Giving Gifts

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Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  ~James 1:7

Why did He do it?  A shack would have sufficed, but He gave us a mansion.  Did He have to give the birds a song and the mountains a peak?  Was He required to put stripes on the zebra and the hump on the camel? . . . Why wrap creation in such splendor?  Why go to such trouble to give such gifts?

Why do you?  You do the same.  I’ve seen you searching for a gift.  I’ve seen you stalking the malls and walking the aisles.  I’m not talking about the obligatory gifts. . . .I’m talking about the extra-special gift. . . . Why do you do it? . . .

You do it  so the heart will stop.  You do it so the jaw will drop.  You do it to hear those words of disbelief, “You did this for me?”

That’s why you do it.  And that is why God did it.  Next time a sunrise steals your breath or a meadow of flowers leaves you speechless, remain that way.  Say nothing and listen as heaven whispers, “Do you like it?  I did it just for you.”

~Do you have to ask?  Max Lucado, The Great House of God

Yes. I am extremely tired. Not many words are coming together for a sensible post, but the desire to inspire is still there. So I hope you’ve enjoyed Lucado once more. He says it much better than I ever could.

And remember the greatest gift of all at this time of year: a baby wrapped in swaddling clothes would one day become a man, the God-man, hanging on a cross to take away our sins.

Thanks be to God for His gift that is too wonderful for words. ~2 Corinthians 9:15

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8 responses »

  1. Every good and perfect gift is from above

    I was laying in bed thinking about this verse last night. Thanking the Lord for all the wonderful gifts he has given to us. 🙂

    Thanks!
    HW

  2. Your exhaustion didn’t show in your writing, Michelle. Oftentimes, your words just seem to blend in with Lucado’s writing. I think he has played a crucial role in developing your voice.

    At this time of year in The United States, a lot of people are stressed out over a holiday that was intended to bring peace on Earth and good will toward humanity.

    So it is always good to have reminders, Michelle. And it is inspiring to know that despite your exhaustion you are still serving Him.

    Thank you for that. 😉

  3. Come and see what God has done, how awesome his works in man’s behalf. Ps. 66:5

    Amen, HE did it for us…and the whole earth shows HIS glory..aahhhhh now that is something i could ponder on today for a very long time! thanks Michelle!

  4. Thanks, Jim, and welcome.

    Amen, Heidi. His gifts are good and abundant!

    Thank you, Nor. I needed that boost of encouragement.

    Thank you for sharing that verse, Darla. Perfect.

  5. Inspired I am.
    Smiling I am.
    Yes – I love that being made in the likeness and image of God includes ludicrous frivolity spent on another.

    Oh, and yes I did see that there is a link to the creator of your buttons. I need to go take a peek.

    Bless you!

  6. Wow, that was great! So true. Brought tears. I wrote a poem that said that once. Yes. Just for us. Hard to imagine, “How great is the Father’s love,” but we have 10,000 images daily telling us. 🙂

  7. I’m so glad it spoke to you both.

    His love IS amazing. I really don’t know how people make it in life without Him, without the assurance that He brings and the blessings of being in relationship with Him. Ladies, we get to speak to the God of the Universe…whenever! And HE hears US.

    Amazing.

    Bless you both, Angie and Sparkle!

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