Extreme Heat Advisory

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

(This post was written the week before Hurricane Harvey descended on our area of Texas and delivered several feet of rain. 🙂 )

Once again, our area has been under an extreme heat advisory for multiple days running. Hot. Unhealthy. Miserable. No rain. Little relief.

With the heat comes wilted grass, plants, flowers and shrubs. Not to mention people. Even outdoor-loving Baxter has his limits for how long he will stay outside.

I am always amazed at what a little water does to revive plants that are in desperate need of watering. They are wilted to the point of looking as if they will not survive, then bounce back to face the extreme heat of another day.

As I watered our pineapple sage and watched the leaves spring back to life, I thought of how our words and actions could be the soothing, much needed water for those we meet in our everyday lives. Those facing extreme heat in their lives who need to be revived.

Think back to when the right words or gestures came to your dry and thirsty soul. Wouldn’t you like to do the same for someone else?

It really doesn’t take much to lift someone up. We only need to open our eyes and ears to those around us. Sometimes that may mean closing our mouths to listen.

Is the fast food attendant wiping the counter where you’re filling your soda cup? Tell them they sure are making that stainless steel shine.

Cashier at the store seem a little frazzled? Be pleasant. Tell her thank you when she’s done.

Mother of screaming toddler in a public place? Say a prayer for her, and mean it.

Of course, opportunities to build up our family members and close friends abound.

Do something nice for them, without being asked. Offer to help with something you know they are struggling with.

Encourage their efforts. Applaud their successes. Comfort them when they are distressed. Give a needed hug. A listening ear. Pray.

Is there someone around you who could use a comforting word? A kind gesture? An affirmation that they’re doing a good job? Step out. Open the faucet. Be that gentle shower on a dry and thirsty land. Make a difference in someone’s life.

Just like water on drought stricken plants, your kind words and gestures will bring relief to those facing the extreme heat of their lives in your sphere of influence.

What do you do to build up one another? What have others done to build you up?

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So encourage each other and give each other strength, just as you are doing now.  I Thessalonians 5:11 (NCV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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A Listening Ear

courtesy pixabayby Sandy Kirby Quandt

In life, I believe, there are times we need to be available to listen while others share their heart, hurts, and pains. I believe there are also times when the roles are reversed, and we are the one who needs someone to listen.

Unfortunately, the two situations may not always come at convenient times or neatly fit into our schedules.

Sometimes we may not feel like listening. Sometimes we may not feel like sharing.

As I thought about this, I remembered a story Mary Southerland told at a women’s conference I attended last summer.

On her flight to the conference, Mary was tired and didn’t want to be bothered with talking to courtesy pixabayanyone seated next to her. If we’ve ever been on a plane, I’m sure we can relate.

After she found her seat, she began looking through a magazine hoping the man next to her would get the hint. Well, he didn’t.

He asked where she was headed, and why. That’s when the young man explained the reason for his flight. He hoped to reconcile with his estranged wife.

For the entire flight Mary listened and ministered to the stranger God placed next to her on that plane.

God places people in our path he wants us to interact with too, you know. We may be tired and not really in the mood to engage in a conversation, especially one that requires us to actively listen and give input, but that’s what God wants.

courtesy pixabayWhat keeps us from being available to listen to others, I wonder.

Could it be our busy schedules? Feeling as if we have nothing of importance to offer?

And what keeps us from being willing to share our own hurts? Embarrassment? Feeling hopeless?

We’re called to be the light and salt of the world. How can we do that if we stay isolated and ignore opportunities to reach out to others?

May we never become so busy with doing stuff we don’t leave time for what’s important.

People.

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You listen to the longings of those who suffer. You offer them hope, and you pay attention to their cries for help. Psalm 10:17 (CEV)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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