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“On the street I saw a small girl
Cold and shivering in a thin dress,
with little hope of a decent meal.

I became angry and said to God:

Why did you permit this?

Why don’t you do something about it?

For a while God said nothing...

That night He replied quite suddenly :

“I certainly did something about it.  - I made YOU.”

Here in our house we really try  to help others. I am so proud of my husband and I would love to share what he did... My husband is a VP of a Bank  here in Birmingham, Al. He was downtown walking to grab something for lunch  quickly and get back to the meetings and  the tons of phone calls he deals with on a daily basis. There was a homeless man that people just ignored and  passed by him. My husband passed by and then suddenly turned around. He was debating on should I give him money or not. Then he took it a step further, he asked the man would he like to go to lunch?

Don(my hubby) took him in a place to eat  and some  people moved back from the homeless man. Don said to the man ,“Order anything you want.” The man looked and looked so  carefully. He took his time like a child in a candy store. He finally ordered and they sat down and ate together.

Of course, strangers looked at them left and right. I am sure they were wondering what is this Executive in his designer suit and a homeless man have in common.

It is simple ... they both have the grace of God. God does NOT respect one man more than  another.

The Bible states that we can minister to angels here on Earth and be unaware of it. Of course, we do not know if this man was an angel, BUT, I can tell you I think my husband is one. (Although I will keep that to myself, gotta keep the hubby in check. haha)

What can we do to make a difference in the life of another?



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      Beverly Mahone wrote Oct 28, 2008
    • Darla,

      This is a wonderful story.  I have a similar one (which is actually in Chapter 6 of my book).  I used to buy breakfast for a young man who was at the same bus stop as my daughter when she was in high school.  I didn’t know him but I just felt compelled in my heart to do it.  Even after I lost my job, I continued to buy him breakfast.  I never gave a second thought to the fact that I should’ve been saving that money for my own living expenses.  

      This is one of my favorite sayings:

      "We are healed to help others...We are blessed to be a blessing...We are saved to serve” Quote from the book A Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren.  

      I felt so blessed by being able to do it as I’m sure your husband did!



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      Darla5 wrote Oct 28, 2008
    • Beverly,

      What a great thing you did for that young man. I am sure it made a lasting impression on him. I truly believe that the Lord will take care of you.  We cannot out give God.

      I love when others take the time to share their stories. These kind of stories like yours have a way of motivating us. That is all it takes to start the domino effect.

      Love the quote and tell me more about your book.

      Thanks so much for sharing your act of kindness!



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      Bobbi Bacha wrote Oct 28, 2008
    • This is sooo true.. believe it... Great Job Darla5 !



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      Marybeth Pitner wrote Oct 28, 2008
    • What a wonderful story.  I wish there were people like that in this world.  Keep sharing.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 28, 2008
    • I work with a great group of folks. One of the things we like to do is pay it forward. It would be really neat if we here at Fab40 decided to do this as a team effort.
      Many of my team members do this regularly. When they drive through for coffee, or breakfast, or whatever, they pay for their purchase, and the car behind them. Someone I know who does this regularly has been told that the pay it forward chain has lasted throughout the morning. Even if the tab is more than you expected, the good feeling you get from doing it will be worth it.
      Darla, your husband does sound like an angel - a true good Samaritan. Most folks would have given him money, or at most brought him some food. Your husband did what Jesus would have done, and wasn’t ashamed. That is such a testimony to his character. You have every right to be proud of him!

      Dee Dee



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      (華娃娃) ChinaDoll wrote Oct 28, 2008
    • I like that idea of It would be really neat if we here at Fab40 decided to do this as a team effort from happymom.  

      One idea came to mind is if Yana can offer us to buy just a slight markup of some sort, like pink waist band with Fab40’s website on it - we buy a bunch and give out to friends..meanwhile the profit donate to some charity as a group.  This way, Fab40 gets the publicity, more members, more donation/profit... I think.  We are not just a bunch of women over 40 get together to chat or blog but also do something nice as a group.  More suggestions in this area are welcome.



