We were lucky enough to receive a wonderful hand me downs yesterday, and each girl got some things she loved from some friends we’ve known since before M was born – she is 2 days older than her friend.
As we do some home reorganization, we needed to winnow down the numbers – you don’t need 14 long sleeve dresses. And most people don’t need more than 2 weeks of tshirts, either. Unless they are special. So we put together at least one bag for donating, and that feels good.
We’ve packed up some outgrown clothes & boots for a little girl we know, and it feels so good to be giving things we loved to someone who will appreciate it! Some of the girls’ clothes are just lovely, and I feel better giving the really nice clothes to someone we know. We also started winnowing down some of our books, so we have a nice bag of paperbacks to donate, too.
When we are receiving gifts, it is such a blessing to have something we can give. We have also made cakes or muffins for friends, and that helps me feel like I can give back something to the people who have helped us so much.
Our family is still living with struggles right now – emotional, financial, logistical, etc. Our lives feel unsettled – we don’t know when help will arrive, so we live a bit on edge, not knowing what will come around the corner. But when we give to others, we feel more secure, trusting that if we give, we will receive what we need. Not necessarily what we want, but what we need.
Our faith is growing stronger each day, and that is not a struggle. That is a path that looks like it has been lit from above. It is wonderful to have faith, knowing that we have help during our trials and tribulaltions. We feel His love in our hearts, and know that we are on the right path through the darkness.
I’d still like to have a map so I can see what troubles will lie ahead, and when the current struggles will end!