A few years ago, a gal from our church was put on bed rest with a difficult pregnancy. With three children ranging from 3 to 11, being down for several months definitely made for some challenges for this sweet lady and her family. Without question, they were in need of some tangible help. It wouldn't have been enough to say "I'll be praying that everything works out" and then not do anything practical to help her. (James 2:15, 16 ) Yes, this family needed prayer, but they also needed some daily assistance.
Though the family went to our church, I barely knew them. Sure, I knew who they were, but with the mom being 20 years younger than I and the two of us being in different seasons of life, our paths rarely crossed. However, they lived close to us, and it was in my power to help. God put upon my heart to take a meal to their family on a regular basis throughout the remainder of her pregnancy.
Now, I could have said, "Really, God? Surely you don't want me to do that. I mean, I don't really know her." But knowing that I would have no peace if I sought to run from what God had put upon my heart, I stepped out in obedience. I took their family a meal pretty much once a week for about three months. As I popped by each week, I got to know the kids . . . and I got to know the mom. I prayed with her and for her, and I encouraged her with cards. A friendship sprang up between us, and with each visit, it blossomed and grew. And not just between her and me, but between every member of both our families. Their family has become very dear to us, and we get together with them often. We love them deeply, and they love us. In fact, not long ago, Natalie said to me, "You know, family's not always blood. Your family is like family to us."
Wow, what a gift! For the price of a few meals, I received a family! Talk about receiving far more than I gave! Plus, isn't the very way a Titus 2 ministry begins!
Beautiful things can happen when you reach out to others!
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