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Touched by His Light- the project

I am a “thinker”….I always have a billion ideas bouncing around my head. It’s unreal what I could produce given an endless supply of money and time.

But…let’s not share that piece of information with my husband who would just be happy if I finished SOMETHING I started or STARTED something I “envisioned”.

I used to get projects “started” and then never finish them….like the baby blanket that I was still working on 3 years after the birth of my niece. When she had her 5 yr old birthday, I tossed that thing. haha.

However, sometimes I feel very convicted about a project or an idea and I just KNOW that God is calling me to do His Will and bring the project to fruition.

Touched By His Light

is just one of these ideas.

Well…not really an “idea” but.... a movement…..

an opportunity to “rekindle” the fire of the Catholic Church.

Are you intrigued???

Are you feeling this same pull in your life?

Touched-By-His-Light-Cards-LOGOFor a few years, I have been working on instilling certain virtues in my children….one that I consider extremely important is generosity. I want my children to always be reminded that work itself is a blessing. I often remind my children how “blessed” we are that “daddy has a great job and makes good money to take care of us”. We speak often of using our money to help the less fortunate and those around us who need our help.

Over the past few years, the children have helped me go shopping to send “goodies” to college nieces and nephews. We have often given cash to numerous strangers or paid for some groceries. This year we delivered diapers, wipes, and numerous baby needs to some moms at a pregnancy center. It is my belief that I should teach my children that we are the hands and feet of Christ. If we see a need, we need to fill it.

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St. Paul tells us in the scripture to “be able to give a reason for  your joy”. This is a bible verse that I refer to a lot when I am discussing with the children the joy that we should exhibit as Christians…..

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Often when I am helping a complete stranger, I walk away as I see them cry or rejoice in this little “gift” they have just received. I know it can be uncomfortable taking cash from someone, or having them do something nice for you…but often times I have wanted to say…

God loves you….you are his!”

but..I hesitate because of the randomness of this chance meeting.

Shouldn’t they know that God sent me to find them?

Shouldn’t they know that I believe that God has great plans for them??

This has been weighing heavily on me this past fall and into this winter. I could tell you countless stories of people who have expressed their “thanks” by explaining their present situation… recounting stories of unemployment; being left by their spouses; and just “depressed” with where life has them.

What if we could restore hope?

Touched by His Light is an “action based” movement. It’s a call to action. A call to see a need and fill it.

I reached out to Sarah at Three Roses design on etsy to help me design a card that I could hand out along with money, gift cards, etc. Sarah…did not disappoint. I was humbled by her willingness to provide me with the template for free. So here it is:

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My children and I have printed out several copies of these cards on cardstock and we carry them in our van. When the opportunity arises, we can pull out a card and share our faith with someone as well….but with no words at all. “Preach the Gospel…and if necessary use words.”- St. Francis of Assisi.

Those who have opened their hearts to God’s love, heard his voice and received his light, cannot keep this gift to themselves.”

 This quote from Pope Francis’s newest encyclical seemed to be the perfect addition to these cards. What a beautiful way to verbalize the need for our church members to spread the message of Christ’s love and do what we can to help others come to Christ…..to be a source of love in their tough time. The facebook page was added as a way that people could  share their “story” about receiving one of these cards.

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My hope is that, as the movement grows,…to provide resources on the facebook page as well.

If this has touched your heart in some way, I would ask that you join me in taking part in this. Simply print out some cards for yourself…and bless those in need.

If you are looking for some suggestions on possible ways to “touch” someone with “His Light”:

  • buy the food for the person in line behind you at the drive thru.
  • offer to help someone with their groceries to the car.
  • deposit $1.00 bills around your neighborhood dollar store with cards attached.
  • get extra cash back after you pay for your groceries, and hand it to the person behind you.
  • pay a few parking meters
  • grab a few coffees or a box of joe and drop them off to workers who are working outside (construction workers, road workers, etc.)
  • leave some yummy treats in your mailbox for the mailman.
  • leave a thoughtful message on the windshield of several cars in a parking lot.
  • send your kids to shovel several sidewalks or driveways in the neighborhood.
  • bring a dinner or diapers over to a new mom.
  • take your kids shopping for groceries for a food bank.

As long as there is a need….there should be people willing to fill it. I urge you to join me in finding the need in your family, in your neighborhood, and in your community…..and bring Christ to them!

Thank you for opening your hearts to this venture.

May God bless you!

Tammi

Tip Tuesday: loveletters….be one….

When I was in high school, I had this amazing religion teacher who taught me about “loveletters” and how to look for them. She taught me that God loved me and showered me with little “gifts” throughout the day. It was my love for him and my desire for a relationship with him that would allow me to see these little “gifts” in my life. Wow??!! What a beautiful thought…..I have spent the last 20 years of my life looking for these little “loveletters” every day.

