I want to introduce you to a special friend of mine. Her name is Jessica and I have enjoyed watching her follow God to the places He has called her. About a year ago I was privileged to teach The Cause Within You (get the book and study it – incredible!). Jessica was in that class and God definitely showed her vividly the cause to which He needed her to pursue. While I am so excited to have her for a friend, I have to share I’m sad that God has called her to move to Colorado. One thing about it – when God is leading there will be adventure and I’m sure she will share the journey with us. Here’s Jessica – please leave her some comment love too!
I have always had a heart for the elderly and through the study The Cause Within You I got the confirmation that I needed.
God was prodding me and I was responding with . . . I wasn’t good enough, what if I say the wrong thing, and what if they wouldn’t like me. I finally decided to take a step and volunteer at the Portland nursing home. Not knowing how or where to start, I continued to doubt myself along the way. I was nervous and excited at the same time.
So one day, after much prayer and letting go of my anxieties, I went to the nursing home to ask if I could volunteer to visit the residents that didn’t get visitors. The activities director said I could volunteer. They were excited and asked if I would be willing to paint the ladies nails. I said yes and told them I could volunteer every Wednesday morning (which was my day off from work).
So almost every Wednesday morning from 9:30 to 11:30 since September, I have painted these ladies nails. This experience has been awesome and God has blessed me through it. I have met some sweet ladies — some that can communicate with me and some that can’t due to their age or disease.
One sweet lady is blind yet she always has a smile and gets so excited to have her nails done. One lady named Barbara was very sad and not very friendly when I first started going. So I just started asking her how she was doing and she started opening up and sharing that she was sad and not eating. I told her I would pray for her and when she realized I kept coming back she would always look forward to seeing me.
The activity lady that I volunteered under would tell me that on the days I missed due to sick kids, Barbara would always ask and worry about me. I then realized not only was she touching my life and blessing me but I was doing the same for her. Her attitude began to change. She was telling me she was happy and that she was better. She had even joined a bible study there and was enjoying it.
This experience made me realize that God can reach people through the simplest of things…painting nails, a smile, a listening ear, and someone just showing up. These ladies have blessed my life and I am so thankful God did not let me miss this experience.
This fearful, but bold, step I took taught me that even in life when unexpected or unfortunate things happen — like having your mind taken for various reasons — some people will be down or frustrated but just like these ladies you can find joy. Little things in life make a huge difference, no matter what age or season you are in!