There is a spirit of giving and selflessness in the anonymous message of this card that I think captures much of the heart of Jesus for us as we seek to live as his disciples. So today as I begin to pack away the cards and decorations, I think I will keep it out as a reminder to me in the New Year; a reminder to live generously with my words, my love, my treasure and my heart. Generosity is offered many ways to those in need. We give with our emotions and our love as well as our resources.
As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life. 1 Timothy 6:17-19
“In the midst of my toxic overdose of attempts at seizing the day, God, in His goodness, intervened and taught me what it was to thrive. Coram Deo is the Latin phrase meaning “in the presence of God.”....
If we jump, move, and boldly pursue whatever we crave because tomorrow we may die, we sacrifice wisdom for desire.”
Coram Deo Is about God, Not Me ---- “I began to know what true life was when I got to the end of myself and began living for God and others. I learned the hard way that an existence wound tightly around self is a small one indeed. I serve a God who is fully out of my control, but there is nothing better than being in the wild goodness of His presence.” Chara Donohue ( Incourage) You can read the full blog at the link below:
Do not forsake wisdom, and she will protect you; love her, and she will watch over you. The beginning of wisdom is this: Get wisdom. Though it cost all you have, get understanding. Proverbs 4:6-7
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work. 2 Cor. 9:6-8
In case you’re like me and are a little slow to jump in to the new year, I’m including below the link to a wonderful New Years blog. Ann Voskamp has long been a favorite inspirational writer of mine. Her piece on "Soulutions" rather than Resolutions really struck a chord with my heart. She writes about living purposefully in your heart and letting prayer and perseverance meet. She chooses a verb for each month to guide your journey and puts it all together in what she calls “Sticky Notes for the Soul” that you can print out and adjust as the Lord directs you.
It’s really about slowing down a bit ......to reflect and write out prayers of hope and living intentionally.
There’s wisdom in that I know.
So, now it is time for me to move on to taking down and putting away all of the Christmas of 2016, at last, and embrace all that our gracious Savior will bring into our lives in 2017 with prayer, perseverance, wisdom and generosity!
See the link below for more details on Soulutions by Ann Voskamp.
Link to Incourage article by Chara Donohue
Wishing you a blessed New Year
filled with God’s wisdom and graced
with a heart of generosity,