Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. Luke 6:38
We have always taught our kids to give of their time, talents and money and we always try to model this behavior out to them. We are given opportunities every day to bless those around us and we try to embrace them. We tell them they can change the world one small gesture at a time and we let them experience the pure JOY of blessing others.
However, we have not modeled out how to be on the receiving end very well. Maybe this is a bit of pride or maybe it is knowing that there are others who need help more than we do, or maybe it is a little of both.
I was convicted on this recently when friends have wanted to help lighten our load since Paige has gotten sick. My first instinct is, ‘we are fine’! Which we are, sorta. Things are different, our life has changed, but we are ‘fine’. But I came to realize that I am not allowing those around me, those that love my daughter, to feel the same JOY we feel when we bless others.
A gift opens the way and ushers the giver into the presence of the great. Proverbs 18:16
Realizing how many people love my child and want to help our family has been very overwhelming and humbling the past couple of weeks. I still struggle with the checks, PayPal and gift cards, but at the same time it makes this long road a little easier. When others step alongside us and help with the financial burden, it removes a huge weight off of our shoulders and allows us to focus more on Paige. When Paige receives a care package, either hand delivered or in the mail, it warms my heart to see her smile.
So while I still struggle with pride and humility, I realize that we may need some help along the way. This journey to heal Paige from Lyme can take years…and to know that we have such a large support system makes the journey seem a little easier. So thank you…thank you for loving our family…thank you for blessing my daughter…and thank you for making me grow!!
Here is a package that Paige got yesterday…she was having a really hard day and this brought a smile to her face.
I have set up an Amazon wish list for Paige. It has items that we need for her and few ‘wants’ that may cheer her up. We were told when starting her treatments that things would get worse before they get better and we entering into the ‘worse’ time, so she can always use a little pick me up.