Giving a little

The boy is onto something big.

“Hurry Mommy give me dollar.”

He must’ve seen her before I did. I don’t think I put the car in park and he was out of it, hovering over me.

I heard the jingling of the bell. I looked back and saw the red pot.

Digging in my purse, I couldn’t even find one dollar.

“Never mind. Just give me a penny. Just some change.”

He opened the small drawer next to the steering wheel. It held a handful of change. Nothing big. Only dimes, nickels, and a few pennies. Not even a quarter.

The boy was real happy with that. Smiling big, he skipped to the big red pot. He put in all he had.
The lady politely thanked him.
She said, “Do you want to ring the bell?”

He replied soft, “No thank you.”
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It wasn’t much, but you would’ve thought he gave a million bucks the way he was smiling as we walked away.

I think God intended it that way.

Giving I mean.

We don’t have to give much to get a big return.

That applies all the way around.

How about a kind encouraging word. A compliment. Or a “you can do this!”…a simple word that may just turn someone’s whole day around.

A note or card with a Bible verse could be just the thing they need. Only takes a few minutes of your time, it could mean the world to the receiver. Just the fact that you cared speaks volumes.

Pay for the person behind you in the drive thru. Give them a message:
Merry Christmas! Jesus loves you! Just that Name…so much power…who knows what He will do with it….

Happy Saturday!

Luke 6:38 Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure—pressed down, shaken together, and running over with no space left for more. For with the standard of measurement you use when you do good to others, it will be measured to you in return.”


Time To Slow Down…

 

I hear a hint of desperation in his voice. That’s probably because it’s echoing out of mine as well.

Exodus 33:12 Moses said to the LORD, “You have been telling me, ‘Lead these people,’ but you have not let me know whom you will send with me…”

Moses seems to be overwhelmed by all of his responsibilities.

He seems to be asking, “Who is going to help me? How am I going to get through this alone?”

He had a lot on his plate.

But, doesn’t it say God spoke to him face to face? Moses did go out to seek God, and God would meet him.

God always meets us when we seek Him.
 
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I can’t help but wonder if Moses gave God a chance to speak. What if he stayed a little longer in the Presence of God? Would the conversation have been different? Maybe one of thanking Him for promising to be there for Him? Or praising Him for His faithfulness?

Exodus 33:11 …And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle.

In the old language these words “turned again” mean “to yield.”

Was Moses, as the leader, feeling the pressure of the demands of people? Meetings to go to? Plans to be made? Or implemented? Discrepancies to be settled? People to deal with? Or did he just want to catch up on his FB feed? Did he yield to the demands and the distractions?

When we yield, we lose every time.

The incessant demand of the ministry never supersedes the demand for alone time with God. Nothing is more important. Demands seem to close in on us. Decisions do need to be made. People do need us.

But we need God first.

We leave His Presence too soon. We end up feeling anxious all day.

Slow down. Sit for a while.

Luke 10:42 There is only one thing worth being concerned about. Mary has discovered it, and it will not be taken away from her.

She sat at Jesus feet. First.

We will find all that we need is there as well; if we sit long enough to hear Him speak.

 

 

 



Good Good Daddy…

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 The boy wanted to go ice skating. I was apprehensive. He’d tried his hand at it before.

 It didn’t go well.

 I don’t think he made it out on the ice. The walk into the rink was too much for him.

 He gave up.

 A few years passed, and he was ready to try again.

 Very enthusiastically I might add.

 When we arrived at the ice rink, there were lots of skaters out there.

All different ages.

All different abilities.

 It was quite intimidating.

 The boy was undaunted though. He didn’t seem to notice.

 You know why?

 His Daddy was with him.
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 He went out onto that ice with confidence. It wasn’t long before he fell flat. But he got back up and tried again. He fell countless times. He didn’t care. He was still laughing. He even set goals for himself. “I’m gonna try to make it around the rink one time without falling.” He didn’t make it. But he tried. He gave it his all.

 Before the end of the evening, he did it! You should’ve seen his smile. It was priceless.

Has God called you to take a step of faith? Try something new? Or go back to something old? Go back to church again? Start a new church? Or go for the very first time?

Go for it!

God wants to show you He is a good good Daddy. And when you’re out there on your own, you’ll find He is right by your side. Though you will surely fall, He will always be there to pick you back up. He’ll set you back on your feet, again and again. Not only that, He’ll be right there cheering you on. Your biggest fan. After a while, you’ll stop looking around to see who’s watching; who’s waiting for you to fall. You’ll only seek His nod of approval. And you’ll get it too!

 Do you want to know the best part? You are never alone. You get to do it together. Just you and Him. Precious time spent together as you seek Him. Cherished moments as you do this venture together.

 

 

 

 




 

 

 

 

 

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