My 40 bags in 40 days Lenten challenge has been a struggle. Not that I don't have well over 40 bags that I can clear out, it's finding the time to sort through and prepare the bags. I'm sure at the end of Lent I will have 40 bags, it's just that they may all be assembled on days 38 and 39. For others who have participated in this challenge or are doing it now, how are you managing?
Another family member sent me another take on the whole penny thing. In the story she sent me a wealthy man sees a penny on the sidewalk amongst the trash and cigarette butts. He stoops to pick it up and smiles before placing it in his pockets. He was observed picking up the penny, and thinking it odd that a wealthy man seemed so pleased to find a penny on the ground they questioned him about it. His reply was: "The coin says, 'In God We Trust,' and if I trust in God, the name of God is holy, even on a coin. Whenever I find a coin, I see that inscription. It is written on every single United States coin, but we never seem to notice it! God drops a message right in front me telling to trust Him. Whom am I to pass it by? When I see a coin, I pray, I stop to see if my trust IS in God at that moment. I pick the coin up as a response to God; that I do trust in Him. For a short time, at least, I cherish it as if it were gold. I think it is God's way of starting a conversation with me. Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!"
I'm a worrier. I often worry about things I can't control. I even worry when I don't have anything to worry about. Now when I see a penny, it serves as a gentle reminder to just let it go and trust in God. I pick it up and think: yes, God, I got the message. Like the story says, "Lucky for me, God is patient and pennies are plentiful!"
Oh, and I also still blow a quick kiss to my Papaw.
Whew, made it through another week! TGIF!!
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