Thursday, May 22, 2008

Thoughtful Gestures

Thoughtful little gestures mean so much to me. I spoke this past Sunday at our United Methodist Women's luncheon. I talked about God calling us by name, about how I felt God guiding me through the years of pursuing publication as if He were calling me to keep going. Then yesterday I received a nice note from one of my friends at church. She'll be 90 years old in a few days, and she still drives, attends every church activity, works for our women's circle (served as president up until last year) and, as I mentioned, sends notes to people. She also writes poems for special occasions and is a wonderful poet.

I want to be Talitha when I grow up!

Talitha said some special, encouraging words in the note. One thing that really touched me was that she pointed out some quotes from Oswald Chambers' My Utmost for His Highest about tenacity.

I don't have direct quotes as I think she was quoting from memory. But she told me that Mr. Chambers said that tenacity is more than endurance, it is endurance combined with the absolute certainty that what we are looking for is going to transpire. She also said Chambers talks about spiritual tenacity and tells us not to hang on and do nothing, but to work deliberately on the certainty that God is not going to be worsted.

And then this sweet lady said, "Since you remained spiritually tenacious, you have blessed us all."

Wow. I was blown away. And so touched by what she said. I'm also so grateful to God for sticking with me through all the times I was ready to give up writing. Through all the times I started to doubt His plans for me. And I am thankful for my stubborn genes that come from my parents. :)

I hope Chambers' quote will inspire you if you're at the point of giving up. I also hope you'll encourage someone else in some way by writing a note or making a phone call (or even sending an email).

Have you demonstrated tenacity lately? How?



  1. Missy,

    You are already a great encourager. On the loops, you seem to always respond to people with your kind words and encouragement. You always have something nice to say and always have a smile on your face. I think there's a good chance you'll be doing this very same thing when you're 90!

    Thanks for sharing!

  2. Thanks, Christy. See, you just ecouraged someone from your blog comment! :)

    Actually, I'm the world's worst at sending notes and doing things like that for people. I always have good intentions, but never seem to actually get the pen to paper or stamp on the envelope.

    Have y'all ever taken one of those classes where you do a survey of your gifts? My two highest are teaching and... well, now I can't remember the other. It was years ago. I do remember hospitality was my lowest.


  3. Missy- Encouraging is not only sending notes, but showing you care in a variety of ways. Obviously, you cared about your women at church, and Talitha felt encouraged enough to respond. Her method of response is just different from yours. That's not a bad thing. It's a God thing.

    Definitely don't give up! That would set a bad example for those of us who are still struggling to be published. I also have scored very high on the gift scale in teaching, and administration. Hospitality was not even in the running, but God has taught me to serve from where my gifts lead me. Teaching, speaking, saying a kind word are all forms of encouragement.

  4. Thank you for sharing yours. I try to show thoughtful gestures to my family and friends as often as I can from the very little things like making my husband a cup of coffee in bed to spoiling my mum with treats :)

  5. Thanks for visiting. I think it's important to do the little gestures. Including leaving a comment :) Nice to have you here, Flowers.