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Lavish Boots

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I often see the Lord provide in my life, and as often as I do, I am still amazed and surprised when He does.  I recently told Gregg Baker this story, and he encouraged me to share it.

Last winter, at the end of the season, I bought a pair of boots, on sale.  Very cute, short, grey boots with zippers on the backs.  I loved them.  They were a decent price, and very comfy.  I had been getting some good wear out of them, when suddenly a zipper broke.  No problem, I thought, I'll take them to Peter's Shoe Repair.

Now Peter is a little picky about shoes.  He has told me more than once to "just throw those shoes away. They're not worth fixing." Let's just say I've learned to trust his opinion.  Who would have thought that a broken zipper would garner the same response?  Replacing both zippers would be $100.  That's more that what I had originally paid for the boots, and he clearly did not want to do the job.

It may sound trite, but I prayed about this.  I know God has more important things going on than my silly boot story, but I'd been talking with Him about my finances, and I know He always provides.  I began looking at consignment stores and sale racks.  Nothing for me.  It came to my mind that if I fixed up my pair of army-style boots I hadn't worn in a while, I could make do.

I put on the old clunkers on my way out the door to the Beth Moore launch party at the church. It would be dark, so no one would notice my shoes. What an inspiring evening!  I forgot about my boots completely. As the event drew to a close, there were draws for some fabulous door prizes, including a $300 gift card to John Fluevog Shoes. You guessed it, I won!

I went to the John Fluevog Store on Granville Street that very week.  Wow, it's expensive! Yet, I found a great pair of boots on sale for $199 (yay!) and tried them on... perfect fit!  So now I have a new pair of boots.  Next time you see me, you'll likely see them, too!

Why do I share this story?  It's because the experience reminded me again how God, the Good Good Father, provides for us. He doesn't have to, He just does. He loves you and me. He delights in us.  Sometimes He just goes all out and spoils us.  Thank you Father, for Your lavish Love.

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Stu Mitchell - A Simple Act of Kindness

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Today's shared story is all about being a discipleship of Jesus and simply acting in a small way...as you'll see, the action changed someone's day! 

A few weeks ago I was on my way home from work, driving along eighth avenue on a very quiet part of the road. I was behind another car and I noticed the driver ahead of me went past a flag person loading signs into a pickup.

The driver was moving really quickly and the road worker was clearly frustrated as she waved her arms trying to get the driver to slow down. The driver kept going and the worker looked really upset. I pulled over about 30 feet behind the worker onto the side of the road. I got out of my car and as I did she started yelling at me to get back in the car. She was saying she was so sick of ignorant drivers and to just leave her alone. 

I kept walking towards her saying I saw she was really upset and wanted to be sure she was okay. This seemed to stun her for a second. She paused and then started to just unload her frustration on me.

I just listened and said it must be really a tough job, that I admire flag people and how it must be tricky to deal with fast drivers. I kept listening until she slowed down. I smiled and asked if she was okay. 

She clearly had been working outside for many years - her face was wrinkled and brown and tired. She pulled off her gloves, looked at me and a HUGE smile lit up her face. She shook my hand and said "thanks for stopping and talking to me, you really have made my day." I smiled and shook her hand and said to take care and I got in my car and drove away. She was smiling and waving as I passed her. 

I really didn't think much of it until I told Deb about the experience and she said no doubt God set that all up. I don't think the only gifts God expects us to use are what we think of as "The Spiritual Gifts."

Simple stuff like time, care and concern are good too. I usually don't think being friendly is a powerful gift from God. I just happen to like people and want other people to know they are valued. We can show God's love by just doing something that is kind. 

 

 

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