Thursday, October 31, 2013
I think oftentimes we forget to be thankful for what we have. Today I was reminded very clearly that I needed to thank the Father for my blessings. I was on my way home from work and saw a woman on the side of the road, clearly panhandling. I do not give money to panhandlers, but this woman really had me thinking twice. Her "story" on her sign hit too close to home. There have been many times in my past when my oldest son was smaller that I would get the call telling me my electricity had been cut off...or the gas...or the water. I was blessed that I had my mom to help me and family members, but if not for the grace of the Father above, I very well might have been in that woman's shoes. It was clear to me that this was not familiar territory for her. Where most of the panhandlers that work that corner only walk part of the way down the grassy area, she walked down as far as she could. I wish I could have done something to help her. I have read online about the "blessing bags", etc., and have discussed it with my family so we have plans of doing just that.
I have begun couponing and to be honest, there are many of the coupons that I don't use. They do not go to waste, however, because I send the expired ones to the military. I am going to try to find deals on items that we don't use regularly and put them in the bag for those less fortunate than us. Even if I can't do much, I'd feel like I was helping a little bit.