Open the Windows

They say there are two types of people in the world – givers and takers. Which are you? I am a giver. I love to give and sometimes to a fault, if that is even possible. I give money, gifts, cards, make phone calls, extend invitations, cook, and volunteer. Not trying to boast or brag, but to show you that giving comes in many forms.

It’s a new year and time to make up my goals and budget. What am I going to spend my time, money, and energies on? How and where we spend our time and money says volumes about our values.

Anyway, my point in all this is that it is a new year. The world is hurting and many are in need. Let’s all be vessels of God’s love and show it by giving in whatever way we can. “It is more blessed to give than to receive”. We are to give out of the overflow of love in our hearts. I know how much joy it brings me when I am able to give. God challenges us to test him. He promises that if we give He will open up the windows of heaven and pour out tremendous blessing on us (Malachi 3:10).

If you don’t enjoy giving, could it be that perhaps you haven’t received God’s great love for you into your heart? Today I encourage you to receive the most precious gift of all – knowing how MUCH God LOVES YOU and he ALWAYS WILL and then pour out that love on others. Watch and see how God keeps his promise.

Until next time, remember God loves you and keep looking up!

The Third Language of Love

Do you like to give gifts? Do you like to receive gifts? If so, your love language may be giving gifts.

Gift giving does not have to be expensive. Little things like a bouquet of flowers, a mug of his/her favorite coffee, perhaps a card or a note. Little things on a regular basis can certainly put the spark back in your relationship.

Giving gifts shows we are thinking about the other person, we care about them, and we made the time to purchase something we think they would like. Note that I said “purchase something we think they would like.” Many people give gifts, but I have noticed that they are giving gifts THEY would LIKE. When purchasing a gift for someone, you really have to think about them as an individual – their tastes, their likes, their personality.

How often have you received a gift and thought “Why are they giving this to me?” A few years ago, someone gave me a green pin cushion as a birthday gift. I was perplexed. I don’t have a sewing machine and I thought, either a) they were regifting it or b) they had no idea what else to get me. If you know someone well enough to feel comfortable giving them a gift, don’t you have enough information to get them something they either like or could use?

If you are going to give a give, realize that it takes a bit of thought; that’s what makes it special. I know the expression “It’s the thought that counts” and that is true, but if you want your gift to be meaningful, it is important to make sure the recipient likes it.

Until next time, try giving your loved one a surprise gift and see their reaction. You may be tapping into a new source of closeness between the two of you!

The Third Language of Love

Do you like to give gifts? Do you like to receive gifts? If so, your love language may be giving gifts.

Gift giving does not have to be expensive. Little things like a bouquet of flowers, a mug of his/her favorite coffee, perhaps a card or a note. Little things on a regular basis can certainly put the spark back in your relationship.

Giving gifts shows we are thinking about the other person, we care about them, and we made the time to purchase something we think they would like. Note that I said “purchase something we think they would like.” Many people give gifts, but I have noticed that they are giving gifts THEY would LIKE. When purchasing a gift for someone, you really have to think about them as an individual – their tastes, their likes, their personality.

How often have you received a gift and thought “Why are they giving this to me?” A few years ago, someone gave me a green pin cushion as a birthday gift. I was perplexed. I don’t have a sewing machine and I thought, either a) they were regifting it or b) they had no idea what else to get me. If you know someone well enough to feel comfortable giving them a gift, don’t you have enough information to get them something they either like or could use?

If you are going to give a give, realize that it takes a bit of thought; that’s what makes it special. I know the expression “It’s the thought that counts” and that is true, but if you want your gift to be meaningful, it is important to make sure the recipient likes it.

Until next time, try giving your loved one a surprise gift and see their reaction. You may be tapping into a new source of closeness between the two of you!