Monday, February 23, 2009

Speak to My Soul Devotional ~ You Do Not Have...

You do not have, because you do not ask God. (James 4:2b NIV)


God has really been convicting me lately that part of being in the body of believers is not just to "be there" for others but to let others "be there" for you too.

Right now just about everyone I know is affected by the economy in one way or another. Let's face it, times are truly tough right now, and things are getting harder and harder. I know that this is just part of being in this world, but there are times when I just sit there and ask (beg is more like it) Him to bring us all home to glory.

I mentioned in a post called "What do you do when the storms come?" that our family has been in the midst of some serious storms lately. The very next day after I posted that devotional we were hit with yet another storm, and this one, though not dramatic at first, was just the last straw to an already stressful season for us.

My youngest son, Bailey, only wanted ONE thing this past year for Christmas (ok, let's be honest, he's a kid, he always WANTS more things) more than anything. He wanted an iPod Touch and thankfully his grandparents thought it was something they could (and would) get him for Christmas. He carried his iPod Touch around with him everywhere and used it all the time. That Sunday he took it to church with him to take his notes in and in his rush to get home and get outside with his friends he left it in his pants pocket.

Don't you hear the scary music coming in the background now?

You guessed it!
Monday morning when I did the wash I didn't check his pockets so when it was time to move the clothes over to the dryer this is what I saw...
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I just sat there and started to cry. On top of everything else that had been going on in our lives now our youngest son's most prized possession laid in the washing machine completely soaked and forever ruined. I can't even begin to tell you the shock, frustration, anger, fear, anxiety, sickness (I could go on and on) I felt and at that point I just broke down and cried.

My husband & I could not get over the amount of "stuff" that we have been bombarded with in the last couple of weeks and we sat there in disbelief that it seemed like it wasn't "over yet". At this point there was no way that we could possibly replace it and that's when I reached out to my friends on Twitter to ask them to pray for us. I am not even sure what exactly I said, but I know that it must have been sad and even depressing.

What happened next is nothing short of a miracle. I started getting "@" messages (tweets to me) and DM's (Direct Messages) encouraging me to keep my head up and to stay strong. Some where full of prayers, love, and support, then all of the sudden one of my"tweeple" (my twitter family) asked if they could "donate" some money to replace Bailey's iPod Touch. At first I was extremely hesitant...I've always been the one to "be there" for others and really struggle with accepting help from, well, just about anyone.

When all of the sudden the tweets started to take another turn...I started getting Scripture sent to me about how we are supposed to be there for each other, how a friend sticks closer than a brother, and then the kicker came; I got a DM from a twitter pal that said..."Melissa, you have not because you ask not" and that was the beginning of yet another amazing miracle. I like to call this one the Twitter Effect.

My friends on
Twitter started to give and they gave BIG. My husband sat beside me in utter disbelief. He said, "How can people that don't even know us do something like this?" We both sat there in silence as the tears rolled down my face.

You see there are "
No Perfect People" (as I wrote about last week) but this past week we have seen that people really DO want to make a difference and that people really DO care for each other.

Over the course of a couple of days they started a "
ChipIn" collection for "I Washed My Son's Ipod Touch Fund" and with their donations we were able to collect $175 to put towards Bailey's iPod Touch replacement fund. Bailey chipped in the rest of the money (about $50) by doing some car washes around the neighborhood because he wanted to cover the difference since he was the one who left it in his pants pocket (he's learning a big life lesson with this). He's also learning that there are some really beautiful people in this world who care about what happens to others and they aren't afraid to show it in any way they can.

Today was a SPECIAL DAY in our house (I've been sitting on this post until it happened)! Bailey got a special package in the mail...

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You guessed it...his NEW iPod Touch arrived in the mail and as you can see on his face he could hardly wait to open it up. We celebrated as we saw the goodness of people and the grace of God in action. We also (both of us) realized a valuable lesson in this whole thing too...You do not have, because you do not ask God. (James 4:2b NIV)

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Before I forget...Bailey & I (well, our whole family, to be quite honest) just wanted to take a minute to say THANK YOU! You have made a huge difference in our lives and we will never forget what you've done. There is no amount of money that can be given to replace the lessons of love, generosity, friendship, grace, goodness, and peace that you've brought to our lives.

We serve a great and mighty God and sometimes we ALL just need to remember that,
You do not have, because you do not ask God. (James 4:2b)

Seeking JOY on the Journey,


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18 Mel's World Friends Comments:

Karla Meachem 8:04 PM  

Absolutely AWESOME!

