God-given gifts. We all have them, don’t we? Sometimes, I find myself using these gifts each and every day without paying attention or realizing the impact they have on others. The beauty of my husband’s willingness to remind me. This weekend was such a wonderful example as I reached out to one special family.
The benefits of social media. It really can be very helpful. I received a facebook message from a dear friend I met while our boys (okay, young men) were attending college and playing football at Liberty University. Just like our boys, we developed a wonderful friendship that we treasure today.
This message was different though. She shared that her daughter, in her 20’s, has just been diagnosed with MS. As you can imagine, this was such an overwhelming time filled with so many questions, fears and concerns. What does this all mean? Will my daughter be okay? What can I do as her mother?
I instantly shifted gears into the mode of caregiver. First thought, what can I do to help defuse this situation? Just listen. Let them talk, cry and ask any questions they might have.Talking about these feelings are necessary and appropriate. Allow yourself to process everything then do what needs to be done. Second, who could I reach out to for additional support? While working as a MSLifeLines Ambassador, I had the pleasure of getting to know some of the younger MSers. I immediately sent out messages to seek their help. They were more than happy to do so! The many blessings the Lord continues to provide!
As we talked about options for managing MS, we quickly found ourselves shouting with joy as Mom talked about the MS Neurologist treating her daughter…my former doctor! I couldn’t believe it! A couple of years ago, he took a position at the University of Virginia and now is treating her daughter!!! So excited! “You confirmed we were doing what needs to be done and we are seeing a good doctor.” “This Momma is smiling!” I completely agreed when she commented, “God brought us together years ago for many reasons and today He’s blessing us again with each other!” “Just what I needed.” Okay, pass the tissues right here!
Coincidence? I don’t think so. God is always hard at work even when we don’t recognize. He has given us many unique gifts, talents and abilities to help others. Nothing brings me greater joy than to reach out and share what I know, to do what I can to lessen ones trial and pain and to provide a sense of it’s going to be okay! Remember, you have the love and support from God, your family and friends always! Education ~ Inspiration ~ Hope God’s counting on me to put His gifts to work. I won’t disappoint.
Take a moment to think about your gifts. What great things can you easily do? Reach out and touch those in need with these gifts! You just might be surprised with the impact you have on others just by being you!
Make it a great day!
“Count Your Blessings”