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Kate Motaung grew up on the shores of Lake Michigan before spending ten years in Cape Town, South Africa. She is married to a South African and together they have three children. Kate is the author of the e-book, Letters to Grief, hosts the Five Minute Friday blog link-up, and...

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  1. After our ‘final’ baby, number 2, I gave away every single baby thing we had…and got pregnant again the next year!!! A friend gave me a whole minivan load of baby things–much nicer than the things I’d given away! It has helped to learn to be generous…if someone else needs this now, it is very possible that if I need it later, then something (maybe even nicer!) will show up!

    • Isn’t it amazing how God does that, Tami? It’s happened to me, too, and I never cease to be amazed by His faithfulness! Thank you for sharing this testimony of His goodness to you and your family!

  2. Thank you for sharing this powerful story Kate! What an example your friend was in offering tangible help to others.

    • This happened years ago, Katie, and I’ll never forget it. Meant so, so much to us — and still does today.

  3. Debra Chidakwa, you took me shopping for blinds when we had just moved into our apartment, you are a child of God you told me, you deserve the best, you said. For that grace you so freely shared. Thankyou.
    Bunmi Fawenhimi for months you faithfully got groceries any time you went shopping, for your kindness, I am deeply thankful.

    • So special to have such wonderful friends! Thanking God with you for His provision!

  4. We have been through tough times too and we have never gone without a meal because of lack of food for our family of six. The key is to be willing to give. When you do God knows and he remembers if and when we are in need ourselves. I have proved it over and over again. How often do we get the opportunity to give to someone? Well my advice is to take it. Not because you want something in return but because God is a generous giver and He is our example.

  5. I had moved to a new town for college and was spending my first night alone. Some neighbors brought a complete supper to me including dessert. During that year they would feed me, even taking me out to eat with them. I never got to repay them, but since then I feel compelled to help others.
    When our neighbor lost her son last year and some dear friends had both parents in the hospital I didn’t think twice, but got food for both. I wanted them to feel loved and see God in action. My philosophy is don’t ask just do. I love cooking meals for those sick, or who have family in hospital. Also I give clothes away all the time. Periodically I go through my closet and take what I don’t like, or doesn’t fit and give it to some organization. Others may be able to use them and be blessed just the same!
    Blessings this Easter weekend! 🙂

    • “My philosophy is don’t ask, just do.” Love that, Beth! It can be so hard to accept an offer sometimes — best just to go ahead and be a blessing! Good for you! Thanks for the comment, and have a wonderful Easter!

  6. My parents divorced while I was in college and my mom had a low paying job. We scrimped and saved just to make do. Our refrigerator went out and a man at church who owned a local appliance store gave us a refrigerator that someone was getting rid of. He fixed it up and it was the best gift. My mom used that refrigerator for many years and it didn’t quit working until she was in a much better financial situation. During that same time – over 30 years ago – someone gave us an anonymous gift of $100 which was huge for us. God does see us in our needy state and provides. I have tried to learn from this and pay it forward.

    • What a testimony, Vanessia! My parents divorced when I was seven, and I can think of a number of occasions on which the Lord provided exactly what we needed at precisely the right time. Thank you for sharing this story of His provision! Blessings to you!

  7. The “doesn’t matter if you deserve it/doesn’t matter if you expect it/doesn’t matter that you’ll probably never be able to repay it” generosity and love from friends brought healing I never imagined. I love the way your friend just said, “I’d like to take you grocery shopping.” That’s one of the many things friends have done for me. And when I can, I give to those who need because it’s not really mine. It’s all gift and all God’s to do with as He pleases — He’s just letting me help.

  8. This story brought me to tears. I, too, remember those in my life who also refrained from the questions that would make it easy for me to avoid accepting that helping hand. I am grateful for friends who don’t wait for the request. Who know the need and simply provide. I pray that God uses me for just as many opportunities to provide for a need as He delivered those who have for me.

    • Amen! Praise God for those kind of people .. and may we go and do likewise! Thanks for the comment, Jennifer!

  9. What a beautiful story of generosity, Kate! You have touched on one thing I’ve learned, especially with people who have a hard time accepting help, offer something specific. Then just do it! Grateful for your words today!