Sunday, January 06, 2013

The Giving High


In cause you were wondering, I am typing this snuggled in my husband's recliner, drinking lemon water (my new craving), in a house that looks like about 5 tornadoes have gone through it. Yes, morning sickness has taken over my life, and I'm not liking it one bit. My kids are living off of cheerios and fruit (unless daddy's home) because I can't stand up long enough to do anything else.

Fun stuff.

Here are my stats this week:
9 Weeks
Due Date: Updated is now August 12th.
Baby is the size of a grape.
Cravings:
Lemon Water (as in, half lemon juice half water. The tartness helps me feel better! Plain water makes me wanna hurl.)
Chipolte. I seriously wish one was closer than an hour away. I want it every day-no matter how sick I am.
Weight Gain:
 -7lbs Not gonna complain about that.

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Okay, now on to a different subject- Giving.

Specifically-giving to homeless people.

There isn't much else that gives me joy like helping someone in need. It gives me such a high. I know that the Lord has blessed us abundantly (especially if you look in comparison to the rest of the world) and there is no way we should be selfish with it.

The other day, I went grocery shopping with my mom. While at a light, we same a homeless guy on the side of the road. I just happened to have cash on me. (I never do!) I felt extremely blessed to be able to give at that time, especially when no one car around us was.

Now, this isn't to brag on myself, but an honest praise for God bringing that opportunity to me. You see, I grew up around homeless people as a kid.

My mom worked for an organization through our church while I was growing up, that was geared to getting homeless people off the streets, helping out with food, getting them into church, etc. I was always there. I was always around the homeless/street people/prostitutes/etc. I would hang out with my mom and the rest of the crew after school. Some nights I would help my parents at the soup kitchen. I can even remember nights my parents letting people stay at our house. It was just normal. I was taught very young- if people have a need and you can meet it-then do it.

As I grew up, never once did I question helping a homeless person. If I had cash-I'd give cash. Change-I'd give that too. I've even bought food for a family sitting on the side of the road. That's just what I was taught. But again, as I grew up-I realized this was NOT normal teaching.

Most of my friends were mortified at how freely I would give. Some even called me careless and stupid. I was completely confused by this! But it seems, most Americans believe the stereotype that all homeless people are working the system. People (mostly Christians, sadly) would say, "If I give them money, they'll just go buy beer and drugs."

Wow. Does that line up with what the Word says at all?

Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord, and he will repay him for his deed. -Proverbs 19:17

But if anyone has the world's goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God's love abide in him? 1 John 3:17

Give to the one who begs from you, and do not refuse the one who would borrow from you. Matt 5:42

Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you. Luke 6:28

He said also to the man who had invited him, “When you give a dinner or a banquet, do not invite your friends or your brothers or your relatives or rich neighbors, lest they also invite you in return and you be repaid. But when you give a feast, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, the blind, and you will be blessed, because they cannot repay you. For you will be repaid at the resurrection of the just.” 
Luke 14:12-14

As you can see, there are many scriptures that TELL YOU to give to those in need, but not one tells you to judge weather they need it or not.

I believe wholeheartedly that once that money leaves our hands-our part is done, we've obeyed the Lord, as He'll take care of us for that. Once it's in their hands-it's on them. In other words, it's not our fault if they use the money for food or drugs. 

Why do we seem to put an "Only if" clause at the end of each commandment?

Why can't we just DO IT and not ask questions?

My family has never suffered or gone without just because I gave some money to a guy on the streets. In fact, I couldn't tell you how many times money has miraculously appeared at random moments!

(Just last week, I went to pay a bill and there was an extra $20 in my wallet that wasn't there the day before!) 

The Lord takes care of those who heed His commands. I challenge you, that if you think that giving to someone in need will break you, to change that way of thinking. Give to that guy with the sign on the side of the road-and see the Lord fill you with joy. 

It's what Jesus did. 







4 comments:

  1. Hello.. I live in Western MA. I have just read your post on helping the homeless, and I would like to say how much it meant to me. I am a 41 yr. old "homeless" single mother of a 2 1/2 yr. old son and an adult (18!) daughter. I also have two angels above. My 19 yr. old son passed away in Nov. 2012. He became homeless when I did, and was living in a shelter when he died. I was placed in a hotel 20 miles from him, with my young son. He would visit us every other day. He was trying to get a job, and had reconnected with religion and was going to church regularly. He quit smoking and did not drink or do drugs. He did have a challenging and difficult past, and had hurt friends and family members so was unable to ask those people for help.
    I am still in the same position, living in hotel with my young n very hyper son, trying to get court ordered child support, after leaving a very bad domestic violence situation. I do not drive or own a car so must rely on public transp. which I cannot afford a monthly bus pass ($45.00) and have been placed 45 miles from the town I was living in and where my daughter lives.
    Living with my daughter or other family members is not an option, as it was not for my son. I sit here in our hotel rm. (paid for through MA homeless program) applying to every resource available, trying to grieve for my son as I know I need to.. I also lost a daughter to SIDS 10 yrs. ago when I was married to my older children's father and did not grieve in the way I should have, so am I am trying to do things differently as I try to comprehend my son dying and feeling so desperate and alone. They tell me he took his own life.. I just do not .. cannot.. believe that.. there are so many unanswered questions.. and the police do not seem to care.. he seems to be "just another homeless kid" and not worth the time. It is something I will not stop asking questions about .. not until I know what happened.. even if I am "just another homeless person" .. I miss my "homeless" son, who was my oldest child.. I miss having a home of my own.. and am trying to get back on my feet.
    I just want anyone who may read this to know.. I am a homeless mom trying to care for myself and my son when I ask for help with money or even food.. not trying to abuse the "system" in any way .. and not spending it on alcohol or drugs..
    Thanks for taking the time to write this post.

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  2. im with you! thank you so much for your service! that is incredible that your parents would let homeless people stay at the house - they have a true servants heart! For January i was challenged to find an organization that i felt passionate about and get involved and it was the homeless people i felt the most passionate about- i think it's because maybe i realize that could be me at any given moment! i mean, it could! I could lose my job. something could happen to where i would have nowhere to go. i always feel compelled to give the homeless people stuff too. even before i was really trying to live for God. i am not sure why but i just feel bad and yes it's true some of them are drug addicts. and some of them aren't. it doesn't really matter to me what they do in the day time what kills me knowing what they do in the night time. they probably get no sleep. most of them want to get off the streets but how can you look for a job with dirty clothes and no shower, yah no? well, thanks for sharing! i think that is long enough! lol! i any longer and i could write a blog post! (:

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