Posts Tagged ‘Clothing’

I need food

I need water

I need clothing

I need shelter

I need employment

I need compassion

I need my family

I need friends

I need encouragement

I need understanding

I need forgiveness

I need love

But most of all I need Jesus

Earlier in the week, in Don’t Forget The Blessings, I talked about how we can often get caught up in life and all its problems and so forget about the many blessings we receive each day. So it’s no great surprise that after writing that blog post, the following quote came into my mind:
Worry does not empty tomorrow of its sorrows; it empties today of its strength ~ Corrie ten Boom
 It’s true isn’t it, we can often focus so much on how we’re going to cope and deal with our problems tomorrow, that we forget to live today!
Don’t keep your worries to yourself, take them all to God and leave the with Him, because He can lighten your load and help you live for today knowing that God will help you cope with tomorrow.

‘Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?

‘And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labour or spin. Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendour was dressed like one of these. If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you – you of little faith? So do not worry, saying, “What shall we eat?” or “What shall we drink?” or “What shall we wear?” For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.

What a strange title for a blog post I hear you say, especially considering I have no children!

Well I must confess that I have an obsession with looking at baby clothes! And I’m not alone in this, my Mum has the same problem!

I don’t know whether it’s because we’ve not got any children of our own or whether it’s simply because the baby clothes are always so cute, but whenever I’m in a shop or supermarket that has children’s/baby clothes, no matter how hard I try, I always seem to end up browsing!

So much so that when I have family or friends who are either expecting or have a baby, they can quite often find themselves getting wee presents from us as I cannot resist buying some of the baby clothes. Thank goodness those I’ve bought stuff for seem to like what I buy and seem grateful for the presents, as otherwise what would I do?!

If ever I’m thinking about a change of career, maybe I should consider becoming a personal shopper for baby clothes, as it would certainly be something I would enjoy doing…food for thought!

When you lay clothes down on the bed for two minutes while you do something else, why does the cat always find them and lie on them?

Why do we always think the grass always greener on the other side?

When you have a power cut, why is it that the torch you see every day in the cupboard, suddenly isn’t where it#s meant to be!

Why does the cat always decide to go sleep on the bed just before you’re going to bed?

When you drop your toast, why does it always land butter side down?

Why does the weather always seem to be better (i.e. drier), when we’re working, and then pouring when we’re not!

When you’re tired and just want to go to bed, why is it the phone always goes and it’s someone who wants to talk for ages!

Is there always a right way and a wrong way to do everything, or just a right way and an even better way?

Why does the car only ever break down on wet days?

No matter how much ironing we do, why does the ironing mountain never seem to shrink?

Why do we keep clothes that are now too small for us, just in case they fit us again some day!

When we forget something and struggle to remember it, why do we always remember it ages later when we’re not even thinking about it any more?

Matthew 25:35-36 (NIV)

For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.

How many of us would actually do all those things mentioned in the above bible passage?

Yes we might all manage to give those who are hungry or thirsty food or water, but would we invite a stranger into our homes, give someone clothes, look after someone who was sick or even visit someone in prison?

I may have taken this passage of scripture quite literally , but I think in this instance it shows some distinct ways in which we may or may not be willing to “put ourselves out” for others.

If we profess to be Christians, God expects us to do all we can to help others, so we must give of our times and our processions to help others whenever we can – Whether that be giving the homeless food/water/clothes, phoning or visiting someone who is ill or has not attended church for a while, spreading God’s message to those who don’t yet know Him.

Sometimes we can do things that can mean the world to someone else, just by a simple action, so go on reach out and help someone today.