Monday, January 4, 2016

Tell Me a True Story Week of 01/04/16

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A True story from my Book, Rescue the Stories book three.  Give It To Em !!


How pretty they were !! Shiny, fancy, expensive hubcaps, that came with our new car. 

Last minute, we decided to drive from California to Camp Meeting and arrived a day early.  We elected to attend church that morning at Sheridan Assembly in Tulsa, OK. 

The service was meaningful, and we were in excellent spirits as we exited the church that afternoon. 

Wait - - something was wrong!  Our beautiful hubcaps were gone!  Someone had stolen our hubcaps while we were in church! 

Deflated in heart, we were also quite a bit angry to think about someone being so low down as to steal our hubcaps on a Sunday and to boot, openly in the church parking lot !! 

Too sick at heart to even eat lunch, my husband decided to call one of our friends and unload our woes on him for comfort. 

“Hi Bob, how are ya all doing?” was the cheerful greeting on the other end of the line. 

My husband blurted out, “Simon, you won’t believe this, but today in the church parking lot, they stole my fancy new hubcaps.”   

The quick reply was, “Bob, don’t let em steal your hubcaps.” 
My husband resounded, “You don’t understand, they already stole my hubcaps.” 

The gentle answer came again, “Bob, don’t let em steal your hubcaps, GIVE them to em.” 

My husband couldn’t believe his ears.  “What did you say?”   

Sweetly here it came again, “If you give them to em, they can’t steal your hubcaps.” 

We can’t actually say that we enjoyed those words of wisdom, but as we considered it thoughtfully, we could understand that if we gave the thieves the hubcaps, it would heal the hardness of our heart - - and all the un-forgiveness, that we were already feeling. 

Letting go is often difficult to do.  Especially if it was something you dearly enjoyed or loved.  

Many times, we would rather wallow in our misery and harbor our resentment and hug our offense.  The longer we sit in the seat of the scornful, the suffering is only prolonged.

If we would quickly “Give it to em,” it would speedily heal our wounded spirit and we could continue walking with Jesus at our normal pace.  So I say to you, next time something like this happens to YOU simply, “Give it to em.”
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nannette elkins said...

So much wisdom from your friend, Hazel! Wise words for us today. May I approach the New Year in that fashion, letting go of the things that don't matter for eternity and clinging to the Lord with all my might! Blessings to you for a happy 2016!


Much wisdom!!! Less whining more grace.
Happy New Year Aunt Hazel.
Hugs and Blessings

Cheryl said...

This was a very wise man, and now you are passing on that wisdom. What a blessing, Hazel! I do trust you are feeling better and healing. I am praying for you!

Jed Jurchenko said...

What a great story. I imagine giving your hubcaps to someone who has already taken them, can't be easy, but I bet it makes an enormous difference. My wife and I are in a somewhat similar situation. We are being required to give something that our family does not want to, and does not really have the ability to give. We are doing our best to turn this requirement into a gift. Your story is reminding me of the importance of continuing to speak of this requirement as a gift. Thank you for this encouraging and timely story, and please keep us in your prayers as--with God's help--we attempt to "give it away." Wishing you a happy and blessed 2016!

Joanne Viola said...

Hazel,so much wisdom in the words Bob shared. May we give it to them so that our own wounded spirits heal quickly & our joy remains intact. Wonderful story, one I am grateful to have read today. Have a blessed new year!

Sheila Kimball said...

As I started reading your story, Hazel, before getting to wise words of your husband's friend, that was exactly what I was thinking. Open your hands and let it go, give it away, may it be a blessing in this persons life as we continue to pray that God would pierce and change his/her heart with His amazing LOVE. Blessings in the New Year. Are you all healed up from your fall, Hazel? Hope so! xxoo

Anonymous said...

What wonderful advise. There a so many ways situations we could just 'give to them' isn't there? I will be thinking of this too when I try to hang on to something when the situation is asking me to let it go.

Anonymous said...

What wonderful advise. There a so many ways situations we could just 'give to them' isn't there? I will be thinking of this too when I try to hang on to something when the situation is asking me to let it go.

Floyd Samons said...

I love this one! This is a great reminder about the position of our hearts and how much easier it is to deal with bad things and people when we use our free will the way our Father designed us to!

Saleslady371 said...

I receive this teaching. The advice was right on. Kenneth Copeland taught me this so when something is stolen, "sow it into the Kingdom!" He did that with his favorite camera and received one back twice as nice! You can't out give God!

Sharon said...

What a great story - not the pain of having those hubcaps stolen - but the tremendously wise lesson that you and your husband learned out of it. This advice makes me ponder. How can I let bad situations and circumstances go in my own life? Thank you for your insights, I've learned a lot here today.