The Spiritual Side and God Sightings

I believe that every person was put on this earth for a specific purpose.  It has took me almost 51 years to figure it out, but I think The Stork Project is mine.  I am learning how to quiet my mind and trust that each need will be met.  I am coming to understand that every person is brought into my life to teach me something.   For me this is a spiritual journey and it has become a form of worship. It is how I am fulfilling my covenant with God.  

God has given gifts to each of you from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Manage them well so that God’s generosity can flow through you…Do it with all the strength and energy that God supplies. Then God will be given glory. (I Peter 4:10-11 NLT)

When there are no Welcome Bundles to give the requests from Social Workers do not come but when the shelves are full the calls come.  Someone will offer a high chair that I can’t turn down and 2 days later I get a call that begins, “I know you don’t do furniture but might you have a high chair?”   A mom needs girl clothing and I have none, but later in the day the phone rings with an offer of girl clothing.

 I have met the most amazing people along the way and they all have stories to share.  People who know what it is like to need, mom’s who want to share what they have with others and the dad who called to say he and his wife were ready to part with their son’s (now 15 years old) baby clothes.  I have been taken to 3rd floor walk up apartments and 5 bedroom homes.  The thing that ties it all together is the love these parents showered on their babies while they were wearing the clothes.  That love is infused in the clothes and it is washed over the new mother and her baby when she opens the Welcome Bundle.

I have faith that every need will be answered and there will always be a Welcome Bundle for any baby that needs it.

 
 

God Sightings and Answered Prayers:
 
2/13/2012
3:30 Marge T.comes over to drop off 6 beautiful snow suits she purchased. She casually asked if I could use a few other items she had at home but no longer needed. One of them was a portacrib. I said I would love them and she said she would drop them off at some point.
 
4:30 I get an email from a social worker asking if I came across a pack and play could I set her aside for her.
 
4:45 I open the door for the cat and there on the porch was Marge's portacrib which was really a pack and play!!! She had dropped it off when I was out for a walk.
 
12/5/2011 1:45
Email received from the social worker at Catholic Medical Center in Manchester:
    "I have a little girl with no items. I was wondering if you might have a bassinet and some other necessities"
 
12/5/2011 6:03
Message on my answering machine from Persia at Mother and Child in Nashua
    "Hi, we just got in a bassinet for donation. Can you let me know if you need it"
 
This was an unvoiced need, answered in less than 5 hours.......
 
Email received October 16, 2010
    when I had my daughter in december, i was given a welcome bundle at lamprey health care.  It was amazing, because once home from the hospital for a few days i realized that i hadn't thought to buy socks or enough onsies for the cold months.  At my one week check up i receieved a bundle of clothes wrapped in the most beautiful quilt.  TONS of socks and onsies.  almost like someone knew! J.
 
October 10, 2010 
This past Thursday (October 7)  I used up the last of the baby clothes. I had a few odds and ends but nothing that would fill a Welcome Bundle. I sent out a few emails to friends but knew I did not need to stress over the lack of clothing. I have learned my needs will be taken care of if I have faith. Still, it was hard to look at 200 blankets, requests for bundles and an empty table where the clothes should be. Out of the blue I received the following email. It was sent on Saturday nght:  

Good evening,

Just wanted to let you know that we have put aside 0-6 month infant necessities from our Amherst Junior's Rummage sale.......

Thank you for fulfilling an unvoiced need. Faith is an amazing thing.

September 23, 2010 
While making a delivery at CMC I leaned of a new baby boy who's mom did not have many resources.  She had very little at home to meet his basic needs.
 
Aside from clothing, my cabinets were bare.  I had a very old bassinet that had no mattress but no other equiptment.  So, I sent up a request to the universe for this new child. When I arrived home there was an email from a woman who had seen my van, had a bassinet to offer and oh, by the way, it was for a boy.
 
