Monday, February 15, 2010

God's Gifts

Birthdays. I tell you, they sneak up on me! Before I realize it, the day is here and I'm scrambling. Thankfully, I'm one that shops for birthdays and Christmas year-round, and many times it's saved me. Anytime that I find a good gift, and can swing it, I pick it up and stash it away for later. By doing this I'm able to get good gifts, not just something that's available at the last minute. I try to shop smart by shopping ahead of time and shopping the sales--all so we can give the kids good gifts.
Monday Manna

Today for Monday Manna, Joanne of An Open Book has us writing about gifts. Here's the verse she's selected for us...
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! ~Matthew 7:11

God gives gifts that are way better than any gift I could ever find! He knows what's best for us and gives us those gifts. But really jumps out at me in this verse is “to those who ask Him!” How many times have I simply not asked? At least a gazillion, I'm sure. I know that when I started asking, God started giving even more. He has overwhelmed me with His abundance. Am I asking for wealth or a cushy life? No. I'm asking that my will align with His more everyday. I'm asking that He use me for His glory. Then, as I see specific things I ask for those, if it's something He wants for me. Above all I want His best.

This is where I've found peace and blessings, even in the midst of uncertainty and fear. I know that I can rest in God's sovereignty and know that the gifts He gives me are for the best. He loves me far more than I can imagine, and as a parent I like to give good gifts, and work hard to so—how much more will our loving God give us good gifts.

Ask God!

3 comments:

  1. Thanks for participating, dear Peejers - and yes, we FORGET to ask, and we ask selfishly. God's gifts are ALWAYS for our best. Thanks for the reminders!

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  2. I relate to your method of gift shopping. I look for gifts everywhere I go. But you are so right about the asking. For me it is much easier to give than it is to ask and wait for God's gifts. You caused me to think about that today.

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  3. That is a perfect example I won't soon forget, especially since my kids are ALWAYS asking me for gifts!

    "I'm asking that He use me for His glory. Then, as I see specific things I ask for those, if it's something He wants for me. Above all I want His best."

    Me too, Peej. Amen.

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