#392: Unexpected Blessings

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Sometimes we receive blessings from unexpected sources. I have received three this week. I won't go into personal details but will say that without the help offered me, I would have likely fallen into a pit of depression feeling I had no where else to turn to get me out of several difficulties.

What is most inspiring is that all of the help has come from either strangers or a casual friend whose help I never would have expected. That they would reach out to me brings tears to my eyes.

Most of us try to lead lives where we respect and encourage others and try to keep an upbeat attitude, looking for the positives in all situations. I know the importance of lifting up others with deeds and words and many of you have shared with me your kind comments on my efforts here on SP for which I am appreciative.

Until this week, though, life this year has been a downward spiral that has slowly drained me of energy and hope. But that has been restored, even if nothing else good happens, for now, being on the receiving end of other's goodness, lets me know that there is hope and that if we keep believing there is a grand plan for our lives that the proper people to help us will be brought to us.

Never underestimate how much your efforts to help someone will benefit them. You may not think what help you offer is of great importance but trust that the ripple you begin will expand and expand and have positive consequences far beyond what you do or say. And the person you reach out to will be forever grateful. I am.
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    Lou, I must admit, I got a little teary reading this. I too have been having a rather challenging year. But your sharing that testimony encourages me! I echo the sentiments of many who have already said how much of a blessing you are to so many here! You are a beautiful brother in Christ who deserves to be abundantly blessed beyond your wildest imagination! You are in my prayers. I am happy that some kindness came your way! -- wiley
    3895 days ago
    I love those unexpected blessings! God always seems to know when to send them. I always seem to get them when I am most discouraged, which helps to pull me out of that hole you feel like you fell in! I'm so glad you were blessed this week, Lou! Praise God! emoticon
    3895 days ago
    This reminds me of Hebrews 13:2
    Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
    I pray God continues to bless you!!!
    3899 days ago
    I am so happy to hear of your shower emoticon of blessings! emoticon Join in and sing this little song with me and make sure you do the parts.

    If your happy and you know it clap your hands. If your happy and you know it clap your hands. If your happy and you know it then you really ought to show it , if your happy and you know it clap your hands.

    If your happy and you know it stomp your feet , if your happy and you know it stomp your feet, if your happy and you know it then you really ought to show it , if your happy and you know it stop your feet.

    If your happy and you know it shout Amen! If your happy and you know it shout Amen! If your happy and you know it then you really ought to show it, if your happy and you know it shout Amen! Thanks for sharing your good news with us so we have something to be happy for today Amen!
    3900 days ago
    I am so thankful for those unexpected blessings that reassure us God knows right where we are and just what we need, and His hand extended comes from unlikely places sometimes. You are a blessing to so many. This couldn't have happened to a nicer guy.
    3901 days ago
    I am so happy that you've been blessed. You always seem to be blessing the lives of others, including those of us who read your awesome blogs. You deserve all the good that comes your way. Bright blessings to you. Love, Dawn
    3901 days ago
    Dear friend,

    I'm so glad to hear that you received blessings and help. I believe that God always hears our prayers, it seems that we don't always hear his answers.

    I hope the rest of the year is better for you.

    3901 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    Praise God! I'm thrilled to hear of such blessings in your life. You deserve them, and many more! I hope your spiral moves UPWARD and that your hope continues to grow. There IS a grand plan for us...with the help of God's angels we will achieve all of the success's He has in store for us. emoticon emoticon
    3901 days ago
    Lou, I'm sorry this hasn't been a great year for you, but I'm so happy that God lead three people to help you. You're exactly right, we never know just how much good our simple comment or gesture will do, so we should just keep on doing/saying them!

    3901 days ago
    3902 days ago
    Lou, I am glad Jesus touched you through the kindness and love of others to meet your needs and be a blessing to you.

    I especially liked the last paragraph. What a great word picture and gentle admonishment!

    I'm sure the ripples are already touching others and making a difference. emoticon
    emoticon Sue
    3902 days ago
    Great post! Thanks for sharing. I believe if anything good should happen to anyone, you are very deserving. emoticon
    3902 days ago
    I am rejoicing with you in the blessings you have received today! We never know what our words and actions will do. I know that you bless SO MANY people with your many talents and your giving heart. Your blogs are one example. In many of those blogs I have read about blessings YOU have given others; holding open a door for someone, offering kind words to a server in a restaurant, and countless charitable events you volunteer at. I know that God sees each and every one of the things you do, and that He knows your needs and concerns. I am so glad you received blessings in return this week! You definitely deserve them!

    God bless you!
    3902 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5178852
    I will concentrate on the positive and recount my blessings... and you will be one of them!

    Thanks for blogging and keeping upbeat. Aren't daily miracles and blessings so worth noticing???

    God bless you my friend!
    3902 days ago
    Oh, Lou, I'm not even going to read the other comments because I already know what they're probably saying, and so if I repeat anything you can know up front that it was from my own heart! YOU are PRECIOUS! I know how you have struggled to maintain hope, joy, faith and peace by lifting others up each and every single day! I have witnessed it so many times! How HAPPY I am that someone who could make a difference for you came through and were Jesus to you! I am so very glad to call you my friend, and my Sparkbrother. You, my friend, are priceless! emoticon

    p.s. Ha! I didn't know I was only the 2nd one to comment! You must have just posted it! Yay, now they can top mine! emoticon
    3902 days ago

    Comment edited on: 8/11/2010 10:23:11 PM
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    you are such a good man, Lou. I am honored to know you. I am so glad you got some positive influence in your life. Sometimes when you least expect it, blessings come your way.

    You are Blessed! God Is Still On His Throne!

    3902 days ago
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