Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Spread Sunshine All Over the Place

My Grandma Mamie was a sunshine spreader!
I moved to this small Missouri town over twenty years ago. I moved from a big city and thought I was moving to Mayberry! 

I have a personal friendliness campaign. Small towns are supposed to be friendly, but they will only be friendly if we are!

Smile, open doors, offer to help others, talk to people— cashiers, people in line, receptionists, other shoppers, the librarian, the man who makes your sandwich, the gas station attendant — everyone! 

Everyone needs a friendly word, or smile, or even a prayer. 
Don’t be afraid to ask someone if you can pray with him or her, then do it right then if possible. It’s a wonderful encouragement, and prayer works

God bless you, have a wonderful week. Remember to share the love of Jesus with others.

Got to go get busy now!

Laura
Blessed to be a Blessing
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30 comments:

  1. Yesterday at Krogers I helped a man shaking very badly from Parkinsons double bag his groceries. He thanked me and said "God bless you." And I really did feel blessed all day from this small encounter. It blessed me so much more than it blessed him.

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  2. It's so true Angela! I love the feeling of giving and serving. It's a high— The Most High God. ~smile~
    Be blessed my dear!
    Laura

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  3. This is great advice! I loved it and it has truly motivated me to spread some extra sunshine today!

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  4. Your grandma Mamie has a lovely smile. We moved up here to NY to a very small town from Alabama 3 yrs ago and found that ppl. here are a lot more friendly here then there. Strange, yes...ppl. here sure like to talk and they sure want to know how you're doing etc. Just some slight culture shocks, but its all good. You hear so much about the southern hospitality, but rarely the northern... anyways---great post Laura---Have a beautiful week, my friend.

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  5. Thank you for the friendly reminder! :) I just wanted you to know I'm praying for you/family. I know you wrote that you closed the resteraunt. I hope financially things are okay four family. Have a blessed day and thank you for this blog!

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  6. So wonderful that you had a precious grandmother with such a beautiful smile that spread joy everywhere! I agree that we can spread joy wherever we go, and be a blessing in a small way whoever we meet. Great post Laura, have a beautiful blessed day!

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  7. What a great reminder! Thank you!

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  8. Such a blessing to have come here to find your precious Grandma's smiling face looking at me! I am of the strong belief that sunshine is the best medicine along with laughter. Thanks for spreading some here!
    Caring through Christ, ~ linda

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  9. Hello Laura,

    I have lived in my current home for 20 years, too. I grew up moving many times; I remember at least 13 different placed I have lived during my first 18 years, from Washington state to Wisconsin, from Missouri to California.

    I thought it was funny in your post about Ma being married to a difficult man who would not stay put. I loved moving, always a new adventure. The funny thing is that, although my husband and I have moved three times since having children, my children have never lived more than 30 miles from the place that they were born.

    My favorite place in all those growing up years was a small town: Strum, Wisconsin - population 1000.

    I like your encouragement to go out and be the light of the world.

    ♥Hope


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  10. Good for you, she looks a Dear.

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  11. I so agree to that. May you be blessed more so you can bless more people. :)

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  12. Your grandmother looked like a precious soul! I am sure you learned much from her. :) I am praying for you, dear friend. God bless you abundantly!

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  13. Horace@pleasingtothepotter.comJanuary 14, 2016 at 8:04 AM

    Amen Laura! Like you grandma, we need to spread kindness when we can. That is part of being a Christian. We should be different than the norm and love like Jesus loves. Like you said, we never know the difference it may make in someone's day or life. This is my first visit to your site. I came over from Thankful Thursdays. I love what you do here and may God bless you and yours in 2016!

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  14. Spread a little sunshine. I love it... What a wonderful thing... Every small deed of kindness showed, makes us that much happier. Not only did we help the other person, but it helped us too.
    God is awesome...
    Praying for you and family, each day..

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  15. Hello friend Linda,

    Grandma is smiling more than ever now. She moved in with Jesus last April. It's funny. I don't really think of NY having any small towns. ~smile~ Yours makes ours look big! We've got around 12,000, which to me was a small town when we moved here. ~grin~

    I had a few culture shocks moving here, too. I'm so glad you've found a good friendly place to live, Linda.

    P.S. My stolen money was returned! Praise God! Thank you for praying.

    Laura
    Blessed to be a Blessing

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  16. We moved from the Atlanta area to a tiny town of 150 people in Montana. Talk about a culture shock! While many of the people here can be friendly they can be down right rude. I miss the friendliness of the south! This is a great reminder on spreading the love of Jesus. Thank you for linking up with Thankful Thursdays.

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  17. May God bring you good friends and a good church, Lori!
    Blessings,
    Laura

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  18. Thank you Cheryl!

    I received a refund from the company of all the charges to my account! Praise God! Thank you so much for your encouragement and your prayers.

    Be blessed my friend!
    Laura

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  19. Oh Linda, it sounds like a wonderful place to live! Another reader wrote to me and said she moved from the south to a tiny town in Montana. I think we get ideas about what other places are like from movies and t.v. a lot. As far as I knew, NY was one big city and suburb for the most part. I happily stand corrected.
    Be blessed!
    Laura

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  20. You are so right Judy. Thank you for praying. We do need it right now. God will sustain us. May God bless you with everything you need and some of your deep desires as well In Jesus' Name.

    Laura

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  21. She was. She's moved to Heaven now where she's keeping others smiling.
    Blessings to you Annie!
    Laura

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  22. Why thank you Spicing Up, will you please send me a cup of snow? I'm coming over to visit your blog and look more closely at your beautiful snow. I'm in SW Missouri. I'm trying to be content with all my little snowman decorations, but I miss the snow I remember as a child when I lived farther north.
    Be blessed!
    Laura

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  23. ​Hi Hope,
    We moved here for 6 months, it's been 6 years!
    Oh well....
    Blessings,
    Laura​

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  24. We live in a town of 110,000, but our little section of town retains a village-like atmosphere. Everyone smiles, stops and talks to one another about the weather as we walk along the beach, looks out for one another ...

    I attribute it to the fact that we are beach lovers and spend so much time outdoors. We are surrounded by others who feel the same way.

    thanks for Sharing Your Cup!

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  25. It sounds like a lovely place to live Art and Sand!

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  26. I couldn't agree more. I try to do these things. The other day I was in the store and I watched how people will not even look at you or are all consumed with their own life. I am guilty at times but I try to always be attentive to those around. You never know when they need a smile.

    When we went on our missions trip to a primitive poor island one thing that amazed me was the friendliness of the people. EVERY SINGLE...I mean literally EVERY person you passed not matter age, gender, what they were doing, would say "morning" or "evening" to you when you passed them in walking. They could have a bucket of water on their head, or babies hanging every direction with food strapped to their backs in 100 degree weather walking distances we would pass out walking with all that and they would ALWAYS greet you in passing with a smile and either a "morning" or "evening". It is just their way. They are known to be the most friendlies island in the Pacific yet the most poor. Amazing.

    I learned a lot from that.

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  27. Isn't that just amazing, Mrs. Chrissy?
    I wonder if folks are just wrapped in their own thoughts and problems or they just don't care anymore?

    Let's be the Mayberry we want to see!
    ~grin~

    Have a good weekend!
    Laura

    Blessings to you from our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ,

    Laura Lane
    Harvest Lane Cottage

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Be blessed!
Laura