Grumpy Old Man On A Mission To Save Christmas Gets A Big Surprise

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Grumpy Old Man On A Mission To Save Christmas Gets A Big Surprise

Everybody has that one neighbor who just looks out the window looking annoyed at everyone and everything that crosses their path. And though we think we know what is going on in their head this is a reminder that we could be wrong.



And this adorable Christmas ad for Farmers is the sweetest reminder to not judge a book by its cover.




First you see this gruff old man looks out of his window taking in everything that is happening on his block. He looks annoyed by just about everything. But his heart is solid gold. When he saw one neighbor fussing at her son after he broke her coffee maker, this 'grumpy' old man went and bought her a new one.




But he didn't want her to know so instead he made it look like he was just throwing it away. And that one secret good deed was just the tip of the iceberg. When he saw another neighbor with a crying baby because of the heat he got a fan, took it to his shed and made it look like it had been sitting for forever. He thought he was being sly and no one would know all the kindness he had shared. But the little boy next door had this 'grumpy' neighbor's number.




So when Christmas came this little boy had a surprise for the block's secret santa. This precious ad is such an important reminder that the holiday season is about giving out of love, even if no one knows. How sweet is this?


Source: Farmers

Mom Realizes Viral Photo Of Boy Standing Alone At Flagpole Is Of Her Son

When a friend urgently texted Florida mom Stacey Philpot about a Facebook post she just had to see, she wasn't sure what to expect. The post showed a teenaged boy standing alone at the flagpole and it seemed as if everyone had something to say about him. And that's when it hit Stacey -- she was looking at her son!


Credit: Her View From Home/Stacey Philpot


The Boy Standing Alone At The Flagpole

As a blogger, Stacey Philpot spends a good amount of time online. So, she decided to take a little break from Facebook. But then a friend



The post showed a boy standing alone at the flagpole praying as part of See You At The Pole Day. This yearly event encourages students everywhere to gather at their school's flagpole to pray for their school, friends, families, churches, and communities. Usually the event draws a crowd. But at Minneola High School, only one young man turned up. The brave boy stood all alone, praying by himself.


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A passerby was so touched, they snapped a photo and posted it to Facebook, saying:


"I commend the young man that stood alone at Lake Minneola High School's 'See You at the Pole Day.' I weld up [sic] with tears, happy tears, proud tears. I honestly didn't know that it was today until after I had left and heard it on the radio.


Please take a moment today to pray for our children, school, teachers, and administrators. Pray for protection over them, guidance, wisdom, and a wonderfully blessed year."

Comments poured in, praising this young man for his courage and his parents for instilling such good values. Even folks who professed no faith commended this boy for standing up for his.

Reality Hits Home

At first Stacey couldn't understand why her friend insisted she break her Facebook hiatus for this picture of a boy standing alone at the flag pole. Then she realized she recognized the boy everyone was talking about. That was her son!


"The little boy I’d rocked to sleep in blue airplane pajamas when he was sick. The toddler who loved Elmo and couldn’t go to sleep without holding his Veggie Tales characters in his hands had captured the attention of our community by standing alone, by doing everything we’d ever taught him, everything we’d ever hoped he would do," Stacey said. "I was completely undone."

Stacey immediately texted her son, Hayden, and told him how proud she was of him. But what he revealed when he got home was even more incredible.


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Hayden was just as surprised at all of the attention as his mom. He'd originally thought he'd just pray until someone else came along. But when no one else did, he asked God to use Him.


"He told me with sheer amazement in his voice that as he stood alone and prayed the cry of his heart had been, 'God, as people drive by, let them wonder, let their hearts be pricked.' "

And boy did God answer that prayer!



There are people out there that don't understand why we pray. They see it as wasted effort. But Hayden proved just how powerful prayer truly is! And his proud mom says her son's story is a big reminder for us all.


"Wherever it is in your life you stand alone. . . God sees, He knows, and He can do big things."

Now does that deserve a huge AMEN or what?!


Be sure to read Stacey's full post about her son's amazing act of courage on her blog, Her View From Home, by clicking HERE.


h/t:  GodUpdates


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