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Britta is a sojourner. She was a military kid and is a military wife. She lives in the desert of Arizona far, far from her New Orleans family. She happily homeschools her two favorite people, 12-year-old Gracie and 10-year-old Josh. Britta and her husband Scott recently celebrated their 21st anniversary...

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  1. You are so right Britta!
    I, too, have been undone by the kindness of a smile or a “how are you today?”. And I try to remember that my smile may be the only one that person sees today.
    Sometimes, smile are like the rain, wearing away the hardness of someone else’s heart, until, one day, they smile back.

    • Yes! Sometimes kindness surprises us on those hard days. I am thankful that the Lord follows us throughout our days and brings that rain when we need it. 🙂

  2. Amazing how simple acts of kindness can meet the biggest of needs. And what a very difficult time you went through. Thankful to God for holding you through it and for blessing us all with this reminder that He sees us and calls us to see what He does.

    • Thank you, Anna. It is good to look back and see good purpose in that difficult time. I know that He grew me in humility, as I was so utterly dependent upon Him. And that is always a good thing!

  3. This is beautiful and convicting and true.
    It reminds me of the Chick-fil-A training video, “Everyone has a story.” Have you seen that? Definitely worth checking out on YouTube. 🙂
    Thank you for sharing, Britta!

  4. Growing up as an Air Force brat, I am forever grateful for the ones who stepped out of their comfort-zones…to include a “new kid…” who might only be there a few months or a year…into their lives. That was a long, LONG time ago, but each time someone reached out to me, it made an impact. I tend to gravitate to the “new kids” that come into my life, bc BEEN THERE, DONE THAT. Such a great reminder that an act of kindness is never forgotten!

    • Marty – I gravitate to the “new kids” too! Military life has changed me forever. I will always be aware that we are always sojourners…praise God. 🙂

  5. Britta, I can totally relate to this. My young husband passed away from cancer last summer. I have no family. Many times I wanted to die myself. But there was a light and it came from a cashier at my local drugstore. A few days after my husband passed, I was at the drugstore and the cashier and another customer held my hands and prayed out loud over me right there in the store! It was the most wonderful and comforting experience. Each week when I would stop in the store, this cashier who is a Christian and loves our Lord very much, would encourage me and sometimes hug me. It all helped me get through another week.

    • I am so sorry for your loss, Therese. It is wonderful knowing that the Lord sent along a kind heart to embrace your broken one! Thank you for sharing your story. Dear Lord, please continue make your presence known in your precious daughter’s life and bring her peace.

    • Therese,
      So sorry for the loss of your beloved! I pray God continues to send people to be there for you as you grieve. Lord please send people to Therese to encourage her and help her make it through another day/week/ even hour. Shower her with love peace and contentment! Help her as she walks this world alone!

      Blessings 🙂

  6. I just moved to a new city where I don’t know anyone and honestly have been feeling pretty lonely. But this week I visited a church and the people were really a blessing. It was the little things, sitting beside me when I was sitting alone, introducing themselves to me, giving their phone numbers but it meant a lot to me and has caused me to feel more hopeful about this transition.

    • Natasha that is so encouraging! The last time we moved I told my daughter (who is very shy) that this first part of connecting is just about staying. You go and you stay, even when it is hard. You persist. You hang on. The Lord will send you the people He knows you need to know. What kindness from Him to send so many, so soon!

  7. Britta,
    Thank you for sharing that heartwarming story! Everywhere I go I do my best to have a smile and say thank you. I want to encourage each and everyone in the world!! Three times a week I visit my dad in the assisted living (he’s on hospice) & smile at the patients. I try to say hello or something encouraging and always tell the workers they are doing a good job! You never know what kind of day they are having or what they are going through!
    Blessings to everyone:)