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Friday, October 24, 2008

Sincerely Sweet

I can be so selfish at times. Really I can. Self-focus sometimes just absorbs me like a sponge soaks up water. So when I see my kids doing something sacrificial or seflless I wonder where they learned such a thing.



We have an elderly gentleman who lives in our neighborhood. I used to sell beauty products and the summer of '07 he purchased some foot stuff from me. This stuff that makes you have the softest feet on all of earth. You start off with this spray that breaks down any hard stuff on your feet and then you apply this thick salve. It really is great stuff. Anyway, the deal I made with this Grandpa for buying it was that I'd come do his feet once a week. At 92 years old he took me up on my offer and so our Sunday evenings began. I would go down to his house on Sunday nights and spray and rub his feet then rub the salve in and we'd just have the nicest visit. Didn't take long at all, not much of a sacrifice, but to him I had stopped the world and payed attention to only him.




Then Alivia started aksing me if she could come with me. At first she'd just visit with Grandpa and play with his dog. Then she wanted to start helping me, so she'd do a foot and I would do one. She couldn't wait for Sunday evenings.




It was pretty neat to watch the sweet interaction 86 years apart in age just talking about their day. She'd always end her visit with a kiss on the cheek for Grandpa, a doggie treat for the dog and a gum ball for her from the kitchen.



Since our granddaughter Amiyah arrived this past Spring, my visits to our neighbor have been far and very few between. About a month ago I was going to be late getting Alivia at the bus after school. While waiting for me to arrive, Miss Alivia decided to do our neighbor's feet. Then the other night I had to go over there to use the computer and Alivia again decided she wanted to do his feet. It was just such a sight to see.






So selfless. So sweet. So sincere. Such a servant.

Does it from her heart.

Does it for an audience of only One...Jesus Christ.
Something so precious about watching a child rub the worn feet of a 92 year old.

Servant's heart that her Mom needs to copy.



Just when my heart thought it was all filled up, she really blessed me when she looked up at the picture hanging and said, "Look Mom...that's like me."


Yes baby...you are just like Him.



Have a God-filled weekend friends!
~Many Blessings~


*Remember...if you are doing the YES to GOD Tuesday study read chapters 6 & 7 for Tuesday October 28th!

20 comments:

Runner Mom said...

This, sweet friend, is truly that of a servant's heart. One that your baby observed from her darling Mama. Thank you for sharing this with us...it made my day!!
Love and hugs,
Susan

PS--Thanks for your updates of Gene on my post. Y'all are in my prayers!

Paula (SweetPea) said...

Ah, Alivia is a definite keeper. You have to give yourself some credit. You are a fabulous mom even with faults and all (and I mean that lovingly as we all have faults). Man, this young girl of yours just awes me. And then for her to see how she was just like Jesus. Wow.

I read Kristen's post the other day. That was something else. As I told her, I wish I was intuitive enough or creative enough to watch for and "see" these kind of opportunities.

Love you,
Paula

God's girl said...

I just read the story of "When Grace meets Innocence", and I find myself sobbing at your selfless act of love for her.

I don't know you, but I can tell you from that post and the post today, I would have to say that Alivia got her servant heart from you!

...~So selfless, so sweet, so sincere, such a servant, does it from her heart!~...Servant's heart that SHE copied from HER MOM!

Jamie @ Purposeful Pursuit said...

This is so precious! I agree with god's girl's comment...your girls seems to have the same heart as her mom!

Liz said...

Oh, Lelia, this has made my day. I think I am linking this post to my blog this weekend, if that is ok. (like you did Kristen's which I will read next)
Yes, Alivia's heart has learned from yours, both servants to the Lord.
Prayers for your entire family, dear friend.

LynnSC said...

Oh Lelia... what a precious girl you have there. She is so precious because her mom is precious. Don't tell me that you don't know where she got that from... she saw you do it.

I also must add that I am awed by the two of you. Feet.... well... they are really pretty gross. I can't imagine that being my act of kindness. Maybe I should rethink that... sounds like you two received such a blessing.
Lynn

Julie said...

Lelia,
This post was stunning. What a precious gift to see your beautiful daughter be the hands and feet of Christ.

What a beauty!

Thanks for sharing your heart!

All is well in my household. My dad is doing well right now. He has more tests on Monday and is still waiting to hear back from the lung doctor's reports.

Please pray for my husband as he prepares to speak at the Southest Band of Brothers retreat based on Wild At Heart next weekend.

Thank you friend,
Hugs,
Julie

Laura said...

What a beautiful example you have provided for your daughter. Selfless? I think she learned a thing or two from you.

Dorothy Champagne said...

There is no prouder moment than to see your child serving others out of the goodness of their heart. That doesn't come naturally, it's taught by example. Thank you for sharing such a wonderful story.

Yolanda said...

Lelia,

Good morning! I am so blessed each time you write about yourself and/or your family. God is so using YOU and speaking to each of us through YOU.

WOW...An Audience of One...something I can certainly learn from.

Love,
Yolanda

HIS Daughter said...

Hey Sweetheart,

I love your blog! This is the first time I've felt like even reading blogs! I've been feeling pretty rotten, but your blog posts make me feel better and closer to GOD.

Thank you for taking time to share your heart for HIM. It blesses all of us!

Love and Praying,
Teri

nothingcanseparateme said...

Lelia,

That baby-girl is just so very precious. And....they (children) don't learn these things on their own...they learn by example and you obviously have been a wonderful example to her.

I wish that I had place my boys in more situations of service when they were younger. It is tough to get them to serve now that they are older. They are great with family members but outside of that makes them uncomfortable.

Have a blessed day!

Love ya
Kim

Rhonda said...

Lelia - What a beautiful gift you have given your daughter. I am in awe.

Rachelle said...

What a beautiful picture of servanthood and love. Precious.

Shabby Olde Potting Shed said...

Oh Lelia,
My heart is melting.
What a beautiful, lesson learned from a child.
God bless her, and "Grampa," as well!
Lea

Pamela (MrsJoeB) said...

So so swwet. Thank you for sharing!!

In His Graces~Pamela

Van said...

Beautiful, inspiring story and pictures. How the world would change if each one of us would take a few hours each week to "wash each other's feet."

Tracy said...

Oh how beautiful. She's modeling what she saw first in you...the heart of a servant. She's a natural, it seems. What a gift and blessing for both her and Grandpa Del. Thank you for sharing those precious photos.

Blessings,
Tracy

Laurie Ann said...

How beautiful children are when they are so selfless and don't even realize it! She's imitating her selfless Mommy! You're raising her well, Leila. She has your servant's heart!

2nd Cup of Coffee said...

Lelia, this is my favorite post of yours. Just beautiful.