Wednesday's Word

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

You know you are starting to think about it . . .

Gift (Gifted gifts)

A gift opens the way for the giver and ushers him into the presence of the great. Proverbs 18:16

A gift given in secret soothes anger, and a bribe concealed in the cloak pacifies great wrath. Proverbs 21:14

For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 6:23

We have different gifts according to the grace given us. If a man's gift is prophesying, let him use it in proportion to his faith. If it is serving, let him serve; if it is teaching, let him teach; if it is encouraging, let him encourage; if it is contributing to the needs of others, let him give generously; if it is leadership, let him govern diligently; if it is showing mercy, let him do it cheerfully. Romans 12:6-8

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like the shifting shadows. James 1:17

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God's grace in its various forms. I Peter 4:10


Giving Day 10 - As I was tip-toeing around the edges of this Challenge, one of the featured charities that pulled at me most was Operation Christmas Child. I'd vaguely heard of it; never participated. I thought it would be a good exercise to do with the boys, but then (sigh) I'd have to find a shoe box, go shopping, and figure out where to send it or drop it off. Too much trouble. I never discussed any of this with Hubby. I went out of town for the weekend, and he took the boys to church on his own. When I returned he told me, "I got something from the church's Angel Tree." He thought he had picked up instructions on how to provide a local child with a Christmas gift - something we've done before. Turns out, what he really picked up was an empty shoebox, with instructions for how to participate in Operation Christmas Child.

Uh-huh.

All I have to do is fill it up and bring it back to our church by a certain date and they will take care of the shipping. So, there went my excuses. And there was yet another sign that I need to do this Giving Challenge. Are you getting similar signs?


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2 Responses to “Wednesday's Word”

  1. Thanks for sharing your study of this word. Interesting that you mention Operation Christmas Child - our church has participated in that Boone, NC mission for several years. Last Sunday was our dedication of the boxes. Dad and I did two, one for a 10-14 year-old boy and one for a 10-14 year-old girl. It was a privilege to collect little things I thought they'd like. I've been told that the older kids receive less than the younger children, so that's why I chose that age group. Happy gifting! XOXO, Mom

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  2. Love Operation Christmas Child. Thanks for reminding me to do it again this year.

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