Thursday, April 16, 2009

Getting and Giving




One day last week we decided to go to our Good Will store to do some shopping. I found this sweet little pitcher for just 49 cents. I love pitchers. My collection is packed away and rather than search through all the boxes to find one, I brought this one home with me. The little yellow carnations needed a place to live for a while, and this seemed like the perfect spot.

I found some great capris and tops to go with them. I was so pleased. We are planning a trip to San Francisco and Monterrey next month, and I needed a few things. I felt so blessed to find just what I needed and for such a little amount of money.

When I got home and looked in my closet, I decided it was time to give back. I have so many things that just hang there from year to year and never get worn. There are also some things I just wanted to share with others who were in need. After our outreach to the homeless a couple of weekends ago, I have been so convicted about helping those in desperate need.

I collected two large bags of clothing to bring to church for that ministry. I am so thankful for an opportunity to help in some very small way. God has blessed me with such abundant grace in my life. His love and mercy, in the face of my failures and faults, overwhelm my heart with gratitude. He is so very good.

" For Thou, Lord, art good and ready to forgive, and abundant in lovingkindness to all who call upon Thee."
Psalm 86:5


Blessings,

6 comments:

Dawn said...

I am glad you found such bargains and also got your closet cleaned out for a good cause.

I never can find anything good at thrift stores - it usually is good for smaller people!

Lovely bouquet.

Anonymous said...

Very nice vase, Linda. It's so simple and pretty. I often stop by our local thrift store as well. It's hit or miss. And yes, giving back is just one small way we can show our gratitude for God's abundant kindness!

grammy said...

I really need to go through my closet too. That pitcher is sweet (o:

PEA said...

I have a few of the same little jugs that you show here and I also love putting fresh flowers in them:-) We have a thrift shop just down the road from me that is run by one of the churches and I always bring clothes and such to them whenever I declutter. As you say, it feels so good to be able to help in any way those less fortunate:-) xoxo

Susanne said...

I just did a whole bunch of sorting and purging too, Linda. I finally got tough with myself. It was really silly of me to hang onto to things that I never or rarely used when someone else could be making perfectly good use of them. Good for you.

And I love your little pitcher. So cute.

Abba's Girl said...

This convicted me to go through my closet, I have been thinking about doing it for 2 months.