Thursday, April 11, 2013

Thankful Thursday

 “That's what I consider true generosity: You give your all, and yet you always feel as if it costs you nothing.” Simone de Beauvoir

Giving back...helping others....always feels as if I'm the one getting back so much more. I'm grateful this week for....

-the women in my empowerment group....love watching these amazing woman reach for their best. I love that I get to be a small part of their life journeys.
-one of the women who attended the prison group last week that I spoke at asked if I'd come and talk with her. She wants to change....wants her life to be better. I think of all the people who took time to help me. I'm committed to paying their kindness forward.  
-my daughter volunteers at a local hospital. She's been doing it for a couple of years. The coordinator told me she's amazing....very kind and bubbly and everyone seems to be attracted to her. Yeah...that's my girl!!!!
-someone asked if I'd mentor them in their writing. I told them I'd share whatever I know (which isn't a whole lot) I remember an award winning author believed in me when I started writing. She helped me finish and get my first book out there. 
-And the best....I can never out give His goodness to me. Everyday shines b/c of Him.  

16 comments:

Just Be Real said...

Nikki, thank you for sharing encouragement, always. Hugs.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Your words are such an encouragement, Nikki! I know from experience how rewarding giving back can be and it's all because of Him! Thanks for sharing and have a super day out there, my friend.

Blessings,
Sandi

Surprised By Joy! said...

This is so true....sending you a big hug, Nikki

Chatty Crone said...

It is wonderful when you give after you have received so much. sandie

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Being able to help others is a wonderful blessing for those who receive and also those who do the giving!

Launna said...

I totally agree Nikki... I always find that the more I give, the more I get back... Each time I feel so blessed by seeing that, it is amazing :)

Nana Jul said...

How wonderful to hear about your daughter...Makes a momma very proud! Giving back because we've been given so much...it's a wonderful thing! You can't out give God sister!
Love ya
Jul

Rebecca said...

Beautiful blessings to be thankful for!

Daisy said...

Isn't it surprising how much we benefit ourselves when we help someone else out? You and your daughter both sound like blessings to those who know you. :)

RCUBEs said...

Like what Paul said...if we do things without LOVE, it is nothing...

I imagine you and your daughter sharing your lights wherever God places you both...I'm not surprised to hear from you how you are setting those places on fire...By His grace I know you both can do it...Because of your willing hearts...God bless and protect you both as you minister to those who are being touched by His light. Through you two. Stay strong sister!

Michelle Holderman said...

Love this, Nikki - kindness, helping others, paying it forward, sharing His goodness with people.

And I love that your daughter volunteers at a local hospital. That's fantastic! Those who are sick and suffering need compassion, hope and lovingkindess. Sounds like she's doing just that. I'm sure you are so proud of her and rightly so!

You and your family make a difference. Bless you my friend.

Sharon said...

God is teaching me a huge lesson in *giving back* this week. I have had to come and care for my elderly parents who are quite sick. The challenges are so difficult. But God has shown me that His strength is strong enough, and His peace is the comfort that I need as a caregiver.

GOD BLESS!

Anna said...

Very true! Helping others is such a blessing for both the helper and the helped. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend!

Connie Arnold said...

Good for your daughter, know you are proud of her! It is important to give back and help others. Blessings to you!

sordar joy said...

Your sideboard and vignette are beautiful! I would frame that embroidery....How gorgeous! Vanna
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NOS said...

This is a very short-but-sweet post, but for some reason it really reached me today. Having been in the hospital this week, hearing about your daughter's mitzvoht (even if she/you might not call it that anymore! :) ) really touched me. Having my family and boyfriend with me really made me feel loved and cared for, and I bet that's how your daughter's patients feel.

And paying kindness forward-- yes. That speaks to me too.

Have a great week!

Be well,
NOS