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      Darla5 wrote Oct 29, 2008
    • DeeDee, what a great idea. I would love to be a part of , “Pay It Forward.” Memories of that movie come to mind.
      In these hard economic times  it would mean so much. Gosh,  would it not be great if we turned  on the news and heard stories of American’s being generous instead of killing, stealing, etc.

      Why don’t we all really try to expand on this idea. We have to start somewhere. ChinaDoll, I like your ideas. Imagine what all of us 40’s girl’s could accomplish.

      As far as my hubby, He is a keeper. I finally got it right the 2nd time around.



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 29, 2008
    • Today, twice, all I did was let someone in front of me in line. The first time the lady was acting ugly to someone else (*rude*) so I just keep my mouth shut even though I was also ahead of her and let her have her way. I chatted with her little girl, and tried to make light conversation. She never aplogized, but her rudeness disappeared. The next time, I let a guy with just two things go ahead of me. I also suggested that he could sit them on the edge of my buggy because they were heavy. We struck up a conversation, the guy in front of us joined in. It was very pleasant. He then proceeded to unloaded my buggy for me in return. I told him that I didn’t expect anything in return, but thanked him and allowed him to help me. We can be nice, smile, and make people’s day without spending any extra money. That is a really easy way we can all pay it forward. Smiles are contagious, and can really lift someone spirits. I am usually out shopping late. The cashiers are usually tired. I always make it a point to chitchat, smile, and tell them to have a nice day/night/weekend/whatever. A happy heart is good medicine! (I think that verse means good for others too.)
      I am a member of freecycle (a topic for a blog) which is a nationwide online organization that connects people who have clutter with people who want or need that clutter. It is a really cool concept. Last year, around this time of the year I was culling our clothes. When you have as many kids as we do, that equates to a lot of clothes! We went through all our boxes and got rid of so much stuff. On another mom site I used frequent alot there was a group called “moms in need“. Moms who had would offer to give to moms who needed. I shipped out 13 boxes of clothes last year. It was so much fun! Maybe we could do something like that here too. I doubt that we have as many needy moms on this group. That one has lots of young moms - but I know there are some families on here that are struggling. We could help one another! Wouldn’t that be fabulous??!!!
      We do have to be careful (I think) to not let it become something we pat ourselves on the back for. I struggle with not being prideful. It feels so good to help people, we could easily get caught up in a “look what I did” mentality.  

      Let’s keep brainstorming!



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      Dee Dee Shaw wrote Oct 30, 2008
    • Okay,
      Several of us were on a conference call tonight, and with Yana's blessing and encouragement, I have started a Pay It Forward Fabulously group (under other). Please 'join' me over there and let's brainstorm about what we can do. We decided we wanted it to be so big that it gets Oprah's attention, so let's get in the thinktank and come up with a plan!



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      Mztracy wrote Nov 3, 2008
    • Gr8 ideas ladies!!!
      Wonderful stories!

      When my friend Tina died, her hubz came by with her boys and gave me her favorite blue electric wheelchair. He said she would have wanted me to have it. My insurance at the time was crap and would only give me manual chair. I was speechless, as this was her fav.

      Soon I am getting a new wheelchair that can roll on two wheels and i can be 6’ again. It can go up stairs and curbs, on sand and on grass. There is a lovely young lady that works the front end of walmart. She is in a wheelchair, manual. Her father, a lil cutie is deaf, so she lives at home with her family and her two lil children. I have always been blessed with parents that are able to ‘help’ out whenever I need them. So, when I get my new chair, I am going to give her Tina’s. Tina was an extraordinary woman and knowing her, this woould make her happy. When I asked Renee if she would want this, her eyes lit up and she said that now she could do so much more and her lil ones would not have to push her. A few people said i should sell it...ummmm nope!!! I want to give someone the the same happiness the chair has given me...freedom!!



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