At church one of our members always reminds us, "no asky, no getty!" :)

What an excellent example!

Praising God with you & your family!

DuongSheahan 8:09 PM  

Mel,
This is such a powerful testimony of God's favor, love, grace, abundance. God provides for us in ways that are supernatural! We are vessels to be used and at any moment the Lord can speak to any of us! WOW, I didn't know about this! Praise the LORD! I am so thrilled. Testimonies are so awesome and encourages us that GOD love us and cares about everything in our lives large and small. Thank you for sharing with your friends!

Praise and Coffee 8:42 PM  

God's people can be soooo cool!

Susan 7:40 AM  

Loving this.

And can I just say that Bailey has hair To. Die. For. lol.

What an incredible lesson to him (and to all of us).

Hugs...

Just Mom 10:22 AM  

This story brought tears to my eyes, tears of joy at the thoughtfulness of others.

Lucy Ann Moll 12:09 PM  

Thank you so much, Mel, for sharing this story. It's kinda weird that Twitter can be a "church," a body of believers joined in His name. I'd love to be a fly on the wall when your son tells friends how he got his new iPod. Love ya, Lucy

Beth in NC 1:05 PM  

What great friends you have! That is beautiful! A friend of mine (TarDevil) told me about your blog so I thought I'd stop by. I hope you'll visit me as well.

Have a blessed day!
Beth

lynnmosher 9:21 PM  

Oh, Mel! This is so awesome. I was so upset that I couldn't help out other than pray. I am so happy to hear the wonderful outcome. Great lessons all around. We just never know, do we, what God has to show us in everything that touches our lives. Blessings to you all...

Carolina Mama 9:21 PM  

That is just beautiful! I had to Stumble it. :) Seriously God is amazing. You son is so sweet. Another comment from Carolina. :)

Monkey Giggles 10:17 PM  

that is an awesome and power testimony.

how do I miss that on twitter?

God's people are amazing.

Thanks for sharing

Noelle @TakeRoot 11:36 PM  

Oh what a testimony that God wants to give us the desires of our hearts. Even when they can seem so trivial against the BIG things in our lives. What a beautiful testimony for Bailey to have as well, to share w/his friends how God used people from all over that did not even know Him. God cared & blessed Him. How much more will Bailey trust Him in the future when its something really big!
Seriously brings tears to my eyes.

PS- Is awesome to see all the comments.These are some awesome women gathered here at this post.

Journey2Learn 3:41 PM  

Very cool story and pics. Glad your son was able to get his new iTouch :-)

A Cowboy's Wife 10:40 AM  

I'm one of those that has a hard time letting people help me whether it's physically or mentally but I'm learning that's it's okay because they do care about me.

I love what someone wrote above--"God's people are cool"....they really are huh;)

Anne 11:12 AM  

Mel, I never did see the actual donation fund after the first discussion. I'm sorry I missed out on helping. Being an eternal optimist, I love seeing evidence of the great hearts that people have for each other. Whether they recognize God or not, there I see him in the midst of them all. What a wonderful thing!

Cathy Davis 11:26 AM  

Wow!

I know I've been warmed by the people I've "met" on twitter who have offered so much love, support and prayers for me and my family as my sweet nephew battles cancer.

Last fall, our church did a Jim Cymbala study on prayer and he stressed "you have not because you ask not" in the study. Why do we not ask? God has prepared a beautiful table of blessings for each of us that we just let sit!

I think I'll have to repost this post on my blog. Such a beautiful story of selfless giving and young ones learning lessons and God's goodness!

Sharon Ball 12:41 PM  

What an awesome God we serve. Frequently, I find myself in awe of His thoughtfulness at the way he uses His children to teach and encourage me. I'm so glad your son was able to get a new iPod Touch. To God be all the glory.

Karen 8:30 PM  

I haven't popped by for ages, sorry about that - and you know, you'd been on my mind I just found myself feeling I should say to you "Keep being you, diverse, excited, passionate - an encouragement to others" I thought - hey she knows this...then I popped by and read you've been going through some stuff and thought - it's just like God to want to encourage you! You make a huge difference. I smile when I think of you, of your energy, passion, life and diversity!

lisasmith 11:03 PM  

Just stumbled on you here and thoroughly enjoyed it!! So nice to meet you.

Thankful for the body,
lisa

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