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by Upper Room Editorial on Friday, February 17, 2017

Since I wrote today's devotion, I have had a few health issues and was forced to slow down and not have so much busyness in my life.

What I have learned is that God loves you whether you are busy with the Lord's work, your work, or no work! God loves us just as we are. That has been a hard lesson for me. I often tie my worth to what I’m doing. But like I said in my devotion, God gave each of us a gift just for us. Plus, we must recognize that we don’t all have the same energy levels.

I’ve helped with refugee organizations in a big way for three years. I was chair of the multi-denomination Benson Area Refugee Task Force (BART). You can find us at BensonRefugeeTF.com and on Facebook. We offered free clothing to new refugees arriving in Nebraska. We held citizenship classes, computer classes, and English classes. We networked with other organizations to provide needed services to refugees, especially after their first 90 days in the US--which is when direct help from the refugee resettlement agency ends. We also sponsored a couple families and helped set up their apartment, providing all the furniture, linens, etc. This was a very big job!

Now due to my health, I am doing far less, but still using my talents. I collect clothing as well as items from thrift stores and estate sales that refugees can use in their apartments to get them started. I have befriended refugees and thrown birthday parties, delivered Christmas gifts, etc.

I think the important thing to learn from this devotion is not to compare yourself to someone else. You can help in big or small ways when you are using your God-given talents. And all of us can always pray!

- Nancy Meyer

 

 

(Pictured above, top to bottom: citizenship classes offered for refugees; a birthday party for one of Nancy's friends, Poa Lu; free clothing drive; one of Nancy's friends setting up her new bedroom)

13 Comments

Comment by James of Fayetteville, GA

Amen. One thing for sure, if you don't get to this way of thinking on your on, God will bring you to it. We must remember that God loves us and always wants what's best for us. All things work together for good for those who love the Lord. Never forget, God first loved us. He does not change.

Posted February 17, 2017 at 03:41AM CST
Comment by Susan of Plymouth, MN

Good morning, Nancy, I'm so glad that you're at peace and enjoying the love of the Lord through changing circumstances.
Speaking of changing circumstances - I've always wondered how refugees decide where to go? Certainly many follow family or friends, but someone had to go first, and I had to wonder: why Nebraska? And who was the first Hmong to go to St. Paul (I doubt it was for the climate), or the first Finnish person in Michigan's UP, or Ethiopian in Minneapolis? I just find it so interesting, and my hat is off to those who are brave enough to make so huge a change in their life. I'm so glad that you're helping them.

Posted February 17, 2017 at 05:24AM CST
Comment by Andre of Muriae MG, NY

That's a great 'job'. Congrats. God keep blessing you all. Greetings from Brazil.

Posted February 17, 2017 at 05:30AM CST
Comment by Matt

Nancy Meyer, wonderful testimony, very encouraging. prayers for your work

Posted February 17, 2017 at 06:09AM CST
Comment by Edd of Ocala, FL

Nancy great work, but as I had to learn, I need to take care of this vessel, called my body, or I would be very limited in the work God has for me to accomplish. If I don't it will react like a car that doesn't have any maintenance done. God is Love for All!!!

Posted February 17, 2017 at 06:47AM CST
Comment by Fatima of Arlington, TX

This is so timely. Thanks you Nancy for all your work. May God bless the works of your hands. In Jesus Mighty Name!

Posted February 17, 2017 at 08:56AM CST
Comment by Donnie of Royston, GA

Nancy, thank you so much for the valuable work you do, and for your excellent devotion, and for the great photos. The part of the devotion that speaks of comparing yourself with others was especially meaningful to me because I have a strong tendency to do that, too—to often feel a sense of inferiority and false guilt for not doing what others do. Bless you and thank you for your encouraging words!

Posted February 17, 2017 at 09:04AM CST
Comment by Mary

So timely! I hope I can follow in your footsteps one day. Praying for ALL people here in the US, and please let us all think, WWJD? Love one another.

Posted February 17, 2017 at 09:17AM CST
Comment by William of Carson City, NV

Nancy, Thank you, and BART, for your service to our greater community! You are *not* doing far less, you are doing!
Mark 12:41-44

Posted February 17, 2017 at 05:51PM CST
Comment by Kay of Sioux Falls , SD

Nancy, thank you for sharing this link. God does not ever give us more than we can handle. Our health is just a small part of what we need to serve the Lord . God has given us more talents than many of us realize, we just need to adjust our sights and He will provide the endurance to fulfill his desires for us. Keep up the wonderful work you do and know that God loves you, no matter what you do. All we do is for the Glory of God.

Posted February 18, 2017 at 11:29AM CST
Comment by Renee of Elkhorn , NE

Nancy, I live in Omaha & want to let you know that your words & your devotion are exactly what I needed to hear this evening. Too often I'm comparing myself to my boss, my colleagues or others. Thanks for reminding me that God loves is just as we are. Keep up your special contributions here in our town! Renee C.

Posted February 19, 2017 at 10:34PM CST
Comment by Rev.Rajn of trivandrum, KY

Hi sister in Christ, thanks for sharing your life for God as the Bible says, whatever you did for the least one of these brothers of mine you did to me [Mtt.25:40].
I too run an old age home and working for orphan or destitute children.
I f would like to know and watch pic about my mission, please mail me to
agapelove_love@yahoo.com

Posted February 20, 2017 at 12:49AM CST
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