It’s the simple things that seem to impact people most.
Over the years, we have planned countless conferences, retreats, classes, and gatherings for women. And of course, along the way, we have learned a thing or two and continue to learn 😉 But we also hear from women how impacted they are, and you know what amazes us sometimes? The simple things are what stand out. A woman came to one of our conferences and was so touched that a man dressed up in slacks and a white shirt and served her food. She said it had been years since someone else made her a meal. Another woman who traveled to a conference commented on the straws matching the programs that matched the stage decor and how blessed she was by how special everything was. One woman from Texas came for the first time and reached out saying she couldn’t believe the attention to detail she experienced from beginning to end.
Over the years, we have realized that women are touched by simple things like being handed a dessert, because women do so much for other people. Women hustle at home and work hard outside of the house. Women serve and give and help and do for others all the time. Women host and cook, volunteer and provide, women give and give and give and give. Women are often thinking about how they can serve others to bless them… so when they show up to one of our events and we serve them, it blesses their socks off.
We want to encourage you. We know that you are probably like us and you have a friend who is on the struggle bus. A friend who feels lonely or stressed or is battling breast cancer or steeped in depression or just got some devastating news. And sometimes it’s hard to know how to help or what to do. We know we can’t take the sickness away, we can’t heal their marriage, we can’t give them the baby they long for. But there are things we can do. Simple things.
Be the friend who shows up with a mason jar full of fall leaves and a tag that reminds someone you care about, “God is with you, even in this season.” Be the sister who texts silly GIFs to let your sister know that you are thinking of her when she has to do something hard. Be the daughter who sends your mom a care package of the same cookies she used to make you. Be the neighbor who drops off pumpkin bread for no reason at all. Be the coworker who decides to bring everyone coffee in the morning because who doesn’t think coffee makes everything better?
We love simple gestures when people make them towards us. Let’s be people who make them toward others. So here is a challenge: Who is one person you feel led to bless this week? What is one simple thing you can do to bless them?
Proverbs 11:25 reminds us, “The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.”
We’d like to think that when you do simple things for others, it truly comes back to bless you on the days you need it most. So friend, continue to bless and it will come back to bless you tenfold.