4/15/15: Recyclable Blessings



Joshua 17 – 18 talks about the Promised Land being divided up among the tribes of the children of Israel. Luke 12:1-31 records Jesus talking about not worrying about material things. As shown to the Israelites in Old Testament times, and as spoken to His followers in the first century, be it land, food, or clothing, God is perfectly able to provide everything we need.

In response to these readings, I surveyed my life and was compelled to stop and thank God for all the ways He provides for me. He sent me my husband, He provided me with my job, He blessed me with children and grand-children, and He gave me my gifts that are now providing me with opportunities to bless others.

That’s the coolest part of receiving from God; He gives us recyclable blessings. Everything that comes from God has potential to be given by the recipient to someone else.

  • My mom taught me to sew. I designed and made the nursery bedding and curtains for my boys’ nursery. Other women saw my nursery, and that sewing gift from my mother became my New Blessings Interiors business that designed nurseries for other children.
  • My grandmother started me taking piano lessons. I learned well enough to accompany several children’s choirs over the years. Later, I began to compose praise music and Christian children’s musicals.
  • My father and mother encouraged in me a love for books and now I write them in several different genres.

When it comes to God’s provisions, everything He gives can be reimagined and passed back as a blessing, an encouragement, a service, and some enlightenment for someone else. When it comes to the gifts God has given, be a pipeline, not a dam.


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~ by sanewriter on April 15, 2015.

One Response to “4/15/15: Recyclable Blessings”

  1. I have seen so many ways God has used seemingly insignificant things to His glory and my joy later.

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