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Betsy de Cruz enjoys God, life with teenagers, and dark roast coffee. She and her crazy global nomad family are currently spending 9 months in Dallas, Texas, but they look forward to returning to Turkey, their favorite spot on earth. Betsy's passion is to encourage women to get God’s Word...

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  1. Betsy! Love seeing your beautiful words here today, you by far are the kindest person I know. I feel for your experience here but I love how you were so blessed by such caring people who were Jesus to your husband and yourself. LOVE YOU!

    • Thank you, Kim, for your words of encouragement. It’s amazing how you can see God’s hand at work and find something to be grateful for, even in the worst situation.

  2. What a beautiful reminder how simple it can be to show love and be Jesus to the people we encounter through our day. How wonderful you had so many encourages that morning to help you through a difficult and frightening experience!

    • It was really amazing, Kathryn. That hospital OBVIOUSLY trains their people well. I was so impacted and encouraged to remember to pass on that kindness to others as well.

  3. When we put on kindness, we look a little more like Jesus. Powerful reminder to be kind as we don’t know who needs it. Some days it’s me! Hugs Betsy. Your words are eloquent – I hear Jesus whispering in them.

    • Thanks for your encouragement, Susan. So true that we can’t always tell on the outside how much people may need a word of encouragement or a kind gesture. Let’s be his hands and feet today.

  4. Love this, Betsy. Your words are very real to me today, as I’ve been on the receiving end of kindness recently. Those offerings of a gentle word or action make all the difference. So thankful Jose is okay.

    • Oh Kristi! Friend, with all you’ve got going today, I can’t BELIEVE you took the time to read this post. Thank you. I’m sending up a prayer for you now.

  5. Betsy, what a joy it is to see you here today. I praise God he showed up for you during a time I know was scary and overwhelming. When we look for him, he is there. What a beautiful word. Thank you.

    • It’s amazing, Abby, how we see God at work in the most difficult of circumstances. He’s always there, but we overlook Him so often. Blessings on your day, dear Abby.

  6. I love this, Betsy! Thank you for sharing your story and reminding us all how someone’s it’s the little things that are actually the Big Things. Sometimes it’s the mundane, seemingly small acts of kindness that shout God’s love the loudest.

    I’m glad your husband is okay!

  7. Thank you for sharing this. I shared this with my nursing students this morning as a way that we can be the hands and feet of Christ. We don’t often realize that just a smile, kind word, or simple touch can mean so much to someone. I loved your post.

    • So glad you shared this with nursing students, Jennifer. I pray it encourages them today. I want to send this to the emergency staff of Baylor Medical Center in Dallas later on today. Their service was stellar.

    • Thank you, Brenda! It was a relief that he was okay. I hope that you’ll have a good day today, that you’ll receive some kindness and pass some on too! 🙂

  8. I was so happy to see your name pop up here today, Betsy! I’ve been on the receiving end of such kindness many times, both as a patient and as a concerned loved one. You’re absolutely right … it makes a huge difference in stressful or painful situations (in or out of the hospital). And your “next step” is perfect: “Let’s be on the lookout.” Yes!

    • I’m on the lookout myself today, Lois. I’m always challenged by what I write. I remind myself, especially when the going gets tough: “will I put this into practice?” Yes, kindness can make a huge difference in difficult situations.

  9. Betsy! I loved finding your words here, and appreciate your reminder that we are the hands and feet — even the smile — of Jesus in our every day interactions. Also, very thankful that the story ended well for you and your husband!

    • I love that, Michele! We can be the smile of Jesus! I think those are your words, not mine, but they are good! Gonna remember that when I smile at people.

  10. Betsy, I saw this when my favorite uncle was in the hospital with congestive heart failure, empathy and kindness from everyone who had any contact with my uncle and with us. It is a true gift and blessing. Lovely post. Joanne

    • I’m so glad you also had the best possible experience in what was otherwise a very difficult situation, Joanne. Thanks for your encouragement. Blessings on your day.

  11. What a wonderful post! No doubt kindness and the calm came from Jesus. It always does. I drove my mother to the emergency room twice in one day with a severe nose bleed. I was singing praise to myself all the way. As I waited, an older lady came out, I asked if she felt better to which replied, “A little. ” So I said, “You’ll be alright. ” to be as positive and reassuring as possible. Her face lit up! See suddenly believed it! And my mother was fine too. He’s there in our worst moments. I’m glad your husband was alright.

