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The last 3 summers I’ve been studying Proverbs 31.  I’m always amazed at how much I learn each time I read it!  This summer I’m reading and studying along with Womenlivingwell.org and Goodmorninggirls.org.  I love the encouragement of Courtney and Angela, as they share God’s word each week in an understandable and fun way! The Proverbs 31 women, might seem impossible to even become.  But as Courtney and Angela have expressed, the rare qualities that the Proverbs 31 Women posses is over her entire life time, not something she does all in one day.

Thats something to be encouraged about as we read Proverbs 31!   Proverbs 31:20 says, she extends her hands to the poor, yes, she reaches her hands to the needy.  And I can’t help but really ponder on my ability to see the needs of others around me.  It’s easy for me to get distracted with my own things going on, that its hard to see the needs of others at times.

There are neighbors who loose a family member and need a friend.  A new mom needing a meal and a load of laundry done.  Or maybe an older gentlemen in a wheelchair trying to get milk off of a shelf at the grocery store.  Even though these may seem small, these are areas of needs.

This weeks challenge on Women Living Well was to look for opportunities to extend our hands to others around us.  As I do this this challenge, I want to share 3 ways I will keep myself organized and ready to help in time of need!

#1. Have a meal list and ingredients on hand: 

This week I’m writing down 3 meals that are easy and fast to make for  friends or people who may need them.  This way I am not spending time wondering what to make and then never get around to do it.  I’m picking 3 meals that are our family favorites and budget friendly. I will plan to keep the ingredients on this list in my house that way there isn’t unexpected trips to the store or once again not getting around to it.

#2. Have a gift basket idea planned:

Recently, I made a gift basket for our neighbors and it was so easy and inexpensive to make.  So my goal is to have gift basket supplies ready. When a need arrises I have a plan and all I need to do is make a loaf of bread or cookies!

#3. Have a blessing bag in the car:

I saw this on Pinterest awhile back and it’s an amazing way to bless a homeless person.  It’s a bag filled with personal hygiene items, granola bar and maybe 2 dollars in change or gift card.  Although, I have one in my  car right now, I want to update it a bit since it’s hot this time of year.  I’m going to make one with a small bottle of sunscreen and a bottle of water. In the winter months you  could add a pair of gloves or a beanie.

These are just 3 ways, I believe will help me stay organized and available to help anyone whether I know them or not.  I recently read in a beautiful book by Debbie Macomber (God’s Guest List: Welcoming Those Who Influence Our Lives), that everyday we are given gifts and these gifts come in the shape of people.

My beautiful friends, be encouraged, be looking for opportunities to love one another as we give!

I’d LOVE to hear the ways you keep yourself organized and available to help others!! Please share with me in the comments!

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6 Comments

  1. What a GREAT post! I LOVE how you are putting into action the Proverbs 31 study. And what really great, tangible things to do. LOVE LOVE this! So many times we feel our feet are set in concrete because of our own busyness or lack of preparedness that it distracts us from helping those God’s placed in our paths. These are great tips to prevent that!
    Kim | At Home With Kim recently posted..#SheReadsTruthMy Profile

    • Thank you Kim. You “nailed in on the head,” our feet are not stuck in concrete. We just need a plan and always be prepared. Then its not difficult: It’s simple! And oh how I love things that are simple.

  2. What a great and inspiring post. Am going to put together a blessing bag for car. Thanks for sharing!
    Aggie recently posted..Summer Eats – Sweet and Sour Garden PeppersMy Profile

    • Have fun putting a blessing bag together. Its really fun and you’ll be surprised how much you might have around the house to fill it! I used samples I received in the mail and things I was able to get with coupons. Last year I was able to get a beanie for 2 dollars at old navy that was originally 10 dollars. The options to put in each bag are pretty endless. :) Thanks for stopping by and commenting Aggie.

  3. What a great post with good ideas! Thanks!

    • Thank you for your sweet comment Shonda!

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