Dear Ones,
Hope you have a beautiful day! I am going to my exercise class this morning and then this afternoon we are having another birthday party. The friends we walk with are coming over as his birthday is close to mine. Tonight, we have a class at church on The Holy Sexuality Project.
Devotions from Judy’s heart
I love to give gifts and have wrapped prizes to take with when we go to N.C.see our grandsons in September. I am delighted when I hit hot sales and can buy more to give. We usually have prizes for games that test our skills or help us share with one another and give cause for much laughter. But who doesn’t like to receive gifts…. some beautifully wrapped but also even those unwrapped that perfectly meet our need.

I think of my cousin, Mary, who is with the Lord now, and how she loved to give. We never went to see her that we didn’t go home with a gift of chocolates or something special. When she came to visit us, she always had a gift in hand. Even at her funeral she arranged handouts to be given us to take home, for she had ovarian cancer and knew ahead of time that her time was short. 

Jesus’ desires to give us good gifts far exceeds our own pleasure to give to our loved ones. Of course, His gifts come without strings attached and all come wrapped in love. No one can outdo His generosity and ability to provide every need we might have. He says it is okay to ask for specific gifts like wisdom, strength, courage, daily bread, forgiveness etc. There is no limit in asking or no limit in His provision for us. In Matt. 7:11(Amplified) He says, “If you then, evil as you are, know how to give good and advantageous gifts to your children, how much more will your Father Who is in heaven (perfect as He is) give good and advantageous things to those who keep on asking Him!” His gifts are perfect and meet the needs we have, even when we don’t recognize a particular need we have at the moment.

We can also give back to the Lord and show our love for Him in many ways like in our praying, in giving of our time, meeting needs of others, giving of our money, witnessing of our faith, etc. He said that as we give, we will also receive and that the measure we use to bless others will be measured back to us. Let us not be stingy but generous as the Lord has been with us.  We can never outgive the Lord!
Challenge for today: Give to an unsuspecting person today as the Holy Spirit directs you. 
Blessings on your day and prayers and love, Judy