Liana Swarengin
About the Author

I am a wife, a mama, a little bit of a book nerd, and it is through grace that I’ve been saved. Recently, I’ve felt a call on my heart to share God's love through my writing, and that is what I plan to do. I am not a theologian...

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  1. Thank you for sharing, Liana. I know that it meant so much to that sweet lady to have someone ask after her! You may not know her name, but she has had a glimpse of your heart. And, I trust, she say a glimpse of Jesus too, and that has given her hope.

    • Thank you Lynda! I sure hope so. And the beautiful thing about prayer is that we can pray for people without knowing their names. God knows who they are afterall! I appreciate your encouragement this morning- blessings!

  2. Thank you for these words. I struggle stepping out in faith to speak to people. You have given me the tools to start.

    • I hear ya Mary! It is such a struggle to step out in faith, mainly because we open ourselves up to the possibility of rejection, don’t you think? I’m trying to train myself to think that in those moments, the worst that can happen is I get the “cold shoulder” from a stranger. But, at least I was obedient to God, right?! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, hope you have a beautiful evening!

  3. Always love this reminder. 🙂 I did this once going through a McDonald’s drive through. I said “Thank you, Ron” to the cashier. He looked at me funny and I asked if I said his name wrong. He said no, he’s just never had anyone say his name before. I wished him a good night and left him with a smile on his face.

    • I love that Carrie! Sometimes the best way to share the love of Jesus is simply to bring a smile to someone else’s face. Thank you for being such a lovely example of this!

  4. A wonderful story and I can completely relate and have even played out this scene myself only I am usually fighting back tears to boot! Which is interesting because our names are so similar. Thanks for your story! Keep on stepping out of that comfort zone and I will too!

    • Yay Lina! I certainly will keep stepping out and am so glad that you will be joining along 😉

  5. Liana,
    I know that lady will forever be changed. To many people are in such a hurry they just walk in get what they want and go about their business. I usually try to talk to cashiers. I may not know the name or situation, but try to make small talk and acknowledge them. Constantly say thank you–yes it is their job, but it is nice for people to acknowledge you and appreciate the little things you do.
    I may not know their names, but at times I will say a pray for them. I want to brighten people’s day and let them see Jesus shine through me!
    Blessings 🙂

    • Beth- I can’t even imagine how many lives you’ve touched just because you were willing to share your sweet smile. Keep it up sister!