Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Surprising Someone You Love & Online Registration Opens Today for Oct 11 Speaking Event!

Online registration opens today for Providence Baptist Church in Raleigh, North Carolina, where I will be the guest speaker on Thursday, October 11, 2012. I'll be speaking on, "Seeing God in Everything." Click here for registration.  

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Do you like surprises? Look at the surprise package we received in the mail on Saturday!

Doesn't this fruit look scrumptious? Our friends, Steve, Betsy & Kim sent us this fruit on Saturday after our youngest, Mary, who's blind, (new readers, see Mary's Story) recently sang How Great Thou Art at their dad's funeral. They had already given Mary a very generous Chic-fil-A gift card, but said they also wanted to give us this beautiful fruit!

The fruit came with a beautiful card telling a little bit about the peach. It totally brightens our kitchen up, and yesterday my hubby and I ate some of the peaches at lunch and they were ripened to perfection. 

The recipe at the top was tucked in our surprise box. All you need is honey, pecan, fresh peaches, and blue cheese. The peaches are heated on the grill first; I can't wait to try them. Let me know if you make them first!

I want to be a kind and considerate friend like our friends who sent us this beautiful gift.

They didn't have to do it; they wanted to do it! ☺

Don't you love to learn from the people that God has blessed you with in your life? The Bible says in Acts 20:35,  "...remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ” 

Now I want to copy the kind act that Steve, Betsy, and Kim have done for us to someone else. (doesn't have to be same thing—just surprising someone that you appreciate with a simple gift.)

Who is someone you can bless today with some small, tangible gift? It doesn't have to be anything fancy or expensive. It can just be a simple handwritten note on your husband's pillow, or a single pretty flower from your yard.

Update to this blog: their surprise gift so inspired me that today I mailed 3 care packages to my 2 college kids and my firstborn, and left my husband a note that says, "I love you!" It's amazing how a good influence can change you, a God thing!

"Be kind and compassionate to one another..."
~Ephesians 4:32

Walk by Faith,


  1. I just shared about the power of encouragement on my blog today. Taking a little time out of our busy day and intentionally surprising someone with a little gift or word of encouragement or phone call can do some powerful stuff. Loved this post and the pics of the peaches ;) And I clicked on the event link to read about the event you will be speaking at and all I got was a sign in page to enter my email. . is there a page to look at the event. . details, time, etc. I like that you are writing more and more on your blog :)

    1. Yes, Su, there is, my mistake. I will try to change the link in the blog to this one: http://www.pray.org/news--events.aspx After you click the new link, scroll all the way to the bottom, then scroll up to the 3rd event from the bottom, "Pie Social." Readers, head on over to Su's and read about the power of encouragement, I'm heading over too, at http://www.susoutter.com/2012/09/the-super-power-of-encouragement-and.html


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