When you open your eyes to see them…it’s really quite overwhelming.

I would like to share with you one of these profound times in my life. In October 2011, one month before the birth of Miss Missy, my husband contracted meningitis and encephalitis. I can’t begin to explain how emotionally draining it was to be “done” with being pregnant and the emotional “basket case” that the last month of pregnancy has you in and then to deal with my husband’s medical condition at that time. I didn’t know how I was going to do it. I was not sleeping; barely eating; trying to homeschool three children and be at the hospital for the majority of the day so I could monitor my husband’s care; all while trying to keep myself out of the hospital until it was my turn. My mom had come up to stay with me and help me out when all of this first broke out and she was one of my first “loveletter” during that time. She helped bring routine and comfort to my home. She reassured the children while I battled the doctors with my husband.

My husband’s family delivered hot meals to my home and called regularly to “check in” on my husband….more loveletters. I would often pray on my nightly 45 minute ride home that the Lord will keep me awake….more than once a good friend called at just the right time….another loveletter…thank you, Lord.

The most impressionable loveletter I ever received happened one morning as I returned home. I had spent the night at the hospital with my husband and was coming home to spend some lunchtime with the kiddos. I was spent…exhausted….I missed my husband. I missed the man who I ran to for my problems. I missed the man who held me and assured me all would be ok. He lay in a bed with tons of wires; numerous IVs, and couldn’t speak intelligently. He had lashed out on me so much over the course of that two week span…I was scared and felt very alone. I was worried about how I would handle post-partum pregnancy with four little kids and a husband who really couldn’t function on his own. I needed a good cry…..I sat in my van in front of my house and wept. I was adamant about my kids not seeing me cry. I needed to be strong…I needed to carry this burden solely….“Lord, help me. I feel so alone.”

Then I walked by the mailbox.

“Get the mail”.

I heard it very clear.

What?

Get the mail.” 

I was tired. I just wanted to get in the door. To snuggle on the couch with my kiddos and grab a nap before I journeyed back to the hospital.

Get the mail“….”

“Ok, Lord.”

So…I stopped to get the mail. Then, I did something I don’t normally do…I sat down on the steps of the house and went through the mail. There were three personal letters in there from my household sisters from a Christian sorority I belonged to in college. Each personal letter came with a little gift card: one to Starbucks, one to Subway, and one to Mcdonalds. The floodgates opened and I cried like a baby. “You are not alone”. My heart heard it…….those little cards kept coming for about two weeks. Each letter offered me reassurance from some strong women in my life. Each card assured me of their prayers for my peace and for strength. Oh….I felt it. It’s amazing how much our prayers and our words touch those whom we love.

God answers our cries

if we have the ears and eyes to believe.

Some days we receive loveletters and somedays we have the privilege to be the sender of a loveletter.

So…for this Tip Tuesday…..

Be a sender of a loveletter.

This evening my husband and I had the privilege of having my nephew over for dinner. We have enjoyed having him over a few times a year, while he is closer to us at college, and spending time with him. He is a college student and in the middle of exams. Our little loveletter came in the form of an “exam survival kit” the hubs and I compiled for him.

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We filled it with a bunch of stuff that we “coveted” when we were in college with no money and late nights. (I took this picture before I added the homemade goodies and refrigerated stuff.) Here’s what we included in ours:

  • Wheat bread/Peanut butter/jelly
  • crackers/ cheddar cheese slices
  • fresh fruit: apples and grapes
  • canned pineapple
  • oreos: one of his favorites
  • microwave popcorn
  • small jugs of orange juice
  • small individual bags of muffins

***home baked goods: two tupperware bins: one filled with leftovers from dinner and one filled with dessert leftovers.

***A bag of Halloween candy: the kids gave him 3 pieces of candy from their own Halloween bag. The hubs and I might have thrown in a few extra to lessen our bin.

  • Some other suggestions would be: coins for the vending machine; ramen noodles; packets of tunafish; sports drinks or gum or mints.

 The expression on his face was priceless. It was the same look I had as I glance over that mail. Someone had thought of me. Someone had reached out and realized a need before I voiced it.  It’s a beautiful gift to be someone’s loveletter.

What about you?

Could you be someone’s loveletter today or tomorrow?

How about the next time you say, “I’ll pray for you.”…how about instead you BE that person’s answer to prayer.

Try it.

It’s a beautiful thing to be the hands of Christ.

Christ has no body now but yours. No hands, no feet on earth but yours. Yours are the eyes through which he looks compassion on this world. Chris has no body now on earth but yours.” – St. Teresa of Avila.

 

God bless,

 

Tammi