    • Glad you could reach out that the older woman at the emergency room, Rebecca. God is certainly there for us in the worst moments! (and in the good too! 🙂 )

  12. Betsy,
    Praise God your husband is healthy and no permanent damage! My hubby is a CT technician and works in a local hospital. He works long hard days, but still manages to be kind to the patients. He realizes they could be scared of the diagnosis!
    I have been on the receiving end of kindness also. Last year my (90 yr old) dad was in ER 3-4 times and just yesterday was back again (falls mostly). Each time the people were nice to us. I always say thank you before leaving!!
    I am always on the look out as to who and how to be kind to people. Some easy ones are sending cards, emails, etc. I also cook for people when they have family sick in hospital. Smiling and saying hello and thank you work well also!
    Blessings to you and yours 🙂

    • Those are great ideas for practicing kindness to others, Beth. May the Lord bless and strengthen your husband for his work and ministry! I had no idea people in an ER could be so nice and reassuring…I’m in the US for just 9 months, but I usually live in Turkey, where people in the ER are not quite so kind. (I do love many other things about being there though.)

  13. Oh, Betsy! What a rough night. I’ve been there too -all too familiar. But kindness walked in the room for my husband and I plenty, too. What a blessing and encouragement!

  14. So simple, yet so easy to get lost in the moment. Here’s to living with intention in every moment of life!

  15. So true Betsy. Kindness, a fruit of the Spirit, one that whispers Jesus. Beautifully written.

  16. I love this story, Betsy. I’ve been there, too. I’ve had both kind and not-so-kind hospital staff. Kindness makes all the difference. Not just in the hospital. Yes! How I want my branches to be heavy with this fruit! Visiting from the linkups!

    • Yes, Dianne. You wrote about kindness today too, didn’t you? Faith without works is dead. Kindness does make all the difference. Everywhere. I agree. May our branches be heavy!

  17. Your words have special meaning today as I just was with my dad in the ER this past Saturday. He also was admitted to the hospital but there is nothing like a caring hospital staff that can see you through the scariness and sterileness of a hospital. Thank you!

  18. What a beautiful testimony of the love of Jesus displayed by others. May I be quick to do the same. Thanks, Betsy. So proud of you!

  19. I’m so happy to hear your husband is okay! All I kept thinking of was angels when you wrote about all the health care workers soothing your fears!! I wrote today about kind people..your blog adds more to the kinds of people who walk humbly and gently on this earth to greet us in our struggles!

  20. When we look – we can find God in the challenge – just like you did. It’s hard being the only one in the hospital – waiting. I’m so glad God sent his people for you, to support you! What a beautiful story of grace in the midst of hard. Sending you {Hugs} – because when you’ve been through this that’s just what you need!

  21. Kindness can make all the difference. What a beautiful story to demonstrate this truth. So glad your husband is okay!

  22. Betsy, que bueno saber que el Hmno. Chepito este bien, y que Dios hayaa puesto personas tan especiales para traer paz en medio de este momento. Les queremos mucho y siempre les admiramos tanto! me encanto ver su post aca! La quiero mucho!

    • La quiero tambien, Florence. Me ha dado tanto gusto ver las fotos tan lindas de tu mama y los ninos. Es increible como Dios obra. (Aun en el hospital hay porque agradecerle!) Bendiciones.

  23. Betsy, I’m so glad he’s doing better. How frightening. We’ve experienced a similar time of kindness in the hospital when Rev was ill. Your post brought back many of those good memories from a very difficult time. I’m a HUGE fan of kindness. It is able to turn around the worst of days. Blessings to you!

    • Yes, Deb. Kindness can turn around the worst of days. I’m glad you had a good experience too in the hospital. Amazing how you can always find something to be grateful for!

  24. It may be a bit late to leave a comment but your post really cheered me up! I want to look like Jesus so very much, Therefore as Gods chosen people clothe yourself in compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience – I so needed this reminder and I’m going to intentionally put this into practice ! I’m so glad your husband was alright xx

  25. Kindness can be so simple. You always give us practical ways to live like Jesus. Thanks friend. “Kindness is a gentle demonstration of God’s grace to us, and it’s a powerful way to share His grace with others.”