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Becky loves serving as (in)courage’s Community Manager. She is a speaker and author of No Better Mom for the Job. Becky is a huge fan of Voxer, Sunday naps, and championing women. She lives near Los Angeles and loves hiking shady trails with her husband and three spirited sons.

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  1. Becky,
    I’m signed up! So true that what we see as a simple act of kindness, might come at a time when the receiver is going through a really hard time and the simple act may be life changing. Today, I’ve gathered together old towels, sheets, and blankets from neighbors and will take them to the animal shelter where my friend works. They are expecting an onslaught of animals with the pending hurricane bearing down on us. I may pick up flowers as well to bring along. She devotes herself to caring for these animals, and I know she could use a little caring for right now….much needed reminder that people need to be seen, valued, and cared for.
    Blessings,
    Bev xx

  2. Thanks, Becky. I have a collection of similar memories of people reaching out in small ways that marked me with their kindness. Joining you in the challenge to “go and do likewise!”

  3. Signed up … this devo was really awesome! My parting words to our 3 elementary kiddos every morning: MAKE SOMEONE SMILE TODAY!! At dinner each night, I ask them to tell me what they did to make someone smile. Now the neighbor kids are doing it, too, and I’m kinda happy with that.

    • Oh, that’s fantastic Jessica. I have three kids in elementary school too. I always tell them as they’re piling out the van to be kind and loving today! Think I’m going to add and make someone smile. Thanks! 🙂

  4. I’m so happy to have signed up. Thank you for gathering us together and equipping us to go out and practice kindness.

    I’ll be offering encouragement to a loved one by just being there to listen.

  5. Thanks Becky! That was so vital to hear and knowing this group of women who posts.. we’ve all received and all shown this kindness:) I’m signed up as well and prepared for an incoming evacuated family, our friends and 3 animals with them. Been praying and living with gospel truths for years around them,and believe God will bless this time for their salvation! Pray with us for this the next scary days of hurricane Florence… Hey Bev! Great ministry for the veterinarians! I’ve donated around here to horse boarders
    God bless y’all today and thanks for your prayers everyday

  6. I’m signed up. Today I will love on a few elderly people during our weekly service at a local nursing home. This is so special to me to be able to pray with them and remind them they are loved!

  7. Don’t have to go far to meet this challenge. My husband – infuriates me at times but my responses are not one of love and kindness. So I will strive to be better in my words and interactions.

    • Oh, Diane, no doubt it’s sometimes easier to love a stranger than the ones under our own roof. Blessings to you today as you seek to choose kindness in moments when a different response wants to flare up. xx

      • Yes it certainly is!

        I work retail and make a point of smiling and talking to most of the customers. I realize that I may be the only human connection they have that day. I have done this for years. Now I have a following of customers who seek me out when they come in the store.

  8. I signed up but haven’t received an email confirmation. Is that going to happen? I’m definitely in!

    • So glad you’re joining the #DaySpringCareDay, Irene! Yes, you should have received an email confirmation right away. Check your Spam folder, because depending on your email settings, it could have gone directly there. If you still can’t find it, I’d suggest signing up again. Let us know if you still have an issue!

  9. This was great! Simple kindness goes a long way. I keep close, vivid memories of simple gestures that made my heart smile and my soul warm.

  10. I received this invitation before going out for blood work this morning. The lab that I always go to has the most caring and kind receptionist who is very welcoming. I have always thought it about her, but today I told her and loud enough for all to hear. I know by her smile that it made her day and perhaps those who overheard will decide on an act of kindness, too.

    • Margie,
      Thank-you so much for doing this. There was a time when my daughter needed blood, and I am so grateful not only to God for he,r but for the kindness of people like you.
      Have a blessed day,
      Penny

  11. Becky,

    Yes. Kind is the new classy. This world is so full of me firsts & divisiveness. We tend to get annoyed or rush around such that nothing or no one gets noticed. Matthew West has a song out “Do Something”. He talks about seeing all the trouble in the world & asking God to do something about it. God says I did. I created you. In the past people have helped me out. I remember in college (out of state) a couple adopted me. First night alone they brought me dinner. I would often eat dinners with them & even did a super bowl party with them. They made me feel cared for & loved. Beginning Thanksgiving week last year my in-laws were in & out of hospital. Turns out FIL has Stage III bladder cancer. During that time & even now I get food together for them. Making sure MIL doesn’t have to cook. I also took food to my elderly neighbor when her youngest & last living son died. I took a lot more a few weeks later as her granddaughter was leaving for a week to get married. I wanted her to have simple microwave meals to eat & cook. She has dementia & other health issues & living alone for now. Each day I try to smile & say hello to people. Constantly send texts, e-mails, or cards to people telling them I care.

    Blessings 🙂

  12. I’m trying to show patience and understanding to my son, whom I homeschool, when he is having difficulty paying attention.

    • Robin,
      I’ve had moments like that, sometimes it’s not easy, but at least your trying.
      Have a blessed day,
      Penny

  13. Becky,
    Thank-you for your post…….I also appreciate the kind and meaningful gestures that you mentioned and they have a way of sticking with me. Yesterday my Aunt called and thanked me *again* for the t-towels I sent last Christmas. Coincidentally I was washing dishes while thinking of calling her. Not only was it 9/11, but it was also the 8th anniversary of my Mother’s Service. As I go through the day acts of kindness begin at home and then I try to go from there.
    Have a blessed day all,
    Penny

    • Penny, such a sweet gift when you’re thinking of someone and that someone is thinking of you. It’s like a God wink, saying, I see you. Much love and hugs as you remember your mother. xx

  14. I have been so excited awaiting this! I know I shouldn’t have to be dared to care but sometimes I get so caught up in my own like that I forget to show kindness and care to others. Rushing by and not taking the time to be sure someone feels valued, seen, cared for. So this is helping me to be more intentional with TAKING the time. I always get told how my hugs speak agape from all age groups specially the elders. I stopped giving hugs as much as I use to and I don’t even know why, but tonight at Midweek I am going to embrace as many people as I can with my hugs again. Didn’t even realize that I started last night in the grocery store. I saw a sister who attends the same Church as I and we embraced in the middle of Food Lion last night. There was a 77 year older woman coming toward us who I made eye contact with as we moved along. I ended up in line behind the 77 year old woman later. She turned around and said to me, “I am a little jealous that I didn’t get one of those hugs from you.” I said, “oh I apologize, you definitely can get a hug, I love giving them out,” as we both went towards one another for a huge embrace. She whispered in my ear, “it’s good to know you my Sister in Christ!” I never mentioned my relationship with Christ as I didn’t know her and she didn’t know me. My eyes filled when she said it, she then said, “I know, we can tell.” Followed by “that was a good hug.” It made my night! As she replayed what had just happened with the cashier. ☺️

    • Sharnta! That’s the best story! Now, I’m wishing I could run into you at the grocery store for a hug. What a simple, beautiful, soul-filling gift. Kindness doesn’t have to cost us more than our willingness to pay attention to those around us and extend a little warmth and affection. I just love this. Blessings to you as you bless others through the Care Dare! xx

  15. I remember fumbling for a credit card and the lady saying, ” Take your time. ” I have had to learn slow down.