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LIVELYGIRL2 Posts: 4,946
8/28/17 1:22 A

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that is super!

There is a lady where my mom lives in skilled nursing. She said, she is wasting her life being there. I told her about an older woman that wrote letters to inmates. I told her God could give her an assignment. She said, she is writing a book. I;m going to look into publishing possibilities.

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8/27/17 5:41 P

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I have been doing random acts of kindness, and


not getting found out. Or if I do, explaining why I am doing them. I want to bless others as I have been blessed. My dad says that you cannot outgive God. He is so right. May God richly bless all of you today.

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8/23/17 7:05 A

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I think these ideas of showing kindness and care for others is great, I am an introvert and need encouragement to participate in a conversation. Occasionally someone at the table will turn to me and ask me how I doing. I appreciate that.
CSPAN aired the funeral ceremony for Heather Heyer, the 32 year old woman who was killed when a car was driven by a white supremacist into a group of counter protesters in Charelettsville. Both the family and the minister said to the large gathering ( which filled two movie theaters - the funeral was broadcast live to the second theater) that we all should honor Heather by encouraging and showing care for others regardless of their cultural background or race. God would want that, there are countless examples of people showing such care in the bible.
Also, Fortune magazine states, “Diverse groups make better decisions. If everyone in the room is the same, you’ll have fewer arguments and worse answers. Diversity is a distinct competitive advantage.” Encourage diversity in your groups, both at work and elsewhere. I will try to reach out and show more care for others, including those of different back grounds, and welcome those of different backgrounds into my groups, to honor Heather Heyer.

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LIVELYGIRL2 Posts: 4,946
8/16/17 1:34 P

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thanks for sharing!!!! great examples. Let's continue these ideas. As a matter of fact.. I went to a wedding several summers ago. There was 6 couples. Four of them were on devices. When you talked to them they weren't looking at you !

I think these are life skills.

I'm going to think of some other examples to say.

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8/16/17 12:49 P

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Care: As a person who communicates more by writing (versus call), I find simply asking how someone is by text messaging and sharing a positive part of my day can be quite encouraging. I use this carefully depending upon my audience. A lot of seniors have very little to do with today's varied technology. A personal visit or call speaks volumes.

Be present: I am aware that when I'm with a friend or small group, I need to be mindful about 'being present' in whatever is going on. Listening and participating are to be valued. Disappearing unknowingly, or taking outside communications can be quite discouraging or simply rude. During a recent Christian Ladies Ministry monthly dinner at a nice restaurant, two ladies took phone calls without so much as an "excuse me", or leaving the table during our meal. This is becoming a regular happening. I understand when there are times that some calls must be answered.

Live and respect by example: The way we live and the examples we set are very telling. I remember learning in my communicating arts 101 class, 70% (or more) of our communication is through our nonverbals. I use a lot of my lounging time knitting prayer shawls. The act of doing this in a skilled nursing facility or other center encourages uplifting conversations about what I'm doing for my Lord.

Something as simple as a smile or "hello" can encourage another.

I love when Joyce reminds is to put our shopping cart back into the proper stall.

This thread could become quite the list of great examples. May we be the leaders of good conduct by our example.

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8/14/17 12:51 P

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amen! emoticon

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Small steps, little acts of kindness -- over time these produce long & lasting results


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8/13/17 11:00 P

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hi, I just read your other post about yesterdays' event. I want to give it more thought to respond.

I just saw this comment. There are several scriptures about encouraging other believers to show gracious kindness and not repay others with nastiness.

There are plenty of other verses that remind us to pray lots of positive quality traits in each other, especially in the epistles.I think in this rushed world, I doubt many give it serious thought. Hospitality is often lacking in church and many only think about their buddies. I think the only way to excel in this, is to make a decision to practice.

I remember once I read something of Joyce's. She was talking about giving a squirt of hand lotion. In the same manner... we should be a blessing dispenser

I had several examples lately. There is a skilled nursing place down my street. I met this man that sits in his wheel chair. Sometimes I bring him a tiny something. A lemon for water, a keychain, paperback. He is listening to my faith talk more. I also had a poster for my moms caregiver. His name was written vertically. For each letter, there is a positive character trait. He asked me, are you a born again christian like Irene? Today when I was leaving my moms facility, I talked to a lady which is challenged with her fathers lung disease. She knows I am christian and they are Buddhist. She was listening intently to everything I shared. I suspect , that besides our common feelings of caregivers, she was all ears because I had mentored someone of her ethnic group and my previous nursing background. Ths shows the power of mercy to break down walls.

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I hear you, I feel we all need to encourage each other. In church this morning our minister announce that his last day as minister will be October 1 as he will be leaving to take up the position as minister of of a church in his home town. I have trust in God that the vestry will find another worthy minister to take his place although it would be difficult to find someone to work as well as he has been doing. Also, I trust in God to pray for good to come out of the chaos of yesterday's events in Virginia and to forgive the evil doers.
By the way I listened to a sermon not by Joyce Meyer but on one of her CD's that we not only need to trust God but we need to do good. I found it to be very inspirational. I am 71 and feel that I do good by not being moved to anger, to be charitable and to encourage my children and grandchildren to do likewise.
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8/5/17 12:17 P

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any ideas? Think about it. We should try and get more participation . Instead of a book, we could discuss an article, something from a conference, an idea, a part of scripture. They have some things on her website. emoticon

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