The Gladness of My Heart

It didn’t hurt that it was a beautiful, crisp, filled-with-sunshine fall day but can I just say… Friday was a good day!

Thursday night I had contacted a friend of mine to see if she and her teacher friends might be able to use a box of items that I had ready to donate to “Mrs. Santa’s Store.”  I had just found out that there would be no such store this year. Many were leftover items from a craft sale I had participated in. She said,”sure” and came by Friday morning to pick it up.

Later that morning she called me, asking if I had a minute to talk.  She explained that Friday was a teacher work day to finish grades and do report cards. Her hope was to get those done in the morning and use the afternoon to make abundance journals for each of her 16 first grade students. Each November, she has her students keep a running list of things they are thankful for and as of Friday, she still had not figured out what type of ‘books’ to make for them. Just that morning she had whispered a little prayer, asking God to show her what she should do. When she completed her report cards, she went to see what was in the box I had given her that morning. In that box were 16 mini-journals I had made. She had called to tell me about how God had answered her prayer through the box I had given.

What an encouragement that was to me! Even that morning after she had picked the box up, I questioned myself as to why I felt the urgency to contact her the night before. Many of the items were Christmas related and she had plenty of time for that. Little did I know that I would be providing abundance journals for the class! I was so excited and encouraged! God, of course, knew exactly what He was doing!

While still rejoicing over that little miracle, I received an email from Bruce, the owner of the Preserve Company, thanking me once again for the random act of kindness we had left behind. He had read “Kindred Spirits,” and told me he had just thanked God for our group again that morning. Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 was written at the bottom. When I looked it up here is the phrase that jumped out at me…

“For he will not often consider the years of his life, because God keeps him occupied with the gladness of his heart.” (vs. 20)

Between the two, my heart was greatly encouraged. I truly felt that in the midst of the daily, perhaps God could use me!  As I started to evaluate the circumstances, I realized that the clincher was that these two people had let me know that God had used me to bless them. If they hadn’t told me, I would not have known. I still would have felt right about both acts of kindness but as it turned out, my faith was encouraged when I felt like I was obedient. I was all the more motivated to trust that still, small voice.

When my daughter called me to have lunch with her, I was excited to share with her the events of the morning. After being served by an incredibly  joyful {from the inside out} waitress, Jenna asked me if I wanted to join her in a RAK attack. I enthusiastically agreed and we left her a $20 tip with a note praying that her life would be abundantly blessed!

Has someone done something for you recently that met a need in just the right way or at just the right time? Has a word of encouragement been spoken to you that met your heart’s need in a way no one could otherwise have known? I encourage you to let others know when they bless you in a specific way. The more we communicate with one another, the better we will get at knowing His voice and doing His will from the seemingly insignificant daily occurances to life-changing moments.  And that makes for truly great days!

Wanting Great and Glad Days For You,



About debbierivers

I love to share what I can whenever I can. My goal is to live simply and love lavishly. I enjoy inspiring others with my writing. I am married to Steve and am the mother to two beautiful daughters, Hannah and Jenna, and grandmother to Kinsley. My desire is to encourage and to bless others through my life and my words.
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5 Responses to The Gladness of My Heart

  1. Debra Miller says:

    Wonderfully encouranging Debbie!

  2. Kim Sears says:

    Thank you Debbie for reminding me what a difference one small act of kindness can make!

  3. Rita W says:

    A heartwarming post….

  4. Love this!! Life is really full of these moments, if we can just slow ourselves down to see them!! Thanks for the reminder, your writing as always touches my heart! Hugs

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