Monday, February 13, 2012

A Lapful of Blessings

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.  -- Luke 6:38, NIV

This morning as I sat in my La-Z-Boy under twenty pounds of pets, I had to smile at my lapful of blessings. We released our cat Gypsy yesterday, having deemed her fit to return outdoors after four weeks of recuperating in the house after suffering a gunshot wound.  Since the weather was so cold last night we coaxed her back inside to sleep. That little black furball looked so sweet curled up on top of the fuzzy red housecoat I used as a lap blanket that I had to just stop and relish her presence as Madison snored softly beside my leg.

Some of our biggest blessings are found in such simple pleasures. Have you stopped looking beyond your need long enough to see all the blessings in your lap?  If your needs seem overwhelming, try looking at someone else's problems and soon you will realize just how blessed you are.  Pour your life into someone else today.  Try to meet another person's need, even if all you have to offer is a word of encouragement or a promise to pray them through their challenges. 

Scripture teaches us that when we give we will receive, whether the gift be a meal for someone who is grieving or ill, a ride for someone who needs transportation, or a cup of hot coffee for a homeless person just trying to stay warm.  A seemingly insignificant gesture on your part will be a big blessing to someone else, and God will see your kindness and bless you for it when you need it most.

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