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My husband, Brett and I live in beautiful South Africa and have been blessed with the most precious family. We have 2 very beautiful and brave daughters, Tianna (15) and Angelee (12) and a very precious little boy called Zac who touched our hearts forever in his 1 day here on earth. We never would have imagined that we would have to live this side of Heaven without our sweet boy who was born with half a heart, but every day Jesus carries us through and is teaching us more than ever how to live, laugh and love fully. 3 years ago our faithful Great Restorer graciously blessed us once again with another son ... our beloved Gabriel ... a ray of sunshine in all our lives! "Love in Action" is our journey as a family to love the way Jesus is teaching us to love and live.

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27 June 2012

Those small acts are a BIG deal

This week I keep noticing something beautiful happening around me. I told you in my last post how 2 weeks ago I woke up hearing the phrase "expect blessing" loud and clear in my mind. Since hearing that, my eyes have been open and I keep seeing how little things (small acts of kindness) actually land up speaking volumes to the ones receiving such acts of love and blessing. In the little things lies the power of love. Let me share some of the things I've seen and experienced. 
Since sharing that we are expecting our precious rainbow baby, I have been overwhelmed by how caring and tender people have been towards us. Words of love and genuine joy and happiness for us have shown us how shared this little love is going to be. So many people prayed and trusted with us with all that we went through with Zac, that we realize how this little one is a gift of healing and joy to so many beyond merely his or her family. That in itself is such a tremendous healing balm to my heart. 
The day I shared our exciting news, a friend popped over with a box of pregnancy nausea suckers. It was a free sample she saw in a chemist, but the fact that she saw it, thought of me and drove all the way over to hug me, spoke so deeply to my heart. Something that cost nothing, was worth its weight in gold and rubies for the love it expressed to me. I've also received random bunches of flowers. Those precious people will never know how their bunches of flowers redeemed a painful place in my heart, replacing the painful memory of receiving beautiful cards and flowers due to the death of our son, to now be able to celebrate life again.
You all know how crazy morning sick and tired I've been. Seriously - just looking at certain foods sends me running. There isn't much that I crave except nasty, sugary fizzy drinks! Seriously!!! I never drink the stuff. Now ... I HAVE to have a Dry Lemon Schweppes every day!!! So yesterday I was lazing in bed, having a lazy little sleep in. On Tuesdays I am so blessed to have the help of an amazing domestic worker who is more like family than cleaner to me. Precious Cynthia has been with our family for 15 years. I so respect the amazing strong provider she is to her family. Anyway, the kids begged her to make them porridge for breakfast (she makes the BEST). Next thing, she knocks on my door and walks in with a tray of breakfast for me. I was so humbled and touched. I hadn't asked her - it was totally her way of expressing love. She just walked in and told me I deserved some breakfast in bed. I could have cried my eyes out. That simple act of love still humbles my heart and shows me the compassion of Christ. 
Last night I fetched a friend from the airport. As we were driving back to my house for her to fetch her car she was telling me how sick she was feeling and how she really didn't feel up to stopping at the shops to pick up some food for home. What she didn't know was that a mutual friend had messaged me earlier in the day to ask if she could meet at my house to give this precious family a meal, bread and milk. To see the true appreciation on my friends face when we arrived at my house and be handed a packet full of all the things she needed showed me how God delights to see to every one of our needs. She looked so truly blessed with this precious, unprompted act of love. As both my friends drove off, my heart wanted to weep at how this precious friends packet of food was an act of God expressing His love to one of His daughters. 
Tonight my doorbell rang. A friend delivered a tray of supper for our family. Again - I lift my eyes and I glimpse God's grin from ear to ear. He is showing me over and over again how He delights to bless us as His children. That tray of supper holds so many blessings on it for me and my family (including Dry Lemon Schweppes I tell you!!!), but the biggest blessing of all is the fact that once again God saw exactly how I was feeling and prompted someone so spontaneously to meet my need. Oh man!!!! He sees everything and He WANTS to lavish His love on us.
All of these shared stories show me that everyday He is able to use each of us, in a simple way, to express His profound love to somebody around us. What you may think is a small gesture may just be God's arms embracing one of His children's heart. 
Dear Jesus, I am so humbled by all your outpourings of love. Thank you for what you have shown me through each of these acts of kindness and may I have ears listening to yours whispered thoughts of who I can bless around me each day. 
All my love xxx


Anonymous said...

Jan, this was SO beautiful! Thank you for sharing - it is such a HUGE encouragement!

Dardi said...

JANINE!!!!!!!!! I am sooo out of the loop since Kemeri had her surgery & just now saw your beautiful, beautiful news! Oh, sweet friend, my heart is just about ready to burst for you & your family!! I pray that your morning sickness passes soon so you can enjoy the wonder of this precious gift that is growing.

And I TOTALLY agree that those small acts are a BIG deal. I was literally crying to God recently b/c we have felt a bit isolated since bringing home our little girl & then having the surgery. Just not much support from church family. Out of nowhere last Saturday, a friend from another town that I haven't talked to in a long time called to say she & her adult daughter wanted to bring our family dinner. I tried my best to express to her what that gesture did for my heart. Makes me realize how I need to be aware of others & what a small act of kindness can do for the soul. XO

Carol F said...

So absolutely love your post my Darling!!!!Thank you for reminding me of being sensitive to the needs of others around me and to listen to His whispers!!

All my Heart Forever,
Momsy xxxxxx

Carol F said...

So absolutely love your post my Darling!! Thanks for reminding me that there are many people out there that need a kiss from Abba - and for being aware of His whispers.

All my Heart Forever,
Momsy xxxxxx

Pogue Mahone said...

I heard that in South Africa that EVERYONE has domestic help come in and do the cleaning,that it's part of the culture, whereas here in North America only the rich do(and the rest of us just do our own housework). Is this generally true do you find?