There is no doubt in my mind that Jesus is extremely generous. Extreme generosity seems to be His natural inclination, His nature. He gives to us generously even when we do not deserve it, when we don’t even know we need it, when He feels like it. He gives and gives and gives, even gave His own life (then reaurrected) for our salvation and still gives so much all the time. Why? Why on earth does Jesus keep giving and giving to us and we do not deserve it. He gives to people behaving well and people behaving badly. All the time, He does this. Why?
Jesus is generous because of who He is and out of His great love for us. He wants us to be saved, know and feel we are loved, be blessed by He who made and thus owns everything. How can a loving Father who owns everything not lavish gifts upon His chosen and adopted children? We are that when we follow Jesus. So He gives generously.
Jesus is our example and why we give back and should do so generously with appreciation for all He has given us. We tithe, we give, we offer, we serve all out of this generosity pot of love Jesus blessed us with. Who are we to hoard what He gives us so generously? Who are we to selfishly want more? We as Jesus’ loved and treasured children behaving as unsatisfied slaves? May it never be. I give of myself- time, money, gifts, abilities, service, encouragement- because of Jesus’ innate generosity and my appreciation for and honor of Him. ❤
God designs us to serve Him and others in a particular way. Some to parenting, some to decoration, some to worship, some to organization, some to public speaking, whatever the case. God loves variety and loves us. We are given an innate gift to serve. Our task to honor God is to find and use it joyfully. Each person and each gift is beautiful! ♥
So, my husband surprised us with new garden babies to plant in our garden… blackberry bushes. We are super excited. We are busy with baseball and school and church and looking in on my mom and our garden so one more thing might rightly make me nuts, but quite the opposite is true. This one more thing is a beautiful gift. For gardening is my roots, growing up on a farm in Buchanan, Michigan, I have missed the productive dirty of blissful gardening. And we have been seasoning our food with our own fresh herbs. It feels like home. So this one more thing is actually a small vacation, like a familiar luxury resort for my soul. I was made to garden and coom and play piano. Other things I may be ok in or make do or excel in a pinch, but working the earth and tending and nurturing vegetables and fruit somehow brings me right alongside God, instantly in His presence. And I think for me personally, that is how I know what God really designed me to do. When I am covered in dirt while nurturing a garden or when I sit down and play my piano, I am instantly close to and feel God’s presence. I know He is always with me but I feel Him them. So I know I must make time to garden and play with God and give Him and me that time to honor Him. ❤
Faith has always been my spiritual gift. Many proofs I won’t get in to, but I make it a habit to be truthful always so I guess your faith in practice will allow you to believe me. Lol. My mom’s family (parents, grandparents, aunts, cousins, etc.) were missionaries. Missionaries often have a lot of faith because God proves Himself faithful to them. Often their faith is actually very small as they start their journey and by the end, their faith has been developed to enormous levels by God throughout it. That is how it is quite often. My grandmother, my strongest influence (a missionary nurse to Africa with my grandpa as missionary dentist and preacher) was my strongest faith influence. She co-authored my book Worry Crashers. She was ) prayer warrior, but her enormous faith developed over time but her obedience pushed her through to develop it. She told me this in correspondences. I was born with it. Like I said, it was my spiritual gift. We all have one. I just happened to learn mine young with family’s help, love and wisdom to draw from. What I really suck at in general is planning. I can see the big picture and know full well God will provide as we obey and He will help us meet goals He agrees with or will change my direction. No worries. But getting from here to there, I leap. I charge ahead. I trust and go. The details are not n important and generally work themselves out but sometimes God blesses me with precious friends who help me organize, plan and focus. My least favorite things to do. It is not n impatience either, as I though it was for a long time, it is vision to see the next goal from here. Even before this step is complete, my eyes see the next finished project and how it helps and figures in. I can visualize everything. I see it complete before some tiny faith person tells me it can’t be done. I laugh. I know it can. God let me see it. And even if humanly impossible, God can do absolutely anything. There is no doubt in my mind absolutely all. I do not trust people but I trust God with all my heart and soul. That is my spiritual gift and I wanted to share it for some reason. Maybe it will help you. Maybe it will cause you to seek out your God-given spiritual gift and have the courage to use it. Nothing is more satisfying. It’s how we are cut, our purpose, our meaning. Those who don’t look for God and do what God designed them to do are forever searching for some pathetic (but seems perfect at the time) substitute. Be bigger and wiser that that.❤
This year, I am a different creature than last year. Last year, I was mourning the loss of my daddy, a band brother, and a dear friend. I was sad. I tried to be happy, but it was beyond me. Now, with the help of God and walk with Him- physically, mentally and spiritually- I am remade and happy again. I survived that difficulty by God’s grace and the peace and deep joy He kept giving me and comfort as I cried. Now, I am remade, new, loving life differently. Things matter more. People matter more. Family matters more. And this Christmas with my little family I am focusing on planting presents rather than flippant giving them. I want them to be encouraging and helpful, useful and fun but something to use and grow with. So, different eyes and different focus and I am liking the change. It feels more like purposeful love. That is always the right choice.❤