Wednesday, May 28, 2014

I found this pot of flowers sitting at my door, way back in March.  It was put there by a dear
friend, for my birthday.  It's contents were barely visible, with only a few flowers peeking
out through the greens.  But, look at it today.  I think it is so pretty, and every time I walk
out of my back door, I am reminded of my friend, and the love and kindness she shared
with me.  A gift that keeps on special!

Speaking of "look what I found" topics...this is what I found recently, when I walked into
my family room one evening.  My husband had three grandchildren captivated on his lap,
telling them fascinating facts about the book that he was reading.  They were spellbound.
This is the book he was reading, and the pictures alone had them sitting perfectly still.

The book was written by Nick Vujicic (pronounced Voy-a-chich).  He was twenty-seven
years old when he wrote this particular book.  He was born without limbs, but he was not
constrained by his circumstances.  He travels around the world encouraging people to
overcome adversity with faith, hope, love, and courage.  He definitely has had endless
experiences in dealing with adversity and obstacles, some of them unique with him,
but most of them universal to all of us.

I listened as I heard my husband explaining to these little ones, that yes, Nick was born
without any limbs, and yet he went on to live with joy and purpose.  They were filled
with questions, and I quickly realized that this was one of those "learning moments"
that grandparents look for when they had grandchildren in their care.

Personally, my husband and I both enjoyed reading the book, and we were reminded
again, of how important it is to be comfortable with who we are, how we look,
and the purpose that God has for us here on the earth. 

And, later in the evening, this is the scene I discovered.  What is better than one
"plumber" in the house?  Three "plumbers" ready to take care of a drain that
would not hold the water in the tub.  They were ready to tackle the situation,
with real gusto and enthusiasm:)

Today, if you face any roller coaster situations in life, or things that seem insurmountable,
you may want to pick up a copy of Nick's book, to lift your spirits and encourage your heart.
It certainly did mine when I read it.  I close with this quote from his book;

"Whether you have a lot or a little to offer, just remember that small acts of kindness can
be just as powerful as big donations.  If you make a difference in just one life, you've done
a great service, because simple kindness can start a chain reaction of similar actions,
resulting in your effort's initial results becoming magnified many times.  Whatever God
has given you, share it in ways to benefit others."

When we reach out to others, we forget about our own troubles and trials.

Thanks for stopping by.


Stacey said...

The picture of your hubby and the boys is so cute!!

I think leaving a potted plant on a friend or neighbors porch is a great idea. I'm going to do that!

Neat sounding book. I'd love for my son to read that. He's 22 and you know...he thinks the world is pretty harsh at this point.

debi said...

Judy, what a precious post. Love that it was Nick's book that was a part of that teaching moment. He really is and incredible man!
Your photos beautiful as always, my favorite was of the plumbers :-) Grandparents play such a big role in the lives of little ones, if were lucky...
Thanks for the reminder that we don't need to be perfect and it's possible to call whatever it is we're going through, JOY!


Debbie said...

As always just loved your post! There is always so much wisdom in your words. Love the picture of your hubby reading with his grandsons...soo precious. LOVE those moments. But the picture of the plumbers says it all, lol. Enjoy your day!

Lea said...

What a wonderful post!

Love those grans sitting in Grandpa's lap. What sweetness! And, all the little "helping hands" with the plumbing issue. How cute!

I've heard Nick speak on TV and have just been captivated by his story. Talk about making lemonade out of lemons. He has spent his life doing that. So, so inspiring!

Always nice to stop by your place.

Jeane` said...

Thank you for all the MANY MANY ways you influence your grandchildren for the good! I so appreciate it!!! Love you.
The Twin Plumber's Mother

lindsey said...

Thanks for sharing this Judy. I have watched Nick Vujicic on film and he certainly is an inspiration.
Your flowers are beautiful and I hope your little team of plumbers were able to sort the drain problem :)

corners of my life said...

At lunch in Orlando recently we sat next to a gentleman with the same physical challenges as Nick. It was amazing to watch him interact with his loving family. Who knows maybe it was him.

Sally Crowe said...

Such an inspiring post. I'm probably in the minority when I say I have not heard of that precious soul. I would love to read his book.

Your grands are adorable; their expressions as your hubby read to them. :)

Happy@Home said...

The flowers are so pretty and what a thoughtful gift from your friend.
Such special moments you have shared between grandpa and the grandchildren. How lucky they are to have him and you in their lives.
Thanks so much for sharing the book with us. I can tell it will hold much inspiration for those who read it.


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