Janis@Open My Ears Lord
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Janis juggles writing, working in special ed, and cooking for Hubby and two sons. She loves hanging with the girls and writing Christian Inspiration.

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  1. Janis,

    Thank you for such a wonderful post. You said what I think so often when I meet someone in this situation through my job.

    “I touched flesh, the real life that beats within the broken. They are not just a face on the news or a statistic in the crowd. They are real and they are crying out Jesus words to me”

  2. Janis,

    What is it that keeps most of us from ministering one on one to who scripture calls “the least of these”? Is it fear? Self absorption? Apathy? Condemnation? I don’t know, and I suppose everyone has different reasons, but when you’ve come into direct contact with someone in need (materially and spiritually), it makes it nearly impossible to ignore.

    I pray your words motivate all who read to do SOMETHING…cause something is better than nothing!

    • Dear Robin,

      Your words are so true. When we come face to face with those who are in need either spiritually or materially, we can’t simply ignore them any longer. For each one of us, the reason we avoid this area of ministering is different but I think a large part of it is the absence of the reality of these situations. We get too comfortable in our own lives.

      Thank you for your heartfelt words.

      From My Heart to Yours,

  3. fear truly grips our hearts in these situations…if we (I) really trusted God, we would minister to the “least of these” a lot more, and without question. I am praying over myself today, that I would not fear what God has called us to do….serve those that are the least…the last shall be first…and the first shall be last…

    • Hi April,

      One of the ways to overcome that fear is to find a group ministry either at your church or within the community that is engaged in this type of giving. It encourages us and builds us up to work together with our brothers and sisters in Christ as we work to minister to those in need. Seek the Lord and He will lead you.

      From My Heart to Yours,

  4. Janis, thank you for giving us a glimpse of “the least of these” through your eyes–which are so much like Christ’s heart. We’re all needy in some way–so much more alike than different. So glad to have your words with us!

    • Dear Holley,

      What a blessing to be here at (in) courage and share what the Lord has put on my heart. We are all needy in some way, just as you say. And all able to give to others in different ways.

      I’ve really enjoyed hanging out with all of you sweet ladies here at the beach house. Hope I can wiggle my toes in the sand again sometime with all of you!

      From My Heart to Yours,

  5. Thank you for sharing this. Your words have inspired me to write about a memory from my childhood, one that has stuck with me all these years. It has also ignited a fire within me… I can’t quite explain it just now other than to say it is something I need to pray about.

  6. “A teaching slipped into my theology that made me skeptical of the person lurking on a street corner or panhandling on a downtown street. I bought the story that these methods played on innocent people’s sympathies only to extort money. My heart hardened.”
    True for me as well. Thankfully God showed me the error in it and my heart isn’t quite so hard anymore.

  7. Yes, Janis. I hear them too. Recently, I began asking God to show me ways to reach out and touch those in need. There are so many needs, and I believe God intends for us to be His hands and feet!


    • Dear Jennifer,

      It will be exciting to see how the Lord leads you in ministering to others needs. We can never outgive the Lord. Whatever we pour out into others’ lives, He sends back to us tenfold (at least).

      Thank you for your friendship and your heart’s unfolding here.

      From My Heart to Yours,

  8. Janis – This was so very touching. You have such a way of capturing a scene – in a way that just makes it so real. I pictured these people you described. I also appreciated your honesty in telling some of the reasons why we shy away from them. But, we can’t do that. We can’t let our hearts be hardened. Jesus didn’t. He reached out to people that were considered “unclean” – the lepers, the sinners. He heard their cries. I don’t want to ignore these needy people. Each of them was created in the image of God. They have real hearts. I hear them.

    Thank you Janis, for convicting my heart…


  9. Dear Sharon,

    As you have so wisely pointed out, we must renew our mind in the Word of God and imitate what Jesus did. I like your comparison of Jesus reaching out to the lepers and the sinners. We draw back from that which seems unclean to us or threatens our lifestyle.

    Thank you for your wisdom and for revealing your heart here, my friend.

    From My Heart to Yours,

  10. Dearest Janis,

    This is a powerful post. We can so easily become desensitised in the comfort of our homes. Sometimes we prefer to pretend it doesn’t exist. But, sadly it does. And the cry from the Lord’s heart is always one of love and compassion. There is a bountiful harvest there amongst the destitute and homeless, but the laborer’s are few.

    Thank you again, for causing me to think and feel.

    Bless you…

    • Amanda,
      Thank you for pointing out that the Lord’s heart is one of love and compassion. May we all march forward to be His hands and heart to those in need. And then to reap a bountiful harvest for Him.


  11. I do give to all on the street – how can we not – for some reason that is not ours
    to judge – our fellow citizens have lost their way – I often think, if it were one of my
    children or relatives I would hope that someone would be kind enough to give
    to them – my friends say to me “they will just go out and buy liquor with the money”
    but I think/say well if that will keep them warm tonight it’s ok with me – look forward
    to reading your blogs every morning – nice way to start my day.
    Love you, Patcee

    • Patcee,
      Your thoughts are so similar to mine. I must admit, though, that for a while I listened to those who thought a handout would be used in the wrong way. I like the way you think and the way the Lord is leading me now.
      Thank you for reading and leaving your heartfelt comments.
      Love you,

  12. Darlene,
    The Lord’s heart reaches through each of us to accomplish His purposes. He touches each of us in different ways to spread His love to others that they may know Him. I’m glad this post reached you. Your posts so often reflect His love.