Posts Tagged ‘gift’

One Size Fits All

Wednesday, December 3rd, 2014

Check out “So You’re the Minister’s Wife” web site

Link to “A Pastor’s Wife’s Journey” Facebook page

christmas packageA gift is something given willingly to someone without payment; a present. We are not forced to give to someone nor are we compelled to give anything back in return.

 II Corinthians 9:15 tells us to give thanks to God for His indescribable gift. What is that gift? Romans 6:23Romans 6:23
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

WP-Bible plugin
tell us “The gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Hence, eternal life is God’s gift to us.

Have you ever received a gift of clothing that did not fit? In that case, you are hopeful the person giving it to you has kept the receipt so it can be returned for the correct size.

God’s gift to us (eternal life) fits everyone no matter the size of your heart . Here is an admonition from Ephesians 3:16-18Ephesians 3:16-18
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

16 that he would grant you, according to the riches of his glory, that ye may be strengthened with power through his Spirit in the inward man; 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; to the end that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be strong to apprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth,

WP-Bible plugin
: “I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ.”

Jesus Christ was born in a manger on that first Christmas day so that we might receive this free gift that is available for everyone through faith. It is the perfect gift that manifests itself through the love of Christ. Indeed, one size fits all!baby Jesus

May you have a Merry Christmas!

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

The Hidden Gift of Christmas

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

 Check out “So You’re the Minister’s Wife” web site

Link to “A Pastor’s Wife’s Journey” Facebook page

You might wonder what is meant by the hidden gift of Christmas. We all know that Christmas is all about presents, trees, ornaments, baked goodies, parties, family get-togethers and on and on. Oh, how we all enjoy those things. So how could there be anything hidden?

No matter how much many people want to take Christ out of “Christ”mas, it is impossible to do so because . . . 

Christmas begins with “Christ”.

Christ died on the cross for forgiveness of our sins, thus the cross of Christ is the hidden gift. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 6:23Romans 6:23
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

23 For the wages of sin is death; but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

WP-Bible plugin
NAS

What a gift that was! God displayed his great love for us by sending Jesus Christ, born in a stable and placed in a humble manger on that first Christmas morn, to one day die for us. Thank God for the cross.

MERRY “CHRIST”MAS!

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

Recycled Christmas Gifts

Wednesday, December 14th, 2011

Please visit my web site at: www.soyouretheministerswife.com

As I recently sorted through a box of knick-knack gift items I had received throughout the years, my thoughts turned toward a humorous gift-giving blunder of a fellow pastor.

My husband and I were driving with another couple to a church meeting in early January. Both men were in the front and the other pastor’s wife and I were seated in the back. As expected, the conversation was non-stop; sometimes the men talking together, women having their own conversation or all joining together in discussions about various topics.

My husband just happened to mention to his colleague that he had received many really nice free gifts in the mail from various companies trying to push their products to the church. My husband unintentionally identified one by one some of the different free items he had received. The atmosphere soon changed to almost complete silence. The other minister was afraid to speak. But out of the stillness, his wife said, “So, that is where you got all the nice things you gave me for Christmas.” Evidently she had recognized the same gifts my husband was stating as some of the ones she had received as presents. Needless to say, the conversation quickly changed.

Perhaps our minister-friend was not able to afford to buy his wife a gift but, whatever the reason, he had the best intentions. I only hope his wife saw the humor in it. This discussion never came up again in any of our future conversations.

A purchased gift or a recycled gift? It doesn’t matter as long as it is given from the heart.

Did you know that we have received the greatest gift of all – Jesus Christ? He loves us unconditionally as we accept His free gift of eternal life. His love for us is not recycled – it is genuine.

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

The Gift Goes On

Wednesday, December 15th, 2010

Please visit my website at: www.soyouretheministerswife.com

As I was listening to a song entitled “The Gift Goes On” by Sandi Patti, a well renowned Christian artist, I was reminded of how the Father gave us His greatest gift of all, Jesus Christ. Step by step this gift was handed down and we can give the gift of love to others.

