Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.

Saturday, July 31, 2010

So Simple, But Makes My Day

Briskly walking through my neighborhood, I pause at the edge of the sidewalk to allow the car to pass.  Oblivious to my surroundings in deep thought, I lift my head to see through the smoke-tinted front windshield of the passing car, fingers released from the steering wheel, the occasional wave offered my way.  So simple and yet it put a bounce in my remaining walk.

Picking up my phone from the text message alarm, I glanced down to read an unprompted message from one of my adult children - Love You, Mom or Thank-you.  These come so rarely that it just turns my day into sunshine and releases that heavy weight of parenting that can rest its head on my shoulder at times.

She greets my husband with a smile, she knows my tea combination, she is working two jobs, and yet she stops to inquire about our family.  On our 30th wedding anniversary, she signs my cup of tea...Congratulations!   Her usual  smiley-face written message brings cheer into my day. 

So Simple and yet each Makes My Day.  If my walk on earth can be lightened by these easy gestures then how can I make some one else's day?

At the local store I ask how the clerk's day is, instead of just replying to her trained inquiry of "how are you?"  Shocked that I was interested, she starts to pour out with a smile the details of her day...I received the blessings also.

Stopping to hear my unknown neighbor tell me about how the armadillos ate up her flower bed,  I pause and listen, then encourage and say, "have a wonderful day....your flower bed is beautiful."

I nod with gratitude while smiling and say, "Thank You!" to the yard men who stop their work in order to allow me to pass uninjured.  

I desire to say through my actions... 
"you are special, you are worthy, you are loved."  I reply to text messages and emails, because I am not too important to ignore them, and the receiver is important.  I pray that my simple smile, word, wave or text of encouragement makes someone else's day lighter....they cost me nothing, and yet I too am blessed.

Thank you for stopping by, for your comments, your encouragement, your blog posts that are so inspiring ... you have made my day!

17 Joining in with more words:

Sandy said...

It really does make us feel so
good when people, family or
strangers, take time to show
a kindness, spread some love
around. There's a woman in the
supermarket where I shop who
started telling me about her
life. I tell her about the Lord
and that I'm praying for her and
her circumstances. Now every week
when I go in she gives me a hug
and tells me that she loves and
appreciates me.
Lord teach us to love like You

Theresa said...

Janette, you are so good at this. I always appreciate your comments on my blog or emails in response to my comments on your blog. I hope to learn this from you. Thanks for your encouragement!

Theresa said...

Very nice post and a great reminder to stop and smell the roses and offer a smile or kind word to a stranger.

Debbie said...

Janette, you made my day today with your email to me. How like our God to use a blogging friend to speak a few words of encouragement ...just when they were so needed.

I can just see you walking throughout your day offering simple words of encouragement to others, even when you don't know their name. I think that's what Jesus would do but of course, He would know our names. :)

Thank you and much love,

e-Mom said...

Very sweet! It's so true. It's the simple gestures that make our day go more smoothly. Like you, I try to smile at the grocery cashier and be pleasant. Helping to make someone else's day often makes my day too! ღ]

Janet said...

Well, blessings to YOU!

Thanks for stopping by my blog. I can't wait to get to know you better.


Sonja said...

This is where we live, and it's how Jesus wants to see us interact with those around us. I love this Janette, and like so many of the simple things of life when we give... the blessing is ours!



JillAileenJones said...

It makes my day when you drop my blog or e-mail and leave a message. I am truly thankful for you and for being able to make a friend like you this way.
Thanks so much for the books again-in just a few short weeks we will begin this new journey.
Our vacation was much need and so fun.
I will post pictures later.
Thank you for your kindness and your prayers and thoughtfulness.
Love ya

Lisa said...

I'm so glad you found me! We really have a lot in common. What an encouraging post this is. I'm following you now and looking forward to reading more on your blog.
Lisa xoxo

Barbie said...

Thank you Janette, for always being so encouraging and uplifting. I pray that I will be an encouragement to others as well! Blessings!

BECKY said...

Oh Janette! I love your heart gal! I take great joy in those simple things, too, but even more so in doing them for others!! It's joy doubled, isn't it!!?? Glimpses of God...that's what they are. All good and perfect things come from Him, and nothing is more perfect than giving away a little time, love, and encouragement!! And it doesn't have to cost a thing!

Thanks for the blessing of you! So glad our paths crossed in this big ol' blogosphere!! God knew!
Love n hugs,

Leslie @ Farm Fresh Fun said...

Been away from blogland w/a busy summer... You are the first friend I visit for inspiration when I return! THANKS you done it again! ;-) LOVE the "courage" post as well. You always brighten MY day! Hope yours is blessed!

Debbie said...

Oh Janette I LOVE LOVE LOVE this post and you...What an encouragement this will be to soo many no doubt. And it is just soo true. It is not hard to find things to encourage others with, and brighten their day. And it soo blesses us in the process ~ it is funny isn't it how we "forget" that or just can't be bothered to take that extra moment or two. Thank you for reminding us of this in your post today to spread His joy around. Have a wonderful day my friend. HUGS, Debbie

Janean said...

an encouraging word.
a hug.
a smile.
a conversation from the stranger sitting next to you as you both wait for a table at a restaurant....

they may seem small things, but like you said, can make huge differences in our hearts.

great post!!!

So, I Begin this Journey...... said...

I will think of you as I walk back the country roads with our dog.....waving at neighbors we never met, the farmer on his tractor, the elderly woman who never leaves her front porch...... and I now I'm sending you {state to state} a wave, a warm smile, yelling "how are you today?!"

This post is beautiful. Thank you!


A multi-dimensional life said...

I'm so glad I found your blog...it is beautiful and uplifting. Your post was such an encouragement. I'll be sure to follow now. I hope you'll stop by mine...still tweaking but filled with variety (poetry; stories, & recipes).

It is good to be reminded that even the small things we do can be a big blessing to others. God bless you!

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