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Choose to Be a Giver this Week

Years ago I offered a stranger a ride home from the grocery store. She was an elderly lady waiting on a taxi service to pick her up, so I offered to take her instead since it wasn't far out of my way. As we were riding along, she told me how every day she tries to bless one person anonymously. She said she would sometimes spend most of her day thinking of one act of kindness she could do to make someone's life a little easier that day. Other times, the opportunity would fall into her lap. And these little deeds gave her joy and purpose and filled a hole that was left after her husband passed on and her grown children moved away. I'll never forget how that short car ride changed my life. 

This week, practice being a giver. When you go out of your way to make the world a better place for someone, you make the whole world a better place. But if your focus is only on you and what you desire and what you can get, then you're going to end up lonely and unfulfilled. While you grapple for temporary happiness thru acquiring more things, you will fail to know how good and satisfying it feels to bless others. Blessing others is a sure way to experience lasting happiness. 

Choose to be the kind of person that wakes up tomorrow and thinks, "What can I do today to make someone else's life a little better?" Whatever you can give - your help, your resources, your wisdom, your kind words - give back and bless others, and people will be drawn to your beautiful spirit. 

Something to think about and take with you this week...


    

    
Danny Gokey - Hope In Front of Me

Danny Gokey is a recording artist with a huge heart. He uses his lyrics to lift and inspire people and he uses his public figure status as a platform to help people. His amazing voice and heartfelt story of losing his first wife during a routine heart surgery just weeks before his American Idol Season 8 audition resonated with the audience on the show.

Danny has since launched Sophia's Heart, an organization founded to carry on the legacy of giving started by his late wife. The organization provides a place to live for homeless families in Nashville and expands its care for a growing number of families each year. 

Then there is Danny's new album, Hope In Front Of Me. It is every bit as wonderful as the man who made it. And no wonder it rose to #1 on the Billboard Contemporary Christian Albums Chart. When you hear the title track, I think you'll be made a Danny Gokey fan immediately, if you aren't one already. Here is how he describes his work:

"I wanted to mix hope and entertainment but not in a way that would be cliché or sappy," Gokey relates. "I want to deliver a message that feeds the soul, but makes you want to move and groove to the music.  That's always the goal when I write. I'm a person of faith, so I always want my songs to have a strong message of hope. I want to write them in a way that is fresh. 'Hope In Front of Me' has got a great message, but it's also got a great groove to the song so you are moving and your soul is getting fed while you are singing and jamming to the music."
 
Get the album, Hope In Front Of Me , and let it feed your soul in a world where hope is as necessary as the air we breathe. You can find it at Amazon.com or download it on iTunes. You're gonna love it...


I've been running through rain
That I thought would never end
Trying to make it on faith
In a struggle against the wind
I've seen the dark and the broken places
But I know in my soul
No matter how bad it gets
I'll be alright

There's hope in front of me
There's a light, I still see it
There's a hand still holding me
Even when I don't believe it
I might be down but I'm not dead
There's better days still up ahead
Even after all I've seen
There's hope in front of me

~ Hope In Front Of Me


Meatloaf Spaghetti Bake

Ingredients:

1/2 lb. spaghetti, uncooked
Leftover meatloaf, cut into chunks, or seasoned ground meat
1 jar (14 oz.) spaghetti sauce
1 egg, beaten
1-1/2 cups shredded cheese, divided
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Heat oven to 375°F.

Cook spaghetti as directed on package, omitting salt.

Drain spaghetti; place in large bowl. Add egg, 1 cup mozzarella and Parmesan; toss to coat. Place in 8-inch baking dish sprayed with cooking spray; top with meat, spaghetti sauce and remaining mozzarella. Dash with more Parmesan.

Bake 15 minutes or until heated through. Let stand 5 minutes before cutting to serve.




    
Delilah Dilemma of the Week - Dishonorable Maid of Honor

Dear Delilah,

My wedding is in two months and my maid of honor is my sister. Since my engagement, my sister has been less than helpful. The only thing she's done is try on some dresses and then when I picked one out, she made a comment under her breath and complained about it. She went with me to a bridal show in January but she didn't come with me to any of my dress fittings or help me pick out my dress. Everything I've done, I've done alone. And when I confronted her about it, she rolled her eyes and got an attitude with me. We're nearing the wedding and I'm getting more stressed out and angry about this. I really don't know where to go from here. Andrea

Dear Andrea,

At this late date, it's probably not a good idea to fire your sister from her maid of honor position as frustrated as you may be with her. But here's what you can do: You can sit down with her and have an honest conversation with her that starts out with, "I love you; that's why I chose you to be my maid of honor." And tell her how you're feeling, that you are concerned she doesn't even want to be in this position. It could be that she just doesn't understand what her role is and that's why she hasn't taken on any of the traditional duties. I was in weddings when I was young and I had no clue as to what I was supposed to do until I had a little more wedding experience under my belt. So give her the benefit of the doubt first and fill her in on her role. If you find out she's not interested in being the maid of honor and supporting you, then you should give her the option to step down and ask someone to replace her who can help you these last couple months. And if that's not an option, I would say focus on your husband and the marriage and don't let this conundrum steal your joy. Don't let your sister steal your focus from this wonderful event in your life. It's not really about the wedding anyway; it's about the commitment you are making to your beloved. I wish you all the best! Delilah 


Water Your Relationships

Some time ago a listener named Nancy wrote to me and explained how she told her husband she wanted to have an affair with another man she had known a long time. She went on and on about how wonderful this man was while her husband sat with dismay. 

When her husband finally asked the other man's name, Nancy gave her husband's middle name - the name she originally knew him by early in their relationship. And she told him how she wanted to be with that man again, the man who brought her flowers and kissed her and called her on his lunch break now and then. 

Well, her husband got the message loud and clear and vowed to work on their relationship. Nancy left me with some good words of wisdom when she wrote: Some people think the grass is always greener on the other side, but if you feed and water your own it can be as green as it used to be. 

Random acts of kindness don't always have to involve a stranger. Make sure you give some love to your existing relationships this week too. In fact, call me at 1-888-633-5452 or write to me and dedicate a song to someone special today.

~ Delilah


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