This Thanksgiving Day, I want to remind us of this truth – “Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above; it comes down from the Father of lights [the Creator and Sustainer of the heavens], in whom there is no variation [no rising or setting] or shadow cast by His turning [for He is perfect and never changes] (James 1:17, AMP).
Every. Good. Thing. Every. Perfect. Gift. Is. From. God. Not some things given and other things earned. Every. Good. Thing. Every. Perfect. Gift. Is. From. God.
Let us give Him thanks. Wholeheartedly. Intentionally. Constantly. Happy Thanksgiving.
In some manner that is not yet clear, it seems fitting that this verse, Acts 20:35, in the VOICE translation, would be the focus of my last post for this third week of the 31 Days of Loving Well series. This week, I have reflected on the concept of loving my loved ones well.
“This is my last gift to you,” the verse states, “this example of a way of live: a life of hard work, a life of helping the weak, a life that choses every day those words of Jesus our King, who said, ‘It is more blessed to give that to receive.’” I think it is fitting because we, I, can be guilty of reaping the benefits of giving to those I love, but robbing them of receiving the blessing that comes from giving. One of the ways I can do so is by hiding a need from them. And it is not always a tangible need. Sometimes it is a need for encouragement; a need to spend meaningful time together.
The reality is that everyone needs to know that they can be of assistance to others in some way. That something they can give is of value. Everyone needs to feel needed and allowing my loved ones to give to me is act of loving my loved ones well.
Today’s post was written for Day 21 of the 31 Days of Loving Well series. The prompt is, “Give.” To read other posts in the 31 Days of Loving Well series, please click here.
Give – freely transfer the possession of (something) to (someone)
You have something to give.
You have something to give today.
Words of encouragement.
Your undivided attention.
You have something to give today.
Slow down enough to share.
And give with your whole heart.
We do not give to get but it is impossible to give wholeheartedly and not be blessed.
“One person gives freely, yet gains more; another withholds what is right, only to become poor. A generous person will be enriched, and the one who gives a drink of water will receive water.” Proverbs 11:24-25 (HCSB)
“No one has ever become poor by giving.” – Anne Frank
Click here for a simple opportunity to give.
Joining Kate Motaung and a community of writers for Five Minute Friday. The prompt is, “Give.”
Out of strength?
Nothing left to give?
Hear our Father’s words spoken through the prophet Isaiah: “He gives power to the weak and to those who have no might He increases strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary and the young men shall utterly fall.”
Depletion and exhaustion is not restricted to the old. Everyone runs out of resources because human resources are inherently limited. But the One whose resources are infinite says, “Wait on Me, I will renew your strength. Then you will mount up with wings like eagles. Then you shall run and not be weary. You will walk again and not faint.”
And He also says, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength (not yours) is make perfect in weakness.” All you need for this moment, this day, and every moment to come is in Me. I will renew, replenish, sustain, and uphold you.
Be encouraged, Beloved. Be encouraged.
Sharing a video of the beautiful hymn, “He giveth more grace,” by Annie J. Flint and a link to Bible verses on strength.