Had to share

My heart is full today.  I’ve also had some caffeine but I’m pretty sure my Joy isn’t coming from the McDonald’s Caramel Mocha I drank (don’t judge!).

Yesterday my friend and I made a huge batch of cinnamon rolls.  This morning we loaded up the kids and delivered them to 3 families in our church.  Our criteria:  folks we don’t know well or anyone going through an especially difficult time.  We challenged ourselves to not give to our best friends or folks we interact with often.  I set out this morning excited to “surprise” people and also afraid to “surprise” people.  If someone ever decides to surprise me, they’ll find me and my kids still our pajamas and me frantically trying to clean the house in 2 minutes it takes them to come to the door.  Again, don’t judge! ;)  I believe that we really did surprise these families – in a good way, I believe.  It was amazing to see 1 family in particular that God lead us to.  To hear their excitement that we came out to “surprise” them at a time when they were feeling really isolated and perhaps even lonely.  My friend and I were wiping away tears on the drive between houses.  As stay at home moms we understood both the “surprise” that someone would spend their invaluable time on them and also we understood how it feels to be isolated and lonely.  But more than anything, it felt amazing for us to be doing something beyond ourselves and to see first hand how God had lead our hearts to give to those specific people that we could humbly bless today.  And when I say “humbly” I mean it!  We were so insecure about our popping by unannounced.  We weren’t sure how it would be met.  And in those moments when we were vulnerable (afraid of intruding) was when we were able to bless others.

This post is not a pat on the back for our ourselves.  Please don’t take it that way.  If you do you will miss the beauty in this story.  This post is to encourage you to take hold of those moments when your heart wants to give – when it NEEDS to do something for someone else – someone outside of your immediate circle(s).    Our plan was extremely simple considering all the huge amounts of need in the world.  But we left today’s outing so amazingly full – overflowing hearts – Joy all over the place.  I know that my kids can even see it in me.  I can’t ask for much more than that.

2 Comments »

  1. Mom said,

    March 2, 2011 at 10:49 am

    I’m glad I checked your blog today, Hon! I am so happy for everyone involved–you and your friend and the families! The older I grow the more I know that we are most blessed when God uses us to bless others. Keep it up! Love you guys!

  2. Dominique said,

    March 11, 2011 at 5:20 pm

    Kelli,

    You are so sweet. This was such a blessing to read :)

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