Thursday, January 25, 2007

Smells Amazing!!

In my house, that is!
My house was just invaded, in a good way, by the Plack family! They came bearing enough food to feed us for a week (not kidding), cleaning supplies and willing, servant's hearts to clean my home from top to bottom, all while the two youngest Plack children played with my boys, leaving pretty much nothing for me to do but receive and be blessed!

I really can't figure out why I am the recipient of such exemplary care from others, but I have some theories. 1. I either look really pathetic on Sunday mornings and in need of help OR 2. I am so vocal (whiny) about how hard my poor life is (not really) that people feel the need to come to my rescue. Actually, I sincerely believe it is moreso that there are amazing servants who are a part of our local church, Chesapeake Community Church, of which I am so grateful to be a part!!

When I think about the various and countless ways my family and I have been served by members of our church, who really are not just co-members of the church we attend but also dear, dear friends, I think of this verse in Psalm 8:4:
What is man that you are mindful of him, and the son of man that you care for him?

When I am served, I become more mindful of God and His attentiveness to my life. This thought spurs me on to, in turn, grow in serving others and to do so with excellence. Isn't it amazing that we can be a part of making someone else more mindful of God just by serving them in some practical way? I would love to hear how you have become mindful of God through someone else serving you in some way. Please feel free to comment.


Zoanna said...

A little whining for free dining. Not a bad trade-off. Yes, our church excels at serving. I only hope I'm as open-eyed at spotting those in need as I am about spotting those who are good at meeting my needs/whines/whatever!

Beth Young said...

You are NOT whiney and are so NOT pathetic! I love you tons!

peg said...

We've received so much from Chesapeake and continue to be blown away by the love & pastoral care we receive, not to mention the precious friends we have you!
Praying for you and can't wait to hear your news!!!

zo said...

Bri, I hope you know my tongue was planted firmly in cheek when I said that. You have been, and continue to be, a huge inspriation to me, an example of grace under pressure.

Our church brought over meals to me every day for 5 weeks while I recovered from Joel's birth--every day except I said "Whoa! We have plenty of leftovers!" (which wasn't often because of teenage appetites here). It was a huge blessing to us that I'll never be able to express in words. Sharon L came and shined my kitchen sink and offered to clean a bathroom (I wouldn't let her). Naomi folded my laundry while she visited with me. Bonnie P frequently picked up things from the store. Mark T came and got down at eye level which is reMARKable. Most people stand up to visit a person in a hospital bed which is so not comfortable for the "patient" who feels "low" all the time anyway. I could go on and on. My husband and kids and mom were the greatest servants of all, but our church ranks off the charts for service. My neighbors couldn't help but notice.

Beth Young said...

By the way, I was referring to your own blog about being whiny, not Zo's comment, I knew she was kidding! Zo, that was not directed to you, your comment was cute :-)

Anonymous said...

One of those should suit your fancy, I hope!! I thought you had my email. Still prego??