Proverbs 31:20

Proverbs 31:20

MSG: She is quick to assist anyone in need, reaching out to help the poor.

CEV: And she helps the poor and the needy.

AMP: She opens her hand to the poor, yes, she reaches out her filled hands to the needy (whether in body, mind. or spirit).

This verse shows us the importance of helping those in need.  So many times, we may find it easier to simply write a check and send it in the mail.  However, the Amplified Version shows us that sending a check isn’t a cure-all for every ‘needy’ person or every situation.  Sometimes we need to be ‘Jesus with skin on,’ reaching out to do something more than just writing a check.

We can show our children by example how to minister to those who are needy in mind or spirit by taking them with us as we search for a card to send someone who is going through a trial.  Another way to model a good example is by picking up the phone to call the person, and praying with them over the phone.  It can even be modeled by simply buying some chocolate candy and giving it to the one whose mind or spirit may be ‘needy.’ 

One way that I’ve taught Rachel to minister to others is by fixing food when there has been a death in the family.  We’ve talked about why this is such a great ministry to the person during this time of grief.  I’ve also talked to her about how I send cards to people on special anniversary dates or birthdays, explaining that it will make them feel better to know that someone else remembered their loved one on this special day.

For the one who is needy in body, we can fix a meal for them, or if we don’t want to do a complete meal, we can at least bake some bread or cookies for them.  For one who is recovering from major surgery, she may do well to get a meal fixed, but may not have the energy to make a dessert.  Some ‘comfort’ food may be a real blessing to her family.

Another thing we can to for those who are needy in body is to clean their house for them.  When a friend of mine had twins, I made it a habit to dust her furniture when I’d go to visit her.  She was obviously ‘needy’ during those early months of raising twins.  It blessed me to be able to help her.

For several years, we have made it a tradition to do up a shoe box, filled with gifts, to send to Samaritan’s Purse, who sends them to a needy child.  This is a relatively inexpensive way to do something for a needy child, and also include your children in the process.  Rachel really enjoys being able to pick out which gifts.  Most recently, we decided to ‘adopt’ a family through our church.  I can’t begin to tell you how much fun it was to go shopping for them.  It was even better when we got to see them open their gifts!  It’s a memory that we will cherish for years.

Samaritan's Purse

Samaritan’s Purse (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I know one lady whose three children wanted to each do a shoe box of their own.  Being that it could get quite costly to do three boxes, she suggested that instead of buying the normal number of gifts for the children, they would get less for Christmas, allowing Mom the money needed to buy for three needy children.  This was quite a sacrifice for her children because they each only get three presents for Christmas. By sacrificing, they were now only getting two gifts each, but they were willing to give so another could be blessed.

Rachel and I would like to volunteer to serve a meal at the Rescue Mission, which helps homeless people.  Being that she is a little young for that, we are holding off until she is a little more mature, but we have both been discussing this idea for quite some time.  Being that my husband and I have made a tradition to spend Christmas Day at home, when Rachel and I do get a chance to serve meals, we will have to work it out to be on a different day, so that we are able to honor Dean’s wishes for us to all be home on Christmas Day, but at the same time, allowing us to minister to those who are less fortunate than us.

We have seen many times throughout Proverbs 31 how this dear lady was very creative in her daily tasks.  How can you be creative in ministering to someone this week?

© 2004, Stacy R. Miller


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1 Comment (+add yours?)

  1. Ann "afriend4ever54" Friend
    Mar 24, 2014 @ 19:52:50

    Thank you and God bless for the mention of Kindness (smile)


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