Grumpy the Gator

In Grumpy the Gator, a group of children playing encounter a grumpy alligator. The story teaches children to always keep a safe distance from animals in the wild, and to find an adult if they see an alligator.

Grumpy the Gator

Its Always A Story With The Hendersons

Coins in the rain…

Grocery shopping recently involved visiting a few different stores for certain bargains. Light rain danced in the air as Alan and I left the house on the way to the first stop. This area has been experiencing torrential downpours on and off for weeks. Hats and umbrellas are important items and we were prepared.
Arriving in the lot of our first destination, a parking place was easily found. The rain paused and we headed into the store. The first stop was a success. Items on our list were in stock.
We enjoyed nice conversation with employees. No need to rush. Visit for a while. The rain had stopped.
Well..the rain had stopped until we finished shopping and checked out. Looking outside the store doors, sheets of rain were pouring from the sky, pounding the pavement with huge drops. Hats and umbrellas were no match for this storm.
Deciding to step outside the store door and wait under the awning, we said our “goodbyes” to the employees and found a spot to stand and watch. As the rain poured, we waited patiently, noticing vehicles slowing their speeds on the slick road.
A mailbox sits near the front door of this store. We have seen people place their letters, etc. in the box. Today, there was something different on top of the box.
Sitting in a small pile, on top of the mailbox, were numerous coins. No dollar bills, just coins. No person was near the box. Just us as we stood and waited for the rain to lighten so we could walk to our car.
I imagined how someone probably had loose change and thought, “I’ll just leave this change here for someone else to use.” The true story of why the coins were there will always remain unknown to us.
Yet, someone may have come along and needed those extra coins and there they were, just waiting.
Blessings can come in all different sizes and shapes. Today, I saw the blessings of coins on top of a mailbox. We left the coins there and know God was providing a blessing for whoever found the coins.
Amazing, the things we can see if we stand still and wait for the rain to pass. Coins on a mailbox waiting to be a blessing.
Have you seen any unexpected blessings from God lately? Pause and look around you. Maybe you will find some way to leave a surprise blessing for another person.

  • Gena McCown
    Posted at 23:41h, 06 August Reply

    It is amazing what something as simple as a few coins can mean to someone who needs them. This past year, there was a young man at Aldi. He was asking people if he could return their carts and keep the quarter. I don’t know how much money he made that day, but you better believe I let him return my cart (and gave him a bit more). I saw quite a few people take him up on the offer. I pray his needs were met.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 23:47h, 06 August Reply

      You are right. A few simple coins can mean so much. Thank you for helping the young man. Thank you for reading and commenting. Blessings. πŸ™‚

  • nancyehead
    Posted at 00:21h, 07 August Reply

    There’s nothing like being at a toll booth or a parking meter and having no change. It’s great that someone wanted to bless someone else. Spirit’s prompting perhaps?

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 12:43h, 07 August Reply

      Yes, maybe someone was prompted by the Holy Spirt to help another person. πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • Art Stanley
    Posted at 00:38h, 07 August Reply

    Mimi- Thanks for your thoughtful perspective. It DOES depend upon ATTITUDE, doesn’t it? I have a friend who says, “Don’t curse the storm. Learn to dance in the rain!” Yours for joy-filled dancing- ART STANLEY

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 12:44h, 07 August Reply

      A few coins can lighten the load for someone. Attitude is key. Thank you for reading and commenting. I appreciate your wisdom. Alan and I miss you very much. Thanks for keeping in touch. πŸ™‚ Hugs!

    • rue202
      Posted at 23:21h, 20 August Reply

      That’s an interesting perspective your friend has.

  • authordlv
    Posted at 00:56h, 07 August Reply

    My first thought if i saw these coins would be that someone forgot them. Considering that they were left to bless someone else is a great way to think of our fellow humans, but more importantly, intentional providence of God. Thanks for sharing this perspective. We need more optimism like this.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 12:51h, 07 August Reply

      Those coins blessed my husband and me that day because we were reminded of the love God has for us all. Thinking about the story behind those coins being left there gave us time to remember all the blessings God provides, from big things to small things. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Karen
    Posted at 04:02h, 07 August Reply

    How lovely to have access to lots of beautiful rain, Mimi. Here in Texas, it has been many degrees over 100 for June and July with little to no rain. During the hottest days, some people place cold cokes on top of their trash can lids before the garbage truck barrels down the street. Those poor workers are so hot, and I’m sure an ice-cold soda is a treasured treat. My mother always leaves something cold for our yard workers who care for the lawn, and I pack up cookies for them whenever I have them fresh from the oven! It’s the small things that make the biggest difference. Blessings, dear friend! XO

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 12:46h, 07 August Reply

      What a wonderful idea to leave cold drinks for the workers! And cookies! Yummy! Kindness can be shown in many ways. I pray we all find ways to show His love to others. Thank you for reading and commenting. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed day!

