The book I mentioned from our first post is titled, "Everyday Angels" (Simple ways to be an angel for others every day.), by Karon Phillips Goodman.
Ephesians 4:2 "Be completely humble &; gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love."
"Do you know an angel? Maybe you know several. Do you want to be one? Maybe you've been an angel thousands of times. I'm sure you can remember times when angels reached out to you---not angels in the visionary, miraculous sense, but angles in the tangible, earthly sense. Those were everyday angels.
You know those people---the ones who have entered your life at good times and bad, who have been just the godsend that you needed right when you needed it. Maybe your angel was your spouse or you child or a friend or even a stranger. All of these people have probably been angels to you at one time or another, & when it happened, you counted yourself richly blessed.
No doubt, you've been someone's angel, too, when you shared and helped and guided and loved, or maybe just listened. Somehow, you knew just what to do to touch someone's life. You probably didn't think of yourself as an angel at the time, but that's exactly what angels do---touch peoples' lives & make a difference. And here's the good news. You can do that every day.
Our lives are filled with stress & fear & disappointment. But the everyday angels get us through with that interaction that says, "I care---you're not alone." These simple acts of kindness often take no more than a few seconds, but they bind us together in a troubled world. They help us see beyond ourselves. They give us hope & joy. There is nothing more angelic than that.
You can be an angel every day---giving & sharing, & receiving a blessing in the process. Everything you give comes back to you over & over. Try it & see, with the one hundred ways suggested in this book. They're just a smattering of the countless ways you can join the Everyday Angels."
Ephesians 4:2 "Be completely humble & gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love."
Notes from Jules* Sadly enough, sometimes we want to lash out at ppl in anger. And sometimes we speak to quickly, saying what's on our mind at the moment, when in fact we shoud take the time to think things through. Too often we tend to "abuse" those we love the most, verbally, taking them for granted. As women, our moods can swiftly change causing us to feel peaceful one moment and irritated the next. But that is no excuse. Not even for me! We must be careful at how we treat others. Don't take those close to us for granted. For example, just b/c Lori's my sister doesn't mean I have the right to treat her how I feel at the moment and hope she forgives me. Though, for myself, I have lashed out. I'm not perfect, I can reasure you of that. But I also have a soft heart. It usually doesn't take me long to realize my error and apologize. Our scripture here says we are to be completely humble, gentle, & patient with each other. Showing love one to another. How often do we do that? And not just with our family, but to everyone around us in our daily lives? How can we be an "Everyday Angel" to those around us on a daily basis? It is definantly a challenge that I think we all could work on.
Again, please leave comments ladies. You don't have to have a blog to leave a comment. For those of you who don't, you may have to use the "annomous" account to leave a reply, but please SIGN your name after your comment. Be open. Be real. But remember, we're not here to gossip or tare anyone down. Let's keep it positive. Let's help build each other up. Ask questions. Encourage each other. That's what this is for. Do you see yourself as an "Everyday Angel" or is this something that you could work on?
Hope you have a blessed week!