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Powder Puff Ministry: Remember Me Monday — 25 Comments

    • so true – learning to interpret what is that “more that’s going on than I realize” – what is my response really referring to? And then being courageous enough to face it!

    • If God did things in an “expected” way in my life – that would be unexpected! He keeps me on my toes with His out-of-the-box ways!

  1. Maryleigh, this was so good and I needed to read this. I loved the story as it is such a good reminder. I often go and go and stuff my feelings down until there is no room left. How precious of the Lord to provide a gracious and caring woman who knew just the powder puff treatment you needed!

    • God always ministers to us in unexpected ways with unexpected people! I am learning to throw my expectations to the wind – and just expect Him!

  2. Maryleigh, thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving your comment. It led me back to you and your blog, which I find inspiring. Talk about finding a lead in an unexpected way! Your post is very inspiring, and I love finding blogs like this!

    • I so enjoyed your tablescapes. As an All-Boy Mom – the table has been the place I claim for the girl inside – so balm to my heart! Thanks for coming by. Glad you enjoyed your time here!

  3. You were my gift from the Lord that day. You are forever God’s love for eternity, through your heart God reached my heart and I am forever grateful. God, I love you and ask you to keep me at your service forever and ever. In Jesus name Amen 🙏

  4. Maryleigh, this is beautiful on multiple levels! First, I’m crying over the store clerk’s kindness to you. Her sensitivity to be a vessel of God’s love in ‘that’ moment. It’s beautiful! Second, your call for us to look beyond the meltdown and to see beyond what we know is heard and turned into a prayer for sensitivity to His Holy Spirit and to others. Third, referred response isn’t a term, I’m familiar with, but a concept I knew. Thanks for sharing and helping us to grow in our ability to walk with others in a life-giving way.

    • Lisa, I don’t know if there is an “official” term “referred response” – it’s one I “coined” because it was the best way to describe it. If there is referred pain, surely there is referred response! I’m guilty of judging a response in the check out aisle, at a ball park, or where ever a breakdown happens that turns the normal into the uncomfortable. I’m called to give grace, not judgement – when we step away from judgement, our hearts make more room for compassion, grace and love! I’m so glad this post hit a place in you – it’s one that’s been on my heart for a few years and I so wanted the reader to feel what I felt that day!

  5. I can so relate to your story. Especially when I was the busy mom of teens and trying to work and keep a ministry going. You’ve explained why something insignificant can be that straw.

    • Debbie – and we blame the straw, not understanding there is a much weightier issue creating our response problem!

  6. ‘Referred Response’

    Fascinating and oh so true. When I really fly off the handle it usually has nothing to do with the ’cause.’ It’s always something else, an emotion stirred … hurt or frustration or fear or being disrespected.

    Narrowing it down and figuring it out, helps, doesn’t it. There’s healing that needs to take place.

    • I don’t know if there is an “official” term “referred response” – it’s one I “coined” because it was the best way to describe it. If there is referred pain, surely there is referred response! I’m guilty of judging a response in the check out aisle, at a ball park, or where ever a breakdown happens that turns the normal into the uncomfortable. I’m called to give grace, not judgement – when we step away from judgement, our hearts make more room for compassion, grace and love! Understand helps my response to my own challenges – and my response to other’s behavior!

  7. so often it’s a little thing that brings out all the stresses that I’ve been stuffing down. But I don’t always recognize my underlying problem. This is something really important to learn. Great post, and great reminder that God does know what we need.

    • Hi Paula, I don’t know if there is an “official” term “referred response” – it’s one I “coined” because it was the best way to describe it. If there is referred pain, surely there is referred response! I’m guilty of judging a response in the check out aisle, at a ball park, or where ever a breakdown happens that turns the normal into the uncomfortable. I’m called to give grace, not judgement – when we step away from judgement, our hearts make more room for compassion, grace and love!

  8. I appreciate you sharing this story of one of your moments. We ALL can relate because we all have had those. 🙂 Maybe it’s not a powder puff, but it’s something as seemingly insignificant that sets us off. I had a moment like that last week. About halfway through a tirade with a loved one, I caught myself and backed up. It was an awkward moment for everybody. But it would have been even more awkward if the Spirit hadn’t stirred in my spirit to turn around because I was not behaving becomingly. 😉

    • I like your word choice “not behaving becomingly.” I’m learning to recognize those spirit promptings. It is challenging, but it encourages me to extend grace to those experiencing the same moments!

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