Friday, April 30, 2010

DAY 264 The Last of the Best's


Hi there Journal & Friends,

Today's the day... I'm finally finishing up the Honest Scrap Award. Honestly!


 Here goes...


8. Best thing someone has ever done for you:

A few years ago after my step-dad died, my Mom came to live next door to us. At the time, we lived in a 40 year old single-wide mobile home... cramped to say the least. Mom was my best friend, and it was my honor to help care for her til she died of breast cancer two years later.
We had been slowly saving money for years and years, and had built it up to $5000. We had a dream... to save up for a down payment to buy our own home. But caring for Momma was costly. Almost the whole family helped,  but we still went in the hole every month, and soon our savings were gone. And you know what?? I'd do it again in a heartbeat, for Momma.
But... our dream was gone, too. We were busted. Then an amazing thing happened. My older Brother and his wife GAVE us the money we needed to get into our home. No strings. No payback. Just out of love. Even to this day I tear up... I am touched, and so thankful.

9. Best thing you have ever done for someone else:
Don't know how to answer this one... I think I would have to let other people in my life or past answer that.  I don't feel like a particularly generous person, compared to people I have known.
I've thought and thought... and only one thing pops up. I had a friend dying of pancreatic cancer, and she could no longer go anywhere. I used to go and help her with medical insurance paperwork, and just sit and visit. 
From her, I learned that even when you are dying, you should try to find "little joys" in your life each day. 
After she died, her adult son told me it meant a lot to her that I would visit her, because since she stopped going to church, slowly everyone drifted away, and no one visited any longer... and she felt forgotten. That broke my heart, and I wished I had visited more often. 

10. Best life changing moment:
Okay, it you don't like "religious" stuff, it's okay if you skip this one. ;-)
The answer would have to be:  when I "met Jesus".

 You see, I didn't go to a church. I was "saved" by listening to a radio program while I worked alone at night on the graveyard shift. I didn't even know what had happened to me... I just went around the next day telling people that "I met Jesus."
It was cool... it was as though before I like a kid on the OUTSIDE looking in, through a big plate glass window into the candy store where everyone else already was. After I met Him, suddenly it felt like I, too, was now INSIDE, a part of it all, and it was real.

It was a very personal experience... like finally meeting in person someone that had been courting me for a long time... and I finally realized He was near, and I let down the walls and decided to risk it all, and trust Him. And He didn't disappoint... it's been a love relationship ever since. Ups and downs, yes. But I have never, ever regretted it. Not once.

Sorry it's taken me so long to finish up the Honest Scrap 10 Best list... it really stirred up memories for me. :-)
So, that's it, the last of my 10 Best. I don't really remember what the "pass it on" rules are, but if any of you reading this would enjoy dishing out some of your Best Scrap, please consider yourself picked, and post away! I would love to read YOUR Best Ten. Really. Go on... here it is... you know you want to!


Oh, and here is the The Ten Best list...

1. Best Meal ever...
2. Best sleep ever...
3. Best cup of coffee....
4. Best romantic moment made for a movie...
5. Best return to childhood moment....
6. Best moment of your life (apart from having your children or getting married)...
7. Best moment of revenge...
8. Best thing someone has ever done for you....
9. Best thing you have ever done for someone else...
10. Best life changing moment...

From Dr Phil's book: "Be realistic about what you can control and what you can't."

My verse for today: "Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name."

My quote for today: "There is no telling how many miles you will have to run while chasing a dream." --author unknown








5 comments:

cmoursler said...

Great lists...I know how it all goes so thanks for finishing.
And when I put in 'the best thing you've ever done for someone....I think in our heart of hearts, we know what it is, and you found yours.
Good job .

Shelli Belly said...

I loved reading your post today.

What an amazing blessing.

Kimberley said...

Really enjoyable post. I went through your archives so I could read all ten. Thanks for all the insight into you and your life.

Beth said...

I love awards because they allow me to learn so much about people. Thanks for taking the time!

karen@fitnessjourney said...

I always enjoy reading what people consider to be the highlights in their lives. Isn't it ironic that two of the events in your life that stood out so much center around the death of loved ones? If nothing else, when someone is in the final stage of life, they learn who really cared and loved about them by the response they get. Clearly you are a very caring, selfless woman. The fact that your brother gave you the money for your home tells me that your parents must have put a high value on generosity. What a lovely story.

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