1.  The Father Gave the Son Luke 2:7Luke 2:7
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

7 And she brought forth her firstborn son; and she wrapped him in swaddling clothes, and laid him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.

WP-Bible plugin
states: “And she gave birth to her firstborn son, and she wrapped Him in cloths and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn.” What a great gift!

2.  The Father Gave the Spirit – If Jesus had not gone away, the Comforter (Spirit) could not have come. “But I tell you the truth, it is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper shall not come to you; but if I go, I will send Him to you.” John 16:7John 16:7
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

7 Nevertheless I tell you the truth: It is expedient for you that I go away; for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I go, I will send him unto you.

WP-Bible plugin
.

3.  The Spirit Gives Us Life – The song goes on to tell us that the Spirit then gives us life. This is found in II Corinthians 4:6 (listed below).

4.  We Can Give the Gift of Love – “By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you have love for one another” – John 13:35John 13:35
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

WP-Bible plugin
. This gift of love can be given in so many ways – even in ways that do not cost anything other than perhaps your time and attention.

5.  Love Each Other – Sometimes the hardest part is to love each other. We all have different personalities, opinions and ideas. How can I possibly love someone who is different from me? Perhaps they are of a different ethnic background or nationality. Perhaps they are of a different economic status than me. Perhaps they are of a different religion. Two passages of scripture that best illustrate this commission to love each other is found in I John 4:7John 4:7
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

WP-Bible plugin
and Colossians 3:14Colossians 3:14
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

14 and above all these things [put on] love, which is the bond of perfectness.

WP-Bible plugin
(both listed below).

So, as the song states, the gift goes on. As we let the love of the Son (the perfect gift) reign in our hearts, we should not let the gift stop. We should continue to give it.

Love isn’t love until you give it away – let’s give it away all during the year!

II Corinthians 4:6 – Who also made us adequate as servants of a new covenant, not of the letter, but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit give life.

I John 4:7John 4:7
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

7 There cometh a woman of Samaria to draw water: Jesus saith unto her, Give me to drink.

WP-Bible plugin
– Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and every one who loves is born of God and knows God.

Colossians 3:14Colossians 3:14
English: American Standard Version (1901) - ASV

14 and above all these things [put on] love, which is the bond of perfectness.

WP-Bible plugin
– And beyond all these things put on love, which is the perfect bond of unity.

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter

A Cup of “Love”

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

Please visit my website at: www.soyouretheministerswife.com

Check out this website: www.howtobecomeafosterparent.net


Christmas is receiving! Certainly that is one important aspect of this glorious season but our greatest gift of all  was “giving”. It wasn’t much — just a dime store special.

As a minister’s family we were truly blessed to receive many tokens of appreciation during the holiday season. These presents did much to uplift our spirits. However, we were not always materially able to give as we would like to others.

What inexpensive gift could we give of meaning to someone else? At my husband’s suggestion, we decided to visit a 93-year-old visually impaired shut-in lady from our congregation.

At a local dime store we purchased an oversized cup (mug) with a beautiful decal of a bluebird on it. Total value was one dollar and sixty-six cents. Little did we know that to this precious senior citizen its’ worth would not be measured by nickels and dimes.

On Christmas Eve we visited this wonderful lady at her home. We took along this gaily wrapped package and a plateful of well-chosen holiday goodies. She graciously accepted these material gifts. My husband read the Christmas story, I read a Christmas poem and our seven-year-old daughter (at that time) sang a song. Together we rejoiced with a few Christmas carols and prayer.

She was pleasantly touched but the greatest “touch” of all came to our hearts at the thrill of seeing her tear-filled eyes sparkle. In trying to give to someone else we were given one of the greatest gifts of all – “the gift of giving”. Our eyes became clouded with tears as well.

We were so blessed by this experience we have decided to make an annual custom of sharing our Christmas Eve, whenever possible, with someone who needs love. It is truly more blessed to “give” than to “receive”.

The gift of love does not always cost a fortune – a little time and perhaps one dollar and sixty-six cents.

Share this:
Share this page via Email Share this page via Stumble Upon Share this page via Digg this Share this page via Facebook Share this page via Twitter