This is a post from when the blog was brand new. I added some pictures when I reposted it. I pray you enjoy it :)
Todays verses seem to be all about giving. Giving freely to those who need it, with no expectations of what this will gain me down the road.
We’ve all heard this right, its better to give than receive, what comes around goes around, and miraculously there it is right in the Bible.
I don’t think I always knew how to give or what to give, I barely had enough to get through the day, how was I suppose to give? If I did give, it wasn’t freely, there was always the expectation that I’ll get something in return.
The reality is, we all have something to give.
“But I don’t have money” so, give your attention, listen to someone, give your time, a hug, a smile, a compliment, words of encouragement, a shoulder to lean on, etc. There are all kinds of ways that we can give to others that are in need.
Need isn’t always money. Sometimes people (even the richest people you know) just need someone to be there for them, for whatever they may be struggling with in their lives.
Money is not always the answer to everyones problems. If someone doesn’t feel good about something in their life, money isn’t going to help that.
Sometimes, it is money. Someone can’t pay a bill, their car breaks down, something has happened and an unforeseen cost has popped up. If we can help that person, help them.
Like I said, I’m not rich, so, I understand the choice between the electric bill and groceries. There have been times where I saw a person struggle, and then I would struggle about whether to help them because I needed the money too. And it never failed that if someone needed $5.00 and I gave them the $5.00, I would need that $5.00 and think to myself, see if you hadn’t given them that money you would have it now.
The more verses I read, it helped me realize that, yes, I was giving but not giving without regret or expectations. It was hard, and it certainly didn’t happen overnight but as soon as I started giving freely, I started receiving freely.
I started looking around asking, where is all this coming from and why? Again, the more verses I read, I realized, I was reaping what sowed.
The best gift of course, is just loving everyone.
An ounce of love goes a long way. If we could love everyone we meet, this world would improve.
If we can’t love everyone we meet then just don’t hate them, and move along. Try not to wish them ill, argue, judge or condemn them.
Try to see God in that person.
While they are doing whatever it is that is making you not feel love for them, (to yourself) say a prayer for them, bless them and move along.
You will be surprised with the results.
The results it has on you, and you might be surprised at the results it has on them. One thing’s for certain, you will leave that encounter feeling positive, and happy, instead of irritated and angry.
In that respect, you are giving not only to that person(even though they don’t know it), and you are reaping what you sowed.
Will ye speak wickedly for God? and talk deceitfully for Him? Will ye accept His person? will ye contend for God? Is it good that He should search you out? or as one man mocketh another, do ye so mock Him? –Job 13:7-9
And immediately Jesus stretched forth His hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? –Matthew 14:31
If you haven’t been to La Petit Muse, you are missing out. She is funny, creative, supportive, encouraging, and loves God with all her heart.
-List five things that makes you happy
-Share five songs that makes you happy
-Tag at least five bloggers that makes you happy
Five things that make me happy:
2. My Bible
3. My family
4. Mowing grass(hahaha I know, I know)
5. When someone talks about Jesus or God
Five songs that make me happy:
1. Truly, Madly, Deeply by Savage Garden
2. Tangled Up In You by Staind
3. Boys of Summer by Don Henley
4. Sweet Symphony by The Verve
5. How Great Thou Art by Elvis( I know there are lots of versions)
I can’t tag only 5 bloggers, there are so many wonderful blogs that just warm my heart and bring me happiness.
The wonderful Dori over at Celebrate His Love nominated me for the Liebster Award. Dori has a wonderful blog that is inspiring, God filled, uplifting, and she is just an all around lovely, lovely child of God. So thank you Dori for even thinking of me :):)
I’m sure you have all been to Dori’s blog but if you haven’t please go and visit. You will be happy that you did :)
Here we go!
1. thank the person who nominated you
2. answer the questions
3. Nominate other blogs.
If you could be any animal on earth, what would it be and why? I’d have to say a bird. I don’t have a particular bird in mind, but one that migrates. I’d love to be able to fly, although I am scared of heights, above everything, and see all the different things that different regions offered.
If you had to write the soundtrack of your life, what would be the first three songs? “This little Light of Mine”, “Flight of the Bumble Bee”, and “Faceless Man” by Creed
If your death was imminent, what would you choose as your last meal? Sesame chicken, fried rice, and tiramisu for dessert :) I guess, I get a dessert haha
What was your favorite age to be and why? The age I am today, 49.
What is the one book that has most inspired your writing and/or life? The Bible. There is not a better self help, life coach, guide book out there.
If you could live anywhere you please, without that pesky restraint called money, where would it be and why? Fiji. All the pictures that I have seen it is beautiful, and any person that I’ve talked to that has been says that it is just like the pictures but better. That the locals are welcoming. The beaches are unbelievable, the food amazing. I really have just always wanted to go.
I nominate anyone who would like to participate. I think you are all deserving :):)
Again, thank you Dori for thinking of me. God Bless you :):)