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Saturday, June 12, 2010

Spiritual Sundays ~ A Servant's Heart





You, my brothers, were called to be free. But do not use your freedom to indulge the sinful nature; rather, serve one another in love. The entire law is summed up in a single command: "Love your neighbor as yourself. Galatians 5:13-14

Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Romans 12:10-12

Let me introduce you to my neighbor. His name is Joe ~ or to some "No toe Joe" Yes it's true. This is even on his license plate.
You see, years ago there was an accident and Joe lost his legs but even so...NOTHING stopped him! Joe gets around better than I do at times! He and his wife Holly (also in the pic) moved into our neighborhood and from the moment we met them we have just been blessed. Joe has the most AMAZING servants heart I have ever known! He is just one of those people who Loves to Give to others. Well, here is just one example. This week I woke up and went outside to have my quiet time with the Lord. I heard a lawn mower in the distance and thought it was pretty early to be mowing at 7am. Then a couple hours later I heard the mower again but this time it.was.in.my.yard??? I looked outside and noticed Joe was mowing our yard. I looked out another window and realized he had mowed the next door neighbors house and well, when he finished mowing here he moved on to the neighbor on the OTHER side as well! Ok. so THEN ~ he came back and did everyones weed eating, edging and then blew all the grass as well!!

I ran outside to ask him what in the world he was doing and he just smiled and said I'm just making your husband mad ;)

I told him how grateful I was and how much I appreciated him mowing and he just smiled that Joe smile and went on about HIS business. Joe is such a great example of loving/honoring others above yourself! He glorifies the LORD in all I have seen him do! Thanks Joe you truly spur me on towards Love and good deeds!

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29 comments:

Ruth

Awww this is such a lovely story. God bless Joe and his family! And thank your for sharing with us Loren. Have a great weekend!!
Ruth

Daughter of the KING

A rare find! Thank you for sharing this great story of kindness and a servant heart.

Sandy

ahhhh, what a wonderful story! I am so glad that you are blessed with such great neighbors! You deserve it! Have a blessed weekend!

Whidbey Woman

A wonderful tribute to very special neighbors.
Thanks for sharing!

Ginger~~Enchanting Cottage

Joe sounds like a neighbor everyone would like to have. What a blessing to have a neighbor that has such a wonderful heart and a great spirit.
Blessings,
Ginger

Heart2Heart

Loren,

You have an award waiting on my blog to bless your day today. I hope you'll stop by and accept it.

Love and Hugs ~ Kat

Joan

What a blessing to have such a neighbor. Some people would let their handicap stand in the way of doing things for themselves, let alone doing for others. Not so with Joe.

Blessings,
Joan

Clif

Wow. I wish Joe lived next door to me and you had a better Joe, if there is such a person, living next door to you. What a guy with a big heart. He reminds me of you.

Renee

Wonderful! We have a couple of neighbors who reach out and help everyone too, but your story about Joe and his lack of "toes" is amazing...To God be the glory....

Connie

Those random acts of kindness are like no other. Someday I hope to meet Joe & give him a big hug!!

jayayceeblog

Joe sounds like a blessing of a neighbor. What a nice thing to do for everyone!!!

Denise

That is awesome, may God bless Joe extra sweetly.

Charlotte

My goodness, what an inspiring post. Everyone should live next door to a Joe. Thank you for sharing.
Blessings,
Charlotte

INSIDE THE SHRINK

What a blessing that couple is. Joe is such an inspiration and he leave none of us with a reason to not be doing for others. What a great post. God bless, Dr. Bobbi

He & Me + 3

Now that is what being a neighbor his all about. What a sweet one you have.

Hugs,
mimi

Dianne

Hey this is an awesome story and it encourages me also to do more random acts of kindness although that was not so "random," was it?? Very personal for you and your family and your neighbors.

Since you live in the fair city I lived in for 30 years, do you recognize anyone on my side bar pics?

Hope your Sunday is blessed beyond measure.

Shirley

We have a fella in our church that lost a leg because he had stopped to help someone fix a flat and got hit by a car. He is the first one at church to greet people, sweeping the entry if it needs it. One time we drove up and he was scraping ice. Isn't it wonderful to know these special people. We should all have a servants heart, helping people is truly Gods Way!

Lori

What a precious man! I sure wish he lived by me. He wouldn't make my husband angry one bit! ;)

Enjoy that freshly mowed lawn! Love you!

sarah

Wow. everyone needs to live near a Joe...not just to have their lawns mowed by I think the kind of spirit he has is probably really contagious. You guys are totally blessed with him as a neighbour. Great tribute to him.

Debbie

Oh how this post made me smile! And your soo right. Just the kind of neighbor we are all meant to be. How wonderful to be soo blessed by him. Have a great Sunday. HUGS, Debbie

Eyeglasses & Endzones

What a great story!

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A Busy Single Mom

What a great, inspiring neighbor to have!

Annesphamily

I wish I could meet Joe. He sounds like a terrific person.

Blessings! Anne

Jane Anne

He has a servant's heart, an amazing attitude and a good sense of humor! Thanks for sharing this story. I stopped by from Eye Glasses and Endzones because of your big win. Congrats!

Beautiful pear tree lane

OH! Loren, What a beautiful guy, Joe is , I haven't even met him and I just love his spirit. Thank you for introducing him to us, and how blessed your neighborhood is. I loved his comment of making your husband mad, so cute.
Blessings,
Sue

RCUBEs

May God bless him more! I'm sure your guys' lawns look so good. Thanks to "Joe!"...I love his answer, too on why he did that. :) Take care sister and God bless.

Sassy Granny ...

Wow. I need a Joe to move in next door to me! Then again, maybe I need to be a "Jo" to one of my neighbors.

Blessings,
Kathleen

Steph T.

I love Joe...he amazes me. When we pulled up to the church the other night he was mowing...I looked at Matt & said..WOW...we have no excuse huh? He truly does have a servant heart.

Hope all is well for you!! Loveya

Lou

Wow! What a great neighbor!

Have a great week!

Lou

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