Just Keep Swimming 

God sends angels…just keep swimming! 

Today I had a few poor me, moments- then I went swimming.

I met 3 year old Avia there. We had a unique conversation- it was almost like she was an angel; she was because she grounded me – made me laugh.

I asked her her name, she said Avia. She held up 3 fingers and said she was 3. She asked how old I was, I held up 5 fingers and I said “I’m this many times ten plus”. She said, “wow you’re lucky, your big for 7.” I thought for a minute yeah I’m a big 7 year old. 

We always wish we are somewhere else, or someone else, and we can never seem to find our groove. Wishing for this or that. 

When Avia thought I was 7, she said “okay, you want to play Barbies?” So, I did, I played Barbies, and I found joy. I found joy in a 3 year old who didn’t care who I was, or what my story was, she just accepted me. When I got out of the pool, she thanked me for being her friend. She was a tiny angel sent to say, it’s okay, just find joy in the moment – and I did, with a tiny, 3 year old angel named Avia.

Jesus sent Avia today to swim in my path. We all have moments of discontent – just keep swimming- God will send Angels with life preservers to help us float.

Sandie Heckman – 

Sometimes 

Sometimes, you’ve just gotta spend time with Jesus. When the soul grows weary from others who constantly challenge the world. 

Sometimes, you’ve just got to melt into Jesus arms, when the heart grows desperate for a touch of the Son. 

Sometimes, you’ve just got to decompress while Jesus listens, because you have no one else to tell. 

Sometimes you’ve got to spend intimate moments with Jesus, because He’ll hold your heart; your name is etched in His hands. 

Sometimes, you’ve got to just let it all go, no taking it back, and let Jesus be the only whisper on your lips. 

Sometimes, no, all the time, He’s the only thing that just loves us even when we can’t fathom that He does. 


All the time, you have to inhale His essence, let it all go, and exhale His grace. 

Jesus is with us all the time. 

Sandie Heckman

Links In A Chain

We are but a link in a chain that causes a ripple effect. One link of happiness with one smile, one hello, one icy cold bottle of water on a hot day. One prayer, one sweet “how’s your day going?” One link that shows another how to link up, not one up. 

Showing others kindness leads the kindness effect to affect others. Tiny ripples in a sea of madness can calm the seas, by being more like Jesus. 

What would Jesus do? 

He lifts up, smiles with lips turned up, put your hands up and praise. Showing others how to praise? You’d be amazed – its the greatest ripple effect that goes straight up to heaven. Raise em up today – praise up, watch and see how the world changes – one link at a time – we are links in a chain – a chain of believers with arms entwined with His.

Sandie Heckman – author of Sondrenched- available now on Amazon 

Henry

recycling

I never thought that dumping my recycling today would be a chance to see how God moves. You never know how God will intervene, and touch your heart in such a way, that chills, literally cover your arms.

I drove to the recycling center, and backed up next to a City truck. As I opened my trunk there was a man in a fluorescent yellow shirt and vest lifting a couch onto the back of his truck. We looked at each other, and he nodded. I dropped my bags of plastic, glass, and cans into the recycling bin, and I was overtaken by a feeling of disgust at how careless people are, and how they dump anything they want, anywhere they want. I asked him how often this happens, and he was quick to say, “Every day.” He told me how he had picked up really nice mattresses yesterday, and an entire bathroom. He said they threw out a sink, toilet and even a tub. I was upset, and expressed how people should call Habitat for Humanity and they would pick it up, and someone else could use it. Then, I told him my story about how a friend and I had helped the homeless for a few years. I told him how we’ve helped to house over thirty people, and that I even baptized a homeless woman. Then it happened…he asked me if the woman I had baptized had dreadlocks? If her name was Baby? Chills ran down my arm, and I had to ask him if he knew her. He started to tell me his story of being homeless three years ago, and how happy he was to have a job now, even if it’s putting couches and furniture onto a truck. He’s not homeless anymore!

I went to my car to get a cold bottle of water and handed it to this man. He thanked me, and then said words I’ll never forget…”this is the second bottle of cold water you’ve give me in my lifetime.” I must have looked puzzled, as this was the first bottle of water I thought I ever gave him. He said, “three years ago, you came to Circle Park on your lunch hour. You brought a case of water, and handed it out to the homeless people sitting there on benches. You gave me a bottle too. I never forgot that. You prayed with us that day, and asked God to help us find shelter, and a place to cool down.

I told this man, I can’t do a lot of outreach anymore. I told him I had an artificial hip and knee that give me a lot of problems. Then God nudged again, as this many man stood at the recycling bin and prayed for me. He prayed for my hip to heal so I could find more people to help.

I drove home with a smile as big as this mans.

I drove home knowing that Random Acts of Kindness do not go unnoticed.

I drove home with chills on my arms.

I didn’t remember this man from three years ago, I usually remember faces. He said he sat on a corner bench not saying a word. His name is Henry, and his prayer is now engrained in my soul.

Sandie Heckman – author of Sondrenched, available now at Amazon.com

 

Gotta Love a Coldfront Coming In

When the sky swirls so fast it changes before your eyes


And you can see the cold front right in front of you 


You drive home as fast as you can – to find a creepy red eyed cloud in the sky.


The other side of my world until the skies broke open – and God painted the sky right before my eyes


Love summer storms in Missouri 

Sandie Heckman author of Sondrenched 


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