I was able to put together a very nice selection of clothing, blankets and even a Halloween costume for this wonderful new life. Thanks God for answered prayers.......
 
 
August 11, 2010 Simonne and Charlotte along with mom and brother Max come over to swim.  They bring with them boxes of baby clothes. Many are 0-6 month summer.  In addition there are fun toys, a mobil and a play mat.
 
Later that evening I log on to email. There is a request from a social worker. She has 2 moms due any day who have very little.  Might I have some girl summer clothes they could have?
 
So I was able to open up the boxes and make up the most beautiful wecome buckets for these two moms because God brought the cutest 2 year old on the planet into my life. 
 
 
You've got mail.......
April 27 5:50 pm  "Hello--I am wondering if you take cribs? Aime"
         So there is a crib but no mattress
 
April 29 7:30 am- I see a posting on Freecycle for a free crib mattress so I send a request but thinking it must have been asked for by someone since the posting is 14 hours old.
               7:48 am  "I am so glad you can use it. I will leave it on the front steps for you. can you use a pack and play too?" Nancy
              
 
April 23, 2010 at 1:33: Ring...ring...ring
    Amber from Nashua:  "Hi, You said to call if I had a specific need for a mom. Do you have a toddler bed?"  
              
    Me: "No, I am sorry. The demand for those is so high and I never seems to get any.  And the chance of getting a bed and a mattress at the same time is practically nil. I will put your name on the list and if one comes in I will call you."
 
April 23, 2010 at 1:48: Ring...ring...ring
    Stephanie: "Hi, I wanted to set up a time for you to come and pick up some stuff.  I have some clothes and toys and would you be able to take a TODDLER BED AND MATTRESS?"  
 
    Me: "You are the answer to a prayer I have not yet even voiced out loud."  
 
I think God has bugged my phone. 
 
Carrie: I know you don't usually have cribs but I thought I would ask just in case. I have a client who needs one.
Me: I don't, but you know how this works.  A voiced need will be more than likely be fufilled.
36 hours later......
Consignment shop: I know you don't usually take cribs but we have one if you need it. 
Different shop: We have this awesome crib bedding set. Can you use it?
So Mom has a crib, and bedding and a baby has a warm safe place to sleep.

   Just Pedal

       
At first, I saw God as my observer, my judge, keeping

track of the things I did wrong, so as to know whether

I merited heaven, or hell when I die. He was out there,

sort of like a president. I recognized His picture

when I saw it, but I really didn't know Him.

But later on when I met Christ, it seemed as though

life were rather like a bike ride, but it was a tandem

bike. and I noticed that Christ was in the back

helping me pedal.

I don't know just when it was that He suggested we

changed places, but life has not been the same since.

When I had control. I knew the way. It was rather boring,

but predictable...It was the shortest distance
between two points.

But when He took the lead, He knew delightful long

cuts, up mountains, and through rocky places at

breakneck speeds, it was all I could do to hang

on! Even though it looked like madness, He said,

 "Pedal!"

I worried and was anxious and asked, "Where are

you taking me?" He laughed and didn't answer, and I

started to learn to trust. I forgot my boring life and

entered into the adventure. And when I'd say, "I'm
scared," He'd lean back and touch my hand.

He took me to people with gifts that I needed,

 gifts of healing, acceptance and joy. They gave me

their gifts to take on my journey, my Lord's and mine.

And we were off again.

He said, "Give the gifts away; they're extra baggage,

too much weight." So I did, to the people we met, and

I found that in giving I received, and still our burden

was light.

I did not trust Him, at first, in control of my life.

I thought He'd wreck it; but He knows bike secrets,

knows how to make it bend to take sharp corners, jumps

to clear high rocks, fly to shorten scary passages.
 

 I am learning to shut up and pedal in the

strangest places, and I'm beginning to enjoy the cool

breeze on my face with my delightful
constant companion, Christ.

And when I'm sure I just can't do anymore,

He smiles and says...

 

" Just Pedal."


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