Handfuls of purpose

The smell of warm apple crisp permeates my kitchen. The sink is full of dirty dishes that I’ve decided to let sit till morning. No, I did not use to do this. But I’ve come to realize, sometimes you just make time for other things, they will not run away šŸ™‚ The house is quiet, and as I reflect on my day, I thought of our Sunday School lesson this past Sunday. We are learning about Ruth, and this particular lesson was about when she went to glean in Boaz’ fields. The verse that sticks with me is when Boaz instructed his workers to purposely drop extra grain for her to glean. He called them “handfuls of purpose”.

And the thought came to me, am I leaving “handfuls of purpose” for others? When was the last time I did something for someone? Tonight I felt I failed miserably at being a kind and gentle mother. You know how one thing snowballs into another, and you just feel downright grouchy? It went from a child being covered in mud, to complaining about what I made for supper, to unwillingness to help me with chores, etc. And I snipped and snapped, and was one grouchy woman. In fact, my dear hubby told me all I was doing was complaining. I did not respond well šŸ™‚ In fact, I think I may have said, I’m allowed to complain sometimes. He was so right. I needed to be told that. I feel ashamed writing this. But God’s grace is there for when we mess up. And we do make mistakes time after time.

I want to my children to receive “handfuls of purpose” from me. I want to be an example to them. And not just to my children, but to others. Am I caring enough to take the time to help someone? To brighten someone’s day. So many times I think I’m busy. But there is nothing more rewarding than to give.

So that’s my challenge to you. Get out there and leave some “handfuls of purpose”Ā  for someone!

6 thoughts on “Handfuls of purpose

  1. Challenge accepted. šŸ™‚ I’ve had that grouchy day, too. The snowball quickly turns into an avalanche as a wind drowns out all else and you realize the loud wind is…you. Wishing you a recovery by the fire with a warm cup of grace.

  2. Bless your heart! We all have moments, even days, when we fall short of the glory of God. As you said, thank God for grace that abounds in every moment of need and shortcoming on our part! I know you are a wonderful mother, and you are doing an exceptional job. Your love for your family and children is so evident in every, single post you write. You are allowed to be human, and do you know what the Lord showed me one time when I was feeling SO bad about being less than what I should have been? Our children NEED to see that we are human. It is a huge lesson in grace for them. They need to see that we cry, that we fail, that we are not always perfect, because they need to see what we do about it AFTERWARDS. They need to see that we repent to God, that we say we are sorry to them, that they find it in their hearts to forgive us, and that we pick ourselves up by the bootstraps and walk on, regardless. So, press on, my sweet friend. You are such a precious gift to your husband, your children, and to all who read your blog. Much love to you, and Happy Thanksgiving!!

  3. I’m behind on my blog reading but I like this thought. We had the same lesson and that thought never crossed my mind. I might have to make a note to myself to hang up with this little quote on it. Thank you! šŸ™‚

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