  • Christina Dronen
    Posted at 04:21h, 07 August Reply

    That’s a really interesting idea. I wonder what prompted that person to leave the coins in that spot?
    Karen has some great ideas – we have had some AWFUL heat here too. 100 degrees at 6:30pm tonight!! πŸ™ And drought-ish here in Southern California. Rain sounds delicious.
    Anyway, we could all stand to do more small acts of kindness and mercy to strangers.
    The only small blessings I can think of receiving recently are when I pull up to a parking meter with an hour still left on it – definitely can brighten my day! πŸ˜€

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 12:48h, 07 August Reply

      We have parking meters in downtown Charleston. Always a great surprise to find a meter with some time left. A small blessing that is appreciated very much. We’ve been complaining about all the rain lately. Wish we could send some to places in need of rain. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • Yvonne
    Posted at 12:42h, 07 August Reply

    I love how God provides for someone in unexpected ways especially in these small ways. He cares even about the smallest part of our lives. And that person God is helping may not even know Him but God is still there. Great read

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 12:50h, 07 August Reply

      I agree with you Yvonne. God provides in unexpected ways. He cares about us deeply. Even a small gesture is a way to show His love. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • karentfriday
    Posted at 13:43h, 07 August Reply

    Love this, Melissa. This line is simple yet powerful at the same time. “Blessings can come in all different sizes and shapes.” I think we forget that basic principle and just look for what we consider the “big” things to celebrate. This is a wonderful story.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:45h, 07 August Reply

      Thank you Karen. God amazes me everyday with His provisions and blessings. Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day! πŸ™‚

  • June Foster
    Posted at 18:16h, 07 August Reply

    I couldn’t help but smile as I read your post. Indeed we can see things we might miss otherwise when we take the time to pause. Your tagline, it’s always a story with the Henderson’s is so very true.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 20:28h, 07 August Reply

      I am glad you are smiling. Pausing to notice the little things can brings joy. Thank you so much for reading and commenting. πŸ™‚

  • Milton Goh
    Posted at 18:31h, 07 August Reply

    This is how I feel when God prepares a blessing for us in advance even before we realized that we had a need. Like in the story of Ruth where Boaz asked the workers to leave the crops for Ruth to glean, to just easily pick up and find her blessings as she walked on her way.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 20:27h, 07 August Reply

      Great reminder of the story of Ruth. Blessings can be found all around. Thank you for reading and commenting. πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer @ Minding the Kings
    Posted at 19:02h, 07 August Reply

    Such a sweet thing to leave a blessing like that for a stranger. And such a blessing to be a witness to a kind gesture. I’m sure those coins were found by just the right person at just the right time. God is good!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 20:30h, 07 August Reply

      I believe the coins were left there for a reason. I believe just the right person came along and found them. πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading and commenting.

  • Carol
    Posted at 20:04h, 07 August Reply

    Sweet story! A small act of kindness can help someone make it through the day!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 20:26h, 07 August Reply

      Yes, so true and small acts of kindness shower blessings all around. πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading and commenting.

  • jmshistorycorner
    Posted at 03:36h, 08 August Reply

    Interesting. I hope someone who needed them found them.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 11:27h, 08 August Reply

      I truly believe God led the person who needed the coins to find them. πŸ™‚ Thanks for reading and commenting. πŸ™‚

  • dscales24
    Posted at 15:50h, 08 August Reply

    What a beautiful perspective! We probably overlook many “provisions” God makes for people. We pass them by without noticing. “Open the eyes of my heart, Lord!”

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 00:08h, 09 August Reply

      Amen. “Open the eyes of my heart, Lord”. I don’t want to miss any opportunity to show His love to others. Thank you for reading and commenting. πŸ™‚

  • Jill Weatherholt
    Posted at 10:46h, 09 August Reply

    This is such a beautiful post, Mimi. A wonderful reminder that one man’s spare change can be another’s saving grace.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 11:30h, 09 August Reply

      Amen. You are right. Thank you for your kind words. Thank you for reading and commenting. πŸ™‚

  • ordinarilyextraordinarymom
    Posted at 11:35h, 10 August Reply

    I love this Mimi. I think that God absolutely strategically places blessings for us in our journeys…especially after a rain! You have a wonderful weekend.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 13:35h, 10 August Reply

      Yes, I also think God places blessings for us in our journeys. I pray we don’t miss any of those blessings. πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading and commenting. Have a wonderful weekend! πŸ™‚

  • tlhpink
    Posted at 15:41h, 11 August Reply

    It really is amazing what we can see if we will stop and look around.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 16:08h, 11 August Reply

      You are right. Opportunities to experience His creations and blessings can be found just by pausing to look around. Thanks for reading and commenting. Have a blessed day!

  • Eliza
    Posted at 13:43h, 15 August Reply

    πŸ™‚ Coins in the rain, dance in the rain, laugh in the rain…
    Love and light

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 14:01h, 15 August Reply

      Yes, love and light. πŸ™‚ Thank you for reading and commenting. πŸ™‚

  • Bettie G
    Posted at 18:44h, 20 August Reply

    What a beautiful story of kindness! We hear so much about the dark state of this world, and yet God is still keeping kindness alive. I am so glad that He allowed you to pause and see those coins, and to share the story to bless us all here! May He bring blessings to you also!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 18:53h, 20 August Reply

      Thank you so much. Kindness can be found in many places, big and small. πŸ™‚ Have a blessed week! Thank you for reading and commenting.

  • Chandra Lynn
    Posted at 03:36h, 21 August Reply

    What a sweet story of kindness! Yes, blessings abound, and we don’t really have to look very hard for them. Have a great week!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 12:48h, 21 August Reply

      You are right. Blessings abound! If we pause to notice them, the blessings will be found. Have a wonderful week! Thanks for reading and commenting! πŸ™‚

  • neilsonanita
    Posted at 07:03h, 23 August Reply

    This is beautiful Mimi. How lovely and opportune that you chose this moment to pause and notice the blessing of the coins. There is so much good in the world. We only need to focus on that. Thank you for this post. It really cheered me up today.

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 11:55h, 23 August Reply

      I am so happy the post cheered you. Blessings can be found anywhere, if we only pause to find them. Have a wonderful day! Thank you for reading and commenting.

  • Savoring Sixty and Beyond
    Posted at 23:35h, 17 September Reply

    Absolutely beautiful idea! Random acts of kindness are the best!

    • mimionlife
      Posted at 23:52h, 17 September Reply

      Those random acts bless everyone. πŸ™‚

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