40acts: Act 21 – From Your Seat

Today has been a lovely day so far. I started doing what I enjoy most and that was baking. It was a bit of a bakeathon to be honest. It’s my turn to bake for church guests and visitors on Sunday so blueberry muffins are on their way. Our home group is visiting my neighbours this evening to hand out invitations to the Good Friday service and I’ve baked salted caramel muffins and banana, peanut butter and chocolate cookies to hand out. Our group is then meeting in our home afterwards so I’ve baked a lemon and fruit cake for us.

Then I received a lovely message from another @40acts blogger (who I don’t know) who encouraged me to keep going as I was flagging a bit yesterday. It was such a lovely surprise and it was really encouraging.

Throughout the morning whilst baking I had also been chatting on WhatsApp to a friend in the U.K.. She’s been thrown one of life’s curved balls and is (understandably) struggling to sleep at the moment. As I am 8 hours ahead in Singapore I am wide awake and well into my day. So I kept her company through the night chatting. It was lovely. Baking and chatting to a friend at the same time. (Even when I dropped and smashed a glass and had say wait, hold on a mo – clean up in progress!)

Then my @40acts email arrived – whilst I am still chatting to my friend via WhatsApp.

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Sometimes life throws up obstacles that come between our generous intentions and our actions – anything from an overflowing to-do list to a life-changing diagnosis. Even in the toughest times, we always have opportunities to give. How can you be generous today, from right where you sit? by Alison Wale

Today’s verse was equally appropriate:

“For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13 NIV)

My Bible verse for the day was from 2 Corinthians 4:7-9 (NIV):

“But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.”

https://www.bible.com/111/2co.4.7-9.niv

Ok, I was getting the message and so was my friend!

Today’s Options were

GREEN OPTION:

Offer up your seat or send a positive text.

YELLOW OPTION:

Use your phone to be generous. Give online to a cause. Encourage some friends on a messaging app. Get on your Stewardship account, and put aside generosity money.

RED OPTION:

Pray. All day. Whenever you can. Even when you’re hurting, or needing a break, focus on others. It sounds easy, but it’s not.

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What did I do?

I had already completed the green option throughout the morning chatting to my friend and keeping her company through the night. Thank you Lord for that one.

I was reading the yellow option at the same time a fundraising post appeared in another WhatsApp (politics) group I am part of. I don’t know the person who posted it but I can take a huge hint! I obliged and donated on the fundraising page. (They were delighted.)

I’m also already doing the red option. I learned this from my pastor last year. All those hours spent in a car in India could be useful – pray continually. It became a habit and I do it all, the time now walking around. (In my head obviously otherwise people would be calling for assistance to help me.). The daily breaks from study walking around the block, praying for each house as I pass has also focussed my prayers.

As evening draws near, and the next part of today commences, I cannot help but feel that I’ve absolutely nailed today’s tasks and it’s not been so much as an effort as previously. Today’s verse is really apt:

“For I am the Lord your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, “Do not fear; I will help you.” (Isaiah 41:13 NIV)

He has helped me. Thank you Lord.

#40acts

3 thoughts on “40acts: Act 21 – From Your Seat

  1. 😊. You definitely had a more rewarding day meeting your traffic lights with aplomb. 💖

    Well done, good and faithful servant.

    Hope you have a great weekend.

  2. That verse has been so important for me! I’m glad it has encouraged you too. I’m also happy I can comment on your blog – I’ve been enjoying reading it but not been able to comment before!!

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