The Cheerful Giver

March 14, 2011 § 4 Comments

There is a joy that accompanies generosity…

A blessed intimate abiding between the redeemed and the Redeemer who never drops even meager offerings.

In the giving there is a birth which overshadows the death of temporary treasures. 

With eyes set on eternity, the cheerful giver cannot wait to drop her donation in the plate, her gift in the box, her package in the mail for she considers the smiles and prayers of thanksgiving waiting on the other side.

The cheerful giver woos man to draw near to Christ as she follows His commandments:

Feed, clothe, give, go, take care…

Knowing  that she cannot out give the Father, for He has already given of His Son, the cheerful giver will share her abundance or her slight understanding that she is a mere steward and God is the ruler and controller of all things.

The cheerful giver has learned that it is in the opening of the hand, not in the clenching of the fist, that there is life. 

May your hands be open and the gifts be plentifully given.


Raise the Risk Challenge

  • Read about the needs of the world in Richard Stearns book, The Hole in Our Gospel, and respond as the Holy Spirit leads.
  • Post an experience when you were on the giving or receiving end of a gift cheerfully given and tell what it meant to you.
  • Consider what you can give this week and ask God to open your eyes to see the needs of your community and the world as He sees them.

§ 4 Responses to The Cheerful Giver

  • I’ve really enjoyed reading through several of your posts just now…thank you linking today…
    I love the way you end with a challenge at the end of your posts.
    The “live it” piece that is so often missing.
    Thank you.
    I want to be a “doer, not merely one who hears and walks away”.

    • raisetherisk says:

      Thank you Kara. I was challenged by your call that it isn’t too late to be intentional. I often don’t attempt some crafty projects because I am a perfectionistic type. However, thanks to your encouragement, we have done an Easter activity each day to point our children toward the true and wonderful meaning of Easter. God bless!

  • Anna says:

    Found you at Walk With Him Wednesdays. Your blog– insightful, your photography– beautiful. I like the questions you post at the end– it’s very practical. Enjoyed reading your blog.

    • raisetherisk says:

      Thank you so much for your encouraging words, Anna. It really means so much and I am thankful for this time that God has called to carve out for writing that which He is teaching me. He calls to rememberance that which I read in His word write here to imprint His ways in my life.
      I have only recently begain using my own photography. I usually use images I have found on Google that convey what I want to. The pictures from The Cheerful Giver were photos from Google Images.

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