Author Jo Huddleston

Sweet Southern Romance

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Handing Out Hope

Thanks to Tamera Alexander who is our guest writer today. Tamera is a best-selling novelist whose deeply drawn characters, thought-provoking plots, and poignant prose resonate with readers. Having lived in Colorado for seventeen years, she and her husband now make their home in Nashville, Tennessee, along with Tamera's father, Doug, and with their two adult children who live near by. And don't forget Jack, their precious--and precocious--silky terrier.

Tamera's at work on her eighth novel, A LASTING IMPRESSION, that releases this fall.

Do you need a little dose of hope in your day today? A little reminder that no matter what you've done, no matter where you're from, that God's able to reach you? That He knows exactly where you are and what you need? Then watch this video
(Jo: "When you finish the video, please return and let me know how you liked today's blog.")
Isn't that cool! Now to live my life this week with eyes of the Spirit to help me see who I can love this way. Someone who doesn't expect that love. Maybe someone who doesn't feel worthy of love.

Something I've started carrying with me in my car are Manna Bags. A couple of weeks ago in my BSF small group study, we were discussing "small things" we could do to change a person's day and one of the gals mentioned Manna Bags that they prepare at their congregation. The concept is simple: gallon-size Ziploc bags with a bottle of water and prepackaged food that you carry in your car and then give to someone whose hungry, someone God puts in your path to love.

You can write a note inside, if you want. Tuck it in amongst the granola bars and peanuts and "pop tab" tuna cans and crackers. Any food that's non-perishable. When I see someone standing on the street corner, I want to help. Yet I don't always feel comfortable giving money. But this is something I can do, and do easily. Simply takes some forethought, then rolling down that window and handing out hope.

I really appreciated this woman sharing this idea with me. What ways has God led you to give? I'd love to know!


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