Welcome! I'm Melissa Gross, a dynamic and interactive teacher and speaker called to lead and encourage Christian women in their walk with the Lord through classes, workshops and retreats incorporating Bible study, devotionals, illustrated Bible journaling, paper crafting and mixed media projects that merge faith and art bringing God’s Word to life so you can find renewed excitement to dive into the Word, use your creative gifts, and apply the Truth as you draw closer to the Lord and serve Him in your everyday life. This site is where I share my everyday adventures, Bible Journaling pages, scrapbook layouts, handmade cards, and other crafty projects, as well as information on my upcoming workshops and events. I also post photos, ramble about books I'm reading, stuff I'm organizing, and other FUN bits & pieces of my wonderful life.
Sunday, February 5, 2012
Don't Take My Blessing - Storytelling Sunday
I had recently moved into a rent house due to a separation from my soon-to-be ex-husband. It was a nice house, but it did not have a refrigerator or a stove. Mama had her old stove in the garage and was going to let me use it, so all I needed was a refrigerator. Miss Linnie, an 80-year-old member of the church where I worked as a secretary, had asked about the house. When I mentioned that it did not have a refrigerator, she insisted on buying me one. I did not want to take the money because I had a little bit of money in a savings account which I could use to purchase one. But she persisted and the comment about taking the blessing God had for her was the reasoning that convinced me to take her check.
I had never had anyone outside of my family help me in such a huge way before that day in the late of summer of 2000. I told Miss Linnie I could never repay her or measure up to the kindness that she had shown me. She just smiled and said that someday I would be able to bless others and that would be repayment enough. I thought there was no way I would ever be able to give someone five hundred dollars. But I underestimated God and His great compassion and forgiveness.
Over the past ten years, Robbie and I have been blessed in many ways, often financially. We have helped numerous people, some that we knew, others that we didn’t. And, yes, I have been able to give $500 to someone, not for a refrigerator, but to pay rent and keep her in her home for another month while she worked to find a job. And now I know what Miss Linnie knew . . . God’s blessing is much better than the money in the bank!
That Kitchen Aid refrigerator sits in our recently remodeled laundry room today. It’s been with me for 11 ½ years, in 5 homes throughout the state of Texas, and now serves as our extra refrigerator – another reminder of God’s many blessings.
Melissa A. Gross
February 4, 2012
Our laundry room remodel is basically complete; we just need to mount a few items on the walls and re-hang the door. I'll be sharing photos of the completed room very soon. Each time I move my refrigerator, I am reminded of Miss Linnie's generosity. I'm also working on another layout/story about my washer & dryer - watch for that coming soon, too. This post brought to you as part of Sian's Storytelling Sunday. Click here to read more February stories.