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Share the Gift

…others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else…Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift.
2 Corinthians 9:13b & 15


I always smile when I think about that Mother’s Day weekend when my husband’s aunt and uncle came to visit. Our kids were still small so we had not really established any of our own Mother’s Day traditions yet.

In honor of that day my husband bought me a corsage. He presented it to me as I got dressed. I tried to get it pinned on, but decided to ask his aunt to help me. As I went in to the guest bedroom to ask for her help she exclaimed, “OH! Is that for ME?!?

What I could I do? I said yes and proceeded to pin it on her dress instead of my own.

She wore my corsage to church as proudly as ever, Even though it perturbed my husband a bit at first, we got to experience her joy as she wore it. It brought new meaning to the old saying, “some gifts are made to be shared.”

Salvation is one of those gifts. God did not intend for me to keep it to myself. When I tell others about my salvation and if they too come to believe in Jesus as their Savior, I get to experience the joy of new believers. I get to watch them “wear” it so to speak.

Just as I was a little doubtful about sharing my corsage with my husband’s aunt; I can also be timid when it comes to sharing my salvation story with others. I would never want to withhold the eternal joy of salvation from anyone by not sharing it with them.

God’s gift of salvation is “indescribable.” It is the gift which must be shared time and time again. No one should be denied the opportunity to accept His gift because they did not hear about it.

God, thank you for the gift of salvation. Thank you for the privilege of sharing it with others. Help me to do so boldly.



Susan P.

Nothing

The Lord is my shepherd; I lack nothing.
Psalm 23:1


The Lord is my shepherd; I lack nothing. The end. Enough said. I could stop right there or could I?

I lack nothing.” Really? Do I believe that in my heart? Am I allowing myself to be content with what He has provided me?

But God, my house is not as nice as my fellow Christians. I am not as polished as some of my sisters in You. I fail in so many areas of my life. I stink.

I lack nothing.”

How could I, a mere human, lack nothing?

Let’s make it an if/then statement. If the Lord is my shepherd; then I lack nothing. I lack nothing by allowing the Lord to be my shepherd. I acknowledge the skills He has given me and use them to get through this life He has given me. I follow His lead on life choices both big and small.

The King James Version of the Bible says, “I shall not want.” As long as I am following and obeying my shepherd, I lack nothing so how could I be in want of anything?

My shepherd will guide me in the way I should go. He will make sure that my needs get met in His own time. The only thing I have to do it follow His lead.

Is the Lord my shepherd? If so, then I truly do lack NOTHING.

Lord, you ARE my shepherd, help me remember that You truly do provide what I need in your perfect timing. Thank you for your provision.



Susan P.

Precision

“In him the whole building is joined together to become a holy temple in the Lord. And in him you too are being built together
to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit.”
Ephesians 2:21 & 22


I tried not to get bogged down by all the measurements and details as I read through Exodus. The children of Israel were in the midst of building the tabernacle. As I continued plodding through, I noticed the precision at which God gave all His instructions for how to build this tabernacle. It made me look at those verses differently and learn something about God.
In I Kings, God tells Solomon to build a more permanent temple for Him with just as precise directions as the tabernacle. God’s design for both included very specific and intentional details even down to the exact measurements. If these instructions were followed God promised to live with His people and not abandon them.

As I jumped to the New Testament and read through Ephesians, I noticed how God has exact instructions for me as well. God wants to build me into a dwelling for the Holy Spirit. As a Christian His design for me is just as intricate and intentional. God has just as much interest in putting me together as a place for His Spirit to live as He did in the building of His dwellings back in the Old Testament.

I cannot help but marvel at the interest God has for each one of his children. He is a big God with many under his wings and yet He cares for each one of us. His Word gives us specific instructions. He gives us the same opportunity to obey those instructions as He did Moses and Solomon. And, His promises hold true for us just as they did way back then in Biblical times.

What an amazing God to care so deeply about details.

God, thank you for allowing your believers to be dwellings of your Holy Spirit. Thank you for your precision in building us in your image.

Susan P.

Waves of Doubt

But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind.
James 1:6

Faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.
Hebrews 11:1


Last summer, my family and I took our first trip to Gulf Shores, Alabama. I was so excited to spend time out on the beach with my family. It was wonderful watching my girls squeal with delight at being on the beach for the first time. The water was blue and beautiful, the sand was white and soft, and the wind was warm like a hug. On the last day of our trip the weather changed and the winds were more intense. The red flags were flying as a warning not to go out into the water. The current would be too intense for swimming.

I remember my husband saying, “I want to get in the water one last time”.
I was worried about his decision. I would not take my eyes off of him as he slowly walked further and further out into the water. He would smile and wave as the waters crashed into him. In my moment of doubt, my husband was having the time of his life.

Even though I was on solid ground, I was the one being tossed around in my own worries. I needed to trust God was in control of the situation and remind myself that my husband had never given me any reason to question his judgment.

Dear Father,
I am so thankful that we serve a Mighty God. In our moments of doubt and worry help us remember you are there. Forgive us for not trusting in your provision and making our situation seem bigger than you.

In Jesus Name,
Amen

Charity O