Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Word filled Wedesday * Merry CHRISTmas*

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Proverbs 22:7
The rich rules over the poor, and the borrower becomes the lender’s slave.

Please do not do Christmas on debt.
If you can not afford it, do not spend it!

It is not a gift if it is not yours to give.
There are acts of service, gifts of word.
Deeds of virtue, like asking for forgiveness and owning your errors or offense against another.
Some of my greatest treasures are the Love letters about how my Husband sees me.
Give what you have skill or talent in. Your talent/skill is an asset that you most likely underestimate.

Deuteronomy 16:17
Every man shall give as he is able, according to the blessing of the LORD your God which He has given you.

Give what you are able, do not give in pretense. It is a trap set for your feet by those who have their hands in your pockets.

Proverbs 22:9
He who is generous will be blessed, for he gives some of his food to the poor.

Many food stores have collection bins, and the Salvation Army kept me from going hungry as a child. Let that bell remind you. Also those who serve as bell ringers love a nice hot drink in the cold. They can not leave the pot unattended.

Proverbs 28:27
He who gives to the poor will never want, but he who shuts his eyes will have many curses.

The poor we will always have among us. There are many kinds of poverty. Poverty of spirit is the worst. Kindness is free to give.

Luke 3:11
And he would answer and say to them, “The man who has two tunics is to share with him who has none; and he who has food is to do likewise.”


Luke 6:38
Give, and it will be given to you. They will pour into your lap a good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over. For by your standard of measure it will be measured to you in return.

Your standard of measure...that is how it will be given back to you...generosity is a gain not a loss.

2 Corinthians 9:6-8
Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that always having all sufficiency in everything, you may have an abundance for every good deed.

Check the purpose of your heart. Going in debt to give under compulsion is a need for validation and acceptance. You have been given that through Gods love for you. Don't need to get it from a person :) Being real is a beautiful sign of humility.

James 2:15-16
If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?

Think about it.
Enjoy Christmas, and all year long...
"celebrate the reason for the season"
Merry CHRISTmas


Anonymous said...

That's an important message to stay out of debt and be giving. I've been reading books on stewardship and find that Scripture has a lot to say about money.

Denise said...

Beautifully said my friend.

hip chick said...

What a wonderful post. Those words were exactly what I needed to hear. Thankyou.

~Bren~ said...


Dana said...

Perfect timing on this message right from the word of God. Great advice we all need to heed.
God bless you, Dana

ellen b said...

Hello Donetta!
I'm late getting around to WFW but I wanted to stop by and wish you a Christmas filled with the Joy of the Lord! Blessings...

shopannies said...

you have certianly given me something to think about

Older women likewise teach the younger women...

• how to love their husbands
• how to love their children
• how to be self-controlled
• how to be pure
• how to be keepers at home
• how to be kind and submissive (not subservient) to their own husbands. (See Titus 2:3-5)

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By Maya Angelou

'A woman's heart should be so hidden in Christ
That a man should have to seek Him first to find her.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not shouting 'I'm clean living,'
I'm whispering 'I was lost, Now I'm found and forgiven.'

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I don't speak of this with pride.
I'm confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not trying to be strong.
I'm professing that I'm weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say.. 'I am a Christian' I'm not bragging of success.
I'm admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not claiming to be perfect,
My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I still feel the sting of pain...
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say... 'I am a Christian' I'm not holier than thou,
I'm just a simple sinner Who received God's good grace, somehow!

Words have power. Here are a few of my favorite sayings.

  • A warm cup of tea is like a cuddle with a friend.
  • The North American Indians have a more eloquent word for ‘friend’ than we do in English. In their language, the word for friend literally means, “the one who carries my sorrows on his back.”
  • Return with Honor
  • The sage anticipates things that are difficult while they are easy, and does things that would become great while they are small. All difficult things in the world are sure to arise from a previous state in which they were easy, and all great things from one in which they were small. Therefore the sage, while he never does what is great, is able on that account to accomplish the greatest things."
  • “Live so that when your children hear these words they think of you… Fairness Caring Integrity Honesty Love Trust.”
  • "O Lord help my words to be gracious and tender today, for tomarrow I may have to eat them."
  • "No man has ever been shot while doing the dishes"

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