect!

Charlotte said...

The darling pictures add so much to a very thoughtful post. Thank you for sharing.
Blessings,
Charlotte

INSIDE THE SHRINK said...

Every moment of our lives is a mission field. I never want to forget that. We can serve wherever we are, whenever we're there. Thanks for the great post and God bless.
Bobbi