Tag: Kindness

Being a Blessing – Guest Post by Jennifer Parrish

This morning my daughter Jennifer Parrish shared an amazing story of how a complete stranger chose to bless her and her family. It is a beautiful story of ‘paying it forward’ and choosing to be a blessing in this world. This is from her FB page today:

I don’t get “serious” on here often, but something remarkable happened over the weekend and I think it holds an important lesson for all of us. I was waiting in a long line to check out at Target with a stockpile of SIX boxes of diapers and various groceries (crazy couponing, of course!) The couple behind me struck up a conversation with me to pass the time. We talked about my baby, mostly. First time mom. Sleepless nights. Those cute yet elusive first smiles and laughs. Jokes about how many diapers she must be going through as they eyed my cart. The cashier finished scanning my coupons, and as I was grabbing my card to pay, they stuck their credit card in the machine. WHAAA??? I was astonished. And overcome with emotion. I think I thanked them a thousand times as I gathered my things, teary-eyed. I haven’t stopped thinking about this. Did I say anything that made me sound like a charity-case? No, I don’t think so. I think they saw a new mom, putting an extraordinary amount of effort into saving money on the things she needed and they genuinely wanted to make a difference. What a gesture! It got me thinking a lot about money and the kind of example I want to set for my daughter. We’re all feeling the pressure to make more money, save more money, spend more money…we’re all obsessed. Even my “crazy couponing” can be viewed as an obsession with money. It’s a sickness. We have a roof over our head, food on the table, and clothes on our backs. And that’s more than most in this world. I want my little girl to know that; to really appreciate that. I think we all need to remember IT’S JUST MONEY. It’s what you do with it that really matters. Maybe it’s less about constantly collecting new and better things, and more about finding contentment and appreciation for what you have been blessed with. Maybe if we find ourselves in an opportunity to help another person, we should take it–without weighing it against our own needs first. Total strangers paid for a new mom’s diapers…and made a lasting impact on her philosophy about money, and the real value in life.

Thank you Jen – for sharing your heart with us today. Your post reminds us all how a simple act of kindness can mean so much. You are an amazing young woman and your daughter is blessed to call you Mom.

Thank you Lord for the kindness of these people. Bless them 100 times over!

Here is my daughter Jennifer and her beautiful daughter Devyn:

(Featured Image – Jennifer and Dameon Parrish)

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Divine Protection and Superman Meet on Mothers Day

Ever get one of those nights you couldn’t sleep? Or two in a row? Yeah, me too. I woke up 3 times each night for two days in a row. And tried to go back to bed, no luck. I have learned that when this happens it may be God asking me to pray for someone or something. So after the 2nd time, I finally got it. I prayed without really knowing why or who it was for. This went on for two nights. Again, no idea who or what – just pray.

I heard about it on the third day. I’d like to to meet my 2nd daughter, Amamda. She is so strong and courageous. She truly is a strong woman that has overcome major obstacles in her life. She is a beautiful Artist, Jewelry Maker, and a bartender at a local Madison Cafe.

It was Mothers Day night. For whatever reason she told me her fellow co-workers decided to stay late after work that day and hang with her as she finished her shift. She works till like 3 in the morning. There were a few customers sitting down at the bar and one with a Superman shirt on.

Amanda told me a man came into the bar and pointed something at her. Demanded she empty the cash register. There have been multiple robberies in Madison bars lately with perps using semi-automatic weapons. She complied. She told me she took out the money from 1’s to 20’s out of the register, hesitated a minute, and something told her to lay the pile of money on the bar. She did. And here is where the customer with the Superman shirt on saw what was going on and stood up.

And here is where you’ll have to read the rest of the story…
Really does restore you hope in humanity, as Amanda said.

At 10: We talk to the @AlchemyMadison bartender who was working when a customer took down an alleged robber. #nbc15 pic.twitter.com/ZepHsR2DKD

Here are the news story and video:
BAR CUSTOMER OVERPOWERS ROBBERY SUSPECT

 

And another:

KUNG FU TRAINED CUSTOMER STOPS MAN FROM ROBBING EAST SIDE BAR

All I can say is thank you.

Thank you to Amanda for keeping her wits about her and calling the Police. You stayed calm and kept people safe.  (I would have lost it!)

Thank you to the co-workers who decided to stay later. (You rock!)

Thank you to the Superman customer who saw what was happening and decided to act, to protect, and stop the robber. He actually held him until the police arrived! (What a true hero!)

And thank you to God – for putting everyone right where they needed to be that night. Thank you Lord for keeping my daughter safe. Thank you Jesus for answered prayers (even when we don’t know what we are praying about!)  I love her so much, Mom/Diana Rasmussen 🙂

(Featured Image Source: nbc15.com)

Kindness is the Language the Deaf can Hear

Kindness is a language. Imagine that.  And it crosses all boundaries.  Let us love one another – with kindness.  It’s not about being right.

The Paradoxical Commandments

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you will win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.”
― Kent M. Keith, The Silent Revolution: Dynamic Leadership in the Student Council

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”
― Steve MaraboliLife, the Truth, and Being Free

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”
― Desmond Tutu

“Let us make one point, that we meet each other with a smile, when it is difficult to smile. Smile at each other, make time for each other in your family.”
― Mother Teresa

“Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”
― Mark Twain

(All images from Pinterst)

I Choose…

“I Choose Love…
No occasion justifies hatred; no injustice warrants bitterness. I choose love. Today I will love God and what God loves.
I Choose Joy…
I will invite my God to be the God of circumstance. I will refuse the temptation to be cynical. I will refuse to see people as anything less than human beings, created by God. I will refuse to see any problem as anything less than an opportunity to see God.I Choose Peace…
I will live forgiven. I will forgive so I may live.I Choose Patience…
I will overlook the inconveniences of the world. Instead of cursing the one who takes my place, I’ll invite him to do so, Rather complain that the wait is to long, I will thank God for a moment to pray. Instead of clenching my fist at new assignments, I will face them with joy and courage.

I Choose Kindness…
I will be kind to the poor, for they are alone. Kind to the rich, for they are afraid. And kind to the unkind, for that is how God has treated me.

I Choose Goodness…
I will go without a dollar before I take a dishonest one. I will be overlooked before I will boast. I will confess before I accuse. I choose goodness.

I Choose Faithfulness…
Today I will keep my promises. My debtors will not regret their trust. My friends will not question my word. And my family will not question my love.

I Choose Gentleness…
Nothing is won by force. I choose to be gentle. If I raise my voice may it only be in praise. If I clench my fist, may it only be in prayer. If I make a demand, may it be only of myself.

I Choose Self-Control…
I refuse to let what will rot, rule the eternal. I choose self-control. I will be drunk only by joy. I will be impassioned only by my faith. I will be influenced only by God. I will be taught only by Christ. I choose self-control.

Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self-Control. To these I commit my day. If I succeed, I will give thanks. If I fail, I will seek His grace. And then when this day is done I will place my head on my pillow and rest.”
― Max Lucado

Source https://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/2737.Max_Lucado