Good Evening,

Today has been a blessed day for sure. I was able to shine some light in some really needed places today.

Last night our visiting Pastor spoke on being a true disciple of Christ. I want to be that person. I want to live 100 % for Christ, not part time but full time. I have a mission and that mission is to love others as Christ loves them.

Today I had several opportunities to see how this kind of love can effect those around us. I work as a clerk at my job. We hold the team together even if we think that we are not seen most of the time. Clerks and Asst Admins are very important in my job.

As I start my day everyday I always say Good Morning with a smile on my face. You never know what kind of day someone is having and bringing a little cheer to those around you never hurt anyone. 🙂 Smiles are contagious and they brighten people’s day.

I always say please and thank you, even for the smallest request. Another thing I do is use my manners of Yes Sir, No Sir, Yes Ma’am, No Ma’am…. Am I required to do this? NO It is just a common curiosity that I do in order to show respect for those I work with.

About 2 weeks ago all the clerks and asst admins had our monthly meeting. One of the main focuses was how we need to build each other up and not tear each other down. How we needed to work as a team and pull together and tear apart. I personally have decided that I want to make it my mission to do just that.

After that meeting I had a very important email to send to one of the clerks that was dealing with some very hard personal issues. I sent an email thanking her for her hard work and made sure that she knew that I appreciated everything that she does and has done for me and others. I also informed her that she was in my prayers and I spoke a prayer over her situation and told her that I would be there if she needed anything.

This morning, as I get to my home that I work with I had a certain clerk that was heavy on my heart. I just spoke to this clerk shortly before arriving on my home. She was just very stressed and concerned about things and not feeling 100% physically. Out of respect for those around me and not wanting to offend any one I chose to sit and write her an email when I reached my home.

In this email, I started it out with an apology, for I had pointed out that something seemed wrong with her and that I was concerned and wanted to make sure she was okay. When others noticed she felt like she might have looked really bad today. So I explained my reasoning for questioning if she was okay. I then wrote my prayer for her in the email, yes I said that I wrote my prayer for her in the email… You see prayer that are read can be just as powerful then those prayer that are done right at that moment. I held my tongue earlier for a reason that was not to push others away. I also informed her that no matter what happens that God has her, and He knows the plans He has for her as well. Then I decided to tell her how awesome she was and that she did an amazing job at keeping her department together. I knew that she would be busy all day with interviews but I sent the email anyway. Just to encourage her and hopefully make her day brighter.

As the day goes on I start to head to lunch… as I am walking I see one of our JCO Vs coming my way. I love this woman and she is really the sweetest lady. Last week she went through a really hard time with her family and my heart goes out to her. I decided as we were walking towards each other that I was just going to tell her: that she was Amazing at what she does for our home and that she runs the home well and keeps it going! That she too was Awesome and that I appreciated all that she does for our home. She then gave me a huge hug and thanked me and said that she was grateful for all that I do as well. Then she said that she loves it when I am at work. I did not expect this response and was not doing what this to get any response except to up lift and encourage her.

I then head to the front where I have to drop the mail from my home off at the mail room before I headed to lunch. Now let me tell you, there is the sweetest clerk that works in the mail room. She will brighten anyone’s day and everyone loves her. As I stood at the door knocking lightly to wait for her to open it.. I started to fill with excitement. This was her turn… As she let me in I closed the door behind me. I sat in the empty chair and told her that I had something I needed to tell her. I just sat there with a Big smile on my face. She said okay what is it? Oh so patiently not knowing what to expect due to being out sound board when we all need a listening ear. I grinned really big and just started with I wanted to tell you that I appreciate you so much… I just want to know that your smile brightens my day and that when you are here you start my mornings off right. When I need help or don’t know where something is or a number all I have to do is ask you and you know it instantly. You are a blessing to me… She then started to tell me how much she appreciated us (clerks) and I told her that we just loved her and really care for her. I noticed she then picked up a napkin and then told me okay stop your going to make me cry… She then asked if she could have a hug… I said of course, I am all about hugs….. As I hugged her I told her that we loved her.. I then left for lunch.

When I got back from lunch I made my mind up that this is what it is all about. Not just for the clerks but for all those that I work with. I am to encourage those I work with, to lift them up, and to love them for who they were created to be. Not what others see but what God sees in them.

I will continue to find people to encourage and uplift in my work place daily for my purpose even if it is just one person I touch in some way, is to make a difference in the lives around me.

These testimony is about what God is beginning to do through me as I become that willing vessel to be used in a lost, hurt, and dying world.

On a side note: My husband and daughter (the 9 year old) are on the phone tonight and they are wrapping up their conversation..

Chloe: I love you

Dan: I love you too

Chloe: I love you the most

Dan: I love you more

Chloe: I love you more than anything in the whole world, except for God

Dan: good, that’s the way it should be and nothing else. 🙂

We must be doing something right! It is a huge blessing to know that your child knows you can love others but nothing will come before God. She amazes me at times and I am very proud of my husband and 2 beautiful daughters. I am grateful that God saw fit to bless me with them as my own to raise and have for this short time here on Earth.

Be Blessed tonight and know that you can make a difference….

                      Always Smile, Dance in the Rain,                             Shine as bright as a Rainbow, but know You                                     are the Treasure that He Seeks!

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