Tag Archives: Gifts

That reason to get up

“The Lord will fulfill his purpose for me; your love, O Lord, endures forever—do not abandon the works of your hands.” Psalm 138:8



He made James faithful and John devoted,

Timothy proved loyal and Peter emoted.

Martha got it done and Mary took it in,

David grew heart-broken, and Paul determined.


He created Moses a leader and Ruth a follower,

Joseph rose a dreamer and Esther an interceder.

Each one granted a purpose to fulfill,

These heroes, the faithful, who do his will.


Each of us has a purpose to fulfill. It’s that reason to get up in the morning. May we all find it, or die searching.


Arms wide open

“…no good thing does he withhold from those whose walk is blameless.” Psalm 84:11



What if I miss

the good he brings

because I’m not worthy

to receive such things?


It’s not about

my worthiness

but a sacrifice given

that washed me blameless.



I don’t want to miss out on any good you want to send my way! Yet, I don’t feel blameless—I’m human. I sin. Yet, you forgive. You restore. You make white as snow. You bore my blame on the cross and labeled me blameless. That’s how you see me. Amazing.


I accept what you’ve done and hold arms wide open to accept the good.

Unplowed ground and a packet of seeds

“…Break up your unplowed ground and do not sow among thorns.” Jeremiah 4:3


The days go quickly, the years fly by and we will not always have ground to plow. Opportunities come in windows of time that will eventually shut. Once open, soon-to-be-closed doors, will be sealed at some point.

Unplowed ground is a nursery waiting to happen—a field intended for growth. If unplowed ground sits dormant, it’s a grief of the saddest kind: the grief of what could have been. Purposes sit untilled. Precious gifts and talents remain tucked-away. Potential dries up and plans are sadly wasted.

Unplowed, never productive ground, weeps for seed to be sown. Seed to nurture. Seed to surround with warm earth-loving arms and unseen life-needed nutrients.

Has he given me land that’s just sitting there—unproductive for his kingdom? Has he given me a packet of seeds collecting dust on the shelf?

Show me, Lord. May every inch of ground and every tiny seed be used for your kingdom purposes.

“Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.” I Peter 4:10

“Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back…” Isaiah 54:2

Christmas Stored Up

Psalm 31:19 “How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you…on those who take refuge in you.” (NIV)*


God’s goodness stored up is like Christmas presents bought in July, then hidden until just the right time. The anticipation is as great for the giver, as for the recipient. The recipient probably doesn’t even know gifts have been stored.

Consider this your heads-up. God has been wrapping Christmas presents and putting them in storage.

He’s been storing up goodness. His goodness consists of true wealth, such as fruit of the Spirit, someday heaven, unconditional love, and being forgiven–completely.

I don’t want to miss the goodness He may be longing to bestow. Like kids just before Christmas who wonder if they’ve been naughty or nice, am I fearing and taking refuge in Him?

Am I believing and taking Him at His Word? Do I have a healthy respect for His authority and power, then obey? Ouch.

When there’s a storm, is He my shelter and solace, my safe place? Am I hiding under His wings? Do I look for comfort, hope, and direction in His Word?

Maybe it’s time to wonder if I’m living in a way that frees Him to bestow. He longs to give His goodness as much as I long to receive it. And I sure don’t want to miss out on Christmas stored up…

*The One Year Bible, New International Version, copyright 1986, Tyndale House Publishers, Wheaton, Illinois.

photo by Patty Perkins