Monday, June 8, 2015

For Those Who Need Us

Last week I tripped and fell at a writers' conference. The pain was awful. Then, when I saw my wrist grossly out of joint, my stomach began to feel queasy.

Thankfully, Bert was with me. He pulled the car around and took me to a marvelous medical facility. After returning home, I received many offers of help with meals, cleaning the house, etc.

I can’t imagine dealing with all of this without my husband, friends and family.

Yet, many people who are suffering with various difficulties don't have people to care for them.

My recent fall was a wake up call for me. I am ashamed to confess that sometimes I get so busy trying to maintain a productive life (by accomplishing my own to-do list) that I often don’t reach out to those who could use my help.

After my wrist heals well enough from surgery this week, I want to take steps to improve in this area. What about you?

Here are a few organizations and suggestions where we can volunteer our time and resources:

Habitat for Humanity is a great ministry that provides affordable homes for many. One Church One Child of Florida (and other organizations like it) strives to provide “forever homes” for children in the foster care system.

Volunteering for a local hospice agency is another rewarding way to live out your Christian faith.

Churches are always looking for people to minister to members who are in need.

 After Dr. Bellamy (TOC) and his wonderful
assistant,Tory, performed surgery!
And certainly, most of us have neighbors who would be thrilled to receive a phone call, short visit or an offer to drive them to their next doctor’s appointment.

Titus 3:14 (NIV) says, “Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives.”

As I meditate on (with the intent to memorize) Titus 3:14, I will pray for God to help me to devote myself more to the urgent needs of others. And that would be a very productive life, indeed!

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  1. Great post Sheryl! I am so happy to hear you have help. You've been on my mind lately and I was concerned that you might need help.Your post is an answered prayer. Also, thanks for thinking of others in your time of need. Praying God's blessings on you, Bert and those who are helping! Love you!

    1. I love you, too, Judy. Thank you for thinking about me and your prayers! Now go kiss that sweet grand baby for me!!

  2. Hey Sheryl,
    So thankful you were able to get good docs on your break. Looks very serious and painful. Trusting the down/recovery time will be a wonderful time of reflection.
    Thank you for this weeks message, that is an issue I never feel I do enough of and life is why...particularly the pursuit of money and serving the stuff. I resent it deeply and know I need to get a fresh perspective on this...a way to balance it all with a genuine sense of joy! You both are in our thoughts and prayers! C.

    1. Thank you, Cassie, for your compliments and encouragement. We can certainly relate in many ways, for sure! However, I've always seen you reaching out in many ways. I think I have more work to do in this area than you. ;)

      Bert and I hope to be at church Sunday! See you then.


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